Connie Monk, Program Head
Connie’s first broadcast job was in Edmonton, Alberta working as a reporter for CFCW Radio. She then worked as a television reporter, anchor and producer at ITV in Edmonton, CKVU in Vancouver (now Citytv) and CBC TV in Vancouver where she won awards for producing documentaries and election programing. Connie is vice-president of the Broadcast Educators Association of Canada and a judge for the Canadian Association of Journalists and the RTNDA. She is a recipient of a Jack Webster Foundation Fellowship and the BEAC John Ansell Distinguished Service Award. Connie is a graduate of Carleton University in Ottawa with a B.A. (honours) in Political Science and a Bachelor of Journalism (honours) and holds an M.A. in Communications from Leicester University in the U.K.
Bill started his broadcast career doing overnight radio news in Montreal. After reporting on Rene Levesque and the first Quebec referendum at CJAD and CFCF Radio, he moved to the CBC, where he reported and anchored on radio and television – first in Montreal and then in Vancouver. Bill holds a B.A in English Literature from McGill University and has been on BCIT’s Broadcast Journalism faculty since 1989. He has produced a documentary on Online News in Canada and has done some part-time acting on the Vancouver stage.
Mary Kay Thurston
Mary Kay Thurston is a graduate of the BCIT Television program. She began teaching Broadcast Journalism in 1986 after working as a writer-producer at Vancouver’s CKVU Television. Over the years she has worked as a freelance photographer, as well as a news editor for CBC-TV, Global-TV, and ATV in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Other career highlights include serving as Western Director and Vice President of the Broadcast Educators Assn of Canada and being the recipient of the Jack Webster Foundation Fellowship and BEAC Michael Monty National Excellence in Teaching Award. Of all her achievements, Mary Kay is most proud of the BCIT High Flight scholarship she has established in tribute to her husband Mike, who lost his life in a helicopter accident in 2001.
Christine began her television career after graduating from the Broadcast Journalism program at BCIT. Since then she has developed a vast repertoire of experience through various freelance engagements with CBC Sports, CBC Radio Vancouver, Force Four Productions, Channel 4 in the UK and as a full-time producer for TVNW Media Group (a Vancouver based production company). Christine’s background is primarily in sports production where she has worked as a producer, host and play-by-play commentator for the past eight years. A few career highlights include three years as the series producer and host for the triathlon world cup series TV show, play-by-play for various track events on TSN and two trips to the Olympic games, as a sport media liaison in 2000 (Sydney) and as an on-site colour-commentator in 2004 (Athens). In 2005 Christine made the switch from full-time production to full-time teaching when she joined the faculty at BCIT. While continuing to work as a freelance host and producer, Christine enjoys her time spent working with students as they too embark on an exciting career in broadcasting.
Julia is an award-winning broadcast journalist with over 3 decades of experience in radio and television news and documentary work. After attending the BCIT Broadcast Journalism program, she was hired at CKNW and CISL radio before moving to CKVU (CITYTV). Julia worked in many positions at the station in both lifestyle and news programming. She has experience both behind and in front of the camera, and has also worked in the control room as an assistant director and producer. Julia won several accolades as a reporter, documentary producer, and anchor. After joining CTV News Vancouver Julia won awards from the BC Association of Broadcasters, the Radio, Television and Digital News Directors Association and the Jack Webster Foundation for excellence in TV News Reporting. She gained experience as a story producer, assignment editor and Fraser Valley bureau chief. Julia joined Global News in 2013 and is very pleased to work part-time as a news reporter in BC’s number one newsroom. In addition to broadcasting experience, Julia has also worked an as instructor at BCIT since 1997 in part-time studies. She began teaching into the fulltime program in 2013. Julia has completed the Provincial Instructors Diploma, and continues to upgrade her skills in video journalism and communications. Julia is proud to offer students a strong combination of current experience and professional guidance.