Starr Dobson leaving CTV

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Starr Dobson launched her first children’s book, My Goat Gertrude, about her experiences growing up in Six Mile Brook with her goat Gertrude. Dobson will be touring the Maritimes to promote her book and will make a stop in New Glasgow for a reading Nov. 12. She's announced she's leaving CTV. SUBMITTED PHOTO

HALIFAX - Starr Dobson is leaving CTV this summer.

Dobson, who has been with the television channel for 23 years and is current producer and co-host of CTV News at 5, is moving on to become president and CEO of the Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia, according to a press release issued on Sunday. She grew up in Pictou County.

An acclaimed journalist, recently published children’s author, and dedicated community volunteer for many causes, Dobson has gained the trust and respect of Nova Scotians.

 “One of the Maritimes’ most respected personal brands, Starr will help us tell our story and take the foundation to new heights”, said Danny Chedrawe, chair of the Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia Board of Trustees. “Starr is results-oriented, has proven leadership of people and process, and a passion for our cause.”

Dobson holds a bachelors in journalism from the University of King’s College. An Atlantic Journalism Award Winner, she holds multiple accolades for her work in news and programming. A board member of Special Olympics Nova Scotia, and with significant sponsorship, fundraising, and event experience, Dobson's talents and expertise are a solid fit for the foundation’s high-profile fundraising events, awareness building efforts and partnership initiatives.

 “I’m excited and honoured to be a part of the Mental Health Foundation," said Dobson. “I feel privileged to be welcomed into an organization with an amazing board, staff and dedicated group of volunteers, sponsors and donors. I very much look forward to engaging all Nova Scotians.”

The Mental Health Foundation exists to make a difference in the lives of Nova Scotians by supporting mental health initiatives in our communities

Organizations: CTV News, Mental Health Foundation, Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia Board of Trustees University of King Special Olympics Nova Scotia

Geographic location: Nova Scotia, Pictou County

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  • tf Willi
    February 15, 2014 - 21:48

    Hi Starr. Maybe you can help me with this , a few days I saw a guy on CTV where work and he was showing a lot of Electrolux vacuum cleaners and I wonder if you could find out his address for as I need some parts for mine . Thank you very much and all the best in your new job .TF

  • JoAnn
    January 28, 2014 - 18:17

    I was away for part of the summer,when I returned I noticed Starr was not on Live at 5.I didn't know what happened to her until I saw her today on the show with the Mental Health.I miss her on the Live at 5 but wish her all the best in her new position.

  • anita LeBlanc
    January 23, 2014 - 16:51

    thank you for the interesting topics you had for us. We will miss you immencely. good luck with your new job!

  • Norm
    July 26, 2013 - 14:50

    Good luck Starr on your new adventure we enjoyed the program Live@five here in Ontario for the past ten years you will be missed

  • just saying
    July 25, 2013 - 16:24

    She is likeable and we wish her well. But what are her credentials for the new job? So often we see anchors get big jobs because of their tv exposure like Duffy, Clarkson, and others.

  • Brenda McMullin
    July 25, 2013 - 14:30

    Starr I have been watching you on Live at 5 for as long as I can remember but I am so happy you are the taking the position you are taking. Mental health is a very important issue not only in NS but across Canada. We will all miss seeing your beautiful face every day and I want to wish you all the best in your future. Oh I also have a daughter named Starr I think it is a beautiful name :)

  • crystal
    July 24, 2013 - 16:26

    All The Best To You!!

    • Lorraine Quinn PEI
      July 24, 2013 - 18:02

      We wish you every success in the future Starr! May God Bless you and keep you..

  • Pauline Arsenault
    July 19, 2013 - 17:05

    Congratulations Starr Dobson!.. I ve admired your work for so many years now..CTV News will never be the same without you.I will miss your beautiful face gracing our screen daily ...All the best on your future endeavours :)

  • Pauline Arsenault
    July 19, 2013 - 17:00

    Congratulations Starr Dobson!.. I ve admired your work for so many years now..CTV News will never be the same without you.I will miss your beautiful face gracing our screen daily ...All the best on your future endeavours :)

  • carol christian
    July 10, 2013 - 08:00

    u know what they say u must go where gods points u to go and that u are needed greater , yes she will be missed on live at 5 but there always a reason for everything and where he guide u and your heart tell u must follow the feeling that u have in your heart A JOB WELL DONE STAR we will miss u on live at 5 but u are doing what u feel in your heart

  • Trish
    July 09, 2013 - 19:28

    Congratulations Starr. The Mental Health Foundation is very Fortunate to have you as their President and CEO. I will Truly Miss You on CTV but I'm sure my Loss will be The Mental Health Foundation's Gain. I Wish You All The Best.

  • Holly McLean
    July 02, 2013 - 16:20

    We too watch every night and will miss you!

  • Leonel Deveau
    June 28, 2013 - 20:40

    You will much missed on live @ 5. The best of luck on your career.

  • Donna Vermette
    June 28, 2013 - 17:35

    Surprised to hear that you were leaving, Star! I am a big Fan of Live at five, it faithfully every night. Wish you all the best in your new position, president and CEO, with the Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia. It won't be the same without you, Star!! You will be missed!! :)

  • judy
    June 28, 2013 - 17:06

    Starr, you will be missed very much. All the best with your new job.

  • Joan Bennett
    June 28, 2013 - 16:05

    Very sorry to hear that you are leaving Live at 5. You'll be missed, good luck with your future endeavors!

  • marilyn
    June 18, 2013 - 19:40

    Will miss you ,Good Luck Starr, don,t take Bruce .xxxx

  • Annie
    June 12, 2013 - 16:21

    Starr Dobson...the reason I watched Live @Five,!! Good luck Starr,not that you need it.I will miss you!!

  • City Boy
    June 07, 2013 - 17:36

    Why not make it a hat trick and take Dan MacIntosh with Bruce and Steve...

  • Helen
    June 06, 2013 - 11:38

    Congrats Starr! From an old school friend: I am proud of all you have accomplished and wish only the best for you!!! You rock girl!!!!

  • danny grant
    June 03, 2013 - 19:57

    quit watching live at 5 about ten years ago and went to cbc Halifax.

  • chief wigwam
    June 03, 2013 - 19:54

    bring back Nancy!♥♥♥

  • jamie
    June 03, 2013 - 19:14

    Can't wait for the team coverage of this huge news event. This should keep the drivel flowing for weeks.

  • Ann
    June 03, 2013 - 18:50

    Congrats will be a great fit in your new job.It will not be the same without you..Section 6..time to leave for sure,please.

    • Donna Vermette
      June 28, 2013 - 17:45

      I spelled Starr Dobson's name incorrectly, should be Starr. I do hope that it will be noted and corrected. Thank you so much!! :)

  • Barry
    June 03, 2013 - 16:28

    Well, the "less than sparkly" Starr is leaving. Now, if the program manager will use the opportunity to get rid of "weather watchers" and "section 6" and rename the 5 to 6 block from Health At Five, it just might be enjoyable.

  • Pat
    June 03, 2013 - 12:30

    So sorry to see you leave CTV. Star. We will miss you a lot, but we do want to thank you for the years you have been with us. We also want to congratulate you on your new adventure and wish you all the best.

  • Joe
    June 03, 2013 - 10:20

    Please take Bruce with you...

    • jerry
      June 03, 2013 - 15:51

      And Murphy. LOL

  • Jean
    June 03, 2013 - 09:29

    Congratulations Starr. We've been watching you at 5 o'clock every night for many years & we will certainly miss you. Good luck in your new job.

  • cecille
    June 03, 2013 - 07:34

    Good Luck Starr Dobson on the road ahead :) xoxoxox