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Name: Emily Dickson
Title & Department: Website & Outreach Associate, Ontario Network of Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Treatment Centres
On the WCH team for: (Length of time you have worked at WCH): 1 ½ years
1.What does your typical work day look like?
As the Website and Outreach Associate for the Ontario Network of Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Treatment Centres (ONSA/DVTCs), I help support the external and internal communication initiatives for the 37 treatment centres across Ontario.
A typical day involves managing several of the Network’s content management systems, such as an eLearning Platform dedicated to supporting the educational needs of the Network’s clinicians, its website, and social media channels. With the rest of the team, I help to design public-facing materials and work to develop strategies to increase awareness of the Network among larger audiences.
The Network’s Navigation Line is another initiative I aid; a telephone line meant to assist callers in accessing care if someone doesn’t know where to go post-assault. Working to ensure the line is always staffed and helping train nurses interested in taking calls is a rewarding part of my involvement.
You can always find me coding some part of the Network Website, updating the eLearning platform, or sharing what the Network is up to on social media.
2. What excites you the most about working at WCH?
I have to say, my team! The resilience and strength behind everyone in the Network working to address the issues of sexual assault and intimate partner violence is inspiring. To be a part of the ongoing collaboration to help those who benefit from the services the Network provides, especially where I can strengthen my skills and grow as a person, is something I cherish. The amount of support, not only in the Network but across Women’s, is unparalleled, and I cannot wait to see what the Network will accomplish next.
3. How does your work contribute to creating a positive patient experience?
While I’m not in a patient facing role, it is my hope the information the Network shares through our website, our social media, and the support we provide through our Navigation Line makes a difference to those who are, or who may be, thinking about accessing care.
4. Tell us one (or three) thing(s) that your colleagues would be surprised to learn about you?
- I absolutely love 70s/80s music. There isn’t a time you will not see me jamming out to Queen or David Bowie.
- I have an artistic side away from a computer screen. I love to draw and paint!
- While I’ve been horseback riding since I was ten, I started learning Dressage two years ago.