A mission intended to inspire Canadians sheltering-in-place turned tragic in Kamloops, BC Sunday afternoon claiming the life of former broadcaster Capt. Jenn Casey.
Casey was both a pilot and the public affairs spokesperson for the Canadian Forces Snowbirds.
A Nova Scotian storyteller, she was a journalist before joining as a Public Affairs Officer.
Across Canada and the United States, she brought stories and smiles.
She was one of us, our sister.
Captain Jenn Casey died today.
Please say her name.
— Canadian Forces in 🇺🇸 (@CAFinUS) May 18, 2020
Originally from Halifax, she graduated from the University of King’s College Journalism program in 2009 and was hired as a producer and lineup editor at Rogers’ News 95.7 (CJNI-FM). After four years there, she went on to work briefly as a reporter and anchor at Quinte Broadcasting’s stations in Belleville, ON before joining the Canadian Armed Forces as a public affairs officer in 2014. She’d been with the Snowbirds since late 2018.
Sunday evening, Casey’s former colleagues were trying to process the news, including News 95.7 managing editor Dan Ahlstrand, who posted that he was “totally devastated.”
— Lisa Blackburn (@newsbag) May 18, 2020
— Dan Ahlstrand (@danahlstrand) May 18, 2020
— Scott Simpson (@TheMediaHoarder) May 18, 2020
As recently as Apr. 30, Casey had done an interview with News 95.7 talk show host Sheldon MacLeod to promote the Snowbirds’ cross-Canada tour.
— Jenn Casey (@_jenncasey) April 30, 2020
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