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Editorial Who Knew? Volunteer Team In Focus Shining Star Staff Q&A Elgin County Update Oxford County Update Reminders Play Time Contributors More 2 When I started with Rogers TV I had no concept of the many talented, interesting and gifted individuals I would encounter. We have grown enormously over the past year and have welcomed a large contingency of Fanshawe, and Western interns as well as numerous local high school students. Rogers TV provides an excellent opportunity to put your skills to the test to help you pave the way to successful employment. Our beautiful renovations have created a buzz around the station and make it a pleasure to come to the office each day. I hope you too are enjoying your facility. In addition, new programming including Forest City Living, Newsmakers Live and Game of the Week provide exciting opportunities for many of you to shine! Be sure to check out Shining Star to see how the Rogers TV experience sets a strong foundation for our volunteers to flourish. Your ongoing professionalism and open communication is key to our success and we ask you to take all policies and procedures seriously. Please refer to our Reminders Section for an important overview. Recently I have been working with our Producers/Videographers to re-vamp and strengthen our training programs. In the past year Videography 1 and 2 and AVID Editing 1 and 2 have been developed and implemented. Studio and mobile training is also being restructured to provide new training materials and to institute performance evaluations for accountability. Watch for ongoing opportunities to enhance your talents. I would be remiss if I did not mention a number of our community volunteers who have consistently gone above and beyond these past several months and who not only saw us through our renovation transition but who also assist in the areas of editing, administration and videography. Thank you Monica Escobar, Kai Mortensen, Pawel Fijal, Dave Sarsfield and Shawn Forbes. You rock! Finally a big congratulations to the following individuals who will be honoured as OUTSTANDING YOUTH VOLUNTEERS on May 6th as part of National Youth Week: Kai Mortensen, Tricia Flatley, Tabitha Lavoie, Harley Armstrong and Ross Cheeseman. See IN FOCUS for details. Please keep me informed of your achievements. I would love to highlight you in our next newsletter! Enjoy, this is for you! Marcy by Marcy Demelo
Editorial Who Knew? Volunteer Team In Focus Shining Star Staff Q&A Elgin County Update Oxford County Update Reminders Play Time Contributors 3 Born in Bogota, Colombia, she left for the United States when she was 15. Her family settled in Florida which was quite the culture shock at first, however they quickly adjusted. Monica went on to study chemical engineering and eventually earned her Masters in Engineering Management. While studying engineering, she noticed there weren’t many women in the field, which sparked her to speak against inequality in the sciences. Monica volunteered for the University of South Florida where she worked as a coordinator organizing science fairs for the children where she encouraged them to take math and science courses. It was extremely hard gaining citizenship status in the United States, which is required in order to be hired for a job. So after 10 years in Florida, she decided to come to Canada. Monica received word she will soon be a Canadian citizen and will be able to work, although the exact date is still not known. Monica enjoys London and even wants to learn French – what a true Canadian at heart! Monica hopes to start her own cosmetic business line with her background in Chemical Engineering and even has a catchy name in mind for it! Stay tuned I have no doubt Monica will achieve her goal! By Selina Tao You probably recognize Monica Escobar as one of the friendliest faces here at Rogers TV London. More If you have a story to tell contact Journey to Canada Monica’s been with Rogers TV since August ‘09 and has done a bit of everything from in studio productions to administration to guest liaison training. Who knew that Monica, 25, has been through quite a journey to get to where she is today.
Editorial Who Knew? Volunteer Team In Focus Shining Star Staff Q&A Elgin County Update Oxford County Update Reminders Play Time Contributors More 4 London St. Thomas Woodstock THANK YOU! Anderson, Scott Armstrong, Harley Barrett, Sean Barrientos, Carmen Barry, Fatoumata Bell, Jenn Bendel, Tony Bodfish, Tim Brady, Jess Brkljaca, Marina Bromwell, Ashley Brunton, Rebecca Bryson, Jennifer Buchanon, Megan Campbell, Scott Carmona, Juan Carter, Ariel Castilllo, Ana Chalmers, Matt Chamberlain, Marg Cheeseman, Ross Chobotiuk Kayla Cook, Cortney Cook, Don Cook, Gary Darsha, Sarah Dawson, Shirley De Keyser, Patricia De Souza, Greg Deller, Rachel Dougall, Allysa Downing, Melissa Eagleson, Lindsay El-Sabawi, Yasmine Escobar, Monica Evans, Chris Ferguson, Sarah Fijal, Pawel Flatley, Tricia Forbes, Shawn Francis, James Friesen, Deborah Glasman, Greg Gonzales, Marlene Goodine, Richard Goulding, Marg Green, Al Haezel, Alexa Hallman, Stephanie Halyk, Samantha Hartery, Amanda Hashem, Nada Hayes, Justin Hill, Andy Horne, Paul Hughes, Tasha Jiwani, Amira Johnson, Monique Johnston, Dan Joyce, Carleigh Kiss, Csaba Kita, Mary Kondrat, Ben Kovach, Mike Koval, David Kowalek, Mike Laforet, Trevor Lavoie, Tabitha Lawson, Paige Leshik, Kyria Li Betti, Lauren Marksteiner, Florin Martin, Melissa Martinez, Vanessa Mc Neil, Ian McGarry, Rob McGhee, Jamie Millar, Grant Minter, Jordan Mitchell, Greg Mokan, Elizabeth Mortensen, Kai Mortensen, Sonia Moussa, Moses Nanassy, Dez Newton, Christine Nguyen, Tramy O'Leary, Pierce Orellana, Jose O’Rourke, James Palach, Rachel Peach, Sterling Penny, Aleisha Peter, Kelly Plata, Enrique Raines, Michael Raymer, Justin Revington, Adam Romero, Manuel Sarsfield, David Scalisi, Stacy Scarrow, Jesse Scherle, Teresa Schives, Dale Soper,Dylan Sparling, Rod Struyf, Julia Swinn, Nathan Taal, Kimberly Tadgell, Amanda Taylor, Eunice Thrasher, David Tiffin, Pat Tsekouras, Vikki Verano, Gian Vincent, Catherine Waters-Houser, G White, Lauren Wilkins, Caolin Wolff, Shayla Wong, Jennifer Wynen, Melissa Wise, Shannon COOPS/INTERNS Anderson, Alisa Barrett, Sean Batyi-Coucher, Lisa Bean, Josie Boudreau, Chelsea Charron, Andrew Colt, Yonaton Cook, Gary Glasman, Greg Haley, Seb Hayes, Justin Heldman, Madison Irvine, Stewart Johnson, Monique Kring, Spencer Langille, Breanne Mathonia, Dylan McMurter, Connor Moir, Haley Mundy, Rob Reyes, Carmela Saunders, Jim Smith Charlotte Struyf, Julia Verhoeve, Karen Walter, Hailley 2009/2010
Editorial Who Knew? Volunteer Team In Focus Shining Star Staff Q&A Elgin County Update Oxford County Update Reminders Play Time Contributors 5 : More National Volunteer Week, April 18-24, 2010 By Marcy Demelo National Volunteer Week, April 18 to 24 provided a special opportunity to recognize those who give back. At Rogers TV, Cable 13, the week served to celebrate and thank our volunteers in London, St. Thomas and Woodstock who helped our community station deliver its unique brand of local programming. Before and behind the cameras, our volunteers work alongside our staff and undertake workshops in all aspects of television production like camera, audio, graphics, editing, hosting and reporting. We value our volunteers and work hard to prepare them for all aspects of television production in a hands-on learning environment. “From community volunteers to co-op students to interns, your commitment and dedication ensures we achieve our goal of relevant, professional and community-focused broadcasting” says Debbie Marks, Station Manager. We are pleased to announce that five outstanding Rogers TV volunteers will be recognized during Youth Volunteer Appreciation Night on Thursday, May 6th at the Wolf Performance Hall Central Library. In honour of National Youth Week and National Volunteer Week outstanding volunteer contributors ages are acknowledged for their contributions to service. The event is presented by the London Youth Council and Pillar Nonprofit Network and supported by the London Community Foundation. Way to go London volunteers Kai Mortensen, Tricia Flatley, Tabitha Lavoie and Harley Armstrong. Ross Cheeseman of Woodstock will also be honoured. Well done! Kai Mortensen OHL Family Fun Night
Editorial Who Knew? Volunteer Team In Focus Shining Star Staff Q&A Elgin County Update Oxford County Update Reminders Play Time Contributors More 6 Thank you to ALL of our volunteers. Send us a photo of you in action for our next newsletter. Superstars…..
Editorial Who Knew? Volunteer Team In Focus Shining Star Staff Q&A Elgin County Update Oxford County Update Reminders Play Time Contributors 7 Every Friday night their plans are secured. They arrive at the John Labatt Centre at 1:00pm and don’t go anywhere until a quality game is delivered. No, they’re not the London Knights - they’re your fellow Rogers TV volunteers. By Tabitha Lavoie The person crew is led by producer Kris Bergholz who says the crew is so tight-knit they really act more like a family than co-workers. Fellow volunteer Shawn Forbes couldn’t agree more. “I love working with the OHL crew members,” says Shawn. But the OHL crew wasn’t where Shawn started. Roughly five years ago he was watching City TV and saw people editing videos in the background of the main shot. In an effort to learn more, Shawn says he signed up as a volunteer for Rogers TV and never looked back. Just like most volunteers who come to Rogers TV, Shawn started out in the studio and quickly moved on to mobiles where he found his calling. But it’s not just in production where Shawn pulls his load and more. “Shawn is in here all the time assisting with administrative jobs, going out on shoots and lending a hand,” says Volunteer Services Coordinator Marcy Demelo. MOBILES More While Shawn is helpful all around, the OHL crew is where his passion lies. He started as a crew member doing set-up and tear-down but has quickly escalated to a camera operator. Recently he just moved up to camera 4, which is used for tight shots of the players for the commentators and for replays. His advice for anyone interested in being part of the OHL crew is to “have an interest in mobiles, gain experience and enhance your talents there. Hopefully the producers will notice the effort and eventually you’ll work your way up“ Producer Kris Bergholz couldn’t agree more. “Work hard and don’t be afraid,” says Kris. “I love it when people come out and just go for it.”
Editorial Who Knew? Volunteer Team In Focus Shining Star Staff Q&A Elgin County Update Oxford County Update Reminders Play Time Contributors More 8 Community TV with Exemplary Training Jackie Redmond - “This past year I interned at ET Canada for nine weeks and during my stay I worked in the control room and the production offices. I was able to help put stories together and was even sent out on celebrity shoots! Without my amazing experience volunteering for Rogers TV, I would not have gained the skills and confidence necessary to get an internship with ET Canada.” INTERNS The Next Cheryl Hickey! Sarah Ferguson -”I’m graduating from Fanshawe Colleges Broadcast Journalism program and will be starting an internship at ET Canada. This amazing opportunity came my way when Cheryl Hickey invited me to visit her on set. I believe that everything happens for a reason and by volunteering at Rogers TV I now have the transferable skills that I can offer to any employer. I have learned a lot and have had an enjoyable time at Rogers TV and would like to thank all the staff. Not only are these individuals great mentors but they all have exceptional patience for anyone who walks through their doors.” From Star Student to Star Reporter ! Christine Newton - “As an intern at CTV I spend my days shadowing reporters as they produce content for three daily newscasts. The stories range from municipal politics to local festivals to breaking news involving accidents, fire and crime. There is a lot to learn, but thanks to my experience at Rogers TV I don't feel like a total rookie. The equipment is very similar and I know which elements are needed to make the story work...making me a valuable contributor and collaborator, not just a tripod-jockey! “ Thank you Pat Tiffen – 10 years with Rogers TV!! 10 years is quite a while to be volunteering, but to Pat Tiffen, volunteering for Rogers TV means “overcoming limitations no matter what.” When he first started in 2000, he was mostly an in-truck production assistant for games. Then in late 2001 he tried the role of a camera operator on mobiles and has done that ever since. Aside from Mobiles, Pat has also done a couple seasons of Daytime and has been involved with London Calling since the beginning. You may not know, but Pat is also an amateur stand-up comedian and has had an on-air stint on Phil Waddington's comedy vehicle, Lunchbox. Volunteering has provided him with friendships and experience. He says, “Rogers has given me an artistic home and I remain loyal to the cause!” By Selina Tao THIS JUST IN ! London City Press Club – Tricia Flatley Best Reporter of the year, Fanshawe College. Way to go Tricia!
Editorial Who Knew? Volunteer Team In Focus Shining Star Staff Q&A Elgin County Update Oxford County Update Reminders Play Time Contributors 9 When did you get your start with Rogers? Before most of the volunteers were born What is your favourite part of the job? The people - we have fun! How long have you been with Rogers TV? More than 27 years. Even I can’t believe it! by Rob McGarry Each month we feature a Rogers TV employee to help you get to know the staff better… Meet Marilyn... Ever met anyone famous?? Dan Aykroyd. Elton John touched my hand. Then there was Ringo and of course KC and the Sunshine Band and John Cougar… What is your favourite holiday destination? I must say I do love Ireland, had the chance to visit it last summer. Top of the day to you! What is your favourite food? Penne Carbonara. Can you say YUMMY! If there is one big thing you have seen change in the television industry since you first began your career, what would it be? Conversion from black and white to colour TVs More What is your biggest pet peeve? 4-way stops. If you were stranded on an island, what one item would you like to have with you? Helicopter and a pilot - sorry that's two things. What vehicle would you really like to drive/own? Do you?? Lexus LX570. One day.
Editorial Who Knew? Volunteer Team In Focus Shining Star Staff Q&A Elgin County Update Oxford County Update Reminders Play Time Contributors More 10 After seeing the images of the tragic earthquake in Haiti, something inside of Tony Bendel urged him to take action. He believes that people at the St. Thomas Rogers TV care and are active in community events. Tony recalls, “On January 20th, as I left the St. Thomas studio, I wanted to see if there was some way I could raise money for the people of Haiti.” He came up with the idea of having the host of Inside Elgin, Mike Vecchio, cook some burgers and wait on customers and in return, Wendy’s would make a donation to the Red Cross for the Haitian relief. The St. Thomas Wendy’s Restaurant agreed to donate $1 from every meal sold from 5pm-7pm to this event. Bendel also made a few calls and got the City Police, the Fire Department, his provincial M.P.P., Steve Peters, and the Red Cross were involved with the fundraiser. On January 29, 2010 whether it was the police chief taking your order, an MPP salting your fries, or the mayor working the drive-thru window, community leaders joined together to raise money for Haiti. Tony Benson’s fundraiser raised a total of $3, for the victims of Haiti. Great work Tony! A special shout-out goes out to you and our other outstanding volunteers in St. Thomas. Helping Haiti James Elsdon, Producer Marg Goulding started volunteering with Rogers TV about 7 years ago. She now comes in every day to manage guests for Inside Elgin, contributes story ideas for First Local and Inside Elgin, as well as attends every Monday night City Council broadcast. What you may not have known is that she also owns and operates a winery called the Wine Station and also a micro-brewery called Railway City Brewery. Her husband founded and opened the brewery just over a year ago. Currently they have 5 kinds of beer: Blonde, Copper,Amber, Dead Elephant Ale, and Mocha Porter. You can find the Blond and Dead Elephant Ale at the LCBO. There must be something special about their beers - in January of 2009 the brewery won best dark beer for the Ontario legislature. About 7 years ago, Marg was asked to be an on-air guest in St. Thomas. The experience intrigued her and she’s been volunteering with Rogers TV ever since. She’s done a bit of everything but now mostly loves floor directing. Life and volunteering sure keep Marg busy! Thank you! Tony Bendel and Marg Goulding, volunteers extraordinaire!! One Busy Lady!
Editorial Who Knew? Volunteer Team In Focus Shining Star Staff Q&A Elgin County Update Oxford County Update Reminders Play Time Contributors More 11 Joe Brown, Producer "We often get students or volunteers through our doors who are thinking about careers in the broadcasting field and I always tell them to do their best, because they never know when we might hire them! In the case of Amanda and Mike, they were in the right place at the right time. A little hard work and patience goes a long way. ” Joe Brown, Producer, Woodstock Congratulations and Welcome Amanda and Mike “I first started off as a Rogers TV volunteer while still in high school. It was required that we help out at Rogers TV 5 times during the semester and I ended up going 8 times. From the start, I enjoyed attending Rogers TV because it was a lot of fun and quite involved. Later on I continued to volunteer through College, and even had my internship there as well. I am still learning new things. My volunteer experience helped to me secure my job covering the local City Council meetings. Volunteering at Rogers TV has really helped me to establish connections, learn many new things and be a part of the community. The opportunities are still growing. It’s been a lot of fun these past few years!” According to Amanda “I started out volunteering at Rogers during high school as it was part of my Broadcast Television class. I enjoyed my class so much that I chose to pursue my education in Broadcast TV. I just loved to tell stories for others. During high school and college, I chose to volunteer with Rogers TV as a way of keeping myself in the industry. Now, 1 year after graduation, there is nowhere else I could see myself than here at Rogers TV, Woodstock.” Message from Mike
Editorial Who Knew? Volunteer Team In Focus Shining Star Staff Q&A Elgin County Update Oxford County Update Reminders Play Time Contributors More 12 Cell phone communication is NOT allowed while volunteering. Put it on vibe people!! When at work stations - leave it alone, until you go home. (or have a break!) CREW CALLS - We request 48hrs notice for cancellation of shifts and require a quick call if you become ill. This allows us time to fill your position. Recently volunteers have become lax about communicating and unfortunately as of now you will receive a strike automatically when policies and procedures are not followed. VOLUNTEER HOURS – You are limited to 40hrs per week to protect your well-being and to meet Human Resource guidelines. You are requested to do 1 show per week for studio volunteers and 2 productions/month for mobile crew. If however we feel you need a break we will ask you to re-evaluate your commitment and provide the number of hours per week you are allowed. SCHEDULING - Please contact me at for ALL scheduling. This includes use of the AVIDS, ALL productions and ALL training! In short, if you’re in, I should It is against Rogers' policy to have MSN on desk tops. As well, there should be no live streaming video or radio unless it is work-related. Please be mindful of your peers and maintain professionalism in the office. ALL coats must be hung in the closet in the hallway as you enter programming and should not be hung on the backs of chairs. You can also neatly place backpacks outside of the control room. Volunteers, co-ops and interns are encouraged to use the hotel stations. All volunteers, co-ops & interns should request a list of duties for the day or week. If you're coming in later in the day, instructions must be left for you or a list so that you may begin your duties promptly. Any volunteer that does not have anything to do must leave the premises or wait in the lunch room. AS PER MANAGEMENT DRESS CODE- As summer approaches please be reminded of the following: no spaghetti straps, short shorts/skirts (above thigh is too high!), or flip-flops. Khaki shorts are acceptable. Remember to dress for the weather on mobiles and bring lots of water, sunscreen and hats!
Editorial Who Knew? Volunteer Team In Focus Shining Star Staff Q&A Elgin County Update Oxford County Update Reminders Play Time Contributors More 13 Easy Eats Lebanese Recipe Ingredients: 2 cups canned chick peas, drained or the same amount fresh cooked 2/3 cup tahini ½ cup lemon juice 2 cloves mashed garlic 1 teaspoon salt ¼ teaspoon cumin parsley for garnish oil Place chick peas, tahini, lemon juice, garlic, salt and cumin in food processor. Mix until smooth. The hummus may be a bit thick, so thin it out by adding a bit of oil or liquid from the can of chick peas. Using the liquid from the can obviously makes it a low fat hummus recipe, but the oil adds a lovely richness to the hummus that is my preference. Refrigerate. Sprinkle some chopped parsley on top just before serving. Got a great recipe to share contact by Monica Escobar Thank you Moses Moussa for this delicious recipe. We are glad to hear you are on the mend after your operation! A little more hummus and you will be back to your old self!
Editorial Who Knew? Volunteer Team In Focus Shining Star Staff Q&A Elgin County Update Oxford County Update Reminders Play Time Contributors 14 Rob McGarry -STAFF Q & A Tabitha Lavoie -WHO KNEW? More Marcy Demelo -EDITOR-IN-CHIEF -LAYOUT/DESIGN Monica Escobar -PLAYTIME Selina Tao -Layout -IN FOCUS -WHO KNEW? -INSIDE ELGIN If you would like to join the newsletter team please let us