I think I must have changed my career plans half a dozen times after high school, but finally settled on a teaching degree. While finishing my undergrad, I put my education degree to work…at Alberta Agriculture.
I moved from Alberta Ag’s Rural Development division – working on programs to support producers through drought and to encourage grasshopper control – to working as a web editor on the department’s website, Ropin’ the Web. During that time, I finished my undergrad, and then completed a grad degree in communications from Royal Roads University.
Meanwhile, rural Saskatchewan was calling to me, so eventually my husband and I moved back to my home community. I freelanced and worked as a substitute teacher for a few years, then started working as a field editor for Grainews and Country Guide. That led to my current position as editor at Canadian Cattlemen magazine. While on that winding road, the Canadian Farm Writers Federation (CFWF) and its regional associations were a source for professional development and contacts.
Today the Sask. Farm Writers Association and the CFWF remain important to me professionally and personally, as I’ve found many friends there as well.