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Sonja Galton

Sonja Galton
Title: Communications Planning Officer
Company: AECL

One of WIN’s goals is to communicate to the public what nuclear is and what it has to offer. Everyday Sonja Galton, a communications officer at Atomic Energy of Canada Limited, helps promote this goal through her job.

Sonja provides a broad range of communications services that promote the social and business objectives of her nuclear organization. These include creating informative materials, monitoring media, preparing and implementing communication plans, organizing events, seminars and workshops, and liaising with external stakeholders and the public.

It’s obvious that with many tasks on the go, Sonja’s job is always changing. She enjoys working with an interesting range of people – from colleagues and senior management, to high school students, community and industry associations.

Sonja is a graduate of the Corporate Communications program at Humber College, and a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) through the Project Management Institute.

When AECL launched the Community Speakers Program in May 2005, Sonja was a natural choice as a speaker and leader. She has led the program for the past two years – helping it flourish into the “go-to” source for speakers and accurate, enthusiastically delivered information about nuclear energy. This has been rewarding for her because it uses her ability to translate highly scientific information into something the general public can understand.

Sonja has transferred the skills she picked up working on this project to WIN as well. Last fall she facilitated a session on ‘how to be a good speaker’ for the WIN Golden Horseshoe chapter. After this first experience with WIN she says there was no question in her mind that she would become a regular and active participant.

“It’s another opportunity to talk to the wide variety of talented and highly skilled women in my industry, and provides me with even more knowledge to communicate,” she says.   Whether Sonja is at work or at a WIN chapter meeting, she says being a “woman in nuclear” makes her incredibly proud.

“When I visit AECL’s Chalk River Laboratories and see the site laid out against the Ottawa River, I think to myself: we’re among the world leaders in this field – it’s so Canadian!” she says. “And to bring that forward with other women in this industry is just fabulous.”

Created on September 25, 2008. 

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