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Ryerson School of Journalism
Rene St. Gelais is a hockey mom. With her three kids in hockey, she spends most of her nights and weekends at the rink. But, this isn't unusual in the town of Stouffville, Ontario. Hockey is a lifestyle for most families in this town.
Nicole created this documentary alongside four of her classmates as part of the TV documentary course at Ryerson University. Nicole reported, wrote the script, conducted the interviews and helped shoot the video (premiered on November 27, 2018).
Nicole Di Donato is a multimedia journalist and anchor at CTV Calgary. Growing up, Nicole never shied away from the camera or from an opportunity to ask questions. It's that curiosity that led her to pursue a career in broadcast journalism. Nicole's favourite part about the job is getting to connect with people in the community, telling their stories and learning new things as a result.
Nicole made the move to Alberta after working as the weekend anchor and a video journalist at CTV Saskatoon. There, she extensively covered Saskatchewan's health-care system and the challenges it faced with capacity and surgical backlogs during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. She also reported on the city's housing issues, delving into how it intersects with addictions and mental health. One example is her months-long coverage of a problem-plagued condo building where residents reported open drug use, gang violence, as well as other health, safety and fire hazards.
Coming from a family of entrepreneurs, Nicole also has a keen interest in telling consumer and business-related stories.
Before landing in Saskatchewan's largest city, Nicole worked as a video journalist at the CTV Northern Ontario bureau in Sault Ste. Marie. Nicole has a Bachelor of Journalism from Toronto Metropolitan University, formerly known as Ryerson University. She also completed an eight-week intensive filmmaking workshop at the New York Film Academy in Los Angeles, California in the summer of 2018. There, she got experience directing, writing, casting and shooting her own original films.
When she isn't working, Nicole enjoys spending time with family and friends, travelling and drinking lots of cappuccinos.
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