The Voice Episode 109: From Communications Director to Executive Director – What It Takes

Jody Brian, a PR graduate from Mount Saint Vincent University, enjoyed an illustrious and varied communications career spanning 18+ years, during which time she worked in the private, non-profit and government sectors for organizations including Nortel and Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse, and departments such as International Trade and Correctional Service of Canada within the federal government. Jody’s first surprise move (a surprise to many, that is) was to quit government for the non-profit sector. Her second bold move was leaving her position as Communications Director to take on a new challenge – as Executive Director for a small but important non-profit, Hopewell Eating Disorder Support Centre of Ottawa.

In this episode of The Voice, Jody shares with Tina Barton her transition, and how her communications experience both prepared her for the role and continues to enhance her perspectives and contributions she is able to bring. Jody also offers advice to communications professionals considering a similar move. Additionally, we learn about the range of eating disorders affecting youth (particularly young women), the shortcomings of Ontario’s health system, and the support Hopewell makes available to those suffering and their families.

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This episode was produced by Amanda Speroni of Thornley Fallis Communications.

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