road trip to northern alberta

One thing I love being about a writer is that the fruits of your labour come full circle when an article is published.

In October, I embarked on a trip, courtesy of a CLPNA assignment, three hours north of Edmonton to Slave Lake. I spent the day in Slave Lake at Northern Lakes College, interviewing and photographing staff and students in the Practical Nurse Program at the College.

The next day I was off on a road trip adventure with Bonnie Porat, Director of Health Career Programs at Northern Lakes.  We stopped at campuses in High Prairie and Valleyview before settling in Grande Prairie for the night.  After more interviews the next day, Bonnie drove me back in Slave Lake, in the midst of the first snowfall of the year.

What I especially loved about this writing assignment was this:  I got to travel to a part of Alberta that I’ve barely been to, and I got to experience this area through the eyes of people who live there.  I acquired an understanding of living in rural and remote areas that I’ve had been before.  I experience first-hand the warm hospitality of those living in smaller centres.  And I had an unprecedented 7 hour interview with Bonnie, as she drove me to the various campuses.  This deepened my knowledge more than a typical one hour interview ever could…

I have the best job.  And bonus, one of my photos was chosen for the cover.  The full feature begins on page 8.



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