TEN: Aaron Hall

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Aaron Hall grew up in Wallaceburg, before heading off to school at Brock University in St. Catharines and Fanshawe College in London, Ont. Throughout his professional career, Aaron has worked as a journalist in a number of fields: print, online and radio; all in the C-K community.

Currently, Aaron runs a brand new music website for Southwestern Ontario called SWOMP - www.swomp.ca. His goal with SWOMP is to unite the music scenes in the region, by showcasing the vast amount of talent from the area, and the amazing musicians and bands touring through the region as well.

From hosting multiple events in the community, to serving as a director for the Tartan Alumni Fund in Wallaceburg (which raises money annually for a scholarship at Wallaceburg District Secondary School), Aaron gets involved in many local initiatives.

The loves of his life are his two gorgeous daughters Ava, turning eight in September, and Daylia, who just turned six. His parents Connie and Bill have always been rocks in Aaron's life and have been supportive over the years. He always looks forward to spending time at concerts, sipping a glass of wine and relaxing at the trailer with his beautiful girlfriend Dana by his side.

1. What's your favourite colour?

Green. Reminds me of the crisp cut blades of the old Tiger Stadium in Detroit and currently at Comerica Park, where the best team in the world plays baseball.

2. What book has impacted you the most?

The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey. Of the many useful and intelligent approaches you can take away from this book, the habit of win-win relationships is something that has been embedded in my mind. I try to practise this in my day-to-day life with my children, family, friends, clients and colleagues.

3. What are you currently reading?

Tons of press releases, concert listings and band biographies through SWOMP. The music scene is certainly thriving in this region.

4. Where do you get your news?

As a journalist, I have always gathered the news from the people of our great community in Chatham-Kent. There are many individuals with wonderful stories to tell, and it has been an honour to share them with the public over the years.

5. What is your most embarrassing moment?

This past April at the annual Business Excellence Awards put on by the Wallaceburg and District Chamber of Commerce, I was honoured to be named the 2013 Young Professional of the Year. When I went to accept my award, the beautiful glass clock fell to the ground during the "hand off" and smashed into a million pieces. At least I grabbed everyone's attention before talking in the microphone.

6. What's the greatest challenge facing Chatham-Kent?

Working together in a unified fashion. Given the large geographical mass of Chatham-Kent, combined with the fact that each community in C-K has its own unique features, needs, challenges and passions, it is difficult to make decisions that please everyone.

7. What's Chatham-Kent's greatest asset?

The people. While working in the news over the years, it is amazing to see the folks of Chatham-Kent pull together, especially when others are in need. The pride people have in their communities is evident from Wallaceburg to Chatham, Dresden to Blenheim, Tilbury to Bothwell and everywhere in between.

8. What's your dream car?

I'm happy with a functioning vehicle that gets my family and I safely from point A to point B. I don't need any bells and whistles, but it would be sweet to own a Harley Davidson motorcycle at some point.

9. What are three things on your bucket list?

Going to England to visit my family; go on a trip stopping for a game at every Major League Baseball park, or at least a few; and to interview Eddie Vedder.

10. If you could spend a day with anyone, who would it be?

My good friend Pete Cram, who passed away in a tragic bicycle accident last fall. He was an inspirational man and high school teacher, who was the epitome of positivity, enthusiasm and optimism. He always wore a tie on Monday's to help get rid of the "Monday blues." He said if you look your best, you will feel better and you can be ready to tackle any challenge throughout your day. So you see me wearing a tie on Monday's, this is why.

 

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