About the Presenter
Being An 'Other' on the Outside
Kelly S. Thompson is a writer and retired Logistics Officer with a specialization in Human Resources. While obtaining a degree in Professional Writing from York University, she joined the Forces in 2003 at the age of eighteen. Kelly graduated in 2006 and was posted to Kingston, Ontario, where she worked at the Canadian Forces School of Military Intelligence, 1 Wing, Canadian Forces Joint Support Group, and the Integrated Personnel Support Centre. She was medically released in 2011 and became a freelance writer and editor.
Kelly obtained a certificate in Publishing from Ryerson University in 2011 and later, a master’s in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia in 2014. She is currently completing a PhD in Literary and Critical Studies at the University of Gloucestershire in the UK.
Since her medical release, Kelly has published extensively about the nature of military life amongst other topics and themes, winning awards for both her fiction and non fiction writing. Her essays have appeared in anthologies across Canada and her professional writing has been printed in Chatelaine, Maclean’s, The Globe and Mail, and more. Recently, her memoir Girls Need Not Apply: Field Notes from the Forces with Penguin Random House Canada, was an instant Globe and Mail bestseller and listed as one of the top books of 2019. Her memoir about grief and loss, Still, I Cannot Save You, will publish in May 2022 with McClelland & Stewart.
Kelly also teaches writing to all levels and ages, having taught in elementary schools, high schools, and universities. She is also a military spouse and she and her husband live in North Bay with their English Bull Terrier, Pot Roast.
Presentation Topic & Details
"Being An 'Other' on the Outside"
Everyone knows what it feels like to not belong at some point in their lives, aware of how alienating that experience can be. This is especially evident in workplaces that tend to be homogenous--in ideals, demographic makeup, or culture---such as the Forces.
Join Kelly as she explores what it means to feel like an "other" on the outside of an organization, a group, a workforce. This lecture will resonate with anyone who hasn't felt as though they fit the mould.
Kelly will look at issues such as harassment, gender discrimination, with personal experiences. Also discussed will be how we can appreciate what "others" bring to the professional and social table, learning to respect our differences while celebrating our similarities.
To register, email: firstname.lastname@example.org and be automatically entered to win a prize.
Please register by Friday, March 5th.
Virtual Presentation Time: 12:00pm-1:00pm (40min presentation & 20min Q&A)
You can also view the presentations on Facebook live March 8th. (only those pre-registered on Zoom are eligible to win a prize)