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Nikki Cole

Nikki attended Niagara College and graduated from its print journalism program in 2002, followed by a post-graduate certificate in corporate communications from Fanshawe College. The Pickering native headed out west and began her journalism career at Houston Today and Smithers Interior News in B.C. She returned to Ontario in 2006 and landed a job as a features writer/assistant editor in Durham Region. In the fall of 2007, she joined The Midland Mirror as a reporter until 2017, at which point she became a communications co-ordinator at Georgian Bay General Hospital, providing her more time to focus on her young family. In 2020, she began working for Dockside Publishing as a writer, which allowed her to combine her love of cottage life and the lake. A mother of two, Nikki joined the BarrieToday news team as a reporter in February 2021. She also has a 'fur baby' in the form of an 80-pound chocolate lab named Reese who thinks he’s a lap dog.

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Recent Work by Nikki

Board says high school rankings should be 'taken with a grain of salt'

Board says high school rankings should be 'taken with a grain of salt'

'As a system, we look closely at EQAO results, but even that is just one indicator,' says Catholic school board official
Simcoe County maintains status quo for green bin, garbage collection

Simcoe County maintains status quo for green bin, garbage collection

'I am not going to support something where we are policing people’s garbage,' says Ramara deputy mayor; proposal could have meant trash carts would only be collected if a green bin was put curbside, too
'Dementia doesn't discriminate': Event supports those living with Alzheimer's

'Dementia doesn't discriminate': Event supports those living with Alzheimer's

Sunday’s walk was about coming together to help individuals living with Alzheimer's disease, says local volunteer
Daily grind: Barrie man on the run to raise money for young skaters

Daily grind: Barrie man on the run to raise money for young skaters

Paul Alexander says he couldn't afford sports like hockey growing up, so he's running half-marathon each day to help underprivileged kids get decked out in skateboard gear
Local man sets sail to Scotland to compete in 'prestigious' regatta

Local man sets sail to Scotland to compete in 'prestigious' regatta

'There are about 250 boats … so it’s a pretty big deal,' says Adrian Allward, who's competing this weekend in the Jura Scottish Series
Dead man's family speaks out at woman's sentencing hearing

Dead man's family speaks out at woman's sentencing hearing

Midhurst resident Dominik Adamek struck by vehicle and killed in 2018; 'Part of my heart was ripped away on May 5 by Maimuna Baldeh,' says his mother
Local merchant hopes to 'create a movement' with size-inclusive boutique

Local merchant hopes to 'create a movement' with size-inclusive boutique

'Lots of happy tears. Our fitting room, I joke that it’s the energy of all the girls together in the bathroom at the bar,' says BBM Next Door owner
Local family serves up first-hand account of McHappy Day's help

Local family serves up first-hand account of McHappy Day's help

'It was a huge relief, (not just) financially but also for the amount of support they provided,' says mom who spent 20 days living at Ronald McDonald House
'Fills my cup': Local cancer-care nurse surprised by provincial award

'Fills my cup': Local cancer-care nurse surprised by provincial award

'With oncology nursing, you want to do the best … (and this shows) you can go to a cancer centre that isn’t in Toronto and still get recognized,' says Amanda MacDonald
Barrie's new Transit ON Demand gets mixed reviews from riders

Barrie's new Transit ON Demand gets mixed reviews from riders

One rider is concerned about wait times, while another is 'really happy with this new idea'
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