That is the amount of time I’ve spent being the reporter for the Pass Herald and what a time it’s been.
From my first day on January 9th, 2019 to my last on May 25th, 2022, I’ve enjoyed every moment of being your local reporter.
From my first interview with Pat Rypien about Crowsnest Museum Volunteers to my last Council meeting and everything in between, it’s been an incredible time.
When I first moved here in 2019, I wasn’t sure how long I’d stay or what the day-to-day work would look like.
My first year was a pretty normal year.
I interviewed many different people, covered a ton of different events and was engaging with the community on a near daily basis.
Then Covid happened and my interviews were stuck being over the phone and I was tucked away in my apartment writing my stories.
While the last two years weren’t ideal, I’m glad I was still able to tell the stories of the community over that time and I’m also glad I was able to finish my time as the Pass Herald Reporter going back to face-to-face interviews the last couple months.
I wasn’t entirely sure what type of community I was moving into either.
I knew a large chunk of the residents would love the outdoors but there was so much I didn’t know about.
When I first got here, I had no idea that there was the possibility of a new coal mine coming in and was thrown in the deep end covering the positive and negative impacts it would have on the community.
I quickly learnt it was something not everyone agreed on.
I also learnt how much this community cares about each other over my time here.
The number of volunteer groups spread throughout the community is incredible and I think many town and municipalities could learn a thing or two from the Crowsnest Pass in that regard.
I learnt what skijoring was and how much fun this community loves to have, I covered the rodeo, Bellecrest Days, Canada Day celebrations and so much more.
I’m truly grateful I was given the chance to come to this corner of the province and live in such a unique and incredible place.
I want to thank some people as well who were big helps to me during my time here.
Firstly, I want to thank Mayor Painter who always had time for the odd interview over the years and was a friendly face at many events and at Council meetings.
Thank you to all other Councillors, Dave Filipuzzi, Doreen Glavin, Glen Girhiny and Dean Ward and more recently, Vicki Kubik, who I’ve seen on many Tuesday evenings and afternoons over my time in the Pass.
Thank you to all other Municipal staff I’ve had the pleasure of dealing with over the years.
Bonnie, Patrick, Jesse, Trent, Brian, Brad, Tracey, Kim and so many others all made my job so much easier with their willingness to do interviews and send me information on possible stories and photo opportunities happening in the community.
Thank you to John Kinnear, who was always willing to grab photos when I was out of town or didn’t have time to get to a certain event.
I’m not ashamed to say he takes far better photos than I ever will so I feel we all benefit when his work is in the paper.
Thank you to Matt Henig for reaching out to me to coach the junior and senior high boys basketball teams over the years.
The two years I spent coaching those players will stay with me forever and I’m glad to have had the chance to renew my passion for the sport alongside them.
Thanks you to all other staff at each school who made my job easy when I came in to grab photos or do interviews.
Of course, I couldn’t do a thank you train without thanking the people I worked with the most.
Thank you Mike for your hard work in getting my articles to print for the readers to see.
Thank you for also sending me the odd story idea when we didn’t have enough to fill the paper.
It was a pleasure working with you over these last three years.
Thank you Betty who always made sure my articles were error free before heading to print.
You caught an awful lot of them over the years.
Last but certainly not least, thank you Lisa for trusting a kid fresh out of college to be your reporter.
Thank you for all the help you gave me over the years.
Thank you for providing me the flexibility to visit family and friends and ensuring I had an incredible work/life balance.
I am truly grateful for all you’ve done for me.
I have some photos of some of my favourite events I covered along with this column and I must say, there are a bunch of others I would’ve included if I had more space to work with.
There are just so many memorable moments from my time at the Pass Herald.
While I may be done at the paper, you can bet you’ll still see me in the community moving forward as I’ll be sure to come back and visit the golf course and hike the mountains.
I’ve already got multiple plans to come out over the summer so if you see me out there, don’t be afraid to say hello.