Jaeger Mah wins YVR contest
Aug. 8, 2011, Richmond, B.C. - He dubbed himself "the Anderson Cooper of YVR" in his video entry and shared with the world what he believes makes Vancouver International Airport so spectacular: its people.
And the public agreed, voting Port Alberni native and Vancouver resident Jaeger Mah onto YVR's Sea Island home for 80 days and 80 nights to share some of the airport's unique, compelling and curiosity-quenching stories via a dedicated online channel.
Vancouver Airport Authority announced today that, after receiving 4,128 online votes – more than double those of his closest competitor – Mah is the winner of the Live@YVR contest and will begin his assignment, which includes accommodation at The Fairmont Vancouver Airport Hotel, on August 17, 2011. Armed with a camera and editing equipment, he will uncover stories and share his experiences of living at an airport full time – all without leaving its Sea Island home – on www.liveatyvr.ca, Facebook and Twitter.
"We were thrilled to see the level of public engagement that we did, with more than 8,000 votes cast for the five fabulous Live@YVR finalists," said Rebecca Catley, Director of Communications for VancouverAirport Authority. "Now we are encouraging those voters, and all British Columbians, to send their story ideas to Jaeger via Facebook and Twitter. Maybe you'd like to know the strangest cargo ever shipped out of YVR, or how many litres of paint it takes to mark the runway lines… now's your chance to ask."
Mah, 29, grew-up in Port Alberni, B.C. and now lives in Vancouver. He is a graduate of the Vancouver Art Institute, where he studied Entertainment Business and Multi Media Applications. He recently started his own video production business, which will be on hold during the Live@YVR assignment.
"I'd like to thank everyone who has supported me throughout the Live@YVR public voting process, especially my family, friends and hometown community of Port Alberni," said Mah. "The aspect I'm most excited about is the challenge of immersing myself in the roles of some of YVR's most interesting jobs, adapting to each environment and showcasing the lives and personalities of the people that make it work. It takes workers to run an organization, but it takes people to give it a heart. I'm so excited that it will be me that gets to unfold the amazing stories behind every person, place and thing in the YVR community."