I suppose I should start with introducing myself.
My name is Kirsten and I am a mom of two wonderful little girls. One is four and the other is not quite one yet. They are tiny balls of energy and are quite honestly the only reason I get any fitness in my life. Chasing my four year old is nearly comparable to herding cats, so thankfully the little one has decided to remain stationary a while longer.
My other half and I are getting married this year, which is a topic of conversation all on its own. I have a background in journalism after having worked at a newspaper upon completion of my Photojournalism diploma at SAIT.
While I am a new member of the rdnewsNOW team, I am not new to this office itself. A year ago I left here for maternity leave with my second little one, but I left from a department other than news. The opportunity to take on a news position opened just shortly before my leave ended, and it was pretty much a no-brainer to accept. Returning to writing news after not only maternity leave but a break of almost four years, is a bit of a shock to the system, but in time I’m sure it will become like second nature once again.
This city is one I love for the community feel as well as the support that residents frequently show for each other. I am so thankful for the privilege of being able to cover some amazing stories in my time. I have always had the immense pleasure of meeting some of the most wonderful people as well as taking part in city events that show our diversity and strength. Being born and raised in Calgary, the City of Red Deer is a breath of fresh air on top of being a huge change of pace.
One thing that I have always enjoyed about Red Deer is the proximity to some of the smaller surrounding communities. Each community is slightly different, somewhat diverse on its own, and also full of colorful characters. Some of these characters have been the highlight of my past news-writing career and once again I am thrilled to be able to seek them out and share their stories.
So in an effort to keep this brief I will say thank you to the readers of rdnewsNOW for giving me a chance from here on out and also a big thank you to my workplace which has been nothing short of amazing. It says a lot about a company when they support the families of their employees and also the aspirations of their team members.
So here goes nothing day one of my new start in an old place!
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