All About Alysson Storey

Biography & Background

proven leadership
Superior communication skills
advocate for citizen participation in government
STRONG TRACK RECORD DEVELOPING SUCCESSFUL partnershipS

 

 

Employment History

 

Community & Donor Relations
Chatham-Kent Hospice
June 2017 – August 2018
 

  • Managing community and donor relations and communication services

  • Managing all social media channels and content development, website content, writing media releases and advisories, donor communications and appeals, newsletters, email campaigns and internal communication tools

  • Coordinating third-party fundraisers, assisting individuals and community groups with marketing and promotion

  • Coordinating & planning the two signature Hospice fundraising events, the Changing Moments Changing Lives Gala and Hike for Hospice

 

Project Manager
Communications, Social Media & Content Development

Independent Consultancy
November 2014 – Present
 

  • Detail-oriented and dedicated communications professional with multi-industry experience.

  • Veteran at developing and executing communication strategies for non-profit, government, and private sector.  

  • Skilled researcher, writer and editor for a wide variety of media outreach tools, including multiple social media platforms, e-newsletters, blogs and related materials. 

  • Perform competitive and industry analyses and collecting and managing metrics to inform decisions.

  • Superb verbal and written communication proficiency in traditional and social media to ensure consistent and concise key messaging. 

  • Sound crisis communications skills based on previous experience in the public sector. 

  • Strong background in external stakeholder relations and extensive ability to communicate complicated messages to diverse audiences. 

  • Expertise in grant writing and proposals, drafting and responding to RFPs and RFIs, facilitating community forums and related community development projects, with particular expertise in the arts, culture and heritage sectors.

  • Proven track record of working both independently and collaboratively.

  • Demonstrated analytical, strategic, and leadership capabilities and the ability to thrive in fast-paced, entrepreneurial environments.

 

Manager of Culture
Municipality of Chatham-Kent
April 2009 – October 2014
 

  • Managing multi-million dollar operating and capital budgets of the Culture Division

  • Ensuring Chatham-Kent’s municipally-owned cultural facilities were maximized, including Chatham Cultural Centre (housing the Kiwanis Theatre, Thames Art Gallery, Chatham-Kent Museum), Milner House, Ridge House Museum, ARTspace and Chatham Capitol Theatre; offer high quality cultural opportunities to residents and visitors of Chatham-Kent, and operate in a fiscally responsible manner

  • Maintaining a thorough understanding of all aspects of the visual, performing and heritage arts, and how they play a crucial role in the community’s quality of life

  • Providing leadership to a diverse team of approximately 30 full-time, part-time and contract staff and over 100 volunteers to achieve the vision and goals of Culture, providing advice, counsel, performance management and coaching

  • Supervising workload priorities, providing direction and day-to-day supervision of Culture staff

  • Supervising staff working with partners to coordinate programming, marketing and fundraising initiatives in order to build a vibrant sustainable cultural sector

  • Managing and monitoring high quality education programming for K - 12 both in-house and outreach to educators across southern Ontario

  • Participating as an integral member of the business unit and department team to develop long-term strategies and priorities, identifying objectives and designing performance measures which are aligned with department goals & Council priorities

  • Working with staff to initiate & cultivate strategic community and business relationships to encourage growth of new cultural initiatives

  • Preparing or assisting staff in writing reports to Council

 

Communications Specialist
RM Auctions
April 2008 – April 2009
 

  • Responsible for a wide variety of communications-related duties pertaining to overall operations

  • Writing clear, concise and compelling web and print content

  • Keeping our clients, sponsors, and other stakeholders informed about important and relevant news pertaining to auction and related activities through our weekly e-newsletters

  • Writing, researching and preparing articles published in RM Magazine

  • Generating, maintaining and updating content for corporate website 

  • Reviewing, editing and proofreading all publicly-viewed and distributed hardcopy and digital content to ensure correctness & accuracy

 

Education
 

Queen's University Class of 1999
Honours B.A. in Art History and History
Upper Class Honours

  • Queen's Symphony Orchestra, Student Team on Alumni Relations, Italian Club

  • Flautist in Queen's Bands

  • Active member on the Student Team for Alumni Relations

  • Queen's University Italian Club
     

Chatham Collegiate Institute (CCI)

McKeough Public School

 

Community Service & Volunteering

 

Build the Barrier
Founder
September 2017 - Present

I founded this grassroots organization to ensure the Government of Ontario builds a concrete median barrier on Highway 401 between London and Tilbury. This area has a high rate of crossover collisions and fatalities and is known as "Carnage Alley" as a result. We are working to ensure the Province honours their commitment and upgrades this 1960s-era highway to proven modern safety standards. We have gathered over 5000 signatures for our petition, have rallied at Queen's Park, met with Ministers, attended the Legislature, written letters, met with politicians from all parties, held Town Halls and have taken to social media to raise awareness for this important life-and-death issue. And we will not stop until we have achieved our goal. #BuildTheBarrierNOW

 

Rotary Club of Chatham
immediate Past President
June 2009 – Present

I am the Immediate Past President of the Rotary Club of Chatham, part of Rotary International. Our Club works hard on a variety of local and international development projects, including disaster relief, polio eradication, literacy improvement, youth mental health, seniors activities and local recreational trail development. I recently spearheaded welcoming internationally-renowned black artist and Chatham-native Artis Lane for the keynote for our 77th Annual Banquet. I also was part of the Executive Team that raised $100,000 for the Chatham-Kent Hospice. 

 

TEDx chatham-kent
ORGANIZING COMMITTEE
2014 - Present

TEDx is an international speaker's symposium that brings experts on a variety of topics together annually to inspire community leaders.  Speakers are given a maximum of 18 minutes to present their ideas in the most innovative and engaging ways they can.  TEDx Chatham-Kent has been well-received and well-attended and will continue bringing innovative & inspiring speakers to our community annually.  As part of the Organizing Committee, I help plan the entire event and determine which speaker applications are accepted.

 

The Ground Floor
Board of Directors
May 2010 – December 2015

I served on the Board of Directors for the Ground Floor for five years. This involved promoting the work of the Ground Floor in the community, encouraging entrepreneurship across Chatham-Kent and seeking-out strategic partnerships to move economic development forward in our community.

 

theatre kent board of directors
publicity director
2010-2012

Theatre Kent has been making audiences laugh, cry and sing along since 1978.  Our actors, directors, producers, stage managers, costume designers, set designers, props people, set builders, seamstresses, lighting and soundscape designers are all local and know what their audience want to see.  Each year we put together an exciting season which allows us to stretch our creative wings, while at the same time providing live, high quality entertainment at a not-so-high cost.

 

Chatham-Kent Mountaineers
Vocalist, Fiddler & Composer
2008 – Present

I play the fiddle, harmonica, flute and sing in Chatham-Kent's only Celtic-Irish-maritime band. We have raised thousands of dollars for local and international causes including Chatham Outreach for Hunger, through Shelterbox Canada for Haiti earthquake relief, the Philippines for typhoon relief, the Kiwanis Club of Wallaceburg, the Rotary Club of Blenheim, the Blenheim Youth Centre and more.

 

RONDEAU COTTAGERS ASSOCIATION
DIRECTOR & FORMER VICE-PRESIDENT
2005 - 2018

The Rondeau Cottagers Association is a grassroots organization committed to preserving the century-old community of privately-owned cottages located inside Rondeau Provincial Park.  My involvement with the RCA has taken me to Queen's Park for meetings with senior provincial government policymakers.  It has also allowed me to work alongside many municipal, provincial, and federal politicians.

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