When you read this in print, I will no longer be working at the Lloydminster Meridian Booster.
Now, before you think I’ve taken the route that many other journalists in this city have taken, and left this community to find greener pastures elsewhere, I will invite you to think again.
I like this city, and I will continue to explore the lives and stories it has to offer.
For a bit of background, I came here fresh out of college, with little experience behind me. Two years later, I think I’ve had a wealth of experiences which I could not have had in any other city except for the Border City.
However, I’ll get back to my main point. I wanted to advance my career, and advance it I have. As you’re reading this column, I will be starting my training at 106.1 The Goat, as their new Reporter/Anchor for the news. This means I will be staying in the community. This means I will continue telling the story of this city, and its surrounding area, on a daily basis. It just means I’ll be doing it in a different format.
I am not the first to leave the Booster in recent days. In this same space, you will have seen the farewells of my former colleagues Taylor Hermiston and Simon Arseneau, the former who is now heading up the Vermilion Standard and the latter who is headed home to Quebec. We each leave behind our respective roles at the newspaper to be filled, and I can tell you, they are indeed being filled.
Already, we have Tyler Marr, a resident of Lloydminster, who has come home to work at the paper fresh after graduation, as well as Phil McLachlan, a graduate of the same program I underwent back at Loyalist College in Ontario. Our committed Managing Editor Taylor Weaver is still on-deck, along with our stalwart Sports Editor Eric Healey, and the four of them will be doing their best to bring you the best RBC Cup coverage possible in the pages of the Booster.
I want to thank each and every person I have encountered in my journey with the newspaper. I have been educated in the ways the press can interact with the community, and that education has come at the hands of those who told their stories to me every day. I am honoured to have had the privilege to put down their words, and their pictures, into newsprint.
I will continue to be honoured to read those stories over the airwaves in the near future.
Thanks for reading. I look forward to you listening.