There's no easy way to say this, so I'm just going to come out and say it: As of January 2019, I will be taking a step back from hosting and producing Y57.
I've had the pleasure to be behind the mic for two years at Y57 (on Vancouver Co-op Radio). From my first few days as a nervous wreck to a non-stop talking machine, I've definitely come a long way from my very first piece three weeks in on mental health awareness.
As I write this, I've done a lot of reflecting. Over the past two years, I've had the opportunity to interview a number of musicians, artists, self-starters and community heroes. All of this has tied back to my personal mandate: to tell as many amazing stories as possible. Because everyone has a story worth telling.
There have been difficult moments, and there have been moments of triumph. I've met some incredible people along the way who have helped me to practice my skills and grow my passion for broadcasting. The team at Y57 have become incredible friends who share the same passions, and the community at Co-op Radio have been truly inspiring and supportive.
But unfortunately, all good things come to an end and after a lot of thinking about where I've been and where I'm off to next, I decided that this is a good time to step back, re-group, and focus on new things. The next phase of my life is going to look incredibly different from what I'm used to, and it's a challenge that I'm ready to face.
For the past two years, I've spent my Tuesday nights in a stuffy booth, listening to incredible music, talking to inspiring people, and laughing a lot. I don't know what my Tuesday nights will look like from here on out, but one thing's for sure: I'm going to miss radio nights every Tuesday.
To the Y57 team past and present, and the entire community at Vancouver Co-op Radio, thanks for igniting something in me that I didn't know that I had. I'm going to miss it. My voice may fade from the air waves here, but I know that somehow that voice of mine will find its way onto another wave real soon.