Over the past several months it has been my pleasure to work along
side a dynamic
and diverse team. Each of you brings a unique dimension to ROGERS
TV! The truth is …
without you there is no us.
In addition to skillful camera, audio and inscriber operators and
videographers, we have so many
talented writers, photographers and inspirational thinkers, it
seemed obvious to encourage you to
partake in the creation of your newsletter. Thank you! It has been
a highlight for me to work
with you on this creative endeavour scheduled to go out 3 times
this year: July, September
I encourage our readers to participate in providing feedback @
to help us improve, modify and transform your volunteer resource to
connect, update and
communicate. We took on a large project to complete in one month;
therefore, you will see it
evolve with each issue.
Speaking of evolution, we have grown from 30 active volunteers this
winter (not including our
college placement students and high school co-ops) to more than 120
community volunteers in
the past 5 months!
With great volunteers come great achievements!
Our inaugural volunteer newsletter is certainly an exceptional case
Many of you are assisting us in addition to full-time work, raising
children and enjoying leisure,
others are trying to get a jump start on your schooling for the
Fall, and yet others are honing new
skills and giving back your extensive, professional experience.
Whatever your story, we are
thrilled to have you. You are an interesting bunch!
With our new studio and office renovations underway, and innovative
programming in the works, rest assured you are definitely in the
right place this Fall with ROGERS TV, Cable 13, London.
Enjoy! This is for you.
When Shobhita Sharma thinks of her recent trip to the United Arab
Emirates, two words come to mind, “It was really grand!” Shobhita
spent two weeks in Dubai and Abu Dhabi at the end of May and this
small nation made a big impression on her.
“I was so surprised … I wanted to hold my head and scream!” she
says, recalling her first impression of Dubai’s opulent nightlife.
Dubai is known for thinking big …it is home to the world’s tallest
building, the world’s largest shopping mall, the world’s first
seven-star hotel, the world’s largest indoor ski resort and three
massive manmade islands, known as the Palms.
But it’s not just the architecture that makes Dubai grand,
according to Shobhita, it’s the grace and hospitality of the
people. “They make you feel like kings and queens,” she says,
recalling how shopkeepers would open doors for her and address her
Shobhita ventured outside the city on a desert safari; a chance to
go “dune bashing” in a 4x4
jeep followed by a tasty Arabic buffet, complete with henna,
Sheesha pipes and belly dancers.
While many parts of the Middle East present significant dangers to
foreigners, Shobhita never
felt unsafe in Dubai, even when out on her own. This may be one
reason Dubai has such a
vibrant community of ex-pats, turning nightlife in the city into a
living cultural mosaic.
Escape to Dubai
By Christine Newton
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“I would hear so many different languages when I went out, ”
Shobhita laughs, “ it was like Canada … only condensed!”
Shobhita had only one gripe about Dubai: “It was really hot.” With
temperatures averaging more than 40 degrees Celsius it felt,
according to a local radio host, like “Everything out there is
melting.” Because Dubai is a desert climate, everything from plants
to food must be imported, driving the cost of living sky
At first, Shobhita found this manmade environment a little
artificial. But she was quickly overwhelmed by its beauty and was
able to appreciate these feats of construction,
engineering and design for what they are: amazing.
A Middle-Eastern traveller amongst us as a volunteer … Who
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Would Shobhita go back? In a heartbeat. “It’s expensive,” she
admits, particularly if you want to enjoy all that Dubai has to
offer. But as a holiday destination, it’s just grand.”
Staying with her uncle on one of the Palms, Shobhita got a real
taste of life in Dubai. True to her Rogers TV roots, Shobhita
toured Dubai Media City, a global media hub which houses a number
of major television broadcasters as well as other media
Life Lessons with Teacher Christine
A recent university graduate with a steady pay cheque and a stellar
job. That was the life of Christine Newton in 2004. But sometimes a
steady pay cheque just doesn’t fill the need for life experiences
and traveling … so Christine set out to change that.
She was unsure how to fill that hunger to travel, so she he started
with somewhere on the globe
she recognized - Central America. In 2003 Christine had traveled to
Dominican Republic for two
weeks with Habitat for Humanity. Ever since that experience she
gained an “itch to travel,”
especially to Central America.
While travelling is nice, it doesn’t pay for itself, so Christine
decided to research the possibility
of teaching while in Central America to pay for her stay.
“I sent emails to many different schools.
I found volunteer positions posted on
www.goabroad.com and accepted the
by Tabitha Lavoie
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“The school was just excited to have a new teacher,” she
Because the students were taught in both Spanish and English,
the teaching wasn’t like a “normal ESL [English as a Second
Christine had been teaching her students a normal, first grade
curriculum and although they were supposed to pick up the English
through conversation, Christine modified the lesson plans and
teaching materials because most of the kids just didn’t pick up
English that easily.
“I had a teaching assistant for some of my classes who helped with
the extra one-on-one,” says Christine. “But for the most part,
trying to help the kids understand a language that wasn’t their own
was the biggest challenge,” she says.
Although the job had its challenges, the rewards were just as great
when the experience was viewed as a whole.
“I would get to a point where I would say ‘I can’t do this!’ But
then the other teachers would help you cope, and I realized I could
do it.” says Christine.
It was a Spanish/English private school in the little town of
Honduras. They were eager for a first grade teacher and Christine
A Honduran Teacher is amongst us as a volunteer … Who Knew?
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The hardest part was leaving the kids behind. “That experience was
so crazy and so amazing …
I still have a really special place in my heart for them.”
Each month we bring you topical and relevant issues to
inform, advise and enlighten you! Check it out …
Summer Activities on a Budget
Summer is here and the sun is hot! What better time to get outside
and explore the great outdoors? Plus, you deserve a break from work
and volunteering. Don’t have a car? Lacking in funds? That’s no
problem; there are plenty of fun and affordable activities right
here in London, only a short walk or bus ride away.
Escape the Ordinary
Always wanted to go on a road trip but lacked the time, money or
the car? Try this alternative: instead of a long-term, wide scale
excursion, keep it local. If you’re feeling adventurous, throw a
dart at a local map and travel to where it lands.
Choose as many locations as you want, this is your trip! It doesn’t
have to be far. You’re guaranteed to discover something new,
whether it’s a restaurant, park, a beautiful garden or nature at
Take the family to a farmer’s market. The Covent Garden Market, for
example, offers a variety of vendors with ample selections of
ethnic food, fresh produce, meats, and cheese from local farmers
Feeling creative? The market is also a Mecca for local artists who
gather every Sunday to participate in a free art show. Anyone is
welcome to showcase their art for free.
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Take time to check out all the free outdoor activities and
festivals that take place this summer. Festivals usually bring
together a diverse crowd, such as Festa Italiana – a
three day festival that celebrates all that is Italian with food,
music, dancing and more. There is surely something for everyone. It
takes place August 14-16 at the Covent Garden market (located at
130 King Street).
Beat the Heat
If you need to escape the heat of the city, Grand Bend is only a
hop, skip, and a bus ride away. With a weekend shuttle from Norma
Jean’s (1332 Huron St.), a day of sun, sand and swimming can cost
you as little as ten dollars (five for children). Visit
If the beach isn’t your scene, free public swimming is available at
pools across London. A schedule of swim times and locations can be
found at any Tim Horton’s.
Take a Hike
Jog, walk the dog, rollerblade, bicycle, or take a leisurely walk
along the various pathways and trails throughout the city. Enjoy
the scenery along the Thames Valley Parkway – a 30 km multi-use
pathway which stretches along the Thames River and extends into
neighbourhoods and parks, including Gibbons Park and Springbank
Whether you’re with family, with friends, or on your own, London in
the summertime has an abundance of activities for everyone. If you
have a little time and a lot of imagination, you can take advantage
of the weather to get out and explore something new. London is
yours to discover!
For every live show aired in the past 12 months, one volunteer in
has been in the studio -- Pawel Fijal. For the smooth days, the
and sometimes all day, Pawel handles whatever the producers throw
By Alyssa Friesen
“I think it was on First Local and Marilyn and I were working
together, I was the only volunteer and I had to do VTR, which I
think was probably stressful and funny for her as I was new,” says
Fijal with a chuckle, “I’m sure she remembers.”
A year later he has experienced every position both in the studio
and out on mobiles. His favorite, regardless of show or location,
is a camera operator. A sports enthusiast Pawel especially likes
being behind the camera during the OHL playoff games.
Born and raised in Poland, Pawel came to Canada in 1991 after
living in Austria. He
studied at Fanshawe College and attained degrees in broadcast
multimedia design, in addition to a certificate in computer
animation. Looking for a job, Pawel
stumbled across the Rogers TV website. He says that he signed up
hoping volunteering would
create the skills and experience required for a future job in the
“Pawel is a very hard worker. He is very committed and always a
pleasure to work with.
No doubt he will attain his goal.” says Marcy Demelo, Volunteer
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“All of the producers are great to me. They each have
taught me unique skills and I appreciate it and want to
thank them for their patience,” Pawel says.
By Alyssa Friesen
The players hustled onto the ice for the OUA hockey game at the
Center in October 2005 and Kai Mortenson stood ready behind his
was his first production as a volunteer. A rush of excitement
pounded in his
veins, his hands gripped the arms of camera six – this was
Three years and eight months later Kai, 17, still can’t get enough
of mobiles. The Grade 12 student at Sir George Ross Secondary says
his passion for television production, which was realized that
October day, has motivated him to explore every volunteer position
within Rogers TV. The audio position for OHL Primetime is his
“I push the limits of that audio board almost every week and get
great results. I work with a 24 channel Mackie board with every
“Whether it be one of the 15 microphones strategically placed
throughout the JLC, or the nine line inputs from tape or
compressors, I just love the audio that building produces.”
Kai’s enthusiasm for Rogers TV inspires those who work with him.
His has been noted
to be quick to share his knowledge with new volunteers, giving tips
and answering questions.
His positive presence on mobile productions and his unnecessary
efforts toward helping with the
renovations of the studio have scored deep appreciation among the
staff and his volunteer friends.
“He puts his heart and everything into Rogers TV,” says Allysa
Dougall, a fellow volunteer,
“he loves it.”
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How did you get your start or fine out about the open
My girlfriend forwarded me the job posting saying, “This is totally
you, you have to apply.” So I did.
What is your favourite part of your job?
I love people and I like variety. I am a creative person by nature
and this role allows me to put
a creative spin on everything I do from interviewing people to
organizing to creating new
procedures to recognizing volunteers.
Where did you grow up?
Here in London with a number of summers spent in Europe.
by Rod Sparling
Each month we feature a Rogers TV employee to help you get to know
the staff better.
We thought it natural to start with our Volunteer Services
Coordinator, because without her, there would be no us!
What is your favourite holiday destination?
It has to be REALLY hot, have beaches, great history, exotic food
and cocktails with little umbrellas.
What is your favourite food?
I love Italian food but I will never turn down surf and turf.
Lobster is my favourite.
What is the funniest thing you have ever seen/experienced?
My children. They say and do the funniest things.
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If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it
I would like to appreciate each day more and not take for granted
that I have
tomorrow. It makes you look at life with a whole new perspective
and with gratitude.
If you were stranded on an island, what one item would you like to
have with you?
Stranded on an island?? I’d probably die and go to heaven and you
can’t take anything there!
What vehicle would you really like to drive/own? Do you??
I’d like a sporty, red vehicle with a convertible top and a great
sound system. I have the red part.
When your new office is built and your desk is in place, what will
be the first item you place on your desk?
What is your dream job?
My dream job would be part-time, with lots of travel around the
world ,meeting people, seeing
amazing sites, eating exotic foods and taking fabulous photos.
Sounds like my favourite
Share a little-known or surprising fact about yourself.
I started my own jewellery company 7 years ago and am a
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Tony Bendel, A+ volunteer is working on both of the latter two
productions and had this to say:
What was the best story you have covered so far?
It was a service that was held for The Liberation of Holland.
I learned how much these services mean to the veterans. They just
want to tell their stories and to be remembered. (most of all to
remember their buddies; who never came home).
What did you enjoy about it?
I enjoyed hearing two personal, war vet stories and about the good
times that they had overseas The appreciation in their faces for
covering this story and for just listening to them was
What is your dream story to cover?
To give the people of St. Thomas hope that a new factory is going
to open up here in town or that a major employer is going to
hire hundreds of people. I’m looking forward to coming back
Why do you do it?
I want to continue to learn as much as possible and become a hired
staff member of Rogers TV. I think of a story that I want to
do, I go out and shoot it, I come back and edit it, I put it all
and then it goes to air and people watch it! It is just
James Elsdon, Associate Producer
St. Thomas Prepares for a Fall Line-Up of Promising Shows!
INSIDE ELGIN: A half-hour, lifestyle program that will be airing
live, five-days a week. The set is in, the shots are blocked, and
the lighting is set.
FIRST LOCAL: It is tried, tested and true and we look forward to
being able to provide a weekly news source to our community.
HERITAGE MINUTES: They highlight and explore historic landmarks in
HAUNTED PLACES of St. Thomas and Elgin County: A unique look at
spooky locations in and around St. Thomas.
Here’s What’s in the News!
Amanda Hartery and Stacy Scalasi are putting together a video to
promote the volunteer program in Woodstock. They expect to have it
completed by the end of the summer.
Summer training started July 7th and ran every Tuesday and Thursday
for the month of July. In August we are doing a week-long training
session Monday to Friday to get ready for the upcoming fall season.
The Workshops are focusing on the studio production side of
television and will offer training in camera, VTR, audio, graphics
and directing. Sign up is posted on the volunteer board.
Coming this fall we are adding a new program to the Oxford County
area. It’s “Talk Local”: A 1 hour program highlighting hot issues
in and around Oxford County. We will be contacting volunteers to
attend a pre-production meeting to go over the details of the new
program and to express their thoughts and ideas.
Just want to say a big “thank you” to everyone who helped out with
Inside Oxford this past season. The show has been picked up by some
of the other systems. This is a testament to the dedication and
talent of our volunteers who have helped make it work …. and made
it look easy!
Thanks again to everyone. We hope to see you out in the fall.
And to those of you who are moving on to higher education: Good
luck! Stay in touch.
We’ve had a great season this year with a number of dedicated
and new faces joining the team. Woodstock is attracting talented
volunteers and I like it!
Joe Brown, Producer
Jayne Simons, our London Administrative Assistant, will be finished
her role as of July 30th. We wish her all the best! Please join us
Lynn Farrimond to her new role with Rogers TV.
Please double check the CREW CALL times for all upcoming London
mobiles for changes.
Just a reminder that we request 48hrs notice for cancellation of
shifts and appreciate a quick
call if you become ill. This allows us time to fill your position.
RENOVATIONS and FALL LINE UP. Thanks for your patience as we
undergo renovations here
in London. Please remember it is unacceptable to have any food or
drink in the studio,
control room or renovation areas. We want to keep it looking good!!
FALL LAUNCH IS SEPTEMBER 21st. HERE’S YOUR SNEAK PEAK!
Scheduling will follow shortly. Stay posted for volunteer
OUA Sports Coverage - MOBILE
OHL Sports Coverage - MOBILE
The Wrap, London Knights Hockey - IN STUDIO
Forest City Living – REPORTING, ON LOCATION NEW
daytime- IN STUDIO
McLeod - IN STUDIO
TV Fanshawe – ON LOCATION, PRODUCED BY FANSHAWE NEW
MOBILE SCHEDULE- Stay posted for the play-off schedules coming out
soon by email!
Marcy Demelo will be on vacation July 31st, returning August 10th.
Andrew Rosser, daytime Producer, London, will be assisting in her
absence @ [email protected]
Did you know ….
That you have a 1 in 649, 739 chance of being dealt a Royal
Straight Flush when you play poker? Your chance of getting struck
by lightning is actually higher.
In 1932, when a shortage of cash occurred in Tenino, Washington,
notes were made out of wood for a brief period. The wood notes came
in $1, $5 and $10 values.
Now that’s hard cash!
80% of millionaires drive second-hand cars.
Who says being thrifty doesn’t pay off?!
In the 1940s, the FCC in the United States, assigned
television's Channel 1 to mobile services (two-way radios in
taxicabs, for instance) but did not re-number the other channel
assignments. That is why your TV set has channels 2 and up, but no
channel 1. But we’re still # 1!
No word in the English language rhymes with month.
You’re gonna try it aren’t you!?
IT’S GOOD JUST TO HAVE A LITTLE FUN
By Rob McGarry
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Caramelize two small, chopped white onions in a sautee pan.
Add one part biryani seasoning to two parts curry powder and mix in
with the onions.
Add about half a tub of plain yogurt and mix it in. If you want
your curry a little heartier, use sour cream instead.
Add three tablespoons of tomato paste and stir. Adjust amount to
your preference. The tomato paste also gives it that nice pumpkin
colour. You can also add a finely chopped tomato if you like.
Add one cup water. Adjust to your preference if you want your curry
Finally, add two cups of chicken broth (or if you use cubes, just
add one). Stir and let it come to a slight boil, then simmer. Stir
again every 4-5 minutes.
Optional: add three or four small bay leaves and a tablespoon of
chili powder if you can handle the heat.
Remember you can always add potatoes, carrots, chicken or shrimp
just as the curry comes to a boil.
Serve over steamed rice with side salad. Enjoy!
QUOTE OF THE MONTH
"Everything successful is a series of mistakes."
-- Billy Joel Armstrong of Green Day
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