Introducing the new FHS Communications Team
The following is a guest blog by Emma Woodman, Communications Coordinator for the Faculty of Health Sciences.
Over the last year, I’ve had the great privilege of sharing some of the amazing stories that originate in the Faculty of Health Sciences (FHS). Whether it was the making of a fascinating research discovery, the organization of an engaging event, or the receipt of a prestigious award, this community consistently inspired me…and kept me very busy! Yet, regardless of how many announcements or stories were shared in a day, I always had the sneaking suspicion that I was missing out on what our students were up to. I would often be blown away by their intelligence and ambition, all the while knowing I was just skimming the surface.
After several months as the Communications Coordinator for the faculty, I was fortunate to attend a conference on digital marketing and communications for Canadian universities and colleges. It was there that I learned how other universities, and some of my colleagues at Queen’s, had connected with their students. Following a few weeks of brainstorming, I pitched my idea for an interprofessional student communications team to our faculty’s leadership and was met with supportive encouragement.
Today, I am excited to introduce you to our new FHS Communications Team, run for students, by students. For the rest of the school year, June Duong (Medicine ’19), Ilan Mester (Occupational Therapy ’17), and Zoe Powell (Nursing ’17) will act as representatives for their schools and help to share the perspective of a health sciences student at Queen’s. They are smart, creative, and excited to help me share what it is that makes this faculty so great.
To get started, we’ve created a new communications page on the FHS website where you can learn more about the team. The students have also built new @QueensUHealth Twitter and Facebook accounts and will be regularly posting mini blogs and photos to Instagram. Much of the content will focus on what it’s like to be a medicine, rehabilitation therapy, or nursing student, but it will also feature many of our amazing faculty members, some of the great things happening at Queen’s, and what they love about living in Kingston. I invite you to follow along and if you have an idea that you’d like to share with the team, please do so.
In January, I will be leaving the FHS to join the University Relations team as a Senior Communications Officer for the Office of the Principal, and Jen Valberg will return from her maternity leave shortly thereafter. Although I will be working to share the great stories of Queen’s in a broader sense, I will be following the work of June, Ilan, and Zoe along with you, waiting to hear all about the next generation of students who will change the future of healthcare.
Please join me in welcoming June, Ilan, and Zoe to the FHS as our newest staff members in the comments below. Or, if you’d like to share ideas for the team in person, drop by Macklem House – I have two doors and they’re always open.