Excoriated for speaking French in Alberta, mere days after Fête nationale and Canada Day, I wrote this letter to the editor of the Edmonton Journal as a reminder that, as late as 1968, French as the language of instruction in Alberta schools was strictly forbidden. However, thanks to the late Louis Desrochers’ decades of community service and work within the francophone community, both official languages are—and should be—proudly spoken here.
This piece was written after the murder of caregiver Dianne McClements, 61, who was working in Camrose, Alberta. On May 12, 2012, she was found dead—stabbed to death in the supported independent living facility where she worked. At the time of her death, McClements was working alone overnight—without support.
It is every writer’s honour and privilege to interview and write about Canadian Olympians. In 2012, I got to do just that, profiling NAIT alumni Kevin Martin and Adam Enright. Both men represented Canada at the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver, British Columbia, earning gold in men’s curling.
Public affairs officers write not only content for print, but also content for websites and online publications. This example was published on the public-facing NAIT website as part of the polytechnic’s digital newsroom.
NAIT alumnus Garrett Key (Photographic Technology 2011) recounts what it was like returning to Slave Lake after a devastating wildfire ravaged the Alberta community where he grew up. Photographing the aftermath brought a mix of emotions. What stands out, however, is that, even in the face of tragedy, people persevere.