To new friends and good stories
Hi Carlyle, my name is Jessica R. Ryan. I am a Métis woman and a freelance journalist who recently started writing articles for the Carlyle Observer.
I am originally from Fort McMurray, AB, but my connection to the area was strong even before I moved here. My mother was born and raised in Estevan; most of his family live there. We spent the summers in Estevan on my grandparents’ farm. My grandfather, like me, was a big animal lover. They had horses, dogs, cats and even cattle at one point. My love for animals is just in my DNA it seems.
I have always been a storyteller. In elementary school, I loved writing stories, fairy tales about creatures and beasts that only exist deep in my mind. I had tried to start writing books when I was 13, but my talent wasn’t quite where it needed to be, nor was my dedication it seems, because I never finished any of my books.
I have grown since, in terms of maturity and competence, and now I am finally putting my talent to work by writing as a journalist.
I had once dreamed of going to school, Yale if we’re precise, to study journalism but here I am. I didn’t need the fancy Ivy League school diploma after all.
I started photography when I was 15 years old. Photography has always been something that interested me and in which I had wanted to get involved. My dreams finally came true when I signed up for the “Photography 10” course offered at the Estevan Comprehensive School. Like writing, photography came to me quickly and easily.
I’ve always loved Carlyle and the way she seems lively whenever I’m in the area. There are always so many pedestrians on Main Street that the city seems to flourish. I love Main Street not only for its activity but also for the businesses it offers. King’s department store is new even in Estevan and I had always heard about it from so many people. When I finally visited the store I was able to see for myself how well stocked the store was and just amazing.
The geography around Carlyle is so beautiful and I love riding through Kenosee; it reminds me of my home in northern Alberta. I love that it’s not far from Carlyle or the Prairies, I get to have the best of both worlds. I hope to move to Carlyle this summer.
As far as my writing and photography skills go, they are the best they have ever been but they certainly haven’t peaked yet. I hope this writing experience as a journalist will diversify my skills and help me grow as a writer and photographer. I also hope this experience helps me connect with community members and learn their stories and what they enjoy.
Carlyle, I hope we can form a wonderful friendship. I can’t wait to grow up with you.
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