I was born/grew up in: Pefferlaw, Ontario
I now live in: Halifax, Nova Scotia
I completed my training/education at: Broadcast Journalism, Loyalist College and Broadcast/Operational Meteorology-Mississippi State University
What I do at work
I forecast the weather using data, prediction models and experience. I also maintain a blog about the weather.
My career path is
I grew up on a farm in Pefferlaw, Ontario. When you live on a farm you always pay attention to the weather! I guess that’s where my interest in weather forecasting started. After I graduated high school, I studied broadcast journalism at Loyalist College. This program prepares you for a career in ever-changing field of journalism. It emphasizes reporting, writing and editing skills for online, television, radio and print media. While at Loyalist College I got my first job reading and writing weekend newscasts at Quinte Broadcasting in Belleville, Ontario.
Shortly after graduation, I joined the Wolf 101.5 in Peterborough, Ontario, as a morning radio show co-host. In 2006, I became a Weather Specialist at CHEX-TV in Peterborough. And in June 2008, I joined CBC Newfoundland and Labrador. Later I went on to study and graduate from the Broadcast/Operational Meteorology Program at Mississippi State University. This program gave me advanced knowledge in climatology, weather modelling, and weather prediction. I am now endorsed by the Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society. I always loved weather and media and so my career is a perfect mix of both, which is why I enjoy it so much.
I am motivated by
I most enjoy delivering the forecast on television and radio every day.
How I affect people’s lives
My forecasts influence people's decision making for travel and anything that might be related to the weather.
Outside of work I
I play hockey a few times per week for fun. I also love to hike with my kids and dogs.
My advice to others
Be sure to take your maths and sciences, but also drama and media studies.