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Growing up in the Valley has made me realize the importance and impact that rural living has had on me as an individual and working at the Star and Times for the past year has opened my eyes further to the all the exciting events and passionate people that we share our community with. I am reminded every week when I am out and about, covering events, what a wonderful community I am a part of. The way that this community comes together to support someone in need or to organize an event never ceases to amaze me. It is because of these things that I can tell others, with pride, that I live in the Swan River Valley. I am thrilled to be in a position that allows me to continue to share both the triumphs and tribulations of the community with my fellow residents by bringing you, our readers, the information that matters most. I look forward to hearing all of your suggestions about how you think that we can better serve the community. My door is always open – stop in, shoot me off an email or give me a call. 

 

Danielle Gordon-Broome
Editor
editor@starandtimes.ca

 


Terra Pohl
Reporter/Photographer
reporter@starandtimes.ca
       

I have lived in the Swan River Valley for many years, and I love it here. I wouldn’t trade the life I have here for any other. The beauty of the Valley and the life I share with the people around me is as unique and wonderful as the story that every individual has to tell about themselves. If there is anything that connects the people within a community, it must surely be their stories. I love stories. If the heart of a community is the spirit of the people who live within it, then truly their stories are the lifeblood of that spirit. When we go for coffee in the mornings, we go to swap stories, when we bump into an old friend on the street, we stop for a moment to share stories. Through the Star and Times we share our events, our plans, our hopes for the future, our fear, our grief, and our triumphs; we share our lives. As a lover of stories, and the newest member of the Star and Times team, I am so pleased to have the opportunity to be an intrinsic part of that community spirit. When we reach for a copy of the Star and Times, we are about to share the stories that connect us all as members of our community. I love stories, and I can’t wait to hear and share yours.

 

I was born and raised in Minitonas and then later Swan River, moving to Edmonton after high school. I graduated with my Diploma in Correctional Services and my Degree in Criminal Justice and spent my time working closely with the high risk, low income, and multicultural population, teaching and learning about community and partnerships in Canada for over 17 years.   I was helping to change large city, disengaged, unconnected, isolated families thinking, into a small town atmosphere, culture and lifestyle. Really, trying to create where I came from all along. I have a passion for helping young people and families through the Stages of Change and being relentless in my counseling and finding resources through partnership for support. I love people and how we interact with each other, how we treat each other and how we engage with the community, family and friends. I am very much looking forward to attending and participating in all the activities in our community. The fundraisers, the social events, the history, and even the conflicts that arise that make us the community I am so excited to be a part of. I’m looking forward to meeting the folks I haven’t, and reconnecting with all the folks that have helped to make me the person I am. 

  .... Stacy

Stacy Grindle
Reporter/Photographer
stacy@starandtimes.ca

 

Jeremy
Jeremy Bergen
Reporter/Photographer
jeremy@starandtimes.ca
       

I am excited to be a part of the team at the Star & Times.  I grew up on a farm around Winnipegosis, moved across the province to go to study theatre and media for four years, and married a farmer's daughter from the Valley.  Having lived in Manitoba's two biggest cities for four years, my wife and I are eager to once again live in a small community that has become my second hometown.  I have wanted to be a professional writer for almost as long as I've known how to read and loved taking pictures for nearly the same amount of time.  I believe that stories are a cornerstone of culture.  Telling these stories and preserving them are an important step in preserving the values of a community.  I am glad I can use my gifts and passions to serve the community in this way.  My wish is that I can capture the stories around me and preserve them so that the events of today can become the memories of tomorrow.  I look forward to learning how to serve you as a journalist and representing in my words and pictures what the people in the community care about.  I can’t wait to meet you and become a familiar face in the Valley.