Friday, October 7, 2022

Alumni Spotlight with Vickie Morgan

Where and when were you born?

Born in St. Philip’s, NL over 40 years ago.

What is your current job and list some things you like about it?

I’m a songwriter/musician with Mulberry Creek and I own a video production company. I like creating things that empower others. Whether it’s a song or a tv show, I love reaching people where they are and maybe bringing a little light to their day.

How does it relate to your diploma or certificate?

I studied business management at CNA and the thought of starting a business seemed pretty far-fetched. Although I was VP of Marketing for CNA’s Advancing Canadian Entrepreneurship (ACE) team and travelled with them (new name now I believe), I was student council president and editor of The Pace, a newspaper we started at ACE so it all prepared me for wearing lots of hats and following up on what feels good.

What is the hardest thing you’ve ever done in your lifetime?

Recovering (still in the process) of losing a baby. The first 5 years I was basically a zombie, but I’m doing a lot better now. I wrote a book about it a few years back. https://www.amazon.ca/Grace-Joe-Vickie-Morgan/dp/1989109004/

What’s your favourite place in the world?

Home. There’s no place better than St. John’s. Even on a dreary spring day with the streets lined with dirty snow, there’s no place I’d rather come home to. (I wrote an article for CBC a couple of years ago called I’d Rather Starve in NL https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/newfoundland-labrador/vickie-morgan-newfoundland-plan-1.4943214

Can you describe an experience that changed your life?

Singing with Alan Doyle. He was on my mental health show when I was a tv producer in Maine a lifetime ago and when I moved back to NL a few years ago I got to sing my favourite song with him and it launched my music career. https://youtu.be/inAE8Aqxljw

What’s your favourite movie or book?

Don’t Flirt With Your Eyes Shut by Ed Smith (he was from Springdale).

Is your current career path as you originally intended?

I’m living beyond my wildest dreams. To be fair, I didn’t have high hopes growing up. During my time at CNA I just wanted a decent job.

What challenges did you face in launching your career?

I’ve restarted time and time again and the biggest challenge is getting out of my own head. Sometimes it looks like money or opportunity or geography holds us back but it’s within every single one of us to live our best life and we always have choices and options.

What advice would you give to your CNA first-year self?

Don’t worry so much because it always works out. Always and in all ways. It works out.

Ryanne McIsaac
Ryanne McIsaac
Born and raised in Stephenville, NL, Ryanne recently moved back to Newfoundland after spending 16 years in Calgary, Alberta. Ryanne has a Journalism Diploma from College of the North Atlantic and a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Cape Breton University. She worked for many years as a reporter and freelance writer. She is happy to be back in her hometown and working for CNA.

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