The Moon family’s farmhouse: Thomas Moon was considered to be a successful farmer in the area and he was on the board of the Dysart Agricultural Society. This house was built around 1890 not long before he became Reeve of Dysart. /Photo courtesy of the Haliburton Highlands Museum.

Summer reporter has roots in the Highlands

By Olivia Robinson

Published May 22 2018

My parents fell in love with the Haliburton Highlands over 30 years ago when they bought a cottage in Minden. Since then I’ve been extremely lucky to spend most summers dockside and I jump at any chance to duck up to the cottage. And now I’m grateful to be reporting for the Minden Times and Haliburton Echo until the end of June.

A little bit about me: I graduated from Queen’s University with a bachelor’s degree in English. In 2012 I travelled across the pond for a Master of Arts degree in Writing for Children at the University of Winchester. My thesis tackled the challenges of writing Canadian historical fiction for middle-grade audiences.

Then after four years of working in the book publishing industry I found myself craving new challenges and pivoted to a career in journalism. This September I’ll start my second and final year of the Master of Journalism degree program at Carleton University. I have a penchant for reporting and writing on social issues affecting children feminism municipal politics and public libraries – the last of these topics is the focus of my master’s research project. In July I’ll be heading up to the Yukon for one month to take a course about reporting on Indigenous peoples and reconciliation in Canada.
I’m thrilled to be working with the Echo and Times team again and to reacquaint myself with the community here in the Haliburton Highlands.

Feel free to contact me with stories ideas or to just say hello! You can reach me at or on Twitter at @olivianne.