Cole is a graduate of the Bachelor of Communications program at MacEwan University, where he majored in journalism. He will be attending MacEwan again in the fall of 2021 to take the Public Relations diploma program. Cole is originally from Falher, Alberta, with roots in British Columbia. Both of Cole’s grandmothers were of Indigenous descent, but he grew up disconnected from his heritage, which has led him on a path of rediscovery and belonging.
Cole is a staff writer with The Leftovers Foundation, a non-profit food redistribution organization with volunteer operations in Alberta and Manitoba. He has a passion for conservation and lifting people up, who work to better their communities, through storytelling. Cole has also worked with the Faculty of Fine Arts and Communications at MacEwan as an intern – where he successfully pitched and created a social media initiative that enabled him to profile and tell stories about communications students at MacEwan. Cole is an avid photographer, videographer, essayist, and fiction writer. Some of his other interests include reading, gardening, and cycling.
Cole also has a passion for volunteering. He volunteered as an education abroad resource assistant with the International Office at MacEwan in the winter of 2020. Cole was inspired to work with the office after studying abroad in 2018 and 2019. He taught English poetry and literature at the Nagasaki University of Foreign Studies in Nagasaki, Japan, and took courses in international public relations at Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh, Scotland; respectively.
Cole got into journalism with aspirations to take up war photography and reporting but has found that the war worth fighting for is here in Canada for its Indigenous peoples.