Lianne Lahaie joined The Review news staff in December 2009. Lianne prepared a brief, first-person biography to tell us about herself.
When it comes to being a small-town girl, I'm about as small town as they come.
I was born in a small town, raised in a small town and, for the past 10 years, I've dedicated my life to covering the stories and events that matter most to people in small towns.
I was born and raised in Smiths Falls, Ontario and attended high school in nearby Perth, Ontario. I left my hometown in 1998 when I headed off to the "big city" (Ottawa) to pursue my passion for the written word at Algonquin College.
Two years later, armed with a Print-Journalism diploma and itching to set my notepad on fire with hot issues, I got my first job at a small newspaper in Carleton Place, Ontario. Four years later, I moved to the Perth Courier, which, at the time, was one of the few remaining independent newspapers.
In 2006, I was given an offer I couldn't refuse and moved to the Record News/EMC. My time there was cut short when my husband and I found out I was expecting my first child - a baby boy - who was born on November 21, 2008.
I retired my camera, notepad and roving reporter lifestyle to spend a year giving my undivided attention to my baby boy. My husband and I moved from Ottawa to Plantagenet because we were growing wary of life in the big city and wanted to raise our son in a quiet, rural area.
Though I was quite happy to stay at home with my family, I did find myself longing for the good ol' days of tight deadlines, breaking news and last minute assignments. The newsroom was calling to me, begging me to come back, and thanks to The Review, I got my chance.
I can't tell you how happy I am to be reporting again and how excited I am to meet the amazing people who make the communities we cover such great places to live, work and play.
Well, now that I've told you my story, why don't you tell me yours? Feel free to contact me anytime at 613-678-3327, ext. 1017 or by email at email@example.com.
I can't wait to share your stories with the community!