Villa Rosa offers crucial resources

Juanita Traverse with her sons, Jordan and Xavier, in her North End home.

This feature on Wolseley’s Villa Rosa centre was published in the Feb. 20, 2019 issue of The Metro.

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Longread: Knights of D-Day

This multimedia longread about a group of Westman veterans is the culmination of months of video interviews, international phone calls, and historical research. The project included a five-page spread in the paper and a series of mini documentaries. It went live on June 6, 2016 — the 72nd anniversary of D-Day.

I wrote the article, edited the videos (shot by Colin Corneau) and helped promote the project website (created by Andrew Nguyen). In September 2016, the project was awarded an EPPY Award for best news or event feature video and in March 2017, Knights of D-Day was nominated as a Canadian Association of Journalists awards finalist.

View the full project here: bdnsun.ca/veteransdoc.

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Former Ninette Sanatorium patients recall abuse suffered at hands of staff

Alex Harris was kept at a tuberculosis sanatorium in Ninette along with George Pelletier in their youth. (Colin Corneau/The Brandon Sun)

While the experiences of indigenous patients in Manitoba’s racially segregated tuberculosis treatment centres are less well-known than those of residential school survivors, they share many disturbing similarities. After connecting with researchers from The University of Winnipeg, I wrote a series of articles for The Brandon Sun aimed at shedding light the abuse suffered at Manitoba’s sanitoria.

I heard first-hand accounts from former patients George Pelletier and Alex Harris — featured in the story after the jump — and Catherine Mason. Many other patients, family members and sanatoria employees contacted the paper after the series was published.

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Interviewing Mitch Podolak, the founder of the Winnipeg Folk Festival

I wrote this story for  Winnipeg Folk Stories, my storytelling project about the people who go to the Winnipeg Folk Festival. It was also published on Community News Commons to coincide with the Folk Fest’s 2015 lineup announcement. 

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It wasn’t until I was walking up the steps to Mitch Podolak’s Wolseley home that I realized I was nervous. All of a sudden, I felt like I was about to knock on the door of a celebrity — albeit a small scale celebrity and one known more for being infamous than famous.

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