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Shruthi Dhananjaya

A Day in the Life…

Shruthi Dhananjaya is the Communications Co-ordinator in the Marketing and Communications Department at SCIO, working on digital communications strategies and co-ordinating the promotion of SCIO’s events, campaigns and initiatives. A fan of the outdoors, she enjoys hiking, biking and spending time in nature. She is also an avid reader and can be found curled up with a good book and a strong chai latte. We caught up with Shruthi to find out what inspired her to work at SCIO and to learn more about a day in her life…

QHow would you describe your role as communications co-ordinator at SCIO?

AMy role is to co-ordinate the development and distribution of SCIO’s community communications (including this magazine!) and support the organization’s marketing and communications initiatives. Specifically, I plan and co-ordinate content for SCIO’s social media channels and monitor community engagement. I also work with staff on storytelling on the work being done at SCIO.

QWhen did you apply for this role and what made you apply?

AI applied for the role in March of 2020 and began the next month, in April 2020. I applied because I was looking for a role that would be communications and marketing focused, challenging and rewarding, and also could put my government communications experience to good use. It was an interesting experience as the whole hiring and onboarding process was done completely virtually. The experience really made me appreciate the technology we have available these days!

QWhat do you love most about your career at SCIO?

AWhile I love the communications projects that I get to work on, it’s the people here at SCIO that makes a big difference for me. I am happy to work with a great team of colleagues and mentors, both in the Marketing and Communication Department and within the organization as a whole. The best part of my job is knowing that my work is directly impacting the SCIO community and making a difference in people’s lives. I love learning more about the services and work that SCIO provides, and then finding creative ways to share SCIO’s achievements with our community on social media.

QWhat does a day at work look like for you?

AMy days have looked very different lately as a result of the pandemic. Since we are in lockdown, I am working from home and only go outside the house for grocery shopping and to grab essentials. I am actually enjoying working from home as I have a great home office set up and there are lots of meetings and opportunities to work with colleagues virtually.

QWhen you’re not at work, what do you like to do?

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I enjoy spending time in the outdoors, whether it’s going on hiking trails or just relaxing in the park. 

QDo you have any hobbies?

AI love to read both fiction and non-fiction books. Fun fact: I wrote my Master’s research paper on Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice.

By Spinal Cord Injury Ontario | Summer 2020

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