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