Over the years this editor has had the pleasure of working with penty of newsroom characters.
Take for example, the old-school, hard-nosed editor who once pelted a water bottle at my head.
He did actually teach me a lot about journalism …… and a lot about how not to treat people.
One of the newsroom leaders I most looked up to as a young work experience kid and then cadet was a man by the name of Nigel Gilmour.
Nigel was a man who was softly spoken, smart, kind, respected and a leader who people followed.
He didn’t drag people with him or threaten them. He simply led the way and supported his team as best he could.
He was someone I looked up to and one day hoped to emulate.
Alas it has not been a perfect journey over the years but often my thoughts drift back and I find myself thinking “how would Nige handle this”.
I use past tense because he died many years ago.
He died far too young, with a young family and a community left behind to grieve.
Today at Wollongong’s Relay for Life many will take time to raise money for cancer services.
They will remember those they have loved and lost to a disease so hideous.
Good luck to the team of Illawarra Mercurians taking part and a special shout out for our deputy editor Cydonee Mardon (pictured) who has vowed to walk for the 24 hours of the event.
Cyd has shared her own personal journey with brain cancer and is an inspiration in her own right – though she wouldn’t like to admit it.
Cyd is an ambassador for this year’s event and you can donate to aid Cyd’s walk for the cause via the Illawarra Mercurians team page at www.relayforlife.org.