Gallery 215 – Selma, East Hants County, Nova Scotia
(Jan. 2016 – Present / Volunteer Work) At the 2016 Annual General Meeting, the Maitland District Development Association (MDDA) created an arm’s-length committee to run Gallery 215, a gallery that shows and sells the artwork of more than 50 Nova Scotia artists. Stephen was one of three people appointed to that committee.
Stephen is bringing his repertoire of skills in research, writing, photography, marketing, advertising, communications, and sales to the project.
illinniapaa campus – Iqaluit, Nunavut
(Dec. 2015 – Jan. 2016 / Contract Work) Stephen mostly wrote text for a number of brochures to promote ilinniapaa campus’ initiatives.
Maitland Launch Festival – Maitland, East Hants County, Nova Scotia
(Jun. 2012 – Present / Volunteer Work) Stephen took photos, wrote text, designed and laid out artwork for a number of materials including advertisements, posters, brochures and social media posts on Facebook and Twitter.
EarthLore Communications – Ottawa, Ontario
(Feb. 2015 – Apr. 2015 / Student Placement) Stephen served a six-week student placement – from the Professional Writing Program at Algonquin College – at EarthLore Communications. During the course of his placement he performed research, writing, editing, and various marketing functions.
Check his Portfolio of Writing on this website for a sample of his social media writing when he covered an Ottawa Writers’ Festival Event called, The Right To Be Cold.
East Hants Fracking Opposition Group (EHFOG) – Maitland, East Hants County, NS
(Jun. 2014 – Jun. 2015 / Volunteer Work) Stephen took an active interest in Hydraulic Fracturing when Maitland came under threat as one of three communities where he lived by fracking. He spent three years researching the process of hydraulic fracturing and its effects, during which period he volunteered with EHFOG for a year. During this one year period he wrote social media posts on Twitter and Facebook, as well as writing a report entitled, The Hydra in Hydraulic Fracturing, and a letter to the editor of the Chronicle Herald, which was subsequently published.
You can find samples of the latter two in the Portfolio of Writing.
Parks Canada, Nunavut Field Unit – Iqaluit, Nunavut
(Jul. 2006 – Dec. 2008 / Full-time Work) Stephen served as a Communications Specialist working on a number of projects for the Nunavut Field Unit. His projects included two displays, ads, brochures and booklets, a field unit newsletter, organizing and digitizing the field unit’s image bank, and the field unit’s licencing and permitting. Skills utilized included photography, research, writing, editing, design and layout, and liaising with Parks Canada staff, business people, and the general public.
Stephen Lowe Photography – Iqaluit, Nunavut
(May 2004 – June 2006 / Full-time Work) Stephen offered photography services in Iqaluit, first as a part-time venture and later as a full-time venture, offering everything from passport photos to professional photoshoots. Apart from the photography, Stephen also researched, wrote, designed and laid out all promotional materials for his business and utilized materials in print, newspaper ads and the internet as marketing vehicles.
Ayaya Marketing & Communications / Nortext / Nunatsiaq News
(Aug. 1992 – Aug. 2004 / Full-time Work) Stephen worked for the Nortext family of companies in a variety of sales / client services roles over his 12-year career. He started selling advertising in two magazines that Nortext produced – Canadian Housing, and Arctic Circle – as well as supplements for Nunatsiaq News. He then became the Advertising Sales Manager for Nunatsiaq News and filled this role for a number of years.
Next, he moved laterally in the company and became a Senior Account Manager for Nortext Multimedia, and later Ayaya Marketing & Communications when the northern office was rebranded.
The bulk of Stephen’s experience in marketing and advertising came from this period of his life.