“There have been so many women who have been trailblazers in so many industries. As women, we have a responsibility to pick up from them and make sure we set an example for other women.” - Robin Gill, BC Correspondent/Weekend Anchor at Global National
Robin Gill is Global National’s weekend anchor and British Columbia correspondent. Since arriving at Vancouver’s national newsroom in December 2008, Gill has reported on some of the biggest news stories across Canada and around the world, including the high-profile inquiry into the death of Polish immigrant Robert Dziekanski at the Vancouver International Airport, the United Nations meeting in Geneva at which world leaders discussed how to handle former Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi and the aftermath of the devastating earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan in March 2011.
What does being a woman mean to you?
It means being a leader and a learner. There have been so many women who have been trailblazers in so many industries. As women, we have a responsibility to pick up from them and make sure we set an example for other women.
What has been your biggest achievement in 2020, personally and professionally?
My biggest personal achievement in 2020 and continues to be learning patience in a pandemic. Everyone has been put under tremendous stress and pressure. Our co-workers are working from home so we have to check emails more frequently. Work involves many more steps than it did before because of social distancing so it is a lot to handle. I recognize that it’s hard for everyone including myself so I’m more cognizant of taking a breath or two and pausing.
Professionally, I’ve been so fortunate to have the opportunity to work on mini documentaries for our network. On one project, I was able look into the impact of the pandemic on the arts. On another project, it was understanding the long-term health impacts of Covid-19 on those who are still recovering.
The work allowed me to be more creative and think outside of the regular news cycle with the support and trust of producers and colleagues.
A milestone that defines your journey?
The biggest milestone for me was getting to the network level. I joined Global National as a correspondent and anchor in 2008. So I was finally able to see the confluence of my education (I have a degree in International Relations), my interest in politics (which was instilled in me by my parents as a kid), and general curiosity (I learn something new everyday).
What are you working on right now and in 2021?
I have been trying to score an interview with poet Rupi Kaur. I hope she’s reading this! I am a fan so fingers crossed.
Who inspires you to do better each day?
My parents are a huge influence. They made a lot of sacrifices immigrating to this country. They made sure their children (there are five of us!) went to university and let us make our own choices without judgment. We wouldn’t be where we are without them. My mom has always said that “public service” is important. That’s what I hope I’m doing in this role. Hence my mantra of working hard and making sure I’m a contributing citizen.
What’s your advice for women who wish to follow your path?
Work hard and keep an open mind. You never know where the world will take you.
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