Bio (Wynne Cairns)
Doctor of Social Sciences
Throughout her varied 20-year career, Wynne has been a purveyor of words and information. She has been a part of successes and failures of communication, creating powerful messages – some that have resulted in important change, and some that have remained unheard. She has worked in government contexts, not-for-profit organizations, private enterprise and her own small businesses. Through this, she has gained her own understanding of what effective communication means and how it can have a notable influence on behaviour. Over the past several years, she has been exploring ways in which she can use those lessons to help make a difference in her community. Her most current undertaking is part of a large-scale telecommunications project that is creating infrastructure and facilitating the delivery of (among other things) cutting edge health care technology across Alberta and B.C. This recent project has helped Wynne to coalesce her desire to do meaningful work with her professional experience and general intellectual curiosity. The Doctor of Social Sciences program at Royal Roads University presents an opportunity to come full circle, back to her policy and health research roots. The breadth and scope of possibilities within this context are vast and worth exploring, and could include assessing the role institutions, corporations, health care providers, technology developers and communication campaign strategists have in influencing – through cooperation and competition – one another, the message and the outcomes. Wynne’s long-term goal, however, is not to be satisfied with learning about and examining of health communication. Rather, she wishes to go beyond the theoretical to help determine practical ways to translate knowledge, theories and conclusions of health, communications and policy scholarship into meaningful strategies that local and national governments, non-governmental organizations and other international organizations can use to improve cooperation and collaboration, and achieve positive health outcomes for their target populations.