News em­ploy­ees rec­og­nized for their long ser­vice

Medicine Hat News - - LIFESTYLES -

Seven em­ploy­ees of the Medicine Hat News were re­cently rec­og­nized for their long-ser­vice an­niver­saries.

Lead­ing the way were mail­room su­per­vi­sor Dar­ryl Lock­wood and main­te­nance su­per­vi­sor Glen Sch­molke, each with 30 years un­der their belts. Twenty-year recognition went to Mary Rose, Me­lanie Robinson and Ja­son Rinke, all from advertising; and 10-year em­ploy­ees rec­og­nized were Multi Me­dia ed­i­tor Chris Brown and re­porter Gil­lian Slade.

Dar­ryl Lock­wood

A mem­ber of the News’ staff since 1988, Lock­wood is a na­tive of Ura­nium City, Sask., who was raised in a va­ri­ety of lo­ca­tions in north­ern Al­berta. He moved to Medicine Hat in 1976.

When he started at the News, the mail­room han­dled one news­pa­per six days a week. “Now we man­age nine dif­fer­ent pa­pers across two prov­inces.” He was the win­ner of an in-house com­pe­ti­tion for new ideas in 2000. “One thing you can say about the news­pa­per in­dus­try, you will never be bored,” he said. Ev­ery day has new chal­lenges. Think­ing out­side the box would be con­sid­ered a job re­quire­ment.”

Af­ter 20 years, he said, “my ve­hi­cle def­i­nitely knows the way to work now.” Dar­ryl and his wife Doreen have one child and three grand­chil­dren.

Glen Sch­molke

A na­tive of Medicine Hat who grad­u­ated from Hat High in 1975, Sch­molke started em­ploy­ment in the mail room at the News back in 1988. He then moved to the cir­cu­la­tion depart­ment for 18 years be­fore mov­ing over to his cur­rent sit­u­a­tion — a dual role in the press room and mail­room.

“I might work one-third of my time in the press room and then two-thirds in the mail­room,” said Sch­molke, who also took on jan­i­to­rial work on a con­tract ba­sis for a cou­ple of years ear­lier this decade.

Sch­molke and his wife Lynda have two chil­dren, son Erek and daugh­ter Shalon.

Is re­tire­ment in the near fu­ture? “Noth­ing im­mi­nent,” said Sch­molke. “I still en­joy my work.”

Mary Rose

Born in Leth­bridge and raised in Red­cliff, Rose worked in the bank­ing in­dus­try for 10 years be­fore stay­ing home to raise her fam­ily. Her stint at the News be­gan in 1998 when she took as part-time po­si­tion in the tearsheet depart­ment of advertising. Her po­si­tion is now de­fined as sales sup­port and in­cludes do­ing data en­try for the clas­si­fied depart­ment, mark­ing and balanc­ing var­i­ous news­pa­pers and also cover­ing desks in the advertising depart­ment as well as send­ing the tearsheets elec­tron­i­cally.

She plans to re­tire in Jan­uary. “I have en­joyed my time here and met and worked with many great peo­ple who I will miss,” she said.

Ja­son Rinke

An advertising sales con­sul­tant for both Prairie Post and the Medicine Hat News, Rinke is a Hat na­tive who at­tended school at Cres­cent Heights. His post-sec­ondary school­ing was at Medicine Hat Col­lege, where in 1997 he earned a Busi­ness Ad­min­is­tra­tion diploma with a ma­jor in mar­ket­ing. That led to a job at the News in Jan­uary 1998, where he started at the bot­tom of the advertising depart­ment and worked his way up.

In April of 2000, he was hired by Jim Tennant as an advertising sales con­sul­tant for Prairie Post. In that role, he sells to, ser­vices and as­sists cus­tomers with all their advertising needs. In ad­di­tion, he sells for the Medicine Hat News and its weekly news­pa­pers in south­ern Al­berta and south­west­ern Saskatchewan.

Rinke and his high school sweet­heart wife Tr­isha have two daugh­ters, Meghan and Shaye. In his spare time Rinke en­joys play­ing hockey.

“I’m proud to have been a part of con­tribut­ing to some of our suc­cesses that we have been rec­og­nized for at Prairie Post such as some of our News­pa­per As­so­ci­a­tion Awards. I’ve had the plea­sure of work­ing with Ryan Dahlman, our man­ag­ing ed­i­tor, for over 18 years.”

Me­lanie Robinson

A practicum at the News from her Of­fice Tech­nol­ogy stud­ies at Medicine Hat Col­lege led to a job for Me­lanie Robinson that started in April, 1998.

Start­ing in the clas­si­fied advertising depart­ment as a clas­si­fied ad­vi­sor, Robinson moved to the multi-mar­ket sales depart­ment and later to her cur­rent po­si­tion as out­side sales con­sul­tant.

Born and raised in Saskatchewan, Me­lanie has been in Medicine Hat for the past 21 years. She met her hus­band Dan in the Gas City and the cou­ple has two chil­dren, Emily and Rhett.

Chris Brown

Brown stared at the News Feb. 4, 2008 serv­ing as the night desk ed­i­tor in charge of lay­ing out the A sec­tion news pages. In the sum­mer of 2009, he was ap­pointed as­so­ciate ed­i­tor, with ma­jor re­spon­si­bil­i­ties for the B sec­tion.

In ad­di­tion to do­ing lay­out for the sec­tion, Brown started writ­ing en­ter­tain­ment fea­tures. Not long af­ter that he took over dig­i­tal du­ties for the edi­to­rial depart­ment, such as the web­site, the Face­book and Twit­ter ac­counts and oc­ca­sional video work.

He still does all these things and would like the thank those who sup­ply him with wa­ter, cof­fee and candy that help him get through each day. “You know who you are,” he said.

Gil­lian Slade

Born in South Africa, the health and se­niors re­porter for the News em­i­grated to Canada in 1978 and has been a cit­i­zen since 1981.

She made a ca­reer change in 2003 and en­tered the world of jour­nal­ism, free­lanc­ing for mag­a­zine pub­li­ca­tions.

Af­ter spend­ing four years in Zam­bia, Slade re­turned to Canada and moved to Medicine Hat, join­ing Medicine Hat News in Septem­ber, 2008. She said the “in­tro­duc­tion to work­ing for a news­pa­per was a steep learn­ing curve that brought chal­lenges and ex­cite­ment.”

Be­ing short­listed for a na­tional news­pa­per award in 2010, for cov­er­age of the af­ter­math of the Cy­press County flood, was a high­light of her ca­reer, as was cover­ing the visit of the Duke and Duchess of Cam­bridge's first visit to Cal­gary dur­ing which lo­cal res­i­dent Frances Miller pre­sented the Duchess with flow­ers.

Chris Brown

Mary Rose

Dar­ryl Lock­wood

Me­lanie Robinson

Ja­son Rinke

Glen Sch­molke

Gil­lian Slade

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