I Got To Attend The Travers Debates

I was afforded the coolest and most humbling opportunity yesterday, and I just really needed to write about it.

Every year here in Ottawa, there’s an event called The Travers Debates, a debate with politicians and journalists in support of the James Travers Fellowship, which honours the late Jim Travers and affords Canadian journalists the opportunity to go abroad to cover foreign affairs.

As I’m sure you all know, I’m a journalism student, even though I write on this blog like a valley girl. I know how to write professionally but I choose to have a blog where I talk like I’m Cher Horowitz. It’s called balance.


So, I have no idea WHY my school let me attend this event, because a recurring theme on this blog is that I’m essentially a hot mess (and you KNOW I went right to the bar cart to get some liquid courage to talk to people.)

I met so many incredible and inspiring journalists – to even be in the same room as Bob Rae, Rosemary Barton, and Peter Kent was incredible – and to get to meet them was even better.

This is pretty much the opposite of what I usually post on this blog, but I couldn’t pass up an opportunity to write about it!

A special thank you to Ben Travers, who generously paid for my ticket (which I never would have been able to afford if I didn’t get a ticket through the school.)

I am in such awe that I was able to attend such an exclusive and important event and I will never be able to say thank you enough to those who allowed me to have this opportunity.




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