Angela J Carter Angela Carter brings more than 30 years’ experience in journalism, corporate communications, business management, and intercultural, diversity and inclusion insight to AC Communications & Consulting. As well, she has gained valuable knowledge of the not-for-profit sector through working for and volunteering with organizations in Barbados and the Greater Toronto Area. In her role, she assists small businesses and not-for-profit organizations in turning their ideas into action so they can realize their vision. Her goal is to better understand where they want to go and the best and most efficient way to get there. A strategic thinker with strong organizational skills, Angela has developed and executed plans for clients in various sectors including financial services, media, manufacturing, sports, retail and international relations. She knows the importance of planning; however, she also understands that it’s not always easy for a small business or agency to allocate the resources that are so crucial to managing the process. With a strong interest in cultural diversity and communication for social change and development, Angela is very passionate about reducing poverty and helping people attain a quality of life that brings joy to them and improves their well-being and that of their community. That passion and interest took her to India where she spent three months teaching at a secondary school in Punjab and exploring the rich and diverse cultural landscape of that country. That passion has encouraged her to become a Volunteer Advisor with CESO where she has been working with First Nation communities in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, and Cochrane, Ontario. Angela started her communications career as a sports reporter and proofreader at the Nation Publishing Co Ltd in Barbados where in the ensuing ten years she gained vast experience in the various positions she held. In Canada, she was also employed at one of the leading financial institutions in Canada where she held a variety of communication and marketing positions in human resources, smart cards, merchant cards and the credit cards division. In 2006, Angela went to Barbados to work on the official publications for the ICC Cricket World Cup held in the West Indies in 2007. Before returning to Canada, she held the position of General Manager of the Cricket Legends of Barbados where she managed two retail stores and the cricket museum, and was a key player in the CLOBI Cup, an international cricket masters tournament, held in Barbados from 2009 to 2011. Angela has always been very active in the community in which she resides. In Canada, she has been involved with the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC), the Association of Professional Fundraisers (AFP) and the Brampton Board of Trade. And in Barbados, she was a member of the Barbados Museum and Historical Society and of the Rotary Club of Barbados. She has held such positions as Board Chair of Telecare Distress Centre Brampton (now Spectra Community Support Services), Council Member and Trustee at the Central Park Baptist Church, Vice President and Board member of the United Achievers’ Club of Brampton, and was a member of the Citizens’ Advisory Committee with Correctional Service Canada, the Board Affairs and Nominating Committee of Junior Achievement of Canada, and the United Way of Peel’s Training and Consulting Services Team, Special Events Committee and Allocations Committee. Currently, Angela sits on the Community Investment Cabinet at the United Way of Peel Region, is a Volunteer Advisor with CESO, a Volunteer Ambassador with CARP, a committee member with the Canadian Institute of Diversity and Inclusion, and a member of IABC. Angela has penned many articles on a myriad of topics for publications such as the New York Times, the Richmond Times Dispatch, Share, IABC’s Communication World, Air Canada’s En Route and BWIA’s Caribbean Beat. In addition, she co-authored a book on Barbados entitled, Insight Guide: Barbados, and edited or reviewed a number of books and magazines including No Canadian Experience, eh?, ABC Photo Guide and Significant! From Frustration to Franne-tastic. She graduated from York University, Ontario, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Studies, and received a Master of Professional Communication degree, with specialization in Intercultural and International Communication, from the Royal Roads University in British Columbia. A firm believer in lifelong learning, she has also pursued studies at the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus; the Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia; the University of Toronto, and the Ryerson Polytechnic University. She is an alumnus of the Maytree Foundation’s Leaders For Change, and the Relationship Model of Board Governance and Leadership programs. Angela has received a number of awards for her commitment to, and excellence in, providing service, including the Rotary Club of Barbados Service Award in 2012 and the Ontario Volunteer Service Award in 2005. She has been featured in a number of magazines and newspapers, including the Toronto Star.