Corey Atkinson was born in Trenton, Ontario when both of Corey’s parents were in the military. They were transferred to Saskatchewan to be closer to his mother’s side of the family, which was in Broadview. His mother, aunts and uncles are proud members of the Cowessess First Nation.
After his family was transferred to Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, Corey attended Palliser Heights School. His father was later transferred to Regina, where Corey graduated from F.W. Johnson. After graduation, he attended the University of Regina.
Corey left university to begin a journalism career in Yorkton with the Yorkton Review. Shortly thereafter he was hired by the Moose Jaw Times-Herald in November, 2000. He stayed the re until 2008, when he and his wife Erin Hidlebaugh and their son Liam moved to Fort McMurray, Alta. where he was hired by the Fort McMurray Today. They returned to Moose Jaw in 2010, welcoming their youngest son Lennon while in Fort McMurray.
After Corey and his family moved back to Moose Jaw, he spent four years doing layout and newspaper page design for the Times-Herald, Prince Albert Daily Herald and weekly publications across southern Saskatchewan. Shortly after the layout department was outsourced out of province, he found his way back into the Times-Herald newsroom after a stint doing overnight stocking at Superstore as a member of UFCW Local 1400.
Corey’s two sons are both enrolled at Palliser Heights in the French Immersion program. His oldest son has been diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome, and he and Erin have campaigned actively for developing acceptance and appreciation for autistic people. They are founding members of ROAR, a local group dedicated to increasing acceptance and supporting families of children with cognitive disabilities.
Corey believes in a well-funded education and health system where workers are given every tool possible to deliver the best service to those they serve. Corey will fight passionately and persuasively for the people of Moose Jaw North, making sure that it stays a great place for young families and a great place to be.