a high school student in Gander, Newfoundland, Kayla Hounsell
participated in a national award-winning media internship
program through which she gained hands-on experience in broadcast
journalism and was told she could make it a career.
She moved to Ottawa in 2003 to attend Carleton
University’s School of Journalism. She has enjoyed all
forms of journalism studied at Carleton, but television is
her passion. Kayla has a background as a competitive public
speaker and was awarded first runner-up for SchoolNet News
Networks Journalist of the Year in 2003.
She spent the past year writing for an Ottawa
trade publication. With only one year remaining to complete
her degree, Kayla wants to use her skills to help media development
in Rwanda. She believes in journalism, and says creating dialogue
between Rwanda and Canada is important for the developed world
to understand not only Rwanda’s devastating past, but
also its future.
When she can find spare time, Kayla enjoys going
for walks, reading anything from newspapers to biographies
to fashion magazines, and keeping in touch ith her family
and friends in her beautiful home province of Newfoundland