Author Archives: susiequinn

About susiequinn

I'm a journalist with a pen, notebook, camera and pilot's licence in my toolkit, and a passion for telling people's stories.

Shaking out the cobwebs in Paraparaumu, NZ

NORTH PARAPARAUMU BEACH, NZ — When my friend Char first came to Paraparaumu several years ago, on a visit with her husband Chris and two young boys to visit Chris’s family, she took stunning photographs on North Paraparaumu Beach. At … Continue reading

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Going to school in New Zealand

PARAPARAUMU, NZ — After something like 26 hours of travelling (I lost count after having to sit an extra five hours at the airport in Auckland, NZ, when we missed our flight south to Wellington), we arrived in Paraparaumu yesterday, … Continue reading

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Call of the north pulls at my heart

I’ve always wanted to visit Canada’s northern climes. I blame late author Farley Mowat. When I was a child, I was a voracious reader—I still am. When in elementary school in Nepean, Ont., a suburb of Ottawa, I would read … Continue reading

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Under the sea in Port Alberni

We have this cool place near the waterfront in Port Alberni that opened nearly two years ago, called the Alberni Aquarium and Stewardship Centre. It’s a neat place to hang out (much like this hermit crab). They have touch tanks … Continue reading

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US Air Force brings F-22 Raptor to Abbotsford Airshow

For the first time since American sequestration grounded US airshow acts in 2013, an F-22 Raptor from Langley Air Force Base in Virginia will fly at the Abbotsford Airshow. “It will be the first time that we’ve left the country … Continue reading

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Year of the Twos

I can no longer call myself a beginner knitter. After nearly three years, I have accomplished a few things (like knitting scarves for my sister, niece and nephews, my first toque, my first sock, my first baby bootie) and had … Continue reading

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Sometimes, the little stories are the gems

Ever since I learned how to write, I’ve wanted to tell stories. That’s what has kept me going for the past 28 years as a community news journalist. I love the fact that my job is not 9 to 5. … Continue reading

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