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Monique Tamminga

Monique Tamminga

Monique brings 20 years of award-winning journalism experience to the role of editor at the Penticton Western News. Of those years, 17 were spent working as a senior reporter and acting editor with the Langley Advance Times, a Black Press newspaper on the Coast. Monique has won several national, provincial and local media awards for investigative journalism, best hard news story and best opinion pieces, to name a few. She sees the role of a reporter as a privilege and each person's story should be treated with respect. She made the life-changing move to Penticton with her husband, son and very old black lab in 2018. She is also a certified education assistant and worked full-time in a local elementary school, as well as a substitute teacher throughout SD67 before that. It had been a fulfilling role and reinforced her love for children. But, reporting is in her blood and she appreciates the opportunity to tell Penticton's stories. 'In my opinion, being a journalist is one of the most exciting jobs a person can have because we get to meet fascinating people, tell their stories, celebrate community successes, help bring issues to the forefront and give a voice to the unheard. And sometimes, if we are lucky, we get to help make a change for the better.' Monique is loving life in Penticton. Where else can you live where there is not one, but two gorgeous lakes, kilometres of public beaches and warm and swimmable water? It's also home to a vibrant arts community, a compassionate charity base, talented athletes and an exciting culinary scene. It's also home to the best wines and craft beer in the world. Not to mention, there is no rush hour here and you can get from lake to lake in 10 minutes, no matter what time of day. Why didn't I move here sooner?

Email
editor@pentictonwesternnews.com

Recent Work by Monique

Osoyoos business owner thanks community after devastating fire

Osoyoos business owner thanks community after devastating fire

‘I love this little town and I’ll get things cleaned up as soon as possible’ said Loco Amigos owner
Last chance to skate on Penticton’s outdoor rink

Last chance to skate on Penticton’s outdoor rink

The rink is closing for the season with Activate Penticton looking ahead to handle hockey challenges
Penticton grieves loss of Discovery House’s ‘bright light’

Penticton grieves loss of Discovery House’s ‘bright light’

Jerome Abraham died after a courageous battle with cancer
One of South Okanagan’s most beloved, historic buildings is falling apart

One of South Okanagan’s most beloved, historic buildings is falling apart

Kaleden Hotel, built 1911, is no longer structurally sound and carries $2M to fix it
Someone deliberately ruined Tesla charging station in Osoyoos

Someone deliberately ruined Tesla charging station in Osoyoos

The charger was filled with spray foam rendering it useless
Penticton councillor Amelia Boutlbee wants a run at provincial politics

Penticton councillor Amelia Boutlbee wants a run at provincial politics

The first time city councillor is running with the BC Conservatives
Penticton Secondary students take on zero waste challenge

Penticton Secondary students take on zero waste challenge

Four themed weeks from recycled clothing to reducing plastics and food waste
Oliver firefighters take cold plunge for Special Olympics

Oliver firefighters take cold plunge for Special Olympics

Oliver FD joined by BC Sheriffs Service to take plunge at Buy-Low parking lot March 1
RCMP searching for luxury SUV seen fleeing Sicamous hotel murder scene

RCMP searching for luxury SUV seen fleeing Sicamous hotel murder scene

One man was shot to death in the parking lot of Sicamous Best Western on Feb. 24
Penticton bylaws go by boat to dismantle growing encampment

Penticton bylaws go by boat to dismantle growing encampment

The occupant was given notice and connected with social services
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