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Fiona Forbes


Fiona Forbes

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Host

Forbes received a degree in History from the University of British Columbia and had planned to go to Law School. Instead, on a whim she enrolled in the Journalism Program at The British Columbia Institute of Technology. Before graduating from the program, Fiona got her first job as a TV Host by accident when she auditioned as a dare and landed her first on camera gig.

A self-described extroverted introvert, Fiona has been working in front of the camera for almost 15 years. Forbes has won numerous awards for her TV hosting duties including a number of Leo Awards and Reader's Choice Awards from both The Georgia Straight and The Westender. She has hosted a variety of programs including Daytime on the Rogers Network, Automotive Morning on Life Network, Breakfast Television on City-TV Vancouver and is currently host and producer of the entertainment talk show The Rush in Vancouver, British Columbia. In the course of her career as a TV host, Forbes has conducted over 15,000 interviews. Fiona also does extensive work as a Master of Ceremonies for both charitable and corporate events.

Favorite Movie: Star Wars
Favorite Book: The Outsiders
Can’t Live Without: Coffee
What Makes Vancouver Great: Everything

When not at work, Fiona loves going to movies, bike riding and paddle boarding.

 

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Host

Bianca Solterbeck is a Leo Award nominated writer for television, and has produced and hosted shows for Shaw TV, including The Express, Cooking With Fire and The Proposal. Currently Bianca serves as senior producer, writer and host of Dream Homes, a 30 minute real estate program showcasing incredible properties on the West Coast. The show airs across Western Canada and is currently headed into its second season!

Bianca has a BA from Carleton University and spent a year in Germany studying Literature and History at one of Europe’s oldest universities, Karls Ruprecht Universitat, which has been in existence since 1386.

After university, Bianca received her diploma in Newswriting from the London School of Journalism. She then made the move back to Canada and graduated with honors in Broadcast Journalism from the British Columbia Institute of Technology.

Favorite Movie: Shawshank Redemption
Favorite Book: Jane Eyre
Can’t Live Without: friends and family, an afternoon latte and my rainboots!
What Makes Vancouver Great: Arts festivals, amazing sushi and all those beautiful beaches.

 
Tiffany Gurden

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Video Journalist

Tiffany knew she wanted a career in broadcasting from the young age of 12. During her high school years she volunteered with Rogers Cable and learned about camera work by filming city council meetings and in-studio productions. She’s a self-proclaimed details perfectionist who is considered the paparazzi to her friends and family. She always has to have one of her four cameras nearby and often finds herself ‘capturing the moment’ rather than being in it.

She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication from Simon Fraser University, prior to attending the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) for her Broadcast Journalism diploma. In January 2009, Tiffany joined the Shaw TV Chilliwack team as a Producer and over the years, shared many stories of people, places and events in the Fraser Valley. Tiffany joined the go! Vancouver team in September of 2013 and, besides loving every minute sharing stories and producing the show, she enjoys being part of the Shaw TV Vancouver team!

Favourite Movie: This Is 40
Favourite Book: A Handful of Time
Can’t Live Without: An Eyelash Curler
What Makes Metro Vancouver Great: The diversity of people, and of course her friends & family!

The best part about her job (she’s paid to do this?!) is getting to meet so many different people and having the opportunity to experience their lives, even if it’s only for a short while. But when not at work, Tiffany enjoys running outdoors, working on video or photo projects, and taking in good food and drink with friends!
Dunia Tozy

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Video Journalist

Dunia was born and raised in Baghdad, Iraq and moved to Canada with her family in the late 90’s. She fell in love with Journalism after watching coverage of the war in Iraq and decided to pursue her passion for story telling by enrolling in the BCIT Broadcast Journalism Program.

She had the chance to work and intern at various stations including TSN in Toronto (because she’s a huge sports junky, BC LIONS ALL THE WAY!), CBC radio and TV, and also for VANOC during the 2010 Vancouver Olympics. In January of 2009 she joined the Shaw TV team as a Video Journalist in the Cowichan Valley and then Nanaimo on Vancouver Island. She became a member of the Go! Vancouver team in September of 2012 and is loving every minute of it!

Favorite Movie: Sleepless in Seattle
Favorite Book: The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
Can’t Live Without: Her family
What Makes Vancouver Great: The food, the lovely people, and of course the amazing scenery

When not at work, Dunia enjoys spending time with family, singing (Karaoke!), dancing, painting, travelling, learning new languages & social networking.

Gallant

Gallant Ly

Video Journalist

Gallant Ly escaped Vietnam as a child with his father and mother and was raised as an only-child in Vancouver. Gallant started volunteering in New Westminster Council for Shaw TV in 2008 while working in retail and as a home support worker. Eventually camera work became a career.

Gallant now works as a freelance camera operator and videographer around Vancouver for a number of production companies including the BC Lions, the Vancouver Whitecaps FC, the Canucks, the Vancouver Giants...but Gallant still remains most loyal to Shaw TV where over the years he has worked on "The Express", "Cooking With Fire", "Studio 4", "Urban Rush", "WHL on Shaw"...As of September 2012 Gallant has joined the Go! Vancouver team.

Favorite Movie: Hot Fuzz
Favorite Book Series: Sherlock Holmes
Favorite Food: Seafood
Likes: Hardworking people
Dislikes: "People using their phones while crossing the street"
What Makes Vancouver Great: His family and friends
When Not At Work: Gallant would rather be at work!
 

Paul Mclellan

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Video Journalist

Born in White Rock, and raised around the Lower Mainland, Paul McLellan has always loved this beautiful corner of Canada. During high school, he had the opportunity to intern on Shaw TV’s Plugged In, and decided then that broadcasting was the career path for him. After graduating from the British Columbia Institute of Technology’s Broadcast Journalism program, he was hired to work at Shaw TV in Chilliwack, later Merritt, and finally on go! Vancouver in early 2012.

Paul covers the local music scene for the show, interviewing BC’s best established and upcoming bands, and shooting them perform at interesting locations and venues around Metro Vancouver. He’s also assigned to produce the Vancouver Giants Report, and spends his evenings covering NHL hockey at Rogers Arena.

Favourite Movie: Back To The Future
Favourite Book: The Day of the Triffids
Can’t Live Without: Oxygen?
What Makes Metro Vancouver Great: The forests, ocean, music and awesome people!

When not working, Paul likes to travel, with two years living in Madagascar, driving through forest fires to Alaska, and backpacking in the UK as some highlights of his journeys.
 
Melanie Leitner

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Reporter

At the age of 11, Melanie picked up her dad’s video camera and started directing the kids in the neighbourhood. It was then that her parents realized she was going to find a way to make a living by telling other people’s stories.

Melanie graduated from BCIT’s Broadcast Journalism program and took a position as a news break host for City TV Vancouver before becoming a reporter on go! Vancouver. Born and raised in Vancouver, she finds herself extremely lucky to meet the talented, energetic and passionate people who live in this city.

An adrenaline junkie, fashionista, sports fan and foodie all wrapped in one, she still finds it hard to believe she gets paid to do this job!

Favorite Movie: Anything of the romantic comedy or dramatic action packed variety
Favorite Book: My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult
Can’t Live Without: Wine nights with my girlfriends and chocolate!
What Makes Vancouver Great: The views and great restaurants

When she’s not at work, Melanie is often shopping, trying a new recipe from one of her many cookbooks, working out or enjoying the company of the people she loves the most.
 
 Corrin Skalbeck

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Producer

Growing up in Chilliwack BC, Corrin was often described as bossy and animated. Never one to shy away from the spotlight, Corrin spent her adolescence dancing and directing home videos. When she wasn’t performing, Corrin would join her father on backcountry adventures around BC. Eventually her funny faces, take charge attitude & sense of adventure would lead her to BCIT’s Broadcast Journalism Program. After receiving her Diploma from BCIT in 2011, Corrin left Vancouver & returned home to Chilliwack to join Shaw TV as a Producer. During her time at Shaw TV Chilliwack, Corrin received her degree in Professional Communications from Royal Roads University. In August 2014 Corrin joined the Shaw TV Vancouver team as a VJ and Sponsorship, Promotions Coordinator.

Favourite Movie: Completely unfair question. But Lion King and Aladdin are up there!
Favourite Book: The 7 Spiritual Laws of Success
Favourite Food: Coconut oil & coffee
What makes Metro Vancouver great: The mountains!

When she’s not working, you can find her exploring BC’s backcountry: “I live for the outdoors. I'm in my happy place when I am working up a sweat and connecting with nature. I find peace and balance through yoga, running, hiking, skiing, surfing--anything that gets my endorphins pumping. “

Voice of B.C.

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Vaughn Palmer

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Host - Voice of B.C.

Vaughn Palmer has been the Vancouver Sun columnist on BC politics, based in Victoria, since 1984.

 

As well as hosting Voice of B.C. on Shaw TV, he  is also a regular commmentator on provincial politics on radio station CKNW in Vancouver and on Canadian news on radio station KUOW in Seattle.