New job opportunity ahead for Times editor

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By Kevin Rushworth


It's been a little over five years since I arrived in High River to take over as editor of the High River Times. This community welcomed me with open arms and has provided me numerous opportunities.

I'll fondly remember leading the editorial department.

After an incredible ride, I'm excited to announce I've accepted a new position in High River as content producer strategist at Western Financial Group.

This position offers me a new challenge and I'm eager to begin. However, seeing as my last day at the paper is June 13, the thought of starting something else can only be described as surreal.

It's bittersweet, because just as I'm thrilled about what lies ahead, it's been more than strange to leave a position that introduced me to the amazing people, places and events that shape High River.

I love this community and this new job enables me to remain as a High Riverite.

I'm proud to have led the news team through a time of immense transformation in town. Positive changes will continue to occur as new people and families arrive and the population slopes upward.

Some people see reporting as just an occupation, but for the past seven years—since I graduated from Mount Royal University—this career has been my way of life. I never took it for granted.

Thank you for the trust you, as residents of High River, placed in me when you chose to inform me about the good times and the bad, and how the issues and events in town affected your lives.

This town has pushed through darkness and emerged into the light. The devastating 2013 flood is a major milestone in High River's history, but to me, it showed the power and strength of this town.

I arrived at the paper in March 2013 and those post-flood days secured my passion for journalism.

It's been my honour to report—day in and day out—on these changing times. Your feedback, news tips and the information provided to the editorial team was critical, and will continue to be important.

In my first Times article—published March 19, 2013—I hoped the editor position would offer me the chance to build lasting community relationships. I can easily say this dream came true and more.

I built friendships in this community and I'm happy to remain in town.

Thank you to my Times colleagues, past and present, for everything they have taught me. I'm grateful to all High Riverites and people around the world, those I've had the privilege to meet and interview.

As I set out on a new journey, my final paragraph from March 2013 still rings true.

“Taking on these challenges at this stage in my career just feels right and I’m eager to start another adventure, (again) in High River,” as reported.




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