EIGHT DAYS A WEEK
Welcome to Eight Days A Week! I am really happy you are here and I hope you enjoy your time. I’m excited to present this blog alongside some fantastic contributors. Since graduating from my undergrad, I have been actively working to continuously develop skills in an area I am extremely passionate about – communications. My love for writing, for sports, business and life, and for connecting with people, has evolved my vision for a blog into what Eight Days A Week is now. The importance of finding and feeding your passion, whether it is in your career, personal life or beyond cannot be overstated. Instead of a recipe book for ultimate success, our blog will hopefully cultivate new thoughts and ideas through sharing experiences and reflections of successes or failures.
As a young professional, I take a great deal from others and their career paths. I learn not only when hearing from executives, but also from my peers. When I was in my first year of university one of my professors told me to look around, he told me that my best network was the people sitting around me in that room. It turns out that professors know exactly what they are talking about, as my peers have turned into a supportive and budding network. They continue to connect me with new people and opportunities. They also continue to grow my mind.
Each of the Eight Days A Week contributors have graduated from Sports Administration at Laurentian University, the only program in Canada to pair a commerce degree with Sports Administration. The program is fantastic and offers experiential learning, including numerous opportunities inside the sports industry to build your network. Additionally, the program instills fundamental knowledge of business. Despite the same degree each contributor has chosen a different path and is focused on different levels/areas of sports and business. Their experience is extremely diverse including the Olympics, Toronto PanAm, National Sports Organizations (Hockey Canada, Sail Canada, Softball Ontario), the CFL, OHL, and NHL. Additionally, there are many fantastic opportunities outside of sport and I hope we can showcase some of those streams too. The range of variety is exciting, isn’t it? So continue reading, and tell us what you think!
WHO WE ARE
Hi, I'm Sara! Thanks for reading my blog posts, I like that about you already. I grew up a synchronized swimmer, but since Team Canada didn't call and ask me to swim for them I decided to work in sports. I've created Eight Days A Week as a space to share my thoughts and hone through time.
I truly am thankful to have you reading Eight Days A Week - tell me what you think! One thing I love is people, so send me a message because I'd love to hear from you.
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MEET THE CONTRIBUTORS
Studying Spanish in Spain
My name is Julie, or Julie-Anne for anyone that knew me prior to age 9. I have been actively running, skiing, skating, hiking and biking since the day I was able to pick myself back up after falling. While writing took a little longer to stick, to the delight of my exhausted parents, it eventually nuzzled its way into my life. My first journal was given to me at age 9, which opened the flood gates for personal essays and creative storylines. I eventually graduated into sport write-ups for the athletic department of my university, and then worked my way to weekly contributions for the local newspaper, tackling social issues in sport around the world. Currently transitioning into the “adulting” phase of my life, I have finally come full circle. Combining my love for sport and writing, and strong appreciation of creativity and teamwork with the 8 Days a Week Team.
Hometown: North Bay
Top 3 Sports: Hockey, Soccer, Skiing
Field of Interest: Marketing, Communications & Events
Favourite super power: Teleportation
Life Goal(s): Happiness
Last Book I Read: Game of Thrones
Special Talents: Resident expert in Harry Potter trivia
Why I chose to contribute to Eight Days a Week: I love creative writing, teamwork, and being involved.
Tyler Fitch is an ex-2nd line left winger of the Goulbourn Minor Peewee ‘B’ Rams, where he averaged a point per game and carried his team, clearly marking his destiny as a future NHLer. With the Edmonton Oilers, he realized his dream, albeit as an Account Coordinator of Season Seat Services. His passions include travelling the world, shiny new sports facilities, and Diet Pepsi.
Georgian Bay Spirit Co.
Cole is the Marketing Coordinator at Georgian Bay Spirit Co., a growing Ontario-based alcohol company known for it’s tasty Gin and Vodka Smash. Having spent time at IMG, MLSE, and the CFL in Marketing and Partnership roles, an opportunity to help build a local alcohol brand was one he couldn’t pass up. While most of Cole’s experience comes within sport, he’s learning the alcohol industry one cocktail at a time. Cheers!
Canadian Paralympic Committee
My name is Maggie, and I am the Special Projects Coordinator at the Paralympic Foundation of Canada. A “retired” varsity hockey player from Laurentian University, I now coach with the Nepean Girls Hockey Association helping young athletes try and reach their full potential in sport. I am a full-time nerd when it comes to the Olympic and Paralympic movements. Passionate about running [crazy right] and travelling. I am super excited to share my experiences, advice, and opinions alongside the other contributors here at Eight Days a Week.