Communications Coordinator/Community Liaison
250.352.6601 Ext. 11324
Selkirk College, Attn: Bob Hall
820 Tenth Street, Nelson BC, V1L 3C7, Canada
"Once you're lucky enough to discover the Kootenays and call it home, there's no reason to leave." - Bob Hall
Bob and his wife arrived to the Kootenays in 1994 on a post-university whim only weeks after being married. That impulse turned into much more than a post-honeymoon pitstop and became an adventure, complete with two children, a dog and roots that continue to grow deeper as each year passes.
Bob grew up in Calgary with the view of the Rockies in sight and a desire to one day lead a more quiet life in a rural setting. It took him a while to get there, but he enjoyed every minute. Right after high school, Bob made stops at the University of Calgary and University of Victoria before taking a break from university to attend the School of Broadcasting at Mount Royal College (now Mount Royal University). After two years in television media, Bob decided to complete his university degree and enrolled at the University of Alberta where he graduated with a BA majoring in Native Studies. While at the U of A, the lure of the media proved too strong and he delved into print journalism where he became the sports editor for school paper, The Gateway.
Once he arrived in Nelson, Bob's first stop was the Nelson Daily News where he signed on as a freelance sports reporter. That morphed into a full-time news reporter position and he eventually became the paper's managing editor. When the Nelson Daily News shut its doors after more than 100 years serving the community, Bob moved down the block to the Nelson Star where he helped grow the twice-weekly paper into an award-winning product.
Bob's volunteer community work is extensive. Over the years he has served on the boards of the Nelson and District Baseball Association, Granite Pointe Golf Course, Nelson Area Rails to Trails Society, Lakeside Park Playground committee, Nelson Regional Sports Council and has put in 10 years on the Nelson Minor Hockey Association board. He was one of the members of the Hockey Day in Canada organizing committee that brought Canada-wide attention to the Kootenays. Over the years he has coached his children in hockey, baseball and soccer where he continues to help out when needed.
Part of the Selkirk College team since 2013, he is a member of the Communications & Advancement Department. Telling the ongoing story of inspiring post-secondary education close to home is his focus. In 2017, he was part of the Journeys Taken: Selkirk College - The First 50 Years commemorative coffee table book project which chronicled five decades of post-secondary in the West Kootenay and Boundary. The book helped raise money for the Selkirk College 50th Anniversary Legacy Fund.