I am also able to call on the services of four GlobalBC legends:
Also with a Fleet Street background, Haysom moved to Canada in 1973 and worked on newspapers across the country for four decades before making the move to television. He was News Director at CHEK_TV from 1999-2001, then became News Director at GlobalBC from 2001 until 2013. He, too, has won numerous national awards including a lifetime achievement award from the broadcasters of Canada. Before that he achieved a unique double as editor-in-chief of both the Vancouver Province and the Vancouver Sun. He steadily increased circulation of both newspapers. He is a fast and talented writer, who has contributed to several books. He is also proud of being one of the founders of Canuck Place, the hospice for children in Vancouver. Haysom lives near Victoria on Vancouver Island and is an expert in crisis media management and traditional and social media.
Coxford's career as a news reporter on GlobalBC spans four decades. He has won multiple awards including the Jack Webster Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award. Coxford's series on European Health care in 2005 and his coverage of the Winnipeg Flood in 1977 also won Webster awards for best television reporting. Since retiring in the fall of 2014 he has established a company focused on storytelling and media production and training. Thanks to a diverse news background - from breaking news to crime, politics, the resource industry and health care - Coxford has assembled a vast network of contacts. His company helps businesses create a media presence which helps them standout among their competitors.
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Deb Hope is one of the most trusted journalists in British Columbia. She spent the majority of her journalistic career with GlobalBC as an award winning reporter and anchor. Before that she worked for newswire services. She has met and worked with a wide range of people - from The Queen and Prince Charles, to Prime Ministers and Premiers. She has an amazing ability to put people at ease. She has won awards which include Woman of the Year, a Jack Webster award for best feature and a 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award from the RTNDA. She has worked extensively with charities, including Courage to Come Back, Variety, the Children's Charity, the Make-A-Wish Foundation, the United Way, St. Paul's Hospital, BC Children's Hospital and the AIDS Walk for Life. Her voice is one of the most recognizable in B.C.
McHale spent more than 40 years behind the scenes at GlobalBC as a revered and award-winning writer. For years he wrote many of the news scripts read by Tony Parsons. He, too, is a Gemini Award-winning journalist and described by many colleagues as one of the best writers they have ever met. In addition to his writing, he was responsible for lining up the stories on the top-rated News Hour.
Simon Jackson is a storyteller, connector and movement builder committed to improving our public discourse and shaping a better balance between the needs of people and nature. At the age of 13, Simon founded the largest youth-led environmental initiative in the world - the Spirit Bear Youth Coalition and what became a global network of more than six million in 80 countries - in the quest to protect the white Kermode or spirit bear on Canada’s west coast. After almost two decades of work, the spirit bear is now safe in part due to the Youth Coalition’s work that helped shape the largest land protection measure in North American history. For his efforts, Simon has received numerous honours, including being selected as one of Time Magazine’s sixty Heroes for the Planet and having his life work inspire the internationally televised movie: Spirit Bear: The Simon Jackson Story.
Today, Simon leverages his skills and experiences as a strategist to help diverse clients secure a social license to advance good ideas that will benefit society. Simon is an accomplished motivational speaker with the agency Speakers’ Spotlight and is a widely published author, having acted as a columnist for CBC.ca and Huffington Post, as well as being selected as a Fellow of the International League of Conservation Writers.