Public relations professional advancing nonprofits. Aspiring media prof.
A Southeast Asian born tan but without the Ray-Bans, Alyssa graduated with a B.A. (Hons) in Communication Studies, Theatre and Film Studies from McMaster University. Through volunteering, she found herself in the nonprofit world, a sector that has helped her thrive personally and professionally. Since arriving as a newcomer to Canada in 2008, Alyssa has worked and volunteered for more than ten nonprofits and charities. She utilizes various communication channels and techniques to highlight the important work of different community organizations in the city.
In her journey to build her career toolkit, Alyssa has written for CBC Hamilton, co-founded the Hamilton Media Guild, stage managed for an LGBTQ dance theatre show, and more. She also chaired Hamilton HIVE, the city’s leading young professional network.
An aspiring prof, Alyssa continues to explore teaching and facilitating opportunities. Her university research work on principles of good teaching was published in the Canadian Journal of Learning and Technology in 2013.
At 24 years old, Alyssa was honoured with the 2014 YWCA Hamilton Woman of Distinction Award in the Public Affairs category and the 2015 McMaster Hamilton Community Impact Award. A true Gen Y-er, she has many online selfs.
- ARTICLE: Hamilton Spectator – DiverseCity Fellowship
- ARTICLE: Hamilton Magazine – My Town feature
- ARTICLE: Alyssa Lai, Terry Cooke to be honoured with Community Impact Awards
- ARTICLE: Young professional: Alyssa Lai, a communicator connecting the world of nonprofits
- ARTICLE: 25 questions with Alyssa Lai
- ARTICLE: New to the city? Get to know lots of people, because Hamilton is an interwoven community
- ARTICLE: McMaster Communications Studies alumni profile
- VIDEO: A two-minute tip for McMaster young alumni
- VIDEO: McMaster Humanities Career Interview series, Communications Coordinator