delivering media + communications + social media training for nonprofit organizations in Alberta

I registered for the workshop hoping to improve my media relations skills and get better at pitching stories to the media. The workshop exceeded my expectations. I left with no answered questions. It also turned out to be a great networking opportunity. I formed a valuable connection with an Executive Director from another organization and we agreed to work together on an important project that neither of us could accomplish alone.

Christi Lein
ABC Headstart | Development & Stakeholder Relations Manager
12 February 2018

Last week, I had the pleasure of spending an afternoon with trainer Marilyn Jones. She taught me how to create an email newsletter for my organization. Marilyn was very easy to work with, informative and made the afternoon fun. I left with a template for out newsletter that looks great and is easy to do each month. Well worth the time and her prices are very reasonable. She has lots of skills and experience to help people, like me, who are not too skilled or experienced, with effectively using digital media to promote an organization.

Laurie Winder
The Ashbourne Seniors Centre | Executive Director
06 February 2018

When you consult with Marilyn, you can expect keyed up energy from the start. She guided us in uncovering our organizational needs and challenges, and encouraged us to find solutions that would work for our unique situation. When we had to shift gears to dig deeper into our strategy for the year, she jumped off the page with us, and helped us to set our eyes back in a stronger direction.

Michele Chiasson Suart
Education Matters | Director, Donor & Community Engagement
04 January 2018

The Digital Advertising Workshop met my expectations. It was specific to my job and the programs I am responsible for promoting and held in a very comfortable learning environment.

Andrea Oneski
Leduc County | Community Development Coordinator
14 November 2017

I found the [Digital Advertising for NonProfits] workshop very informative. It planted new ideas and offered new tactics I hadn't considered before. The instructor was very personable. I only wish the workshop had been longer.

Rose Gaboury
St Albert Family Resource Centre | Administrative Assistant
14 November 2017

I can't believe how far I've come and how much I have learned over the two weeks of working with you on our communications plan. I have a whole new brain. Calling you was by far the best decision I have made in the last 2.5 years. I really appreciate all your guidance and support over the past few weeks.[Later] I delivered the presentation this morning and it went really really well!! Thanks so much again for all of your support and guidance to help me get the communications strategy off the ground. I can’t believe how far we’ve come in just over one month.

Emily Skinner
First Nations Technical Services Advisory Group | Communications Coordinator
04 September 2017

Thank you so much for the [How to Create a Monthly Giving Program] webinar today! I certainly learned a lot, and am excited to get started! I look forward to working with you again in the near future.

Marla Welks
Edmonton Mennonite Centre for Newcomers | Stakeholder Engagement Coordinator
19 July 2017

The Special Event Marketing workshop was a great learning experience all around. Lots of practical ideas including how to more effectively use Facebook and Instagram and put together an influencer campaign. A very friendly yet professional environment. Marilyn was well-researched and able to customize the workshop for our specific needs and circumstances.

Brendan Lord
Choir Alberta | Executive Director
18 July 2017

It was helpful to learn about the steps to creating a crisis communications plan and the difference between issues management and crisis management. Others will find this [Crisis Communications] workshop informative.

Jodi Egan
Children's Cottage | Communications Coordinator
03 May 2017

The [Crisis Communication] workshop met my expectations. It helped me identify the key audiences depending on the situation and how to build a hold statement to reduce confusion. It was very informative and I especially liked that it was discussion based. I learned a lot from other participants as well.

Mattie Elliott
Lethbridge County | Communications Coordinator
03 May 2017

The social media workshop Marilyn gave to our communication team offered an excellent opportunity to create clarity on organizational communication strategies. I especially appreciated learning how to develop a strategy for achieving specific objectives and the numerous resources Marilyn provided in advance.

Lynn Labrecque King
Alberta College of Social Workers | Executive Director
19 April 2017

Marilyn’s customized media relations webinar series really showed us how to be proactive with broadcast and print media and clearly explained the fit with our overall communications strategy, audiences and objectives. We learned how to develop and pitch compelling story ideas to communicate our heritage advocacy messages. We had a big wish list and the combination of the videos, on-line tools, workbooks, templates, practice examples, critiques, and media training hit all the content check boxes.

Karen Paul
Calgary Heritage Initiative Society | Communications
10 March 2017

Great webinar to get set you up to create an engaging annual report; includes understanding the key elements, and how to present your content in a way that will capture your reader's attention.Thanks very much Marilyn, I really enjoyed it, and had many valuable takeaways!

Pam Thompson
Go Productivity | Relationship Manager
02 February 2017

The [Media Training] workshop was helpful in learning how to deal with the media, what they look for, and how to develop key messages under any circumstance. It was informative and much of it applies to life in general. Crisis can occur anytime, anywhere and the strategies to deal with them are useful to know.

Jesse Cole
Alberta Financial Services Corporation | Research Analyst
03 December 2016

Marilyn is a social media marvel. She is very knowledgeable of all social media outlets and given the fast-paced nature of social media, it is impressive that she is always up-to-date on the latest tactics. Marilyn makes sure everyone in her courses understands the material and no questions remain unanswered. Marilyn is easy to reach before and after your course should any additional questions arise. Her outreach system,, is efficient and allows Marilyn to keep in touch with all of us in her courses and share relevant material when she sees fit. I have taken more than one course with Marilyn, and plan on taking many more.

Courtney Sharma
Servants Anonymous Society of Calgary | Communications Coordinator
12 October 2016

Another very informative and hands-on workshop by Marilyn. It was helpful to review how to and then set up our own LinkedIn company page in the workshop. I also appreciated the opportunity of discussing and deciding how we might best use showcase pages,

Christine Hryniw
Electrical Contractors Association of Alberta | Marketing & Communications Coordinator
20 September 2016

An excellent [LinkedIn] workshop! If you're thinking about setting up a LinkedIn personal profile or company page, take Marilyn's workshop first. You'll save yourself lots of time!

Sheri McLean
Electrical Contractors Association of Alberta | Executive Director
20 September 2016

The [Snapchat] workshop really helped me get a better focus on what we need to do with our social media communications.

Kari Wisiewski
Tien Lung Taekwon-Do Club | Marketing & Communications Coordinator
06 September 2016

I learned a lot in the workshop, not only about Snapchat but also about other social media networks.

Jaime-Lynn Keller
Edmonton Minor Soccer Association | Social Media Coordinator
06 September 2016

The workshop was a great intro to Snapchat -- feels like learning a new language. I recommend this workshop to anyone wanting to communicate with the younger generation.

Candace Westeroth
TransAlta Tri Leisure Centre | Marketing & Communications Coordinator
06 September 2016 | | |
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