The Stettler Independent is happy to welcome aboard Casey van Wensem from Kelowna, B.C. in the role of reporter/photographer. Besides the Independent, Van Wensem will also be working on The Regional Weekender and Castor Advance.
Originally from Surrey, B.C., Van Wensem has lived in other places in the province before settling down in Kelowna four years ago.
After graduating from the University of Victoria with a Bachelor of Arts degree, Van Wensem decided to pursue a career in writing, and has freelanced for various clients across North America, including some well-known publications such as Converge, Spacing magazine, The Embassy and the Canadian Music Educators Association journal.
Van Wensem’s interests include music and sound engineering, which has led him to compose music and edit audio for popular networks such as Telus and Bloomberg TV.
Having lived in Ottawa for a few months on a writing assignment, Van Wensem enjoyed the new environment and it is this “thirst for adventure” that has brought him to the community of Stettler.
When asked, why Stettler, Van Wensem quppied, “Why not?”
“I thought it’s a nice little town and we were ready for adventure,” Van Wensem said.
Married to his musician wife Amy, and father to his seven-month old daughter, Adia Rose, Van Wensem is looking forward to his new trails.
As the Stettler portfolio of three publications evolve into a more cutting-edge, storytelling channel for the communities, Van Wensem will be bringing his multimedia and other associated skill sets to contribute to the community newspapers.