The expression ‘variety is the spice of life’ is probably one of a number of mantras Kittie Wong adheres to in life.
Hong Kong-born and Manitoba-raised, Kittie initially wanted to be a journalist — more specifically, a magazine writer.
But she got sidetracked by an interest in photography while she was studying at the University of Winnipeg. After getting her university degree in English and Political Science, she earned her photojournalism diploma at Loyalist College.
During her time at Loyalist, Kittie was given the opportunity to be one of several film runners for Agence-France Presse during the 1992 World Series between the Toronto Blue Jays and the Atlanta Braves at SkyDome (aka Rogers Centre).
The summer of ’93 was spent working for The Canadian Press working as a picture editor, which was where she cut her photo-editing teeth.
In January 1994, Kittie was hired by the late Winnipeg Free Press photo editor, Jon Thordarson, and split her time between working as a night photo editor and as a page designer.
She was pressed into service as a photographer when the 1999 Pan Am Games came to Winnipeg.
Somewhere along the way, she added the hat of web editor as part of her office work gear.
These days, Kittie satisfies her shutterbug fix with her iPhone but still treasures her Nikon FM2.
Outside of work, Kittie fell back into writing a few years ago. This led to self-publishing her first fiction novel, The Raven Sonata, in October 2014. Her most recent fiction novel, Risk, was published November 2018.
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The Saturday morning sunlight bathes the throngs of people perusing the busy outdoor kiosks filled with fresh vegetables, baked goods and artisan crafts.
As I make my way through the crowd, some of the visitors stroll around with a large coffee cup in one hand and a shopping bag (or three) full of goodies in the other.
Others have brought their children or grandchildren to help carry their purchases. Most likely, the promise of a sweet treat and a glass of freshly-squeezed lemonade was negotiated as an incentive for the children to help out. The vendors are kept busy with sales and are happy to field questions from customers about their products.
As a confirmed night owl, there are very few reasons I would ever get up early on a Saturday morning. One of them is to visit St. Norbert Farmers' Market.