We have a new addition to the masthead!
It brings me particular pleasure, on behalf of our Board of Directors, to break the news we have hired Nikki Berreth as our next General Manager, effective January 15, 2019.
Nikki assumes the role vacated by Janice Benthin, who took her well-deserved retirement in September after having served the SWCC’s members, board and partners since 2011. We thank Janice for her countless – and ongoing – contributions to the organization, which have benefited science writing and communication efforts in Canada.Douglas Keddy
Many of you will be familiar with Nikki’s work as co-founder of both Science Slam Canada and LitScientist. She is also the Communication and Event Manager for STEAM Communication and Events, and brings a breadth of experience in event management, science communication, branding and social media.
(After hearing Nikki’s talk at last year’s SWCC conference, I still try to imagine which room in my house would be representative of any new emerging social media platform I encounter.)
Nikki will be the primary contact for our members and will serve as a knowledge steward responsible for helping develop, implement and support our programs. In the process, she will also help advance fundraising efforts and modernize our digital footprint.
I would also like to extend my heartfelt thanks to our hiring committee – which also included, at various stages, Michael Dwyer, Jennifer Gagné, Christel Binnie, Tim Lougheed and Janice Benthin – who gave generously of their time, thoughts and ideas as we reimagined the role and its objectives, developed hiring processes and assessed potential candidates.
Collectively, we’re thrilled to welcome Nikki to the fold. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. I encourage you to reach out to her once she assumes the role next week.
Happy New Year, everyone – here’s to a 2019 filled with science and the compelling stories that come from it.
President, Science Writers & Communicators of Canada