Canadore students set for Lions/CTV Children’s Christmas Telethon

Friday, December 06, 2013   by: Kate Adams

Canadore College

News Release


The live broadcast of the Lions/CTV Children’s Christmas Telethon will be crewed entirely by Canadore students and faculty this Saturday.

Working with professionals from CTV Toronto and Ottawa, students will work on all aspects of the event including video, sound, lighting, editing, and on-air interviews, giving them critical hands-on experience in a live production.

First-year Canadore Public Relations student Kelsey Richard is one of the telethon hosts. She says that her involvement is a dream come true for her, and brings a family tradition full-circle.

“This event is very near and dear to my heart,” said Richard.

“Growing up, we used to raise money for the telethon by singing Christmas carols as a family. We would then present the funds at the live event and stay to watch the entertainment. I feel truly blessed to be a part of this event and to be able to help families have a better Christmas.”

Telethon director and producer Yura Monestime, who is also the coordinator of the Television and Video Production and Digital Cinematography programs, said this is an invaluable experience for his students.

“Seeing my students take what they learn in the classroom and use it on a live production set is so rewarding,” said Monestime.

“This broadcast gives my students a taste of what it’s like in the real world and demonstrates the commitment they need to produce an event of this complexity and magnitude.”

For over 50 years, the he telethon has been a means of raising money to provide toys to underprivileged children. The Lions Club also provides turkeys and hams for families in need during the festive season.

Students from Business, Graphic Design and Public Relations programs have also worked hard to promote the telethon through web design, social media, print materials, sponsorship and publicity events. 

Over 50 students and Canadore employees will be volunteering their time on Saturday for this worthy cause.

Spectators are welcome to watch close to 30 live acts at the North Bay Capitol Centre (150 Main Street East).

The production will also be broadcast live locally on CTV cable 9, nationally on Bell satellite channel 588 and on the web at between 2 p.m. and 11 p.m. on December 7.

Volunteers will be on hand to accept pledges towards this worthy cause.


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