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This Website is dedicated to the Radio and Television Arts Class that started the program in September of 1973 at Confederation College located in Thunder Bay, Ontario Canada

Cheryl Skakun (Now 'Van Der Raadt')

Cheryl (Skakun) van der Raadt

 

 

 

 

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Cheryl (Skakun) van der Raadt attended Radio and Television Arts from 1973 - 75

Wes and Cheryl Skakun

Cheryl Skakun and her brother Wes Skakun

Originally from Prince Albert, Saskatchewan I lived in Thunder Bay at the time I started school at Confederation College. I started RTA and within two weeks my brother, Wes, followed me into broadcasting from a course in Business Administration. He found that my classes sounded more interesting than what he was taking at the time. My interests were in television even though I had problems with performance anxiety while on the air.

After graduating in the spring of 1975 I moved to Dryden, Ontario to work at CKDR as copywriter and in programming. After working for a summer in Dryden I moved to CHAB Moose Jaw, Sask. which was a larger market. Here I did copy writing until moving across the street to CBC Television. I then did receptionist, script assistant, and programming assistant until the television station moved to Regina, Sask.

After a few years with CBC doing script assistant for the evening and late news (my favorite job), I married Paul van der Raadt whom I met while researching his father's camera store for a commercial I was writing. We then moved to Saskatoon, Sask. where I worked for CPN Television (The Community Programming Network) a forerunner of cable television which was subsidized by the provincial government. The network was not a success and I then left to pursue other careers in engineering as an engineering secretary, and later the medical field as a medical receptionist and later as a medical referrals clerk.

In 2000 I began a career with the Department of Defence at CFB Dundurn, Sask. and remember the falling of the Towers quite vividly having watched it on television that morning with my military co-workers.

I have had a number of solemn experiences over the years as 20 military members from Shilo have not returned from Afghanistan over the years. I have dedicated my life to the military environment and now work for The Royal Canadian Artillery Museum (The RCA Museum) at CFB Shilo, as Administrative Coordinator.

I use many of my skills obtained in Radio and Television Arts to plan events, and use my photography and writing skills to compose a newsletter for the Museum.

I am now divorced but have three adult son's who live in Calgary, Ottawa and Brandon, Manitoba where I now reside.

My hobbies are photography, Facebook, blogging about music, travel and walking and enjoying my wonderful dog Farrah.

I am impatiently waiting for grandchildren and retirement!

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