Publisher’s Letter: New Beginnings

By Lisa Bland,  Publisher/Editor-in-Chief –

Dear Readers,

It’s almost spring, and it feels like time to re-energize and transform a winter’s worth of dreams into action!

Spring Soapberry bud (Shepherdia canadensis) in the Chilcotin. Photo: Lisa Bland

All winter long our team at The Green Gazette has been busy behind the scenes remodelling our format and expanding our reach throughout the Cariboo. We are excited to be releasing our first Green Gazette magazine, and we are thrilled about our new look. We hope you love it, too.

Along with our amazing and talented team transitioning over–Senior Editor, Jessica Kirby; Web Design, Digital Media, and Admin, Rebecca Patenaude; and Graphic and Ad Designer, Jill Schick – and our dedicated local writers, columnists, and contributors, we would like to welcome Stacey Smith, Photographer and Graphic Designer from Quesnel, as our magazine’s new Creative Director.

We would also like to thank Jennifer Reed of Quesnel for all her expertise in helping us create a new template for our full-colour, 100%-recycled-paper magazine, and we wish her well on her new creative projects.

Our spring issue marks the first of four annual issues and highlights topics of renewal and regeneration as well as new ideas about greening up our daily lives. Our new format offers additional features, including beautifully displayed and tested recipes, new Green Gazette Directory Listings in-print and online, and content expanding into other Cariboo communities, including Quesnel and 100 Mile House.

Businesses, groups, and individuals putting in the time and effort to promote awareness, celebrate creativity, reduce their eco-footprint, offer alternatives to wasteful practices, and contribute to health and well being help raise the quality of living for all. We’re blessed with abundant natural beauty and wildlife in our region, and with a backdrop of increasing political polarization and worrying changes to the ecosystems we depend on, it’s up to all of us to lend our voices if we want to preserve something for future generations. We can all help our communities thrive by generating excitement about gardening season, supporting local food initiatives and farmers’ markets, and buying from local businesses. We all have a part to play!

If you’re looking for a copy of the magazine, you can find it in local venues throughout the Cariboo Region and beyond, including Williams Lake, 100 Mile House, Quesnel, Lac La Hache, Bella Coola, Horsefly, and many communities in between and beyond, including select locations in Prince George, along the Fraser Highway, and in northwestern BC.

Find us on Facebook at TheGreenGazette and find all our articles and Directory Listings on the web at www.thegreengazette.ca.

Thank you to everyone that has supported us so far; we wouldn’t have made it without you.

Happy Spring!

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