I am a 25-year-old general assignment reporter who has a passion for news, community and sports journalism.
I am currently looking for work in Ontario.
Bonnyville. Ever heard of it? Neither had I until I took the plunge and moved to the small northern Alberta town in 2013.
I arrived in Bonnyville fresh out of college and ready to make my mark in the journalism industry.
Throughout my three years in this small community of 6,000 people, I have covered a wide range of sports, from attending Oilers games and interviewing Bonnyville native Justin Fontaine, to reporting on quarterback Reid Skrypichayko and the local high school football team.
I have also spent several years covering both the Town of Bonnyville and the Municipal District of Bonnyville councils on a regular basis, reporting on the town’s ongoing infrastructure issues and their continual fight with Alberta Health Services over a lack of ambulance service funding, along with many other local and regional matters.
Several highlights during my time out West include interviewing Governor General David Johnston and going on a ride in a Griffon helicopter during a visit to the 4 Wing Cold Lake air force base.
Over the course of my time I have been able to fine-tune my writing, reporting, photography and interview skills.
My college years were spent in city of Belleville, ON, where I obtained an advanced diploma from the three-year Journalism: Online, Print & Broadcast program, as well as a post grad certificate from the one-year Sports Journalism program.
During my time in Belleville I took every opportunity to practice and apply my trade. This included regularly calling play-by-play or providing colour commentary for Loyalist Lancers basketball games and reading the morning news on 91.3 FM.
I have been able to continually work on my broadcast skills in Bonnyville, serving as a back up play-by-play/ colour commentator for Bonnyville Jr. A Pontiacs broadcasts on Kool 101.3.
My time in Bonnyville came to an end in April and I moved back to Ontario in hopes of finding a job in my home province.