Thursday, 10 September 2015

Amanda Kline leaving CJAD for new Videotron cable show

 CJAD is losing one of its key behind the scenes players.

Amanda Kline, the producer of the Barry Morgan Show, will be joining her former colleague Tina Tenneriello on the new Videotron MAtv cable public affairs show called City Life. Tina is the host and Amanda will be a reporter.

Amanda Kline
The  27 year old Kline, raised on Montreal's West Island, was actually an interim producer. She assumed Sarah Deshaies duties when the latter moved to the morning show replacing Andrea Elias. Andrea is on maternity leave, but when she returns then Sarah resumes her role with Barry. So for Amanda, this is probably a good career move.

 "I'm really excited about the opportunity and what we are working on!" says Amanda, who is already looking for story ideas.  

Amanda has been with CJAD for a year as a producer and doing on-call reporting. Prior to that she was living in Toronto completing her Master's Degree in Journalism at Ryerson and chase producing  at  the CTV News Channel. I had many dealings with her at CJAD and she was really on her game. They will miss her.

Wednesday, 9 September 2015

Dollard's Ashley Sahakian a winner at Miss Canada Globe pageant

Dollard des Ormeaux’s Ashley Sahakian recently returned from Toronto and the Miss Canada Globe Pageant where was crowned Miss Quebec Globe.

Miss Canada Globe Productions was founded in May 2000 and has three distinct divisions: Miss Globe, Miss Petite International and Miss Teen Worldwide.  The vision of organizers is to recreate the glamour of pageants, with a stronger focus on education and equality.   Pageant titleholders are not limited to a specific height or cultural background. The goal is for candidates to gain the confidence and poise that can be applied to their personal lives and careers in order to advance in today’s competitive society.

The 20 year old graduate of Kuper Academy in Kirkland and John Abbott College in Ste. Anne de Bellevue entering her first year at the John Molson School of Business. As part of her continued connection to Miss Canada Globe, Ashley must make two appearances a month at different fundraising or community events. “I am excited about that,” she told me. “Giving back to my community is something I really took away from this experience.”
Ashley Sahakian

There were a total of 70 girls from across the country competing in Toronto: 14 in the Teen Division (14 to 18), 33 in the Petite Division (19 to 29 and under five-foot-five, and 19 in the Miss Division (19 to 26 and over five-foot-five).  Ashley, who was in the latter, says they all bonded quite nicely. “I made so many new friends,” she says. “We were kept very busy, with appearances at places like Canada’s Wonderland, Eaton Centre and enjoying   karaoke, a salsa night and a swimsuit runway competition we did just for fun. I wish I could do it all again.”

A total of three competitors were from Quebec, with Ashley finishing first regionally. “We had long days of walk training and dance rehearsals,” she explains. “We also had hair and makeup training followed by personal interviews. From there we competed for regional titles on stage in swimwear and evening gowns."

There was an interview and platform speech for the national competition. Ashley chose to talk about the Starlight Children's Foundation “because I found that what they do is simply incredible. Every child deserves to have a life full of fun and be able to just be kids without having to struggle greatly from illness and Starlight makes this happen.” Besides her regional honours, Ashley also finished among the top 10 nationally.

Ashley is currently recruiting girls for next year. She can be reached at