Journalist, missing persons advocate
I was born in Mexico and grew up in a community where missing persons was a major pandemic. Ever since, I’ve always been interested in studying this issue. When I was 10, my family moved to Canada for a better life. I didn’t know how to speak English, and within days of arriving, I started school. I faced many challenges while adapting to Canadian culture. My family experienced culture shock, I was bullied, discriminated against, and experienced racism almost daily at school.
I started going above and beyond to learn English by reading and writing every day. I also competed in my school’s public speaking competitions. In Grade 9, I was asked to be the school reporter by my principal. I wrote the weekly newsletter and even contributed to the town newspaper. Then, I got my first job as a reporter for a newspaper in Yorkton, SK when I was in grade 12.
I completed a Journalism degree at the University of Regina, and had the opportunity to take part in investigative projects. Missing Persons Canada and the Reported Missing podcast are investigative projects I am working on, completely voluntary.
I’m committed to understanding the issue of missing persons in Canada to its core, so we can move towards solutions.
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