For this long and celebrated journalist, Veronique Perrier Mandal’s primary goal is to spread kindness wherever she goes.
Born in Buchans, Newfoundland, Mandal grew up always writing poetry, plays and continuously reading.
“When I was 11, I use to go to the library every Friday and bring back four books and take four books, Mandal shared. “One day, the librarian said to me, so what you want to be when you grow up, and I said I got a list.”
Mandal explained that when she showed the list, the librarian told her that most people do not achieve all their career goals, but that they usually only go for one thing that is listed.
“Everything that was listed I wanted to be when I grew up, and I will tell you I have been ticking off that long list ever since.”
At 16, Mandal moved out of Newfoundland to get an education in Psychology and English, then shortly after that, started working at a theatre in England. When her five-year Visa became expired, some of her friends suggested that she try out nursing school in Manchester with them.
“I talked to the government and asked if I went to nursing school, would that count, and they told me they always need nurses,” Mandal explained. Mandal completed her nursing education within four years and worked in the field for a couple of years in England and Ottawa before moving to Windsor.
“Within that time, I completed my master’s in Journalism and an MBA.”
Starting her journalism journey in radio at CBC Windsor, writing at the Windsor Star and then writing for the National Post, Mandal’s resume is nothing short of extraordinary. With her success in radio, newspapers, and magazines, she has won dozens of provincial, national, and international awards for her work, while also being an accomplished author.
“While I was working at The Windsor Star and in television, that’s when I got the call from St. Clair College, and they offered me a teaching position,” Mandal explained.
In 2010, Mandal became coordinator of the Journalism and Public Relations Program at St Clair College’s Media Plex in downtown Windsor. “I’ve learned a lot in my ten years of being the coordinator,” Mandal shared. “I don’t think there has ever been a day where I haven’t learned something about myself and others.”
Mandal shared that she finds kindness makes anything possible.
“Even when you have to impart not the best news, if you do it with kindness and you think it through before telling that person that news, everything will be ok.”
When asked what empowers her, Mandal said this: “My spirituality and my faith, I know that whatever God has in store for me, everything will be fine cause that’s what my destiny is for me.”
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