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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

RVH welcomes county funding to support child, youth mental health program

RVH welcomes county funding to support child, youth mental health program

'We couldn’t be doing what we are doing at RVH if we didn’t have municipal support, including the County of Simcoe,' says president and CEO
Volunteers feel 'relief and excitement' after saving local camp

Volunteers feel 'relief and excitement' after saving local camp

'We are looking forward to a whole new and different chapter for the camp now,' says club president of successful effort to save former Girl Guide camp
Military police career combined two childhood dreams for Barrie veteran <b>(6 photos)</b>

Military police career combined two childhood dreams for Barrie veteran (6 photos)

Fern Taillefer served in Egypt and also provided protection to high-profile diplomats; He suffered from PTSD, but 'I think I am in a good place now'
Mother hopes canine support will help heal daughter's mental-health struggles

Mother hopes canine support will help heal daughter's mental-health struggles

Barrie mom says her 12-year-old daughter would benefit greatly from psychiatric service dog; 'She wants to be a normal kid again'
RVH stands behind its vaccination policy despite provincial decision on hospital workers

RVH stands behind its vaccination policy despite provincial decision on hospital workers

Barrie employment lawyer calls Ford government's decision to not make vaccination mandatory for hospital workers an 'election stunt'
Trucking industry shines light on human trafficking through awareness campaign

Trucking industry shines light on human trafficking through awareness campaign

'If something doesn’t look right, there is reason to question it,' says officer with Barrie police human-trafficking unit
Minimum-wage hike still too low to meet 'living wage' in Simcoe County, officials say

Minimum-wage hike still too low to meet 'living wage' in Simcoe County, officials say

Minimum wage in Ontario expected to rise to $15 next year, but living wage in Simcoe County is around $19; 'Wages below that number are poverty wages for anyone trying to cover the costs of living here,' says Redwood Park rep
Pumpkinpalooza ready for launch with return of post-Halloween fun

Pumpkinpalooza ready for launch with return of post-Halloween fun

New catapult designed and donated by Brian Smith of Barrie Welding and will be ready to see action during Sunday's event
Barrie podcaster, private investigator tries to help bring missing loved ones home

Barrie podcaster, private investigator tries to help bring missing loved ones home

'It’s certainly not to replace the police in any way. They do an absolutely amazing job on these cases, but their time and resources are spread very thin,' says Whereabouts Unknown team member
Collection of stories helps shine light on perinatal mental health

Collection of stories helps shine light on perinatal mental health

'We wanted to shine a light on this through stories of people who have actually gone through it, says Barrie mom and co-founder of Canadian Perinatal Mental Health Collaborative