B.C. man to live at Vancouver airport for 80 days
A Vancouver Island native has been chosen as the winner of a contest that will see him live at Vancouver International Airport for 80 days and 80 nights.
Jaeger Mah, 29, received more than 4,000 online votes in the Live@YVR contest — more than double those of his closest competitor.
Armed with a camera and editing equipment, Mah will spend 80 days uncovering stories and sharing his experiences of living at an airport full time — all without leaving its Sea Island home — live online.
"We were thrilled to see the level of public engagement that we did, with more than 8,000 votes cast for the five fabulous Live@YVR finalists," said Rebecca Catley with the Vancouver Airport Authority.
"Now we are encouraging those voters, and all British Columbians, to send their story ideas to Jaeger via Facebook and Twitter. Maybe you’d like to know the strangest cargo ever shipped out of YVR, or how many litres of paint it takes to mark the runway lines … Now’s your chance to ask."
In his video entry for the contest, Mah dubbed himself "the Anderson Cooper of YVR" and shared what he believes makes Vancouver International Airport so spectacular: its people.
"The aspect I'm most excited about is the challenge of immersing myself in the roles of some of YVR's most interesting jobs, adapting to each environment and showcasing the lives and personalities of the people that make it work," Mah said.
"It takes workers to run an organization, but it takes people to give it a heart. I’m so excited that it will be me that gets to unfold the amazing stories behind every person, place and thing in the YVR community."
Mah's assignment includes accommodations at the Fairmont Vancouver Airport, in a suite with floor-to-ceiling views of the runways.
Mah grew up in Port Alberni, on Vancouver Island, and now lives in Vancouver. He recently started his own video production business, which will be on hold during the Live@YVR assignment.
Mah's 80-day stint at the airport begins Aug. 17.