At the heart of every news event is a story, and often a story within a story. That’s something Nancy Wilmot knows well.
Wilmot is a videographer for Port Alberni Shaw Cable.
It took some twists and turns to get where she is, but she wouldn’t have it any other way.
“I love what I do and I look forward to coming in every day to do what I do,” Wilmot said.
“I can’t imagine doing anything else or being anywhere else.”
Nancy was born in Wilmot Valley, Man., and is the middle child of three siblings.
Her late father was a pilot who took off and landed at a landing strip near the family home.
“Everyone knew where we were from because of that,” Wilmot said.
Erickson Collegiate Institute was where Wilmot went to high school.
She had a passion for history, but singled out English as her favourite subject, and teacher Mrs. Carelson as the teacher she most remembered.
Her biggest influence and role model while growing up though was her father Walter, who’d been a pilot during the Second World War.
“My dad was the last of that breed of hardworking men and he meant the world to me,” she said.
Books such as Tanglewood Tales, compilations of Greek mythology, and Tales From Spencer were gentile staples in Wilmot’s childhood.
“Reading aloud, reciting poetry and talking about literature was important in our family.”
After graduating from high school in 1977, Wilmot went to the University of Calgary, where she studied English and political science.
She met her husband Dave in Calgary and travelled with him first to Halifax then San Francisco, where he continued his studies as a counsellor.
The pair lived and worked on the Island’s West Coast for 15 years before moving to Port Alberni, where Wilmot started doing projects for Shaw.
Her first was a story about the Port Alberni Lawn Bowling Club, which was a bit dry in the beginning until her interview subject livened it up.
“It was the way he moved his head and laughed when he made a comment, ” Wilmot said.
“It left a feeling of vitality, living and feistiness and was better than anything I could come up with.”
Videography is an amazing way to tell a story, Wilmot said.
“I like the triumph over personal challenges and the victory over defeat,” she said.
“I get to meet different people and tell their stories every week.”
Wilmot lives life according to a simple saying imparted to her by one Reg O’Brien: eat your ice cream while its still on the plate.
“Enjoy life while you’ve got it,” she said of the proverb.
The U-2 fan’s favourite movie is Being There starring Peter Sellers, and she just finished reading a John Irving novel.
And if she could visit any other time period it would be the dinosaur era.
“I’d likely be eaten up by them, but it would be fascinating to see life before there was man.”