Amazing People

The sign I had everyone autograph

While I was doing my Saskatchewanderer video, I knew I wanted to get the many amazing people in Humboldt involved in the project.

Besides a few who were camera shy, the first thing many of them said to me when I told them about the project was ‘what do I have to say.’

As you can see in the video, they did not have to say anything, to much relief.

Despite some reluctance, people really pulled through when it came to setting up time to shoot the video and offering any other support I need, from references if need be to shares.

I am very grateful that I had this idea before it all started because I was able to have everyone who ever helped me sign the sheet for my own personal keepsake.

No matter how many people said, ‘if I sign it, you know it will go down in value,’ (to which it won’t) I will treasure this for a very long time because it is a sign of the care people have offered me.

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Saskatchewanderer 2018

After years of wanting to apply but never feeling my application ideas were good enough, I have finally produced my first Saskatchewanderer application video:

I first heard about the job back in its first year in 2011 when they were just looking for someone to drive around Saskatchewan with their own vehicle and blog about their adventures for a few months as a summer position.

Since I did not have my own vehicle I was not eligible then and then I moved to Nova Scotia; not exactly a good thing for my Saskatchewanderer prospects.

I have my Bachelors of Journalism from the University of King’s College. While living in Nova Scotia, my heart was always in Saskatchewan and everyone knew and remembered where I was from the first time they met me.

It was a weird feeling to be straddling the country; one foot at home and the other on the east coast.

While I love to travel and I have been to every province in Canada, there is no place like home.

We rarely think of travel within our own province as an option

photo courtesy of Ray Whittonbut that is what the Saskatchewanderer is all about.

But I have worked as Saskatchewan cheerleader and promoter for a while now already.

My job as the editor of the Humboldt Journal and East Central Trader has meant being the Humboldt-wanderer for the past two years.

I have had to defend Saskatchewan to everyone I meet outside this gorgeous province so besides the year long road trip, I was a Saskatchewanderer long before I applied for the job.

We have 28 provincial parks and three national ones.

We have music and culture festivals all across the province.

We have industries that are thriving and a northern beauty that is wild and unseen, at least by me. I need to go more north than Prince Albert.

The position is about showing off what the province has to offer.

But I want to make it about so much more.

While I have grown up in Saskatchewan, there is plenty that I have not done and plenty I want to try.

Greenwing Days in Humboldt, 2015

There is also the fact that so many musicians, authors, actors, painters, crafters, and other professionals that have not had a chance to be profiled.

There is also the fact that these travel opportunities and the different communities are there because someone believes in them. I want to give back to these communities by donating time and energy to the many great causes around the province.

This has been my dream job for a while. I’m so happy that I finally have a chance to work for it.

Tell them a story

So cover letters…

Everyone hates them; the people who write them, the people who have to read them, EVERYBODY.

I have written so many cover letters in the last year but it didn’t help me get to a place where I even enjoyed reading my own cover letter, let alone getting me a job somewhere I want to work.

So writing one tonight, I realized that I didn’t give one piece of interesting information about myself in my cover letter.

I went through my educational background, my skills and training, the places I worked and volunteered but I never gave them very little about me.

Then I realized:

You want to become a storyteller, tell them a story.

So this time, I started off with a bit of a story. I talked about walking past the building and knowing I wanted to work there, the affect the organization has had on me over the years, this dream I’ve always had to work with the organization. It gave the cover letter somewhere on a map to begin. I hope someone reads that and sees the wide eyed women starring through the window and dreaming about being one of them.

They say someone who is looking to hire you looks spends 10 seconds reading your cover letter. If you don’t give them something of value, your cover letter won’t last past the average time and will put tossed aside into the mountain of other people who are fighting you for that position.

Give more of yourself. Maybe they will like who they meet.

Dancers and Journalists

From top to bottom: Georgia, Sara, Olivia, Vivika. Thanks so much for helping me out.
From top to bottom: Georgia, Sara, Olivia, Vivika. Thanks so much for helping me out. Photo by: Becky Zimmer

My latest freelance endeavour was an amazing one.

I got to talk with the amazing dancers from Mocean Dance Company’s Emerge program in Halifax. Mocean chose four Atlantic based dancers for a five week paid internship to collectively create a piece. These dancers, Olivia Aubrecht, Sara Hopkin, Georgia Skinner and Vivika Ballard, along with their mentor, Sara Coffin, graciously allowed me their time and energy so I could practice my own craft.

It was amazing seeing the similarities between what these women were going through as freshly minted dancer graduates and me as a newly graduated freelance journalist.

Everything they said resonated with me. The negative connotation with going home, like you failed somehow. The trouble with finding work in your field. Having to work a separate job to fund what you really want to do. For everything they said, I would nod away enthusiastically thinking, “wow, I’m going through that too. I know exactly what they mean.”

I quote the Ivany report in the piece because it is very relevant for young grads in Nova Scotia trying to make a life for themselves. Some professional fields just don’t have the paid capacity for the grads now trying to find jobs. Creating your own opportunities, like a lot of these dancers are doing, is becoming a better alternative.

The article can be found here: http://halifax.mediacoop.ca/story/economy-dance/33155 and I want to congratulate Mocean and the Emerge dancers on an amazing show last night. Their performance was brilliant.

Join the party in Toronto on January 9th

If you are in the GTA on January 9th, be sure to check out the YOUeffect webseries launch party. Kelly Lovell and team have been working hard for the past 6 months to bring uplifting and inspirational posts to the blogosphere with YOU Effect.

Now we are launching a webseries to bring you videos about how people are making the world better. Be there to see how it all starts on Friday night.

Get your tickets and check out the YOUeffect blog.

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