Selkirk College, Attn: Kirsten Hildebrand
820 Tenth Street, Nelson BC, V1L 3C7, Canada
Making My Selkirk College Connection
After working on a small project leading up to the 50th anniversary of the Silver King Campus of Selkirk College in the spring of 2015, I became interested in the college's greater role in our community. Not only does it provide great opportunity to our learners, employment for our neighbours, it enriches the very fabric of our community. I am pleased to be working with the college to reach out to the community with stories of the exciting things that are happening on campuses throughout the region. My words and photos capture the essence of education at Selkirk and I hope they resonate with others.
My Career Experience
I studied English Literature and Political Science at the University of Alberta in Edmonton after graduating from a rural high school in Alberta. I furthered my studies at Grant MacEwan in Edmonton enrolled in the Journalism program there. Upon coming to the Kootenays in 1998, I started taking on freelance jobs at local newspapers and then started full-time at the Nelson Daily News in 2000. Taking some time away from my professional life to start raising a family, I returned to media in 2012 at the Nelson Star. Taking on freelance work has also allowed me to connect with various groups and organizations during that time.
My Rural Roots
I grew up in central Alberta on a small farm that's been in my family for over 100 years. Early on I developed a love for the land, open spaces and animals. I learned the value of hard work, responsibility, how to drive a tractor and herd cattle.
When I Have Fun...
Outside work, I enjoy spending time with my husband and three children. We love camping, hiking and paddling our canoe on the waters throughout the West Kootenay. I also like to cook, read and play board games with friends and family.