By Ryan Carpio and Victor Yin. Photos by Ryan Carpio.
On December 2nd, Alpha’s Leadership class visited the CBC Vancouver Newsroom during their annual Open House and Food Bank Day. Every holiday season, the Open House and Food Bank Day has been raising money for food banks by collecting either monetary donations or food donations such as the food items collected by Leadership. The open house comprised of a tour of the CBC newsroom, editing and control room, the French news department, CBC music, and CBC radio. Leadership also learned how how CBC managed their website and social media presence.
In the weather studio, Johanna Wagstaffe, a meteorologist covering both national and international weather updates, met with the Leadership students. Some Leadership students were invited to try being a weather presenter.
"It was definitely a once in a lifetime opportunity to go to CBC. It was really interesting to go see where the news is cast and how it works," Marcus Percy, a Leadership student, said. "The most interesting thing I learned was how news reports are done because the weather was actually a green screen and there was a script to read off."
The Leadership class finished off their day with a virtual Flyover Canada trip. The trip is a virtual flight ride across Canada’s most spectacular sights, and it is about fifteen minutes long. Currently, from November 24th to January 2nd, visitors can celebrate the holiday season with the special Christmas edition of Flyover Canada, which leads visitors through an adventure with Santa as he searches for his missing elves. This holiday season, consider donating to your local food bank to help those in need.