Public Interest has been developing innovative outreach strategies for public sector and non-profit organizations since 2002, applying our expertise in research, communications, community engagement, policy development, and environmental initiatives.
The organization is in an exciting time of change, working with experts in social enterprise and business development to envision new ways to build upon our legacy of connecting communities, engaging stakeholders and reaching beyond the usual voices to get to the heart of the matter.
Contact Us for more information about our services, or to find out how we can work together to move your project forward.
NOTE: At the end of May, Public Interest said goodby to former Managing Director, Julia Drydyk. We thank Julia for her contributions to the organization and wish her well in the next stage of her career.
Stay tuned for an announcment coming later this summer.
Neemarie Alam, Community engagement
For the past fourteen years, Neemarie Alam has worked in the non-profit sector in Toronto. Her experiences range from implementing and developing pre-teen sexual harassment programs to housing advocacy. She is keenly interested in developing community-driven policy and is an avid supporter of grassroots anti-poverty initiatives.
With Public Interest, Neemarie has worked on various projects including several environmental scans and needs assessments and supporting community engagement initiatives throughout the GTA. Neemarie is responsible for managing project activities, such as literature reviews, data review and analysis, focus groups, key informant interviews, and report writing.
Prior to joining Public Interest, Neemarie was responsible for developing operational infrastructure at Frontline Partners with Youth Network (FPYN), a network for people working directly with youth across Toronto. Neemarie’s work at FPYN included grant-writing, policy research, organizational development and evaluation.
Chantal Carey, Finance Administration & Project Support
Chantal has provided project support and financial administration for Public Interest Strategy & Communications since 2015. Chantal has played a valuable role with a number of projects at Public Interest including, conducting qualitative research such as focus group facilitation for Simcoe County’s Age-Friendly Initiative, table facilitation for Toronto District School Board’s public consultations, and arranging logistics and notetaking for Social Planning Toronto’s housing forums series.
Chantal is also a Community Health Ambassador with Women’s Health in Women’s Hands (WHIWH) Community Health Centre, facilitating workshops on HIV/AIDS and Sexual Health, to marginalized women, youth, and seniors in Toronto. Through these workshops, she has contributed to solution-based outcomes by sharing knowledge and exchanging ideas with community members.
Chantal has a Certificate in Gerontology with Ryerson University. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Psychology with a minor in Business Administration from Saint Mary’s University in Halifax, NS.