Tyson’s Thoughts is a weekly column that runs online every Thursday and the following Wednesday in print for the North Island Gazette.

Tyson’s Thoughts: Kervin’s Corner is a must read

Thomas Kervin is a phenomenal columnist and a positive role model for Indigenous youth.

It’s Thursday, which means it’s time for another funfilled edition of Tyson’s Thoughts.

What’s on the agenda today, you might be wondering?

Well, allow me to once again vomit up the inner workings of my brain through my fingers typing on a keyboard into a word document on my computer.

That was a fun sentence to write.

As you can probably tell, I’m really enamoured with wordplay, but that’s neither here nor there, as today I’m not going to be talking about my own writing, rather, I will be dissecting Thomas Kervin’s popular editorial-opinion column Kervin’s Corner.

First off, let’s give a round of applause to Thomas, shall we? Putting your own opinion out there in the media for everyone to see is a very brave thing to do, especially in a small town where everyone knows everyone, yet Thomas doesn’t shy away from it at all.

It’s funny, I probably get asked about Thomas more than anything else when people run into me in person. In fact, I get so many questions about him, I figure it’s time that I answer them right here and now.

“Tyson, What do you think of Kervin’s Corner?”

I’m a huge fan of Thomas’ work, which is why I’m proud to have him as a paid freelancer for the North Island Gazette. He writes with conviction and love for the North Island, and while I don’t always agree with what he writes, for example we have opposing views on the Port Hardy Multiplex (I’m firmly for it, he’s cautiously against it), I definitely respect his opinion 100 per cent.

“Does Thomas check his facts?”

Thomas sources everything and has always been very careful when it comes to that aspect of writing, which is an incredibly important piece of the puzzle that is journalism. He puts in a lot of hard work on his columns and it clearly shows in the final product. Love him or hate him, he’s meticulous.

“I hate Kervin’s Corner!”

Cool, write me a letter to the editor at editor@northislandgazette.com and be sure to include your name and location, or it won’t run.

“I love Kervin’s Corner!”

Cool, write me a letter to the editor at editor@northislandgazette.com and be sure to include your name and location, or it won’t run.

“How did he start working for the North Island Gazette?”

Thomas saw our call for contributors on the commentary page and applied like everyone else, but it took him a little while to actually get started. I really pushed him to commit, and he eventually found the time needed to write bi-weekly which got the ball rolling from there.

Okay, that’s enough questions for now.

I’ll conclude this little tribute piece by saying I’ve been impressed by Thomas’ work since he first started, he’s a positive role model for Indigenous youth to look up to, and he’s also someone I’m proud to call a friend and co-worker.

Check out northislandgazette.com every Thursday for brand new Tyson’s Thoughts.

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