After 33 years working with CBC Vancouver, and almost two decades getting up every morning at 3:45 to prepare news for The Early Edition, Vancouver’s most popular morning radio show, Cecilia Walters said a tearful goodbye this week.

“Thank you to everybody — all my colleagues. You have been teaching me every day … something, I don’t know what,” Walters said live on the now-televised morning radio show, while crying and laughing. Walters said a few words in thanks directed at each of The Early Edition regulars, Fred Lee, Amy Bell and Rick Cluff.

The Hamilton, Ontario-born Walters’ early work with CBC in the 1980s was co-anchoring the 6 p.m. CBC Evening News with Bill Good. She began working in radio with CBC Radio One’s B.C. Almanac in the early 1990s, and joined The Early Edition in 1997.

Walters’ journalism won her many awards during her over three decades of news service.

After the announcement, Vancouverites poured in thanks and well-wishes for the journalist on social media.

By Andy Stern