Isabelle Martel

Assistant NEWS Editor


Isabelle Martel is enrolled in the Biological Sciences Technology department at NAIT. She is studying environmental monitoring and assessment and is extremely passionate about climate change and animal conservation. You can often find her singing or giggling as she walks through the X and E wing halls. Isabelle recently moved to Alberta in 2019 and is excited to be back after having spent the previous four years in Manitoba. 

Joining The Nugget was a decision made initially to improve her writing skills and be in the loop for both local and school events. It soon became a creative outlet and fun part of her days at NAIT. In her free time Isabelle enjoys volunteering when possible, gardening, and spending time with her best friends. In the future, Isabelle hopes to work in a laboratory (like a mad scientist!) analyzing environmental samples in hopes of finding solutions to climate change, diversity loss, and saving our beautiful planet!

Orrin Farries




 Orrin Farries is a hoop head, a rugby hooligan, and a first year Materials Engineering Technologist student with a huge passion for sports and writing.

With a lifelong dream of writing major athlete biographies, Orrin is looking to give the athletes at NAIT a platform to share their story, and to add to the excitement on campus about our NAIT Ooks.

 Elijah O’Donnell

Entertainment Editor


Eli O’Donnell is a former Art Inspector, failed surf cult leader, twenty-first-century pirate (the “I got scurvy one-time” kind) and most recently, the Head Entertainment Editor at The NAIT Nugget. While taking radio broadcasting, Eli has found his passion for hosting various radio shows on NR92, NAIT’s campus radio station. With The Nugget, Eli is looking for a place to practice his dynamic team skills and to improve his 8th-grade writing level.

“A good time guy.” – Eli’s Roommate

“There was never a minute I wasn’t smiling.  ✯✯✯✯✯✯/✯✯✯✯✯” – Tora M., Former Entertainment Editor

“It’s time to shine.” – Eli’s Mum

Noah Ference

VIDEO Editor


Noah Ference is enrolled in the Business Administration program at NAIT, specializing in entrepreneurship and innovation. He studies the foundations and tactics of business in an effort to develop his own company, Rednox Productions. Filmmaking and photography is where Noah’s true passion lies and he uses the business program to help develop Rednox into a full media studio. 

Noah joined The Nugget in October of 2019 as the photo editor as a way to professionally challenge his artistic abilities. Very quickly, taking photos for The Nugget became an immensely empowering and satisfying way in which Noah could show the kind of work he was able to do. Noah continues to develop his skills in the visual arts and develop Rednox Productions to share new perspectives, feelings, and emotions for the world to enjoy. 

Nicole Murphy



Nicole Murphy is passionate about creating teams that care about each other while pushing each other to be better. After years of producing & directing documentaries, working on feature films and for news stations she finds herself back at NAIT expanding the school newspaper from a team of one to over 25 students. 

She is excited to help students find and share their voice while developing their critical thinking skills.


Shawna Bannerman

Production Manager


Shawna has been working with The Nugget in one way or another for over three years. She began as an assistant editor while studying in the Graphic Communications program and, after graduating, returned as the Production Manager. She is an extremely creative person at her core, and she loves working with students to foster their creative talents and abilities. 

At any given moment, you will likely find her designing the latest issue of The Nugget, reading the newest Jen Sincero release, or creating jewellery for her own business Spent + Stone Jewellery.


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