Shelley Motz – Communications Manager

Shelley is a certified change management professional (CCMP) with more than 20 years’ experience leading communications projects and events in the public, private, and non-profit sectors. She holds a Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree from the University of Victoria and is passionate about harnessing the power of stories to create a more just, equitable, and compassionate society. 

This passion defines her career. Through her paid employment, she has had the opportunity to amplify the stories of vulnerable or marginalized populations, including people living with HIV/AIDS; people who use injection drugs; the LGBTQ+ community; immigrants and refugees. 

As a volunteer, she has served her congregation, First Unitarian Church of Victoria, as a Soul Matters facilitator, worship associate, and member of the Committee on Ministry. She is also on the Board of Directors of Story Studio, an award-winning charity that inspires, educates, and empowers youth to be great storytellers, and, in doing so, transforms lives and strengthens communities.

In her role as Communications Manager, Shelley is concerned with enhancing and promoting the Canadian Unitarian Council’s positive reputation. She regularly engages and informs member congregations, stakeholders, and the broader public about programs, resources, and events. Key responsibilities include the creation, implementation, publication and/or management of:

  • communications strategies and plans;
  • content for the CUC website and social media channels;
  • publicity and/or promotional materials;
  • letters and media statements;
  • newsletters; and
  • email groups.

Even when she is not working, Shelley can often be found writing. Her essays, articles, poetry, and book reviews have been published in various print and online publications. She also publishes a twice-weekly newsletter called Sift. Shift. Lift., which looks at current and historical events through the work of academics, artists, and activists.

She lives on the traditional territory of the Songhees and Esquimalt Nations with her wife, teenage twins, and a very active borderdoodle.

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