So I’m on my Maternity leave, and I know I’m leaving you in VERY capable hands with Natasha Gibson. When I first met Natasha, she was just starting her broadcasting career. And in the last few years she’s really “blossomed” into a strong personality and broadcaster. I asked her to send me some interesting stuff about her, so I could introduce you to her properly… and wow. Natasha is a born and raised Calgaryian with character, wit, wisdom, smarts and beauty. She’s an active member in our community with a wide range of interests. Her life experience will make her interesting and intriguing. I find that she’s has a contagious personality… you know when you hang out with someone and you just want to hang out with them more…
And most of all, she’s just like you and me. A normal person. Someone you can connect to. She’ll keep you company through your work day.
My pleasure to introduce to you Natasha Gibson midday’s on Lite 96.
Here’s Natasha’s life before radio:
MY LIFE BEFORE RADIO
I was born in Calgary 34 years ago and I’m very proud of the giving spirit this city is known for. I have been an active volunteer for several charities here, including the Easter Seals Ability Council, the Suicide Services Education Program, and the Canadian Mental Health Association.
My parents were the car-pool champions when we were kids. They drove my sister and me all over the city for extra-curricular activities like dancing, gymnastics, diving, swimming, synchronized swimming and violin lessons.
I played violin with the Mount Royal College kids’ orchestra, and swam competitively with the Calgary Aquabelles and Killarney Synchro throughout my school years. That’s how I learned that hard work in practice makes for a great performance on the big day.
I graduated from Western Canada High School with an Advanced Bilingual Diploma in 1993. Then I went to the University of Calgary, where I picked up Science Degree, with a major in Psychology (1999). I paid for school by working as a Lifeguard, Swimming Instructor and Fitness Instructor with the City of Calgary.
I continued with the City part-time during my first “real job” at the Canadian Mental Health Association. I spent two years at CMHA, working with kids who have parents with mental illnesses, and teaching stress management to students and corporate clients.
Part of my work at CMHA involved media appearances on TV and radio, raising awareness and battling the stigma that surrounds mental illness. That’s where I first got the bug for broadcasting. I decided it was much more interesting doing the interviewing than it was being the guest, so I applied to SAIT and that’s how my radio journey began.