Meet this week’s #womancrushwednesday, game day host for the Toronto Argonauts Football Club and host of Rogers TV’s lifestyle show, Insauga.com LIVE, miss Jackie Perez!
Jackie joined the Toronto Argonauts family in 2011 where she started as a cheerleader. She eventually moved up and made her way to Captain and handled the social media for the Argos Cheer accounts. In 2015, she was named game day host conducting live interviews with special guests and fans and executing all in-stand and on-floor entertainment promotions.
Born in Manila, Philippines and raised in Mississauga, Canada, Jackie Perez discovered her love and passion for sports at a very early age. Growing up, she participated in competitive dance, baseball, basketball and volleyball. Jackie graduated from the University of Guelph-Humber with a degree in Media Communications and a diploma in Journalism. It was there she was introduced to the magic of broadcast television.
She got her first big break interning at The Mississauga News where she was asked to anchor their hourly news webcast on her first day of work. In 2011, she joined the Argos Cheerleaders team and it was there where she married her love for sports and journalism. In her fourth year as Team Captain, she was given the opportunity to produce and host web segments before and during the games. Her next big break would come in 2014 when she was asked to become a live eye reporter for Rogers TV’s show InSauga.
Understanding the importance of philanthropy, Jackie is heavily involved in the community as a supporter of the arts through Canada’s National Ballet School and as an ambassador for the Toronto Argonauts’ Huddle Up Bullying Prevention program. She is also a frequent spokesperson and emcee in the community hosting events like Carassauga Festival of Cultures, YOU ROCK! in support of SKETCH, GUTSY Walk in support of Chron’s and Colitis and The Girls Empowerment Movement (GEMs) aimed at providing high school girls with mentorship, leadership and empowerment opportunities.
In her spare time, Jackie loves spending time with friends and family exploring new spots in her city, trying new foods and living an active and healthy lifestyle.
What is your ideal first date/ what’s the best date you’ve ever been on?
An ideal first date would involve a fun activity- where we can have a chance to have a conversation and get to know each other better in a casual setting. The best date I’ve ever been on was when we spent an entire day at the park. It was summer and we were supposed to throw a frisbee around for the afternoon, but ended up chatting the whole time. We walked around the city, enjoyed some wood fire pizza, stopped for fro-yo and walked along the waterfront as the sun went down. The best thing about it was it didn’t feel like a date and we got to be ourselves.
What is your instant deal breaker?
How they treat others- strangers, friends, family. If they’re rude or disrespectful that’s a huge deal breaker. I always like to look at how they treat or talk about their mother/grandmother because that’s usually an indicator of how they’re going to treat you.
What is the best piece of romance advice you have ever received?
You want to make the other person feel special and remember to keep that spark alive in creative and innovative ways. You need to make time for each other, express your love through your words, remember the important moments/milestones in relationships and most importantly, find ways to make each other laugh.
What is the first thing you notice about a potential love interest?
The eyes. A person’s eyes are like a window into their personality or what they’re feeling in the moment (are they interested? Confident? Looking elsewhere? Do they make your heart skip a beat?). You can see kindness, confidence, maybe a twinkle in their eye. I’ll probably notice their smile next. It’s a winning combo!
If there was one piece of advice you could give to other men/women out there, what would it be?
Out of all the things needed for a successful relationship honesty, loyalty, trust, and communication all have to be there. Falling in love, getting into a relationship- that’s the easy part. It takes work and commitment, most of all you need to remember that together, you are a team.