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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 few years 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

 

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.

 

I am excited to be a part of the editorial team at the Star and Times. I grew up on a small family farm here in the Valley, left to pursue a Bachelor of Education degree, and then lived in Brandon for a few years. The longing for ‘home’ and small town living kept coming back, so my husband and I decided to move back to Swan River and make it our home. I have been an avid reader, writer and photographer for quite a long time, often filling every spare moment with a new book or a photographic expedition. I am eager to put my passions to use in sharing the stories of the Valley. Having learned a few of the details of the newspaper industry, I am excited to learn all there is about sharing current and relevant news with you. I look forward to meeting with you to learn your story and share it with the community you and I can be proud to call home.

  .... Jessica

Jessica Bergen
Reporter/Photographer
jessica@starandtimes.ca