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Nikki Cole

Nikki attended Niagara College and graduated from its print journalism program in 2002, followed by a post-graduate certificate in corporate communications from Fanshawe College. The Pickering native headed out west and began her journalism career at Houston Today and Smithers Interior News in B.C. She returned to Ontario in 2006 and landed a job as a features writer/assistant editor in Durham Region. In the fall of 2007, she joined The Midland Mirror as a reporter until 2017, at which point she became a communications co-ordinator at Georgian Bay General Hospital, providing her more time to focus on her young family. In 2020, she began working for Dockside Publishing as a writer, which allowed her to combine her love of cottage life and the lake. A mother of two, Nikki joined the BarrieToday news team as a reporter in February 2021. She also has a 'fur baby' in the form of an 80-pound chocolate lab named Reese who thinks he’s a lap dog.

Recent Work by Nikki

Thornton singer-songwriter appreciates 'therapeutic' qualities of making music

Thornton singer-songwriter appreciates 'therapeutic' qualities of making music

'I grew up with two very retro-styled genres, and I think that actually had a huge impact on my sound,' says Francesca Panetta, who describes her music as 'pop folk with a bit of a country flare'
Unique seniors campus could be coming to Bayfield Street <b>(3 photos)</b>

Unique seniors campus could be coming to Bayfield Street (3 photos)

Proposed seniors complex would include 160-bed long-term care facility, a 145-unit retirement home and 145 life-lease apartments
Sprawling seniors campus could be coming to Bayfield St. in Springwater <b>(3 photos)</b>

Sprawling seniors campus could be coming to Bayfield St. in Springwater (3 photos)

Proposed seniors complex could be the 'gateway to Springwater' and would include 160-bed long-term care facility, a 145-unit retirement home and 145 life-lease apartments
Local business bombarded by hateful emails about incoming vaccine passports

Local business bombarded by hateful emails about incoming vaccine passports

Barrie business owners say people are trying to 'bully us into using our business as a tool for political activism,' while local MPPs say new requirements should prevent further lockdowns
Barrie business bombarded by hateful emails about incoming vaccine passports

Barrie business bombarded by hateful emails about incoming vaccine passports

Barrie business owners say people are trying to 'bully us into using our business as a tool for political activism,' while local MPPs say new requirements should prevent further lockdowns
Muslim youth association wants to dispel myths about Islam

Muslim youth association wants to dispel myths about Islam

Many from the Barrie chapter were on hand Sunday at Centennial Park as part of 'Islam in Motion: I Am a Muslim, Ask Me Anything'
'We need to get this country back together,' Shipley says following victory

'We need to get this country back together,' Shipley says following victory

'Number one thing tomorrow morning is opening up the emails and trying to help people again,' says Barrie-Springwater-Oro Medonte MP
Barrie community mourns well-known environmental advocate <b>(4 photos)</b>

Barrie community mourns well-known environmental advocate (4 photos)

'A warm and giving person,' Al McNair remembered for his booming voice, humour, and willingness to include everyone in a project
Muslim youth association wants to dispel myths about Islam

Muslim youth association wants to dispel myths about Islam

Many from the Barrie chapter were on hand Sunday at Centennial Park as part of 'Islam in Motion: I Am a Muslim, Ask Me Anything'
Community mourns well-known environmental advocate <b>(4 photos)</b>

Community mourns well-known environmental advocate (4 photos)

'A warm and giving person,' Al McNair remembered for his booming voice, humour, and willingness to include everyone in a project