Suzanne Jolly has a passion for healthy people and organizations. Recently, she’s decided to focus in on her love for (and mad skills in) communications in order to help individuals, communities and organizations create a healthier world.
She surprises people consistently with her authenticity, sense of humour, honesty and enthusiasm. She believes in using best practices as a communications consultant and presenter, such as:
- developing interactive products that allow for a diversity of learning styles, audience knowledge and past experiences;
- creating comprehensive evaluation tools to show and focus on success;
- offering follow-up information and referrals to other resources that allows audiences to engage with the topics beyond the initial workshop or website;
- writing and speaking with candor and professionalism, through the use of narrative that empowers and motivates audiences.
Suzanne comes from an interdisciplinary perspective, having worked in university administration, human resources, community development, substance abuse and violence prevention, education and communications. She received her Masters of Education in Higher Education and Student Affairs Administration from the University of Vermont, and her Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Simon Fraser University. With her diverse educational and professional background, she brings the best practices and theories to support and create healthy organizations, individuals and communities. Best of all, she engages her audiences and clients in honest reflection and dialogue.
In her role as Health Promotion Coordinator for Human Resources, Suzanne works on individual and organizational change in order to enable the over 12, 000 University of British Columbia (UBC) staff and faculty to access and choose healthy behaviors.
We need to engage people with “how” not “should.” Everyone is overwhelmed with “shoulds,” when they deserve to be shown what they have accomplished and build on that. ~Suzanne
She presents regularly to small and large audiences, and she has become well known to be a natural, dynamic presenter who engages her audience with stories and practical ideas to create better, healthier communities. She has presented to tweens and teens, parents, educational professionals, engineers, university students, and municipal boards. Her flexibility as a presenter, to connect with diverse audiences, is one of her strengths.
She is more than a consultant, professional educator and health advocate, however. She volunteers in the Squamish community. She writes and performs her own music. She rode the 67 kilometer mountain bike race, the Test of Metal, in the Spring of 2012 to raise awareness about cystic fibrosis (in her own, “Test of Lungs”). She volunteered in Malawi doing organizational change for the World University Service of Canada and the Centre for International Studies and Cooperation. She climbs on the Stawamus Chief, skis in the backcountry of the Coastal Mountains and mountain bikes in the woods of Squamish, BC, where she lives.
Memberships and Recognition
St. Paul’s Hospital Foundation, “Donor Tests Her Lungs in Memory of a Friend.” October, 2012.
Sanofi Health Care Survey 2012 [pdf].”Guiding Vision, Grassroots Appeal: Employees Drive Wellness Initiatives at the University of British Columbia.” (page 5)
Benefits Canada Magazine, UBC Keeps Employees Fit in Body and Mind. July 19, 2011.
Benefits Canada Magazine, Advisory Board Member. 2011-Current.