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The value of mentorship

Monday, December 11th, 2017

Bridgette Slater, Senior Intern

 

Mentorship programs have many benefits that extend to the mentee, the mentor and the organization as a whole. Some of these benefits include increased engagement, improved goal setting and enhanced knowledge sharing. For mentees, these programs provide the opportunity to learn and seek advice from people who hold the very positions they one-day hope to attain. For mentors, these programs provide an opportunity to develop a personal and effective leadership style and to gain insight into new ways of working within the industry.

At Brookline, new employees at all levels are provided with a mentor who holds a more senior position and who has a fulsome understanding of the agency’s processes and culture. At the intern level, employees become part of the BPR Apprentices program, which is specifically designed to provide students or recent graduates with the industry experience they need to become knowledgeable and well-rounded practitioners. The relationship usually starts with the practitioners getting to know each other on a personal and professional level and, as time passes, a mutually-beneficial bond is formed.

One such benefit is increased engagement from the mentee, which stems from having the support of a fellow colleague and a resource they can rely on for help. Additionally, as communication becomes increasingly digital, there is something to be said about developing a relationship face-to-face through mentorship. This method tends to lead to increased trust, which in turn makes individuals feel more comfortable participating in team settings.

An important component of Brookline’s culture is the standard of continuous professional development. Whether an individual is just getting started or is considered the agency’s veteran, all team members are expected to set goals. Mentees are first introduced to Brookline’s goal setting initiatives by their mentors and the pair work collaboratively to develop specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and timely goals. Many of Brookline’s mentors use this relationship as an opportunity to become more effective leaders by providing their mentees with guidance and insight into the steps they can take to enhance their skills as public relations practitioners.

Finally, things can change in the blink of an eye in the world of public relations, which is why it is important for colleagues to keep each other informed of industry developments. Mentorship is one such way that individuals come together to share information about standard procedures and new approaches. For example, a mentor may teach their mentee about commonly recognized industry practices, such as pitching etiquette or time management strategies, to help their co-worker achieve success. Conversely, when new employees enter an organization, they bring with them knowledge gained from previous experience or through education. This information is often shared through the mentor-mentee relationship, which helps all employees stay fresh and current as they progress in their careers.

Mentorship is a powerful thing and to have the opportunity to be on either end of the relationship is something that should be valued.

Denzel Washington fully encapsulated the idea of mentorship when he said, “show me a successful individual and I’ll show you someone who had real positive influences in his or her life. I don’t care what you do for a living—if you do it well I’m sure there was someone cheering you on or showing the way. A mentor.”

 

Bridgette Slater is the Senior Intern at Brookline Public Relations. Her experience lies within the realms of event planning, corporate and creative writing, and social media management.

Ford’s award-winning Driving Skills for Life program visits Calgary

Friday, November 3rd, 2017

Dominica Nemec, Assistant Account Specialist

 

Becoming a licensed driver is exciting, but hitting the road on your own the first few times can be stressful. As many young drivers can relate, they’ve encountered experiences behind the wheel that were not taught in the classroom. Ford’s Driving Skills for Life program was developed by safety experts to provide new drivers with safe driving skills that go beyond what’s provided in standard driver education programs.

 

 

Brookline had the pleasure of working with Ford of Canada to build awareness and garner media coverage for the event, which attracted more than 260 participants, including students from three Calgary and area high schools. Over the course of two days, the program hosted four half-day sessions at the Calgary Fire Department Fire Training Academy, where students had the chance to experience high-risk driving situations in a safe and controlled environment with professional instructors. Drivers were able to improve their skills in four key areas that are critical factors in avoiding collisions, including:

  • hazard recognition
  • vehicle handling
  • speed management
  • space management

Students were also educated on distracted, drunk and drugged driving using special goggles and suits to simulate impairment as they navigated the closed course. Other exercises included training on how to recover from skids in front- and rear-wheel drive vehicles, switching lanes to avoid collisions and reactive breaking.

 

 

Through media relations, Brookline helped to secure more than 40 unique news stories, including coverage from CTV News, AM 770 and The Weather Network. The Brookline team even had the opportunity to get behind the wheel to experience some of the courses and we definitely picked up some new techniques. Thanks to Ford’s Driving Skills for Life, we learned how to be better drivers.

 

 

Dominica Nemec is an Assistant Account Specialist at Brookline Public Relations. She is at her best when coming up with creative ways to tell a story and is a self-professed grammar geek. She has helped multiple brands tell their stories and build their reputations through media relations, digital communication and event planning.

Brookline Public Relations continues BOLD expansion with client wins and new team members

Tuesday, October 10th, 2017


Brookline continues to prove its position as one of the most successful boutique

PR agencies in Canada

 CALGARY (October 10, 2017) –Brookline Public Relations (Brookline) is pleased to announce the addition of several new members to its team. Amanda Kemsley, account specialist, Dominica Nemec, assistant account specialist and Ashley Tymko, account specialist are the most recent public relations practitioners to join the award-winning agency.

These hires come after a number of new national client wins for Brookline including Feld Entertainment – the producers of Monster Jam and Disney on Ice, the Canadian Global Affairs Institute (CGAI), the Sheldon Kennedy Child Advocacy Centre (SKCAC) and new projects with Fairway Divorce Solutions, continuing to demonstrate how Brookline’s bold mentality continues to pay off as the agency announces a strong third quarter of national client wins and agency achievements.

Kemsley brings a wealth of agency experience, extensive knowledge of social media strategy, and bounds of creativity and energy to the team. After graduating from Mount Royal University’s Bachelor of Communication program in 2014, she went on to work at Innovate Calgary, the Cerebral Palsy Association and a Canadian PR agency. Her familiarity with retail and consumer marketing and the non-profit sector, along with relationships with key media contacts in the province are a welcomed asset.

Nemec recently obtained a Master of Arts Degree in Public Relations with distinction from the London College of Communication. She brings experience in fashion and consumer marketing, as well as sports communications and social media strategy to Brookline’s stellar team. Her ingenuity and strong writing skills will help enhance Brookline’s reputation as one of Canada’s leading boutique PR agencies.

Tymko comes from the University of Calgary’s Haskayne School of Business where she worked as the communications lead on key events for the institution. She brings strong public sector and non-profit experience to Brookline. Her creative and strategic social media skills will enhance Brookline’s reputation in the digital sphere.

“Amanda, Dominica and Ashley are the perfect additions to our team,” says Shauna MacDonald, Principal and Founder, Brookline. “We are thrilled that our agency is growing in line with our strategic business model and continues to celebrate successes year after year.”

Brookline’s team also continues to prove its professional expertise as Lisa Libin, Vice President, and Leanna Kruk, Account Director, have been named to PR in Canada’s Top 40 Under 40. The agency is well-positioned to finish up 2017 on a high note.

The new team members are already hard at work on some of the new clients under the Brookline umbrella. Brookline is currently working with the internationally renowned SKCAC on executive communications, introducing the organization’s new CEO Sara L. Austin to the helm through a strategic thought leadership, social and media campaign.

Brookline has also been working in the monster truck pits and on the ice rinks with Mickey and Minnie Mouse managing media relations for Feld Entertainment’s Monster Jam and Disney on Ice over the coming months.

CGAI recently expanded by appointing prominent Canadian thought-leaders, such as Rona Ambrose, to its Advisory Council and Brookline has been instrumental in securing media coverage on the Institute’s growth. Brookline continues to partner with the national think tank on upcoming events and speaking opportunities.

“We are pleased to continue to bring in clients from across every sector – from family entertainment to global affairs,” says MacDonald. “It’s the amazing variety of Brookline’s clients that attracts the best and the brightest PR talent and ensures the work we deliver is unsurpassed.”

 

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About Brookline Public Relations, Inc.

Brookline Public Relations, Inc. is a strategic public relations and marketing communications firm dedicated to helping organizations build awareness, profile and credibility worldwide. Our core purpose is to support our clients’ goals with fresh and creative communications strategies by implementing a solid and professional approach while enthusiastically challenging the status quo. We want our clients to be recognized as industry leaders. Our services include: Media Relations, Corporate Communications, Crisis Communications and Issues Management, Integrated Marketing, Event Management and Social Media. For more information, please visit www.brooklinepr.com.

 

For media inquiries, please contact:

Shauna MacDonald

Brookline Public Relations, Inc.

403-538-5645

smacdonald@brooklinepr.com