At the age of five, Sabine Daniel forged a connection with the world of communications when her father took her to see Frenchy Jaro, a renowned 80’s radio host, perform live. When Frenchy asked Sabine if she wanted to speak on air she responded with a resounding, “Yes!” and never looked back. However, Sabine does not limit her interest in media to the spoken word. She has nurtured a love for writing ever since she wrote a book with her classmates in fourth grade. Before she moved from her hometown of Montreal to Ottawa she even won a provincial literary competition. When she spoke of her move Sabine stated, “[It] proved to be a positive experience for me.” This process cultivated Sabine’s natural disposition, which is outgoing, curious and passionate. By the time she was fourteen, Sabine had already begun to work with the media in a more professional sense, “I got my start in radio at CHUO FM 89 with a radio show called Sphere Féminine, and in television at Rogers TV.” As the youth reporter for Rogers she honed her craft and dreamed of her future as a media personality who would make a big impact.
When asked about her current perception of the communications and media industry Sabine said, “Journalism is changing and women in communication are using their voices on social media platforms. This is exciting!” Her enthusiasm for the game changing elements that have been introduced into traditional media streams in recent decades is a mark of her overwhelming positivity and appreciation of a challenge. One of Sabine’s current projects is a show entitled Suivez-moi (Follow Me) and it is something she is extremely passionate about. Sabine believes that when it is used properly social media is a great point of connection for everyone within society. According to her the most overlooked facet of modern media is how easily people dismiss it without really looking at what it can offer. Her advice to people bogged down by social media fatigue is to, “Listen to the conversations people have with each other and bring value to the platforms – [it’s] not only for entertainment.”
Sabine feels strongly about setting a high standard for her own work and strives to be the best person she can possibly be, but when queried about whether she considers herself to be a role model she stated, “No, I don’t. However, I have a huge responsibility to my peers, my communities, and myself.” As a French speaking black woman in media she fights for representation and recognition for her work. Her biggest influencers are self-made men and women yet, when she feels most pressured she proudly said, “I call upon all my ancestors…like anyone, each of us is the result of the love of thousands.”
Her advice for the young women of today is sound, simple, and said with a smile, “Be fearless, use your voice, [and] practice makes perfect.” While she mulled over what advice she would give to others, Sabine was quick to respond when asked about the best piece of advice she has ever received, “We get ONE life so why not be unapologetically YOU!”
Despite constantly being in the public eye Sabine is proud of her position and noted that the keys to combatting stress in her life include, “Having awesome family and friends…. and strong faith. I divorced fear and judgment and married faith eight years ago!” In terms of what’s next for her Sabine is not quite sure of where the future will lead. However, she aims to accomplish several large scale projects over the next few years including performing a Ted Talk (anywhere), working overseas in Francophone countries, and eventually owning her own media company. She invites everyone to check out her website www.sabinedaniel.com for updates on her adventures.