Released on December 18, 2014
Caitlin Taylor’s year-long Saskatchewan journey has ended. The 22 year-old will return to the University of Saskatchewan in January to continue pre-journalism coursework.
Throughout the past year, Taylor showcased Saskatchewan to the world. She produced, shot and edited more than 30 videos. Through Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, she gained more than 4,500 new followers.
Taylor was the first Wanderer ever to travel outside of the province. She visited Toronto for a national trade skills competition—and while there took to the downtown streets and shot “Talking with Torontonians,” -- one of her most-watched videos of the past year. She was also the first Wanderer to land in Athabasca Sand Dunes Provincial Park, home to the world’s most northerly sand dunes. The video highlighting that trip is her most popular of the year with more than 7,000 views on YouTube alone.
“I am sad that my year is coming to a close, but grateful that I had this opportunity,” Taylor said. “If I could meet and speak with the next Saskatchewanderer, I would say: You will meet kind, intelligent people—artists, business owners, scientists, farmers—who are excited about what they do in this province. You will witness spectacular scenery—valleys, forests and crystal-clear lakes. You will learn so much and you will fall in love with Saskatchewan. Get ready for one of the best years of your life.”
In addition to experiencing new destinations, Taylor interviewed successful artists, athletes and business owners who all call Saskatchewan home including Life of Pi author Yann Martel, Tornado Hunter Greg Johnson and NHL hockey player (and farmer) Keith Aulie.
Check out her adventures at www.saskatchewanderer.ca.
“Caitlin Taylor demonstrated that our growing province is not only beautiful, but a place where passionate, ambitious people reside to build successful careers and businesses,” Parks, Culture and Sport Minister Mark Docherty said. “I wish her the best of luck in her future endeavors and can’t wait to see what the 2015 Saskatchewanderer has in store for us.”
“The Saskatchewanderer program brings profile to the destinations, attractions and events that showcase Saskatchewan hospitality and entice visitors,” Minister responsible for Tourism Saskatchewan Jeremy Harrison said. “As a four season destination, Saskatchewan offers great diversity in tourism experiences. The stories and adventures shared on social media by the 2015 Saskatchewanderer will generate interest in Saskatchewan as a great place to travel, work, establish a home and raise a family.”
Applications for the 2015 Saskatchewanderer position closed Monday, December 1. The project’s partners—Tourism Saskatchewan, and the Ministries of Economy, Agriculture and Parks, Culture and Sport, are currently selecting the candidate who will start wandering the province in January.
CAA Saskatchewan has been a proud sponsor of the Saskatchewanderer program since its inception in 2011.
“As Saskatchewan’s automobile association of choice, we are pleased to be part of the Saskatchewanderer journey,” CAA Saskatchewan President and CEO Fred Titanich said. “We look forward to this continued partnership that showcases our province and our people via the Saskatchewanderer. By providing a CAA membership and gas vouchers, we know that the Wanderer will be safe and well-fuelled for future road trips and adventures.”
CAA Saskatchewan is on board as the exclusive sponsor of the 2015 Saskatchewanderer project.
For more information, contact:
Parks, Culture and Sport