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Last week we announced the winners of our annual Women in Communications, Marketing and Technology awards, we took a moment to catch up Matisse Nelis who was honoured as one of the Internal Communicator of the Year award.
Who Is Matisse Nelis?
I’m the Manager of Internal and Accessible Communications at CNIB [TCO] and founder of Queddo Communications. Behind the scenes, I’m an accessibility advocate with an obsession for crafting, stationery, vinyl records and Old English Sheepdogs.
What was your first role in the industry?
My first role in the industry came when I was still in school for PR. I had the privilege of completing a work-study position within the Durham College Marketing and Communications department. The key moment that made me stay in the industry was when some media outlets picked up my first story. I had worked so hard on the pitch, tried to capture everything I had learned to that point, and it paid off. It made me feel like I might actually know what I’m doing!
What is your current role?
My current role is Manager of Internal and Accessible Communications at CNIB, comprised of the CNIB Foundation, Vision Loss Rehabilitation Canada and CNIB Deafblind Community Services.
What is something that you’re really proud of having done/accomplished?
I think I’m most proud of the internal communications strategy I was able to implement when this COVID-19 pandemic hit. From pulse surveys to resources, creating new courses for our internal universities to implementing daily lunch ‘n’ learns, providing some solace for our staff during these unprecedented times through communications was definitely my biggest accomplishment.
Are there any key things you have learned during 2020 that really stand out?
I think 2020 has helped show me that I’m able to adapt to any situation. Dealing with crisis management throughout this whole pandemic and ensuring staff were supported while adjusting to my own new normal raised lots of challenges. Still, I overcame them and found inner strength and confidence in my abilities that I feel I had been missing until now.