Christine Bernard

Peer Mentor
Christine Bernard
2013
BA Honours, Communication Studies
Communications Manager, Wireless - Shaw Communications

After graduation, I got my first full time job in communications as a Business Analyst, specializing in internal communications and employee engagement. Over the last few years, I’ve advanced in my career from becoming a Communications Specialist to a Communications Manager. With each career advancement, the responsibilities increased, but my underlying passion for storytelling and communicating in innovative ways remains—a passion I was able to discover and enhance from my time at York. Most recently, I've joined an amazing group of instructors teaching in York's post-graduate certificate in Public Relations, as the instructor for the Internal Communications and Change Management course. This is my way of giving back to a community that inspired me. My goal was to discover how I could take my passion for storytelling to help shape and influence the lives of friends, family and colleagues in a positive way. The Communications Studies program helped me develop my writing, public speaking and collaboration skills. Learning about the various ways there were to communicate using technology really piqued my interest. My first job in communications focused on internal communication and employee engagement. Here I was able to use my voice, passion for writing and love for technology to help empower, influence, encourage and engage employees in innovative ways that made learning and staying connected fun. Years later, as I’ve advanced in my career, I continue to look back, reflect and even reference old textbooks, to ensure that I’m still utilizing the best practices I’ve learned over the years.

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