Hey there! Thank you for taking a look at my personal website & digging deeper to learn a little more about me.
My name is Jody Mitoma, and I was born in a tiny northern Ontario (Canada) town named Val Rita. I spent most of my life as a child growing up in Kapuskasing, just a few clicks south of Val Rita itself.
Sometime when I hit double-digit age, my family had moved even further south; to Sudbury, Ontario. Sudbury was a city of roughly 150,000 people at the time, which to me, was a huge step in the right direction. I am very pleased that my family ended up moving to Sudbury. (I would have been even more pleased had we moved to Toronto.) I feel that the larger the city, the more opportunities one has to succeed in life – however it is you may personally define success. Val Rita and Kapuskasing both have populations of less than 9,000 people, so I personally feel that success in those towns would be extremely limited.
I lived in Greater Sudbury along-side my family for many years. In 2012, which would have made me 24 years old, I made the decision to move to Alberta so that I could work in the oil & gas industry. I’m very pleased to say that I’ve done just that. Before moving to Red Deer, Alberta, I had zero labour work experience. Since moving to Alberta, I’m pleased to have had the opportunity to be an Industrial Safety Watch for HSE Industrial, an Apprentice Plumber for a company out of Leduc, Alberta, an Apprentice Pipefitter for multiple companies across Alberta, and several other labour-intensive positions. I’ve even done pipefitting north of Fort Nelson, British Columbia; very near the province’s northern border. Each and every one of these jobs has been an experience I’m glad I went through, and has in some way, made me who I am today.
Today, I am focusing more-so on trying to make money through my own businesses and projects; mainly Shoutout Canada. It’s a long process, but I’m loving it, and it has been a learning experience like no other. I’ve had over 55 jobs in my life, and I felt that it had become time for me to be my own boss when I turned 30 (in 2017), and ultimately I am proud to say that I’ve been making it by.
I’ve been living in Edmonton, Alberta since 2013, when my roomie-at-the-time and I both got offered full-time positions at HSE Integrated, based out of Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta — 30km’s NE of Edmonton. We were what they call “pool” employees before this, living in Red Deer and working out of Sylvan Lake, Alberta; where we were only used when all of the full-time staff was already out and about working job sites. Thankfully, that occurred on an almost-daily basis, leaving my roomie and I quite busy with work. But when we were offered full-time work up north, we couldn’t say no; and so we moved to the Winter City, and I am so, so, so happy that we did, because this city’s been an incredible experience that I will never forget. I’ve lived in four different places within Edmonton over the past five years, all within the downtown core, except for once, where I was living in the west end — just one block away from West Edmonton Mall (North America’s largest mall). I still reside in Edmonton to this day, and have no idea where or when life will take me next. I am very much enjoying living in this city, despite being against many of this city’s decisions as of late (2015-2018). But, I definitely met a lot of incredible people, and am sure I will continue to meet a ton more.
I could go on and on, but I think that’d get quite boring, quite quickly, so I won’t. Let’s just say that, for a large portion of my life, I was a heavy, heavy computer gamer. Growing up, my father taught me a lot about computers, so I am very thankful for that. We also played a ton of online games. I went on to continue learning about computers, while at the same time, gaming out like you wouldn’t believe. My favorite game back in the day would definitely have to be Age of Empires III. I will never forget gaming out in this strategic masterpiece by Microsoft released back in 2005; 13 freakin’ years ago. Believe it or not, my father and I even attended a local LAN party, where we brought our entire computers with us to a large boardroom meeting-type room, and played with-or-against one another online. (Back then, computers & monitors were massive, heavy & grey; and gaming laptops weren’t even a thing yet, which makes the story even better.) I went on to continue learning about computers for many years, then sometime in my early teens, started learning HTML – amongst other computer languages – and got into creating websites from scratch. I stopped playing video games entirely in my early 20s, but do have a few games of the latest Call of Duty installment on Xbox One every now and again. Besides, gaming’s good for the brain and helps with reaction time, etc. ;]
Now for something entirely different. I poured a full month back in 2014 – hundreds and hundreds of hours – into making my own smartphone game from scratch using a development kit called GameSalad, but that reality deflated extremely quickly when the laptop I was using at the time unexpectedly crashed. The game’s main character was created in full 3D using 3DS Max, and was going to be called “Good Luck!” The game was a beautifully-designed side-scrolling game, and it really bugs me that I couldn’t complete the project, but life goes on. I may pour some time into re-creating the game in the future, but on that same note, I very well may not.
I started Shoutout Edmonton in April of 2014, in an attempt to learn more about Edmonton, and maybe gain a few friends. Today it has over 30,000 followers on Facebook alone. Looking back at how much help Shoutout Edmonton has been for hundreds and hundreds of other locals, has really allowed me to be proud of myself for accomplishing something and sticking to it, and continuing to make it better time and time again. I say that because I’ve had a tough time creating something and making it a ‘success’. I’ve had idea after idea after idea, year after year. I’ve poured money into projects that have never even been completed more times than I’d like to admit. But I know, full out, that failure isn’t a bad thing. With failure, comes knowledge, and I’ve learned from every one of my ideas and projects over the years. I’m sure there are many more to come.
I also founded Shoutout Sudbury in 2015 through the acquisition of an expired social media page with 19,000 followers. Today it is climbing toward 27,000 on Facebook alone. I’m glad I started Shoutout Sudbury too, because I’ve learned so much about how two entirely different communities, although both Canadian, can be. I learned so much about the people that live in Greater Sudbury – where I am from – and what’s happening in the city a large portion of my family still resides in to this day.
Missing Report is my latest project, and although it has been doing okay, I would really like for it to become something more than it is today. With time (and money), I hope that this will one day become more. There simply isn’t enough time in a day.
Thank you, again, for taking a look at my site. It means a lot to me when someone expresses interested in what it is I do, so you’re truly awesome. — Jody Mitoma
Written February 6th, 2018.