Alumnae Abigail Gamble MPC’11 and Nicola Brown MPC’14 were recognized for their outstanding volunteer work for the MPC program at the inaugural G. Raymond Chang Outstanding Volunteer Awards ceremony on June 20th.
Abigail runs her own consulting firm, and Nicola is a freelance writer who founded Anew Traveller, a global community and publication for travel tips and experiences.
Since 2011, Abigail Gamble has played a key role in directing and expanding the ProCom Alumni Association. She has been involved in the community building and governance work of the Association, including developing its constitution, planning industry and social events and managing financial resources. In 2016, Abigail was elected president of PCAA and has organized a number of new initiatives designed to welcome graduates of ProCom’s BA program into the alumni community.
"One of the great benefits of a Ryerson degree is the network you build throughout your time studying - I think it's important to continue investing in that community after graduation as well,” says Abigail. “The more connected our alumni are, the more opportunity we all have to create valuable professional and personal relationships, as well as discover mentorship and partnership opportunities."
As the Editor-in-Chief of the ProCom Alumni Association Newsletter, Nicola Brown has played a crucial role in the development of this publication. Nicola oversees the production of four themed issue annually and she coordinates a team of students and alumni who write stories on current issues in the communications industry.
"I've been inspired to volunteer with the Ryerson community as a way to give back to a program that surpassed my high expectations in the amount of value it offered both personally and professionally,” says Nicola. “I think one of the most important things you can do as an alumnus is to stay connected to your community, so I'm eager to help support that connection through the PCAA newsletter. As a freelance writer and editor, volunteering has enabled me to explore and develop related skills that propel me forward in my own career”.
There are a number of ways current students and alumni can get involved in PCAA activities. ProCom alumni can volunteer with the PCAA, run for executive positions, attend PCAA hosted events, or sign up for the PCAA’s recently-launched mentoring program, ProCom Connect. To sign up for ProCom Connect email firstname.lastname@example.org.