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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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editor@pentictonwesternnews.com

Recent Work by Monique

No immediate federal help coming for B.C.’s devastated fruit and wine growers

No immediate federal help coming for B.C.’s devastated fruit and wine growers

South Okanagan MP takes to the floor to push for aid but feds offer no promises
B.C. woman wins World’s Toughest Row after 38 days crossing the Atlantic

B.C. woman wins World’s Toughest Row after 38 days crossing the Atlantic

Noelle Helder and team Salty Science crossed the finish line 1st in 3,000-mile race to Antigua
Meet the massive swans that choose winter in B.C.’s chilly Okanagan

Meet the massive swans that choose winter in B.C.’s chilly Okanagan

Trumpeter swans are the largest waterfowl in the world with special down to keep warm
Man caught on video with his pants down smashing cars in Penticton

Man caught on video with his pants down smashing cars in Penticton

The senseless act of vandalism damaged two vehicles at Parkers Chrysler dealership
Original ‘Banksy’ of Summerland’s favourite 1,100 lb. pig

Original ‘Banksy’ of Summerland’s favourite 1,100 lb. pig

Volunteer Jill Pelland has her painting for sale with 100% going back to Critteraid
New CT Scan machine at Penticton hospital first of its kind in Canada

New CT Scan machine at Penticton hospital first of its kind in Canada

The Siemens marvel is faster, more accurate and provides lower doses
Bananas not in pyjamas are hanging down in pairs from Penticton trees

Bananas not in pyjamas are hanging down in pairs from Penticton trees

It’s not known if the bananas were meant as edible Christmas decorations or a random prank
Glass half full for future of climate-challenged B.C. wine industry

Glass half full for future of climate-challenged B.C. wine industry

chair of BC Winegrowers Christa-Lee McWatters speaks about ‘unprecedented challenges’
Mobility-challenged B.C. senior’s car trashed in apparent TikTok challenge

Mobility-challenged B.C. senior’s car trashed in apparent TikTok challenge

Elderly victim can’t afford to pay another deductible after Kia targeted twice in a few months
Hwy 3 closed at least until Tuesday due to rock slide near Keremeos

Hwy 3 closed at least until Tuesday due to rock slide near Keremeos

Emergency centre opens in Princeton for those evacuated from their homes
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