September 1995 I started Northern
Light Publishing Inc., a bi-weekly community style newspaper
(9,500 copies) in a 6 column 11.5" x 17.5" tabloid format.
The paper was distributed through the mail to all residents of
the Northern Sunshine Coast, from Powell River to Lund and Texada
Island. Copies were also in stores and on the BC Ferries. Three
months after starting my paper, The Powell River Peak, with Joyce
Carlson (a former Powell River News editor) as publisher, backed
by the Lower Mainland Newspaper Group moved in, and immediately
got into a price war with the "Powell River News", the
other establish paper. Northern Light was caught in the cross
fire and had to close.
1997 to 1999 I worked in production for the Castlegar Sun, a weekly
broadsheet newspaper in Castlegar BC where I won their first page
new to Grand Forks there was a need to advertise and market my
talents and establish myself there. So, in April of 1999, I used
my publishing experience, started and ran a booklet style, local
news publication called the OpenMinder. I solicited and designed
the ads, did publication layout, interviewed for stories, typeset,
published, folded and delivered 1000 copies every 2 weeks for 29 issues. Check out the archives of the stories and pictures here
June of 2002 till May 2004 I took on the title of Art Director/Production
Manager for CANNABIS
HEALTH which allowed me to bring together my graphic and publishing
experience to produce a top quality magazine with the design of
the Anniversary Issue #7, winning a Silver Award at the 2004 Summit
Creative Awards. SummitAwards
them out here
the fall, of 2004, in cooperation with the Grand
Forks Chamber of Commerce I started production on the 2005
edition of "Welcome to Boundary Country & the Beautiful
Kettle River Valley. This was a 48 page glossy vistor information
magazine with a 4 page centre fold out map of the Trans Canada
Trail with a topographical background and many other features.
Graphix redesigned the guide and published it again in 2006.
the fall of 2006 Renna Hoolsema added her photographic and design
eye-deas and skills to Beyond Graphix and during the production
of the 2007 visitor guide also took on advertising sales. The
magazine went up to 56 pages in the 3rd year. check
them out here.
the summer of 2008 I was hired to produce the Grand Forks International
Baseball Tournament program and web