Conversation. Collaboration. Community.

A townhall meeting is inherently optimistic. We go to them because we know things can be better, and we want to be a part of making that happen. So we speak, we listen, and we find personal and political common ground. From this common ground, we work together to make positive change.

But we don't only have these types of conversations in union halls and school gymnasiums. We have them on Facebook, when we tag people to bring them into conversations. We have them in the comments sections of blogs, when we shift our perspective based on the experiences of others. We have them in cafes, when strangers pull up their chairs to join a discussion we are having with our friends.

Those pulled-up chairs, online or otherwise, represent your community. We are here to help you collaborate with and grow that community.

Who we are

We are a two-person one-stop shop with keen intuition and great enthusiasm! It is our goal to connect you to your audiences, in order to open a communication channel between you.

Our combined thirty years of experience has included work for the Canadian Union of Public Employees, Oxfam, Toronto Rehab Hospital, The Bank of Canada, the New Democratic Party of Canada, rabble, Scarleteen, Canadian Auto Workers, Lawrence Hill, Romeo Saganash’s NDP leadership bid, and the newly launched Rethink Childcare campaign.

Townhall Communications is Audra Williams and Jairus Pryor.

Audra Williams

Writer, strategist, chatterbox.

For her entire professional life, Audra has been creating content that demystifies complex issues in order to provide an entry point for civic participation. This is what unites her work as an ASL interpreter, a speechwriter, and a digital strategist. She has learned that the best way to draw people in is with mixture of the familiar and the surprising, and tries to remember that Mark Twain said “If I had more time, I would have written less.”

Some of her professional highlights include: creating an atmosphere of geniality and respect on the rabble.ca message board, leading Oxfam’s digital team at the G20 summit, and working a knitting joke into one of Jack Layton’s speeches during the 2008 federal election.

Taking on big jobs and big adventures has seen her move across the country three times on a moment’s notice, and she tackles each new project with optimism, ingenuity, and grace under pressure.

Audra’s heroes include Muriel Duckworth, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Rosemary Brown, and Khaela Maricich. She is devoted to her Dovercourt Park neighbourhood, and has invented complex internal lives for her cats, Sam and Zoe.

Follow Audra on Twitter: @audrawilliams

Jairus Pryor

Designer, strategist, nerd.

Jairus remembers NCSA Mosaic, his first email address started with uunet! and he has been making websites since Netscape 2 was the new and buggy browser.

While he spends most of his working hours designing and implementing digital strategies, he also enjoys hosting workshops on why public institutions should use social media, speaking to publications and media on the subject of digital culture, and writing in the third person.

He consulted with Industry and Heritage Canada on the technological effects of copyright reform, and has been organizing events in support of independent music since he was old enough to attend them. Possibly even before that.

Prior to moving to Toronto, Jairus worked as the Web Communications Coordinator for the Bank of Canada. While in that role he led the development of a new presentation layer, wrote the social-networking guidelines, liaised with the Federal Reserve, and unsuccessfully lobbied to have Wolverine replace Sir Wilfred Laurier on the five-dollar bill.

What we do

We are motivated by a desire to help you build your online community, whether it is made up of people who you are elected to represent, clients of your agency, fellow members of your union local, potential supporters of your organization, or fans of your art.

To that end, we offer the following services:

We are committed to meeting the needs of our customers (and your customers) as laid out by the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act.

Not quite sure what you want or need? We can help you figure it out!

email: meet.me@townhall.ca phone: (647) TROUBLE