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Patrick's story

I was living in Toronto, Ontario, fresh out of Sheridan College, where I’d graduated top of my class from the Journalism program in June 2006. I thought finding a job as a journalist would be easy, but there was so much competition in Ontario, I had to broaden my search to western Canada. I saw a job at the Hay River Hub, applied and got the position. Two hockey bags full of clothes and a Playstation 2, and I was off.

I started out as Reporter/Sports Editor in February of 2007. My first summer I was able to cover the Commissioner’s Cup sailing race. It was quite an experience for a first time sailor.

In January 2008 I was asked to become the Hub’s Editor and took over in May 2008.The position is challenging and exciting. I love getting out, meeting people and writing their stories – it’s why I became a journalist. As part of a two-person team we cover events and the news, take photos and write stories, but we also do the paper’s layout, which is something I’m proud of because I get to leave my mark. The experiences here have amazing. If I were in Ontario I might very well be writing obits and I’d be years away from where I am today.

Cold weather doesn’t scare me – it’s different – dry and crisp. The winters are longer, but there’s plenty to do. I play broomball in the winter and I get to do some traveling with the team. One of my favourite things to do is to snowshoe from Alexandra Falls to Louise Falls and back. I also want to make the switch from a lifetime of downhill skiing to cross-country. In summer I play slo-pitch in a mixed league and I golf on Hay River’s course. But I would have to say my passion is for fire fighting. I’ve been volunteering now for three years and have been an Emergency Medical Responder (EMR) for the past two. It could turn out to be a career one day. I love the camaraderie and I’ve met some lifelong friends because of it. It’s my break from work.

I’m a big fan of live music, and I wish there was more of it here. So when I got the chance to cover the White Stripes in Yellowknife in June of 2007, I jumped at it. That’s the thing about living here – if I hadn’t jumped at all the chances I’ve had before me, I never would have had this amazing life so far.