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the Media Club of Ottawa presents monthly programs of significance
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Our program offers a stimulating variety of speakers.

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August/September 2021

COVID-19 restrictions

Our program has been switched  to
publication of articles by our scheduled speakers on their topic

Publication date:
Tuesday August 26, 2021



I n t r d u c i n g

Algonquin College IMM Client Project Team

Patrick LeBlanc
Patrick Leblanc

Profession: Web Designer, Videographer

Patrick LeBlanc combines design and web development skills to build engaging websites for clients to connect with their audience in addition to leading videography projects. He developed his knowledge of art and design at Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in Halifax before completing his BFA in film studies at Concordia University in 2020. During the summer of 2019 he worked closely with the National Division of the RCMP to develop a captivating promotional video.  Patrick is currently finishing his post graduate diploma in Interactive Media Management at Algonquin College in Ottawa and will be pursuing a career as a web designer.

Daisy Brooke Chepkemoi Kimutai
Daisy KimutaiProfession: Web Developer

Daisy Kimutai is a full stack web developer/ designer who is interested in working in the dynamic media industry to create interactive and aesthetically pleasing sites. She attained her bachelor’s degree in Information Systems and Technology from United States International University (Africa) which is in her hometown Nairobi, Kenya. She started her journey in the industry by familiarizing herself with computer systems and learning how to solve issues that affect hardware components. With time, she became more interested in content creation and using code to achieve that goal. Daisy is about to graduate from Algonquin college with a post-graduate program and is interested in pursuing web development as a career.

Daisy continues to perfect her craft by keeping up with the latest news and updates that arise within the industry and taking certifications that help her attain sustainable knowledge that help her stay relevant in the industry. She came to Canada to further her education and attained her graduate certificate program in Interactive Media Management from Algonquin college. She is an adaptable and enthusiastic worker who always wants to learn new things.

Xihue Zhang
iYue Zhang

Xiyue Zhang is skilled in web design, web development and media production. She has a bachelor’s degree in Communication and Media Studies with Honours, and a post-graduate certificate in Interactive Media Management at Algonquin College. She is passionate about social science, art, and technologies. She hopes to make a better use of digital media to spread more valuable information and visual enjoyment to the audience. Apart from studying and working, she likes to read and watch movies.

Previous Articles

July 2021
Lois Siegel 

June 2021
June Coxon 

May 2021
Barbara Florio Graham

April 2021
Matt Wood

March 2021
BAICO Publishing

Jayne Simms-Dalmotas

                  speaks to us, virtually, in writing     

Jayne Simms-Dalmotas

New  website launch expected mid-September

By Jayne Simms-Dalmotas

In September, our website will have a brand new updated look.  We’re delighted with the transformation – and we hope you like it, too.  It was developed this past summer in collaboration with a talented team of Algonquin College students.

The College’s Interactive Media Management (IMM) Program gives post-graduate level students real-life experience by having them develop media-related client projects for non-profit and educational organizations.  The organizations first submit proposals which are evaluated and, if accepted, are assigned to a student team for a three-month period.
Realizing that the Club’s website could benefit from an updated, rejuvenated look to attract new young members, we developed a proposal to create a new web presence and a new Facebook page.  We were delighted when the IMM program accepted our proposal.  With Iris ten Holder, the Media Club’s webmaster, as the primary contact, and me as the secondary contact, we started brainstorming with Media Club president June Coxon, to come up with initial ideas to present to the students.  Since COVID-19 was still very much in play, it meant that all meetings with the students had to be over Zoom and that any exchange of texts, photos or concepts had to be electronic.

By mid-May 2021, we met the team of three students assigned to work on our project: Patrick Leblanc, Daisy Kimutai, and Xiyue Zhang.  Although all three were residing in the Ottawa-Gatineau area at the time, Patrick is originally from New Brunswick, Daisy had arrived recently from Nigeria and Xiyue had come from China, so we had an international team bringing an interesting perspective to our project.  (Please refer to their photos and bios to learn more about the team.)


Jayne Simms-Dalmotas
Jayne Simms-Dalmotas

Jayne has extensive experience in the areas of communications, media relations, parliamentary affairs and international relations, primarily in the Public Service of Canada.  She has managed communications and provided strategic advice on a wide range of issues pertinent to Canadian governance and policy, from First Nation and Inuit health to Ministerial visits to foreign countries and bilateral meetings at the World Health Assembly.  

We were immediately impressed by the professionalism and skills of the team members.  They were well organized with a clear work schedule, and commitment to regular meetings with us.  They were also client-oriented, taking the time to address any issues or questions that arose and proposing designs that responded to our objectives.  We felt confident that the end product would be highly satisfactory.

As agreed at the outset, the website was developed as a WordPress product.  Iris ten Holder points out that this is a real advantage since, in the long run, it will make it easier for her and others to manage and update the website.  As a secondary element, the team developed a banner and design for the Facebook page so that it would complement the new website and provide a direct link to the website.  Also, although we had not requested a new logo, the team offered to design a new one for us as part of the package.  (Please see a separate article about the new logo.)

Over the course of the three months, our initial favourable impressions were confirmed as the product evolved.  There was a lot of back and forth as we explained our needs, the team made suggestions and we indicated our preferences and supplied text and photos.  The team actually produced two versions of the website, one that’s designed for desktop computers or laptops, and another that opens up on mobile phones.

In early August, each of the seven student teams, including ours, made 20-minute presentations via Zoom, describing their objectives and challenges, and showing the final products to their professors and to their clients.  Iris, June and I were delighted with the final results.  It’s not an exaggeration to say that the students not only met, but exceeded, our expectations.  As they begin their job search, we hope  this experience will contribute to each of them receiving interesting employment opportunities and we wish them much success in the future.

While with the federal government, she worked on a variety of major health projects, including an international meeting of Health Ministers from 30 different countries in Ottawa in 2005 to enhance planning and collaboration for global pandemic influenza readiness.

Since retiring from the Public Service, Jayne has continued her communications work as the Communications Director for D.J. Dalmotas Consulting Inc., which specializes in analyses and recommendations related to enhancing the safety of occupants in motor vehicles.  She also does volunteer work for heritage, media and music organizations and pursues her passion for horseback riding.


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