Sarah Gawdin has joined The Hope Standard’s team as multi-media journalist. To contact her, please email Sarah.Gawdin@HopeStandard.com, or call 604-869-4992.

There’s a new writer at The Hope Standard

Hi, I’m Sarah

Introductions, they’re something we all have to do, albeit some more than others.

As a journalist—and general people-person—I introduce myself a lot. And while there’s a strong chance the phrase, ‘Hi, I’m Sarah,’ is the most common in my vocabulary, ‘Thanks for speaking with me’ is certainly my favourite.

Almost every time I say those five words, somebody has trusted me to share their story with the community at large—a privilege I’m thankful for daily. However, rather than conducting interviews with the people whose stories I share, which can feel like being drilled for information, I prefer having conversations where knowledge is mutually exchanged. But to get there, we need to start with an introduction.

Hi, I’m Sarah. I’m a chronicler, a storyteller, a wordsmith, and the new multi-media journalist at The Hope Standard. And, because I believe the best way to get information is by giving information, I wanted to take this opportunity to share a bit about myself because it’s often easier to talk to a friend than a stranger.

An interloper of sorts, I moved to Agassiz from Coquitlam in 2016 with my husband and daughter, but I’m no stranger to small towns. Born in the heart of Alberta’s tar sands, I was raised in a small logging community in northern B.C. called Chetwynd. Perhaps you’ve heard of their chainsaw carvings.

RELATED: Emilie Peacock’s goodbye: Catching a glimpse of community, through the moments, stories and people of Hope

I also spent nearly a decade in Regina, Sask., where I earned my journalism degree, and while it’s definitely not a small town, The-City-That-Rhymes-With-Fun still has that rural feel where everyone knows each other. The land of the living skies is also where I got my first taste of community journalism, which blossomed into a passion when I began working for The Chilliwack Progress in the fall of 2017.

And while I don’t doubt that my outlook on certain things has been both coloured and illuminated by my profession, I can’t help but believe journalism is a key component of any healthy society.

Community-based journalism offers a deep, intimate look at a community and the things that matter most to its residents; it’s where grassroots movements gain momentum, and while it’s included in the 24-hour news cycle, it also exists outside of it because a community never forgets the stories that matter most.

Now that I’m spending my days working in Hope, I’m excited to begin learning about the area’s history, stories, and residents. I want to get to know Hope like one gets to know a new friend: I want to learn what’s most important, what’s entertainment, what’s exciting, what’s new, what’s everyone talking about.

And the best way for me to learn those things is for you to tell them to me.

I want to be invited to events and share in the community’s successes and missteps.

I want to be be present so I can help record Hope’s history for future generations.

I want to lend voice to those who may find themselves speechless, and help light up the darkness through the spreading of information.

It’s my eventual hope that I have the opportunity to say, ‘Thanks for speaking with me,’ to every person in town because everyone has a story, and I can’t wait to tell yours.

I can be reached by email at Sarah.Gawdin@HopeStandard.com, or by calling 604-869-4992.


@SarahGawdin on Twitter
SarahGawdin on Instagram
News@HopeStandard.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Just Posted

Rainfall warning: Up to 70 mm expected across Fraser Valley

Environment Canada issued a weather warning heading into the long weekend

Chilliwack students take the lead as mental health advocates

About 100 Chilliwack youth prepped to make a difference during Mental Health Week

Chilliwack PEO: ‘We who are sisters’

International oganization celebrating 150 years of service

No more mobile vendors on Harrison beach

The approval of an updated business licence bylaw means Nolan Irwin is without a cart

BC Ferries to pilot selling beer and wine on select routes

Drinks from select B.C. breweries and VQA wineries to be sold on Swartz Bay to Tsawwassen route

VIDEO: Alberta man creates world’s biggest caricature

Dean Foster is trying to break the world record for a radio show contest

VIDEO: Giants draw first blood in Western Conference championships

In Game 1 of the best-of-seven series between Vancouver and Spokane, the G-Men emerged triumphant

Multiple people injured after deck collapses during celebration

Emergency responders rushed to the Langley home

B.C. RCMP receive application for Police Cat Services

RCMP announced the launch of the Police Cat Services unit as an April fools joke

Rats available for adoption in Vancouver

In a social media post the City of Vancouver says you can adopt a rat for $5.

Kirkland Signature veggie burgers recalled due to possible metal fragments

Recalled products came in 1.7 kg packages with a best before date of Apr. 23, 2019

Chaos at the ferry terminal for people heading from Vancouver to the Island

Easter crowds create backlog at Tsawwassen ferry terminal

Parents of 13 who tortured children get life after hearing victims

One of their daughters fled their home and pleaded for help to a 911 operator

Crews battle Burnaby blaze; 2 people sent to hospital

Emergency Support Services helping residents displaced by fire

Most Read