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Bruce Kilpatrick
Executive Director

Phone: (250) 721-7638

BA (History) from UVic in 1980; more than 20 years in communications, including stints with the governments of BC and Manitoba, with UVic, and as a consultant to non-profit and community organizations; two years as a student ombudsperson and several years as a community and income assistance advocate in Victoria. Appointed director of UVic Communications in September 1994.

Media Relations and Public Affairs

Tia Low
Media Relations & Public Affairs Support

Phone: (250) 721-7636
Beat Information

Denise Helm
Manager, Media Relations & Public Affairs

Phone: (250) 721-7656

BA (International Relations) from University of British Columbia; Certificate in Journalism, Langara Community College. More than 25 years as a reporter, columnist, editor at papers in Western Canada and the Canadian Press wire service. Led the Victoria Times Colonist in its transformation onto digital platforms. Most recently was editor-in-chief at the Times Colonist.Beat Information

Valerie Shore
Communications Officer (Research)

Phone: (250) 721-7641

B.A. (biology); 30 years of editing, writing and public relations experience with an emphasis on science/research. Joined UVic Communications in September 1998. Beat Information

Suzanne Ahearne
Communications Officer

Phone: (250) 721-6139

BA (English) from UVic; Master of Journalism from UBC. Before joining the media relations team in 2014, she worked for 20 years as an independent journalist, telling stories with words, pictures and sound for regional, national and international publications.Beat Information

Tara Sharpe
Communications Officer (Media)

Phone: (250) 721-6248

BA Hons (English, Writing) from UVic in 1995; nearly ten years of media relations, communications and customer relations experience at BC Ferries prior to joining UVic Communications Services in June 2007.Beat Information

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