The unique video series, News From The Home Front, which is produced by Loyalist College Television and New Media Production students, has begun its second season. The project concept was created last year by Paul Lyons, President of Information to Decisions Inc., to provide soldiers who are posted away from their families with a video clip of family events. It could be a birthday party, taking the kids to school, or simply a captured moment that briefly lets them share the daily family activities that are so often taken for granted. The purpose is twofold; a message of love and affection from the family, and a message to all members of the Canadian Forces that we care, appreciate them and are proud of them.
Third-year Television and New Media Production student Jodi Cooper is the producer of the project. “Working with the News From The Home Front families has been really rewarding. It’s so nice to be doing something so meaningful. You can really see how much this means to the families by the look on their faces as they’re giving their message to their loved ones.”
The first DVD of this season has been completed and was delivered to Sherry Waldon from Trenton. The team spent three days capturing moments at her home, the Trenton dog park, with friends and even at the mall. The DVD was created for Cpl. Thomson, who is currently waiting to return home from Dubai.
“I think it’s great that they are doing this,” said Sherry Waldon. “It’s something so special and it was a lot of fun to do. It’s also nice to know that people support our troops and that they care not only for them, but for their families as well.”
“The families are absolutely delighted with the project,” said Eve Lawrence from the Trenton Military Family Resource Centre. “I’ve just watched the first DVD the students have completed this year and it is excellent. One of the upcoming projects is for a dad who is leaving two weeks prior to a high school graduation. He knows that although he will be unable to be there in person, he will still be able share the evening. One of the people who received a DVD last year told us that not only did he play the video over and over and over again, but that it was something he will keep and treasure forever.”
Media Contact: Marilyn Warren, Communications, Loyalist College, (613) 969-1913, ext. 2332; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org