But I just started…


Yusuf's Yap

I didn’t even get to look around Bonnyville and the area properly and I’m setting off into the hustle and bustle of the city.

It’s been just over a month since I moved to the Lakeland and started getting to know some people around town. Unfortunately, due to a family emergency and personal reasons, I have to resign my first professional job.

The expectation in the beginning wasn’t to leave this serene place, especially not after travelling for almost 3,000-kilometres to get here.

During my short time with the Nouvelle, I learned some valuable things when it comes to writing, interviewing, and being productive. Applying my full-capacity to uncover local stories and letting readers know about news and events has been my first priority. Apart from these, I got a chance to make some friends along the way.

I think sometimes circumstances don’t work in our favour, so we just have to roll with it. Even if we plan everything ahead, there will always be some unexpected events that’ll occur, and it can ruin some of our plans.

I guess I would say that I came this far to watch Avengers: Infinity War with just 12 people sitting in the whole movie theatre. You don’t get that kind of free space normally.

During my time here, I tried to explore a few nearby places like Cold Lake, St. Paul, and Kehewin. I haven’t seen so many pick-up trucks in my life.

The amount of enthusiasm that I’ve witnessed in Bonnyville, whether it’s encouraging sports, fitness, fundraising events, and the improvement of society altogether, is incredible.

I’ve always been fortunate when it comes to the  people I meet at work or in the public. I look at them as mentors because everyone has the ability to teach us something that we lack in.

This will be Yusuf’s last Yap for the Nouvelle, and I hope that the readers enjoyed and appreciated the work I’ve done.

Thank you and good-bye.


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