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Monique Tamminga

Monique Tamminga

Monique brings 20 years of award-winning journalism experience to the role of editor at the Penticton Western News. Of those years, 17 were spent working as a senior reporter and acting editor with the Langley Advance Times, a Black Press newspaper on the Coast. Monique has won several national, provincial and local media awards for investigative journalism, best hard news story and best opinion pieces, to name a few. She sees the role of a reporter as a privilege and each person's story should be treated with respect. She made the life-changing move to Penticton with her husband, son and very old black lab in 2018. She is also a certified education assistant and worked full-time in a local elementary school, as well as a substitute teacher throughout SD67 before that. It had been a fulfilling role and reinforced her love for children. But, reporting is in her blood and she appreciates the opportunity to tell Penticton's stories. 'In my opinion, being a journalist is one of the most exciting jobs a person can have because we get to meet fascinating people, tell their stories, celebrate community successes, help bring issues to the forefront and give a voice to the unheard. And sometimes, if we are lucky, we get to help make a change for the better.' Monique is loving life in Penticton. Where else can you live where there is not one, but two gorgeous lakes, kilometres of public beaches and warm and swimmable water? It's also home to a vibrant arts community, a compassionate charity base, talented athletes and an exciting culinary scene. It's also home to the best wines and craft beer in the world. Not to mention, there is no rush hour here and you can get from lake to lake in 10 minutes, no matter what time of day. Why didn't I move here sooner?

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Recent Work by Monique

Long-time Penticton politician Dan Ashton running federally

Long-time Penticton politician Dan Ashton running federally

Ashton will be running for the Conservatives in the Similkameen - South Okanagan - West Kootenay riding
Review: It Was a Good Day when rap legend Ice Cube rocked Penticton

Review: It Was a Good Day when rap legend Ice Cube rocked Penticton

The rap icon showed his lyrical prowess in front of thousands of ‘OG’ fans at the SOEC
Penticton in ‘urgent need’ of care for unhoused with complex needs

Penticton in ‘urgent need’ of care for unhoused with complex needs

Council sending message to Interior Health that ‘residents are suffering in the interim’
Osoyoos RCMP recover some stolen farm equipment, but no suspects yet

Osoyoos RCMP recover some stolen farm equipment, but no suspects yet

Farm vehicles like tractors and ATVs being loaded onto trailers and stolen: RCMP
UPDATE: Thousands raised for Penticton man whose RV exploded

UPDATE: Thousands raised for Penticton man whose RV exploded

The man suffered burns and is now without a home for him and his senior dog
Train Wreck Comedy teams up with Penticton Secondary dry grad

Train Wreck Comedy teams up with Penticton Secondary dry grad

The Hub on Martin hosts show headlined by World Record holder Patrick Maliha on Feb. 22
Scotch tastings aboard the historic SS Sicamous in Penticton

Scotch tastings aboard the historic SS Sicamous in Penticton

Penticton Sunrise Rotary is putting on the fundraising event March 2
Funds being raised for Penticton man whose RV exploded

Funds being raised for Penticton man whose RV exploded

The man suffered burns and is now without a home for him and his senior dog
PHOTOS: Rash of thefts has Osoyoos farmers reeling

PHOTOS: Rash of thefts has Osoyoos farmers reeling

Farm vehicles like tractors and ATVs being loaded onto trailers and stolen: RCMP
Okanagan Skaha schools remain offline after cyber-security incident

Okanagan Skaha schools remain offline after cyber-security incident

SD67 hopes to have schools back online early next week
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