The corks of Little Engine wines read, “Dreams don’t come true, dreams are made true,” which neatly sums up Reid Fiest’s life. From a very young age he dreamt of working at Global News – and he made it happen.
“I’m a born and raised Calgarian, and I really love this city,” Fiest says. “I was born in the General Hospital, and I live and work not far from it today.”
“Since I can remember, I have always been drawn to this station,” he continues. “When I was in grade school they had a Christmas open house, and I dragged my mom and dad to come for a tour. I remember walking into this building and being mesmerised by it all. From that moment on, I wanted to work here.”
Fiest was always a news junkie, avidly paying attention to what was happening in Calgary and the world, but the tour gave him a more acute focus. His passion for news continued throughout school, and though he started an engineering program at university, he soon changed track to study journalism at SAIT.
“I found my element there,” he says. “I knew I was on the right path, and then it became the journey to get to the station where I always wanted to work.”
After graduating, Fiest worked with Global in Red Deer for a year, followed by a stint in Edmonton, before being offered a job at the Calgary station in 2008. He jumped at it – the dream had come true.
“And I always remind myself of that when I’ve had a bad day, and especially when you leave here,” Fiest adds. “You leave the parking lot, you see downtown, and on a nice day you see the mountains. There have been times when I did the weekend morning show and would wake up at 2:00 a.m. to be here at 3:00 a.m., and I would ask myself what am I doing? But this is an amazing way for me to make a living, I still pinch myself. I have a great job that allows me opportunities to be witness to history in Alberta and in Canada.”
So what bottle does Fiest have tucked away for a special occasion?
Last summer, Fiest and a group of friends toured BC wineries in a very fun way, renting three convertible vintage cars and dressing up with bow ties. Their last stop was Little Engine, a new winery in Naramata, run by Steven and Nicole French.
“We were greeted by the owners, and they’re from Calgary,” Fiest explains. “We had a lovely tasting, and they were all really excited that we were dressed up and had our rented cars.”
“This bottle is a reserve bottle of their pinot, so I’ll definitely be keeping it. We have lovely bottles from these trips,” Fiest smiles. “It’s this experience with this group of friends we’re able remember this weekend, and remember this meal that we shared. This bottle capped off a lovely day of driving around beautiful Naramata.”
And what will be the occasion when Fiest opens the bottle?
“I have so much to be thankful for,” Fiest smiles. “I have a lovely group of friends, and we definitely have moments where we’ll open up this bottle that we purchased on our tour last year, so we’ll have to see what will be the moment that will tip off uncorking this bottle.”
“Maybe it will be the next big accomplishment, or the next big celebration here at work or in life; but it will probably be opened to celebrate some other dream that came true,” he says.