Robin A. Grant  
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Work Experience

1997-Present
Multimedia Writer and Producer
TV, Print, Online, Radio, Photographic and Advertising Media
St. John's, NL, Canada

  • The Weather Network, Global National Television Network, Wish Magazine, Gardening Life Magazine, Current Magazine, Atlantic Business Magazine, Progressive Choices Magazine, Wish Magazine, Downhomer Magazine, The Coast, The Express, The Telegram, CBC Radio, Apple Core Communications, Prime Communications, Atlantic Bridge Program, The Cavendish Group (UK); etc.

2006- December 2011
Founder, Executive Director
For the Love of Learning, Inc.
St. John's, NL

  • All aspects of founding, incorporating and directing a provincial not-for-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of “resilient youth,” or “extraordinary young people who are using their skills successfully to overcome tremendous social and/or economic obstacles and build bright futures in our community (www.fortheloveofleanning.org).” This included strategic and budget creation and planning, proposal writing, program and curriculum planning, and much more. The work of the youth through the organization culminated in the production of a biannual cross provincial newspaper [backBEAT]; four original annual full-scale theatrical productions; four original films; four annual Creative Writing & Art Anthologies; six lines of Newfoundland-themed annual Holiday Art Cards; an e-store showcasing the work of resilient youth entrepreneurs; and most important, the graduation of youth to greater social, economic and education opportunities.

2006-Present
Media Consultant
The Atlantic Bridge Program
St. John's, NL, Canada

  • Periodically contracted to design media to attract international students to study medicine at various Irish institutions. This included the research, design, writing and production of website material, as well as the collaborative onsite research, design, writing, narration and stand-in camera production of promotional video content, resulting in the quadrupling of admissions annually. The Atlantic Bridge Program [www.atlanticbridge.com] is a cultural diversity program through which the Irish medical, dental, and veterinary schools admit international students.

January 2007 - April 2007
Contractual Researcher, Writer and Photographer
St. John’s Community Advisory Committee on Homelessness
St. John's, NL, Canada

  • Gathered all data pertaining to the $13 million in funding and properties provided to the province of Newfoundland and Labrador since 1999 via the Government of Canada’s National Homelessness Initiative (NHI). This included conducting all interviews and preparing all stories and photographs for the comprehensive 28-page supplement in The Telegram called “Growing Homes” [see also www.growinghomes.org] under the direction and advisement of the committee.

2001-2005
Manager
NewsWatch (The CCL Group)
St. John's, NL, Canada

  • Oversaw the daily operations of St. John’s office to include daily monitoring and reporting of trends in local and national print media on behalf of corporate and governmental clients, staff training and supervision.

Summer 2002
Reporter
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) Radio One
St. John's, NL, Canada

  • Developed, researched and pursued story ideas and assignments; prepared, conducted and recorded interviews; and voiced and produced newscripts, montages, soundscapes, pacs, talk-tapes and mini documentaries for hourly news, as well as "The Morning Show."

1998-1999
Columnist
The Gazette
St. John's, NL, Canada

  • Wrote a bi-weekly opinion column in addition to news stories for the faculty newspaper.

1999
Lecturer
Memorial University of Newfoundland Department of English
St. John's, NL, Canada

  • Delivered university lectures on writing to Memorial University English students.

1997
Fundraiser
The Opportunity Fund
St. John's, NL, Canada

  • Researched honorary degree recipients and wrote them tailored letters for the purpose of soliciting funds.

Volunteer Experience

November 2007 - February 2008
Youth, You’re Part of the Picture! Volunteer Week Committee Member
Community Services Council
St. John's, NL

  • Conceptualized youth art work used to commemorate the event and contributed to the collaborative event planning with volunteer committee members.

September 2006-August 2007
Community Editorial Board Member
The Telegram
St. John's, NL

  • Wrote monthly guest editorials on a range of topics to include education, immigration, youth and religion.

September 2006 - April 2007
Tutor/Outreach Coordinator
The Youth Services Site, St. John's
St. John's, NL

  • Tutored high school equivalencies of English and Math skills and organized creative learning activities for the site's youth patrons.

December 2005 - March 2006
Long Term Care Recreation Volunteer
Notre Dame Memorial Hospital
St. John's, NL

  • Assisted in carrying out recreational activities for adults in long term care.

January 2004 - April 2004
English Language Companion
The Refugee Immigration Advisory Council
St. John's, NL, Canada

  • Tutored refugees in rudimentary English as a second language skills.

1998
Forum Organizer
Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador
St. John's, NL, Canada

  • Conceived, initiated, organized and led a highly engaging and informative live public debate with key members of the university community and the local media—an open event attended by students, faculty and the public at large.

1998
Event Coordinator
RTW, Ballistics and Posey Roe and Tectonics Hair Design
St. John's, NL, Canada

  • Coordinated a fashion show in honor of the one-year anniversary of the launch of granite Magazine, a not-for-profit arts publication, held at The Loft, Hay Market Square, and attended by over two hundred people.
  • Solicited donors; secured multimedia equipment; conceptualized and choreographed the sound and light as well as the seating and stage itself; chose, confirmed, coordinated and assisted in the styling of over thirty models; developed advertising; wrote press releases; etc.

Education

2011-Present
Memorial University of Newfoundland
Masters of Education
St. John's, NL

  • Curriculum, Teaching and Learning (part time)

2000
University of Kings College
Bachelor of Journalism
Halifax, NS, Canada

  • Trained in the writing, editing and production of print, television, online, radio, and photo- journalism, as well as media ethics and media law.

1999
Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador
Bachelor of Arts
St. John's, NL, Canada

  • English Major with Sociology Minor.