StationV.com

How it came to be

StationV was born in 2005. I had just ended my career as Music and Arts Coordinator for the St. James-Assiniboia School Division and was eager to keep using my skills in marketing, technology and design. A few years before this departure, I had created a website for a family reunion. That experience was more rewarding than I could have imagined. Who knew it would lead to a new career.

Web design requires a wide variety of skills and I happened to be passionate about the most important ones - design, technology and marketing. Learning about search engine optimization, style sheets and coding came easy to me. I became obsessed with reading and watching YouTube videos about all aspects of web design. After only a short time, I was on my way to creating a relationship with over thirty clients.

As web design continues to evolve, my learning and enthusiasm continues to grow.

Knowledge

Education

  • Certificate in Commercial Art from Assiniboine Community College, Brandon MB
  • BMus from Brandon University, Brandon, Manitoba
  • Pre Masters in Education from University of Manitoba, Winnipeg
  • Over 20 hours of marketing, branding and communications workshops, courses and seminars.

Experience

Squarespace Website design

Since discovering the Squarespace platform in 2012, I have been reading blogs, watching videos, taking online workshops and exploring the possibilities that this content management system has to offer.

Volunteer Boards

Manitoba Choral Association
Marketing and Communications

Manitoba LGBT* Chamber of Commerce
Communications

Rainbow Harmony Project
External Communications

West Broadway Community Organization
Housing Stakeholders Committee - Resident representative

Balmoral Spence Neighbours Association
Secretary & Communications

Outwords Magazine

  • Website Manager
  • Google Apps Administrator

Workshops Given (see list in the sidebar)

  • Marketing – More than a poster
  • Website Tips

Choir Director

  • Rainbow Harmony Project
  • Assiniboine Chapter of Sweet Adelines International
  • First Unitarian Universalist Church of Winnipeg
  • SJSD Senior Chamber Choir

 

Vic Hooper

Biography

I started my musical career as a self taught piano/organ player performing in community dance bands in the area surrounding Waskada, Manitoba. After just a couple years of studying piano and voice in my late teens, I began my formal music education at Brandon University and obtained a bachelor's degree in Music Education. I also hold a certificate in Commercial Art from Assiniboine Community College and a pre-masters certificate in Education (drama) from the University of Manitoba. My professional career began teaching general and choral music and art in The St. James-Assiniboia School Division in Winnipeg, MB and over the years spanned grades 1 through 12.

June of 2005 marked the end of my 29 year career with The St. James-Assiniboia School Division - 13 years as a teacher, 14 years as Music Coordinator along with teaching choral music and art at Silver Heights Collegiate and directing the award winning St. James-Assiniboia Divisional Senior Chamber Choir, and 2 years as Coordinator of the Arts.

I have performed with Up With People, Rainbow Stage, the Bunch of Grapes, Sundog Productions, Brandon University Choral and the Brandon Philharmonic Choir. In addition to the many school choirs, musicals, and productions, I have directed the following community choirs:  Assiniboine Chapter of Sweet Adelines, First Unitarian Universalist Church of Winnipeg's Choir, Provincial Honour Choirs' Junior, Women's and High School Choirs, and the Rainbow Harmony Project choir. 

In "retirement" I continue to work as a choral clinician and volunteer on boards and committees of choral, gay, and neighbourhood organizations. In addition, I created a web site design company called StationV.com that is very rewarding and has become my major focus.

I live in downtown Winnipeg in a modernized Victorian home with my partner, Pieter Jongbloed.

I feel privileged to have had the opportunity throughout my career to encourage children and adults to develop their vocal skills in order to enjoy, with confidence, the art of making music through singing.
– Vic

Awards

Winnipeg Music Festival

Beth Douglas Trophy for best school choir overall

Saults and Pollard Shield for best community choir 19 years and under (6 times)

Salisbury House Trophy for the best classroom choir grades 7-9

The Helga Anderson Trophy for the most outstanding adult community choir (2 times)

Other Festivals and Competitions

Consistent Gold standings at City and National Festivals

Sweet Adelines International Region 6 Competition
2nd Place Overall, and many other medals including Most Improved Chorus


Workshops Given

Guidance Towards a Perfect Website

Lambda Business Association (now Manitoba LGBT* Chamber of Commerce) (2011)

Marketing - more than a poster

Manitoba Conservatory of Music & Arts (2011)

Arts and Culture Industries (2010)

Tempo - Manitoba Music Educators Association Conference (2009)

Manitoba Choral Association (2007)


Workshops Taken

To name a few:

Go-Go-Gadget Business Development by Jay Powell - presented by New Media Manitoba (2014)

User Experience by Stephen Hassard Ph.D. - presented by New Media Manitoba (2013)

Website Measurement by Kelly Cassidy presented by New Media Manitoba (2013)

Google Apps for Business
by Seth Meyerowitz - presented by New Media Manitoba (2012)

Perfect Pitch by Linda Plano  -sponsored by Innovate Manitoba (2012)

Protecting your Home-LAN Security by Sean Cody - presented by New Media Manitoba (2011)

Facebook Ads Fast Track by Drew Bischof - presented by New Media Manitoba) 2011

Marketing - Late Lunch Workshop Series - presented by Arts and Culture Industries (2010-11)

Type on the Line by Andrew Boardman - presented by New Media Manitoba (2010)

Video Podcasting with Lloyd Hannesson - presented by New Media Manitoba (2010)

Google Adwords with Perry Marshall - presented by:New Media Manitoba (2010)

From Beat to Tweet - an Introduction to Social Media for Business by Lloyd Hannesson - presented by New Media Manitoba (2010)

iWork 101: Introduction to iWork - presented by New Media Manitoba (2010)

Marketing Accelerator Program (MAP) by developer Jill Sauter 2007

Marketing Background

An ongoing study

In October 2007, I attended a two and a half day conference on marketing presented by Jill Sauter, developer of Marketing Accelerator Program (MAP). This intensive course opened a whole new understanding of what marketing is all about. The hours flew by as my mind converted this business model to fit with the business of running and promoting choirs & arts and non-profit groups. The course may have ended but my journey down this path had just begun.

Since then, I have taken many courses/workshops sponsored by New Media Manitoba and Arts and Culture Industries including:

  • Google Adwords - presented by guru Perry Marshall
  • Facebook Ads Fast Track - presented by Drew Bischof
  • Video Podcasting - presented by Lloyd Hannesson

 

Workshops Taken

Marketing Accelerator Program (MAP)

November 6-8, 2007
Limited to 12 participants

Presented by Jill Sauter, developer of MAP and creator of marketing plans for multinational companies like Monsanto and BASF, as well as public institutions and entrepreneurs alike. Teacher of Strategic Marketing in the College of Commerce at the University of Saskatchewan (Saskatoon).

Fee: $215

Hosted by New Media Manitoba and supported by Industry Canada, STEM (Manitoba Science, Technology, Energy and Mines), and Destination Winnipeg.

 

Festival/Event Management Masterclass

June 8 & 9, 2009

Presented by legendary festival director Paul Gudgin from Scotland and former director of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe - the world's largest festival.

Fee: $450

Sponsored by Arts & Cultural Industries (ACI)

 

Marketing in the Arts

2009-10

Late Lunch Series presented by Arts & Cultural Industries (ACI)

 
 

Online resources

Websites

Lemonade Stand - 9 Marketing tips by: Jim Lodico.

35 Ways to get noticed

Free Management Library

Canada Helps - Online donation management service for non-profits

GarrReynolds.com - Branding

Press Release Writing 

Press Release Email

Blogs

Beth's Blog - How non-profits can use social media

Laurie Cirivello - New media for non-profits