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The Communications team is responsible for ensuring members are well informed on all NHPCA initiatives. The team supports all other departments, as well as manages content on the NHPCA website and social media sites, produces the quarterly Connections magazine, issues all e-notifications, manages internal and external advertising and brand campaigns, and encourages public engagement and advocacy initiatives.
Aleisha Cooote - Communications Manager
Noelle Goff-Kurlander - Digital Communications Advisor
Cheyenne Lemery - Communications Advisor
Christopher Schieman - Advertising and Communications Coordinator
Dorothy Reikie - Public Engagement Coordinator
Sandra Thornton - Strategic Communications Consultant
Aleisha joined the NHPCA team in January 2013 as the Communications Manager. She is responsible for the planning, development, implementation and measurement of internal and external marketing communications activities at the Association. Basically, she ensures her and her team delivers Association news and updates in creative ways that support the NHPCA community.
With a strong background in marketing communications, public relations, coaching and mentoring, Aleisha has worked with various clients across both private and Government sectors. She is thrilled to now be combining her love of natural health with her professional background to deliver meaningful results in the not-for-profit space.
Outside of the NHPCA office, you’ll most likely find Aleisha travelling the North American countryside with friends and loved ones, hitting the slopes to sharpen up her snowboarding skills, or working on her latest book which further develops her passion for human behaviour.
Noelle has been working with NHPCA since 2006. As Digital Communications Advisor, Noelle is responsible for website development and updates, database and email system management, quality assurance for web and print, and statistics and reporting.
Being an avid computer user from a young age, Noelle incorporated the use of computer applications into her academic studies in Archaeology and History. She continues to find ways to incorporate them into her work at the NHPCA to streamline processes and improve the user experience.
Noelle believes that natural health practitioners are essential to the national health care system. Their inclusion makes a more robust system that is better-equipped to provide flexible and effective health care.
Cheyenne joined NHPCA in 2012. As Communications Advisor, Cheyenne’s focus is developing content and design elements for our Connections magazine, social media policy and implementation, and video project development.
After many years as an informal educator and communications specialist, Cheyenne has had the opportunity to work with diverse groups of people. Inspired by the insight and potential of individuals she has worked with over the years, Cheyenne went on to become a certified life coach.
Cheyenne has also completed yoga teacher training and recognizes commitment to one's health and wellness as the foundation to reaching full human potential.
Chris has been working with the NHPCA since October 2012. Most notably, Chris writes and edits for the quarterly Connections magazine, the monthly eNews emails and is whom you will be working with if you ever want to buy any ad space with the NHPCA.
Chris studied in the Bachelor of Applied Communications in Professional Writing program at MacEwan University, receiving his Diploma in 2012 and his Degree in 2013. While studying, Chris worked as an editor for Intercamp Student Newspaper, held an internship with Avenue Edmonton, worked as a freelance writer for SEE Magazine, Beatroute Magazine, St. Albert Leader Magazine and worked as a public relations consultant for the Alberta Baroque Music Society.
Though Chris' passion for storytelling still pops up from time to time, he likes working for not-for-profit organizations and feeling like he's contributing to something bigger and has had an interest in legislation and public service since being turned on to politics around the same time he bought his first Clash records.
Chris still works as an arts and culture writer whenever the opportunity arrives and can often be found in local Edmonton record stores, adding to his collection of vintage jazz and avant-garde rock records and nosing through Edmonton’s bookstores, digging up hidden gems from his favourite authors, such as Kurt Vonnegut, William Burroughs and Ray Bradbury.
Dorothy joined the NHPCA in March 2013 on a temporary basis, but loved it so much she decided to stay. She works in the Communications department, doing little bits of everything, which has included communications planning, developing social media and website content, writing articles for Connections magazine, and photographing NHPCA events. More and more her time will be spent letting everybody know what an incredible organization NHCPA is through brand development and public engagement activities.
She has a degree in Political Science and French from Simon Fraser University and is a few courses away from completing her Public Relations Diploma from the University of Victoria. She thrives on challenging herself through education, photography, and travel, which has taken her to Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Nepal, and India. Last year she completed her yoga teacher training to better understand why the heck she loves it so much. She believes in a holistic approach to health and her favorite NHPCA modalities include reiki and yoga.
Some of her favorite childhood memories include making terrifically messy sandcastles along the ocean and cutting her cat’s whiskers off by accident. Three things always in her fridge are green onion, seaweed, and rice milk.
Sandra has been with the NHCPA since January 2013. She has a Bachelor in Applied Arts from Athabasca University and is accredited in public relations with the Canadian Public Relations Society (CPRS), certified in Crisis Communications from the Institute for Crisis Management, Fellow of the College of the CPRS. Sandra has over 30 years experience in communications, public relations, and marketing and teaches these skills to MacEwan University and University of Victoria public relations students.
The NHPCA aligns with her personal conviction of natural health, with yoga and massage therapy among her favourite modalities.
As a child on a typical weekend in the summer, Sandra went sailing on the St. Laurence River and climbed trees. Her favorite subject in school was art and it’s no surprise her favorite show is Mad Men. Three things always in her fridge are organic free-range eggs, salad makings and white wine! Sandra currently lives in the country on a lake in a very natural setting with her husband, dog, and two cats. She recently fulfilled a 30-year dream of getting her own pottery studio.