About Leah

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My name is Leah Dyck and I started this community outreach program because there's an imminent need for it. I’ve been an avid volunteer in my community ever since I attended Georgian College back in 2009. Since then, I’ve completed a diploma in Advertising, and a post-graduate certificate in both Social Media (Algonquin College) and Fundraising Resource & Development (Georgian College), in which I also received honors. I completed my program’s internship in Georgian College’s Fundraising Department in which I was first exposed to major gifts and endowments. But when I attended the Advertising program, I started and ran a fundraiser in support of the Barrie Women & Children Shelter, Season’s Centre for Grieving Children, and Ratanak International.

Social Media & Sports

After College, my interest in social media and sports peaked at an all-time high and I started writing for a small hockey magazine called HockeyNow (they offered me a job after I submitted an article on Jarmo Kekalainen’s draft strategy. This is when I got my first real, in-person interview with a hockey player… and I didn’t even know who it was until I got to the MasterCard Centre and they told me it was both Hayley Wickenheiser and Marie Philip-Poulin. This is one of my top memories to date. My second story ended up getting changed to that month’s cover story (October 2015) and it went on to become the magazine’s second, most-read cover story that year.

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Forced to cover women’s hockey only with the odd subject matter changing to major junior here and there, I decided to write for The Hockey Writers for a couple of years. It was during this time that I attended many hockey events, including the 2017 NCAA Frozen Four in Chicago, I’ve covered two NHL Scouting Combines (2016 & 2019), a couple of World Junior Summer Showcases in Plymouth, MI, and five consecutive Buffalo Sabre’s Prospect Challenges- which is when I got to interview Rasmus Dahlin on camera.

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Last winter I had the amazing opportunity of volunteering for the TKO FIS Snowboard World Cup as media personnel at Blue Mountain, Ontario. This event featured more than 100 world-class snowboarders from 17 different countries, and I was able to interview many of team Canada right on the hill in the days before the big race, as well as at the race itself. This was very exciting for me as it was the first time I worked with current Olympic athletes.

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I’ve now done nearly 100 athlete interviews, and I’ve personally interviewed more than half of team Canada and team USA preceding the 2019 World Juniors – as well as Canada Snowboard’s team preceding The World Cup. Unfortunately, Covid’s effects on the ‘event industry’ has canceled everything from going to movie theatres to watching snowboarders race extremely far apart from each other. I guess where there’s a will, there’s an effort, right?  

Now I’m taking my need to get involved in the community a lot closer to home. There is an absolute need in our community for affordable food and there’s an even greater need for getting any kind of food – inexpensive or not, into the homes of people without reliable forms of safe transportation. No one should be subjected to increased Covid exposure simply because they don’t have the means to isolate themselves from high-traffic areas such as bus stations/buses, taxi cabs, and all forms of public transportation. We need to reduce the need to leave our homes as much as possible and Fresh Food Weekly not only provides delivery, but also affordability to the people who need it the most.