About Lisa In her role at Tamarack, Lisa works with cities and organizations to help them meaningfully engage their communities. Over the last six years her work has focused on creating authentic engagement strategies and training staff teams, teaching and writing about innovative engagement methodologies, designing and facilitating workshops with a focus on raising the voice of the context expert, integrated communications planning, and the use of technology and creativity for engagement. Lisa advocates for simplicity in infrastructure, frameworks and design and loves applying the principles of marketing, advertising, loyalty, and user experience to community initiatives.
Lisa comes to this work from the private sector where she worked at one of Canada's leading communications firms with clients in agribusiness, healthcare, financial services and technology. Lisa brings private sector knowledge to public sector work. Hailing from Australia, Lisa also worked on major water infrastructure projects as the liaison between municipal government, engineering and the community.
Lisa’s other titles include Artist, Wife and Mum. On the side, Lisa is one of ten owners of Seven Shores Community Café in Waterloo, ON. She is also a Trustee of the KW Awesome Foundation - a group that provides no-strings attached grants for "awesome" community-based projects.
Worked with the City of Peterborough, the Town of Innisfil and the City of Surrey on their Community Engagement Strategy and Guidelines and training programs for municipal community engagement.
Developed a guide titled Engaging Your Community for the Ontario Museum Association that details a 6 step process for museums to go through when they want to have a closer relationship and be more relevant to their community.
Provided ongoing communications coaching for the Alliance for Arts Learning Leadership, a collective impact initiative in Oakland, CA.
Led a series of workshops for the Region of Waterloo on Public Engagement principles and tools as they prepare to launch their new Public Engagement Guidelines.