KAILEY LAVALLEE

If you are a dreamer come in / If you are a dreamer a wisher a liar / A hoper a pray-er a magic-bean-buyer / If you're a pretender com sit by my fire / For we have some flax golden tales to spin / Come in! / Come in! ― Shel Silverstein
The internet and social media have empowered practically everyone to share their stories. Stories have been a smart way to make connections and create engagement for hundreds of years. So here’s mine.

 In 2014, I graduated from university. Besides getting my Honours degree in English with a minor in Digital Culture & New Media, I have always had a passion for words and computers. You could say, I grew up with a mouse and a pencil attached to my hip.

I think there are things I knew about computers, about running Windows 3.1 that I wouldn’t even understand now. Was big into Myspace and blogging when LiveJournal was still a thing. Spent time building websites on Geocities. Too bad I didn’t keep backups of them!

Spent the rest of my childhood writing and getting into trouble. Big into poems, even had one published! Also managed to smash my face into a pool wall doing a backflip and biked home that night all right.

When I got older, I was a photographer and the editor of my high school yearbook. We published the first full colour edition of the yearbook. Oh glory days. I also was awarded athlete of the year, but was unable to accept it as I was in the hospital with meningitis. Since then, I have always felt like I am here for some reason, perhaps to tell a story.

I made a rap adaptation of Beowulf as a final project in uni. #killedit After university, I enjoyed pescadillas and the white sandy beaches of Cancun for the first time. I left a little piece of my heart there and will forever return.

I also landed my first real job at a local web design agency. Spent my time sharpening and refining my digital marketing, blogging, and website management skills. Did some volunteer digital marketing and social media management. Helped out some colleagues with their resumes.

Then my husband and I eloped in Las Vegas and we spent our weddingmoon in, you guessed it, Cancun!

Now I’m the Communications Specialist at a non-profit organization. We were recently awarded a IABC Silver Leaf Award of Merit for our corporate Social Media Programs.

Currently, I am also the Director of Communications for IABC Saskatoon. I developed the website for IABC Saskatoon’s flagship event, IABC CommuniCon, where we were awarded a Chapter Management Award of Merit for Chapter Events.

Since 2016, I have been carving out this little piece of cyberspace, sharing my stories, travels and eats online.

When I’m not working, I like to do arts and crafts, paint, write, collect journals to write and paint in. This includes numerous permanent works-in-progress.