I love to travel, photograph and write. There is nothing better for me than to travel to a new country and really get to know the people and the way of life there. I love to become part of the fabric of society and capture it (to the best of my ability) and share it. I think the more people can learn about one another, the more we can overcome differences. Check out a few notes from trips before 2010 at my old blog at Taking You Closer.
In my day job, I am the News and Program Director for Rawlco Radio’s News Talk 650 CKOM, where I get to pass on my passion for reporting to journalists in my newsroom.
My path to here began when I was a pre-med student at the University of Victoria, where I graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry and Psychology in 2004. With my last credit, I took an introduction to professional nonfiction class, which made me realize writing about health could have a greater effect on a larger population. It set me on the path to journalism school at the University of Regina.
In 2007, I graduated and received a scholarship that let me go to Uganda – a place that still has a giant place in my heart – where I continued building on my passion, writing about HIV, malaria and a variety of health initiatives.
A few years later I was back in Saskatchewan, as the health reporter for the Prince Albert Daily Herald. It was my time at the paper where I really learned about healthcare and the health system in Canada.
Over the years I picked up a couple of awards from the Canadian Medical Association and Canadian Nursing Association for writing on HIV in Saskatchewan and the rural doctor shortage. I also spent a year looking at HIV in depth with the assistance of a Canadian Institutes of Health Research grant.
Through the Canadian International Development Agency, I was able to report from Southern Sudan, just before the country became its own nation.
I set up this blog to showcase some of my work relating to HIV in Saskatchewan, an ongoing project I began in 2009, and to continue write about public health and travel.