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RESUME

ANDREA

HOUSTON

EDUCATION

 

Fundraising Management, post-grad – Humber College

Honours B.A., English / Film and Theatre – York University

 

Journalism – Humber College School of Media Studies


Creative Photography – Humber College School of Media Studies

 

AWARDS AND ACHIEVEMENTS

April 2016 – “LGBTQ Role Model of the Year” from Canadian Centre for Gender & Sexual Diversity

 

May 2014 and 2015 – Two-time finalist for “LGBT Person of the Year” at Inspire Awards

 

Oct 2013-Jan 2014 – “Thinker in Residence” at Videofag queer arts space and theatre

 

June 2012 – Honoured Dyke at Pride Week 2012, named by Pride Toronto in recognition of “outstanding achievement and contribution to Toronto’s LGBTTIQQ2SA communities through excellence in reporting on Bill 13 (Accepting Schools Act) and Toby’s Act.”

 

May 2012 – Featured as a “Top Toronto Thinker” in The Grid magazine

 

Jan 2012 – Finalist for J-Source’s “Canadian Newsperson of the Year”

 

FUNDRAISING EXPERIENCE:

Rainbow Railroad - Fundraising communications

Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives – Organizing fundraising event

 

Oxfam Canada – Creating direct mail campaign

• Creating on a direct mail campaign for Oxfam Canada, in which we tell the story of a women in South Sudan empowered through agricultural projects.

 

Canadian Centre for Gender and Sexual Diversity – Researcher/writer

• Authored the “Pink Agenda,” a foundational document for supporters, donors, and volunteers to state clearly the organization’s positions on key LGBTQ issues.

 

#ENDhatelaws – Co-founder, activist, fundraiser

• Raised awareness of international anti-LGBTI laws through social media campaigns, successfully pressuring the Canadian government to ease access for LGBTI refugees

 

MEDIA AND COMMUNICATIONS EXPERIENCE

Ryerson University School of Journalism – Instructor

• Develop and teach Ryerson Journalism’s first Queer Media course, which is part journalism course, part history class, and part cultural critique, examining the rapidly changing landscape of LGBTQ rights through the lens of media

 

 Torontoist Managing Editor

• Assigned and edited all stories • Recruited new, diverse contributors from marginalized communities • Reinvigorated site by bringing in social justice mandate • Increased and broadened audience among young readers

 

Cheri DiNovo, Member of Provincial Parliament for Parkdale–High Park –

Executive Assistant

• Advanced passage of new human rights laws and justice policies for Ontario • Managed daily calendar, social media, and office budget • Developed social media campaigns and external communications • Engaged members of vulnerable populations • Mentored co-op students and interns

 

NOW Magazine – Writer/Organizer
• Assembled coalition to fight for repeal of C-36, the Conservative government law

criminalizing sex workers • Wrote coverage of law’s passage and implications

 

Xtra, Canada’s Gay and Lesbian News – Senior Staff Reporter / videographer

• Exposed discrimination against LGBTQ people in Toronto and around the world • Investigated systemic injustices • Advanced humans rights through journalism

 

The Peterborough Examiner – Staff Reporter/ videographer
• Published daily news. Beats covered: Education, courts, and social justice

 

AM 640 Toronto Radio – On-air Reporter and Assistant Producer
• Chase producing for the Mike Stafford Show by day, community reporting at night

 

Toronto Star – Internship: Reporter covering crime and police

SUMMARY OF EXPERIENCE AND SKILLS

  • Raiser’s Edge, Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), WordPress, Basecamp, iMovie, Photoshop

  • Social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat)

  • Campaign organizing experience, from grassroots activism to party politics

  • Teaching and mentoring

  • Knowledge of Canadian and international human rights law

  • Writing, editing skills at a professional level

  • Research skills, interview skills, on-camera skills

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