Connecting the dots: Community Engagement
Planted City Principal Steven Godfrey is an effective communicator who thrives in public interactions. He has experience in settings as diverse as Vancouver's Downtown Eastside neighbourhood, English as a Second Language classrooms in Korea, corporate boardrooms and the backyard gardens of some of Victoria's senior residents. In each interaction he has relied on respect, effective listening and diplomacy to move the conversation toward an efficient and desirable outcome. He also uses these skills as a volunteer presenter for former U.S. Vice-President Al Gore's 'Climate Reality Project'.
Steven also has experience as a social media communicator. He managed the social media presence of 'Cycle Kingston', a non-profit organization in Kingston, Ontario, for a year-and-a-three-quarters. In that volunteer role he regularly posted promotional and curated materials; building the organization's online presence, engaging followers and ensuring the currency of content. He has since continued to develop his social media skills and fluency of various platforms.
Finally, Steven ran two of the largest election sign campaigns in Canadian history. Signs figure prominently in efforts to engage potential voters, but can also be a source of conflict in political campaigns. Again, his creative problem-solving and effective communication skills assisted him in defusing potential conflict and resolving issues as they arose.
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Principal Steven Godfrey has contributed to a number of locally-based projects that draw on his creative problem solving, communication and interpersonal skills.
He co-managed the collection of census data from residents of Vancouver's Downtown Eastside and developed and managed the social media presence of Cycle Kingston; a non-profit organization promoting safe bike transportation in Kingston, Ontario. Steven managed two of the largest election sign campaigns in Canadian history in support of candidates for mayor, city council, parks and school board in Vancouver.
He is a member of his local community garden and continues to volunteer locally.