Bios of former members
Norm Bergkvist - Norm is an Independent Film Maker. From 1985 - '99 he was a Computer hardware/software specialist technician in Vancouver. Projects in which he was involved from 2001 to the present include on Vancouver Island: Assistant Editor (NLE) short educational video by Island Bound Media; Director/Editor for a non-profit agency - Mental Health and Addictions; Director/Camera/Editor on informational videos for a local University (nursing program); Director/Camera/Editor local artist profiles short videos; Editor/Camera on local Shaw Cable TV "The Daily Show"; Production Sound national P.S.A. Epilepsy Foundation; Film School Grad - Vancouver Island; Production sound on horror film "The Toy Room" - Hourglass Productions; Director/Editor mental health and addictions educational films by Driftwood Media; Director/Editor feature film documentary "Mental Health in Perspective", Driftwood Media; Director/ Camera/Editor informational video "Art Therapy in Disasters", Spindrift Productions; and other recent freelance projects. Driftwood Media - Digital Video Production.
Les Blank (Rosemary) NANOOSE BAY - Les first learned of the power of the pen when he wrote a letter of complaint to the Vancouver School Board about his grade school teacher keeping him after school for detention. He also learned that it's not what you say but who's listening that matters. He honed his writing skills by writing for school newspapers and annuals as well as letters to the editor of the Vancouver Sun. By his senior year he had developed additional interests in theatre, film and television. He entered college in 1979 to learn theatre arts under Anthony Holland. After college Les worked in the Vancouver night clubs for a few years as practically everything. For a short while he even worked on the stage, any stage, as well as an extra in TV and films shot in Vancouver. He ultimately learned the mobile music business and worked at that for a little over a decade. It was during that time that he met and married his wife Rosemary. Shortly after that he and his wife moved into a house he'd designed and had built in Nanoose Bay. For the first few years he wrote letters to the editer again and eventually turned them into an editorial column called "More From Les". He was mostly a consumer advocate and at times would tilt at windmills. He was published in: Parksville Morning Sun, The Arrowsmith Star, The Paper, Parksville Qualicum Beach News, The News, The Nanaimo Times and The Harbour City Star. At the same time he ran his own mobile music company and volunteered at the Parksville radio station CHPQ and eventually hosted his own Sunday morning program called "Swing Time with Les". When the station changed hands his position became more technical as he would simulcast the Rafe Mair program for the central island from CHUB or CKEG in Nanaimo or simply run ops for other local talk shows, and make simple announcements while running commercials. All this came to an abrupt halt after Les entered the 1996 bielection in Parksville as an independant, but he may still yet return to the editorial pages of the local newspapers or the radio airwaves. Only time will tell.
Neil Bockman (Vicky) Born in New York City, Neil worked in film media on special projects as a freelance camera operator, location scout, film production supervisor, set construction, and research director. Most projects were independent productions focused on environmental issues, biographical portraits of influential artists, and documentaries dealing with social and economic issues. He and his wife, Vicky are now living on Denman Island, BC.
Gordon Browne (Lorraine) Gord began his media career in the mid-sixties as CKSA's all-night DJ and eventually, morning man in Lloydminster, Alberta. Then on to CKRL Kenora, Ontario for a few months after which he went to Saskatoon's CKOM for a few years. This is where he met his wife, Lorraine, a radio copywriter at the time. Early in the 70's he went over to CFQC radio as promotion manager where he also developed an interest in writing and photography. After six years at QC, it was on to CBC TV in Saskatoon for a couple of years as a public relations officer and then out of the main media into fundraising and public relations. Gord was 8 years with Easter Seals and March of Dimes in Saskatchwan managing major special events and direct mail. Then over to the Kidney Foundation for a couple of years in Saskatoon and four years in Montreal in charge of the national office and their national direct mail program. Realizing a dream to live on the west coast, he accepted a job in Victoria in 1988 as the Director of Development and Alumni Relations for well-known private school, Glenlyon-Norfolk School, where he stayed for 6 years. During this time he took on assignments as a freelance travel writer, copywriter and photographer and continued to do so after leaving GNS in 1998. He's travelled widely across Canada and his travel articles and photography have appeared in most of the major Canadian papers (Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, Vancouver Sun, Montreal Gazette etc.) and a number of regional magazines. After taking a UBC course in Internet Marketing in 1999, he picked up a contract as an editor and writer for Futureshop.ca's new website (one of the most enjoyable jobs he ever had) working from his home - thank God for email and the internet. After that, he incorporated his love of animals into two years with the Victoria SPCA in fundraising (both his dogs are from the Victoria shelter). He and Lorraine moved to Qualicum Beach Dec. 15, 2007 -- they love it. Gord continues to write and fool around with his vintage motorcycle projects and his new vegetable garden. He's not ready to completely retire and continues to take on writing projects or anything else that will help pay the bills.
Larry Brown (Kathryn) Larry started his broadcast career at CHEK-TV in Victoria. After stints in Edmonton and Calgary he joined the CBC in Winnipeg in 1966. He produced and directed in the Music and Variety department for 5 years, including two years with the Guess Who. During that time he encouraged them to write their own songs, which they did, and soon they were too famous for the CBC. After a couple of years with "Reach for the Top" Larry moved to the Network Sports department. He left the Corp. in the late 1970s and has free-lanced ever since. Larry's credits include 5 Stanley Cup Finals, 6 World Junior Championships, 6 Grey Cups, 5 Olympics, the Pam Am Games and the Asian Games. For the last 9 seasons, before retiring this year, he directed the Vancouver Canucks on Sportsnet.
Leo Buijs (Marianne) Born in the Netherlands, Leo immigrated to Canada in 1978 with his wife Marianne and two sons. He used to live in Victoria, BC and moved more recently with Marianne to the Comox Valley where he lives most of the year. He was a member of the Canadian Science Writers Association and joined Camra (CAMpaign for Real Ale) as a member of the Vancouver Island chapter in 2009. Most of his life he worked in marketing and sales for the pharmaceutical industry. After retirement in 2001 he picked up writing besides his foremost passions of travel and exploring pubs and breweries wherever he can. He also loves to sail and ski. As member of the Comox Valley Yacht Club, he is the liaison and volunteer that organizes with members of the Comox Bay Sailing Club the Comox Summer Dinghy Sailing School program. Through his company 'Seaview Investements Ltd.' Leo got into self-publishing. 'BEERS of British Columbia' is his fourth book, and deviates a bit from his earlier guidebooks on dog walks around Victoria and Vancouver Island & the Gulf Islands. Leo is a regular contributor to 'The Gringo Gazette,' an English language paper in Baja California and some of his work was published in 'Pique Magazine.' While living in Victoria, he was featured in an issue of 'Boulevard Magazine' with winning photographs from Africa and South America. To have a look at his work, go to www.leobuijs.com <http://www.leobuijs.com>
Marianne Buijs (Leo) Married for over 40 years to husband Leo, her history is a lot like his. However her field of expertise has always been 'Aesthetics.' Trained in the Netherlands, she started 'The Professional Skin Care Clinic' in London Ontario soon after she immigrated. When she realised that her profession was hardly known and good schooling was virtually non-existent, she started with her husband a private vocational school to train aestheticians and cosmeticians under the Ministry of Ontario Vocational Schools. They called the school PEBEC, Professional Education in Beauty Culture. The school received international recognition and was sold when they moved to British Columbia in 1991 but is still in operation. Living in Victoria she took on a teaching positing in a local aesthetics school, worked at several spas. Now retired, she keeps herself busy with dog-walking, creating culinary wonders and painting a diversity of subjects.
Rob Bye (Kathie Rousseau) NANAIMO - Rob is a BCIT broadcast grad (class of 77). After working part-time at CKNW operating hockey games and Jack Cullen's Owl Prowl while attending BCIT, he got his full-time start at CKCQ Quesnel doing overnights in spring of 1977. After 6 unforgettable months he moved to the sunny Okanagan and worked on-air at CKIQ Kelowna from 77-82 in a variety of dayparts. From there it was off to the bright lights of Vancouver and a 2 year stint with Moffat at top-40 CKLG on air at the station he had grown up listening to. From there he got a chance to do mornings, afternoons and be music director at CJAY 92-FM Calgary from 84-88. Somewhere in there Rob married Kathie and began their family of one daughter and two sons. In 88 it was back to Kelowna to Program CHIM-FM, which became rocker CKLZ-FM, The Lizard. Rob hosted mornings and programmed the FM and eventually news-talk CKOV AM as well. After 14 years in Kelowna, in 2002, he became General Manager of CHLB-FM and CJBZ-FM Lethbridge. Then in early 2007 he made it back to the west coast and the amazing Island Radio gig overseeing a six-station cluster including The Beach and The Lounge in Oceanside. Rob says he is fortunate to work with a great team of talented and passionate radio people everyday.
Korky Day - Has been an "underground" and "alternative" media worker from 1969 to the present, usually unpaid. He's done everything -- hawked papers on street corners (and got arrested for it), written, edited, sent subscriptions, type-setting, lay-out, colour separations, cartoon stories, management, pamphlets, posters, on-air announcer, etc. Media include Georgia Straight / Georgia Grape / Western Voice newspaper (1969-1975); Buy & Sell's Whats On (1977~); Vancouver Co-operative Radio 102.7 FM "Armenian Variety Show" and others (~1976-present); Common Ground magazine (1991~); Shared Vision magazine (1991~); founded Allies Co-publishing Newspaper (1992-1996); a Green Party e-newsletter (2006); Nude-Friendly Information and Referral Calendar (on-line 2007-present); and presently developing Web services, including www.korky.ca . Almost all of those have been in Coast Salish Territory (Vancouver, BC).
Jim Cadwaladr (Margaret) ROYSTON - Jim and Margaret homesteaded on Northern Vancouver Island in the 1970s then returned to Vancouver. They moved back to the Island in 1993 when Jim accepted a position in the Horticulture Department at Malaspina. He was the founding Executive Director of the Qualicum Beach Garden. With his wife, Margaret, Jim co-authored articles about the garden for American journals. He retired from Milner Gardens in 2006 and is currently practicing as a Landscape Architect.
Margaret Cadwaladr (Jim) ROYSTON - Margaret's first job was in the snack bar of Nat Bailey stadium near her childhood home in Vancouver. Like several others in the Oceanside Media group, she has had a diverse career. She worked as a cashier in Woodward Food Floor, as an ambulance attendant, at an emergency shelter for women and children, as a probation officer and bail supervisor, and as a college instructor. Margaret has had several magazine articles and photographs published. She is a member of the Federation of British Columbia Writers. She joined the Board in 1999 as the Mid-Island representative and served as 2nd Vice-President. She is a member of the Garden Writers of America and the Comox Valley Arts Council. Her first book In Veronica's Garden: The Social History of the Milner Gardens and Woodland became a Canadian best seller and was a finalist for an international award. The book traces the life story of Veronica Milner, the creator of the Qualicum Beach garden. Margaret has given many, many talks on the garden in Victoria, Vancouver, Toronto, Seattle, Portland, Boston, Philadelphia, and Dublin, Ireland. She founded Madrona Books and Publishing in 2002 and published Speed's War: A Canadian Soldier's Memoir of World War II by George A. Reid in 2007. She is planning to release Come Back, Judy Baba by Mary Hargreaves Norbury and Judy Norbury later in 2008. Margaret manages the office for husband Jim and is a contributor to The Baynes Sound Current.
Richard de Candole - A journalist for over 30 years, Richard started out as a reporter in 1975 for the Alaska Highway News in Fort St. John. During his career he has worked as a reporter or editor for papers including the Merritt Herald, Kamloops Daily, Edmonton Sun, Crowsnest Pass Promoter and Jasper Booster. Moving to Qualicum Beach in 1993 with his wife, Wendy and two children, he was editor/manager of the Qualicum Totem, a community monthly that he started. For a three-year period in the late 90s he wrote a weekly column for the Victoria Times-Colonist called Rural Roots about life on a hobby farm. Richard served as editor of Qualicum Time magazine from 2006 to 2008, and is currently a bus driver with School District 69.
Craig Carmichael - A great storyteller - Craig uses his ability to create compelling images for diverse clients and multiple media. He shot more than 40 covers for the Abbotsford Post news magazine, and as a contractor with BC health authorities his tight images of surgical procedures and health care professionals at work played a key role in effective public education campaigns. Craig's work has been seen on the MTV show "Cribs" in the home of one of his clients, and another accomplished storyteller - Oprah Winfrey, featured several of Craig's event images on an episode of her program. When his commercial clients requested large scale pieces to display in their lobbies, boardrooms and private art collections Craig responded with inspiring work that reflects his passion for capturing a distinctive view of the world around him. His refreshing work and diverse subject matter can be found at his Island Exposures gallery in Parksville - a strong addition to the vibrant arts community of Oceanside.
Gerda Christensen - Gerda worked for 11 years as a Behaviour Therapist in Hamilton, Ontario, following her school work at McMaster University. After that she moved to Vancouver Island with her husband Frank, who was running his own business, Christensen Metallurgical Consulting. For the next 10 years, Gerda managed the office for Frank. Frank and Gerda have one son in Toronto who works for the CBC. For approximately the last 5 years, Gerda has been doing volunteer work with the Elder College in Parksville, teaching seniors the basics of computers. As well, she has been volunteering with the Arrowsmith Watersheds Coalition Society and the QB Environment Committee. At the present time, Gerda is running her own business, offering computer lessons to those in need, and studying video editing with Norm Bergkvist.
Ed Clark PARKSVILLE - Ed was with the Vancouver Sun from 1962 until 1970, first as a Sports Reporter, then Finance reporting and the City Desk. From 1970-74 he was with the Vancouver Province. He worked there as a Sports Reporter primarily covering B.C. Lions football, as well as University sports. In the last two years with the Province, he was a Crime Reporter. As a Curling reporter from 1963 to '72, Ed was the BC correspondent for Canadian Curling News published monthly, and in 1964 won the CCN award for article entitled "Lyall Dagg's Rocky Trip to the Brier". During the years 1963 to '69 Ed was the University sports reporter for the CBC Radio weekly program hosted by Bill Good Jr. In 1975 Ed joined BC TEL (now TELUS) in Corporate Communications where he spent the first 10 years of his career at the Company's head office in Burnaby. In 1986, he was promoted to Corporate Communications Director of Interior operations, based in Kelowna.. While there, he handled media relations, community relations, employee communications and advertising. When B.C. Tel merged with TELUS in 1999, Ed was named director of municipal government relations for BC and Alberta, a position he held until retirement in Feb 2003.
Reg Cowie - After spending 7 years as an accountant with Westcoast Transmission, in 1964 Reg moved on to become the Vancouver Sun distributor in Port Alberni. He joined the weekly Alberni Valley Times as a part time display sales person, moving to full time as the Circulation manager when the paper went daily. After three months and having reorganized the distribution he returned to sales as the Sales Manager. In 1970 he joined CFAX 1070 in retail sales, but the print media called him back and in 1977 he joined The Victorian as National Sales manager until union problems closed the doors in 1978. He joined a relatively new community paper, The Goldstream Gazette in Victoria. After three months he was asked to stay on and join as a partner. Then from 1981-84 he was with the Times/Colonist. Island Publishers was formed, merging with the Goldstream Gazette, the Sidney Review, and the Ladysmith Chronicle and Reg accepted the position of Publisher of the Sidney Review 1984-1986. In late 1986 he moved to Courtenay with Island Publishers as the start-up Publisher of The Comox Valley Record. From 1988-1990 Reg served as publisher of the Parksville/Qualicum Beach News. 1991-1992 he became Publisher of Goldstream Gazette, and from 1992-1993, Publisher of Sannich News. From 1994-1996 Group publisher Victoria Weeklies (6 community papers of Greater Victoria). 1996, Publisher of the Sooke Mirror. In 1997, Reg created a very successful boutique agency. He moved to Parksville to retire and accepted the Publisher position with the Morning Sun/Oceanside Star 2000-2007.
Jessie Edwards - DENMAN ISLAND - Newspaper, radio, documentaries, magazines, investigative work and stories for talk show host, Jack Webster. All this plus teaching and editing kept Jessie busy for many years. She broadcast the 6 o'clock evening news in the Fraser valley in the '70s; edited newspapers in the same area and wrote investigative stories regarding land development on both sides of the river. Living on Denman Island for over 25 years, she has volunteered a narration for a documentary on Water Drilling and Dowsing on BC's West Coast. Maybe the next session of writing will result in the book she has been writing which she laughingly titles, "Great Granny Finds the Facts".
Jack Ellison (Sheila) QUALICUM BEACH - began an apprenticeship as a printer at the Calgary Albertan in 1946. He quickly decided he needed to expand his horizons. For 61 years he has been a student, an innovator, and teacher. The technologies that support print media have changed dramatically and Jack has been involved in many of these developments. As technical director for Thomson Newspapers he instituted changes in production procedures that assisted in cost control throughout the mechanical departments in newspapers. This experience led him to work with major technical companies in Canada and the USA assisting in the development and application of new processes for newspaper and magazine production. After a number of years working with newspapers, commercial printers and pre-press facilities, Jack formed his own company, IGS Inc. IGS developed software for applications in the print and publishing industry. Headquartered in Seattle the company quickly grew and began to create solutions that found immediate acceptance. Jack wrote a newsletter that was distributed by Printing Industries of America; lectured at all the graphic conventions and technical schools; and wrote a column for two magazines on a monthly basis for many years. In answer to the request of a friend, Jack saw an opportunity to assist the hospitality industry through the development of new software to control production costs. A company was formed and expanded the original plan to include a multitude of services for major hotels and restaurants. The company owned a major restaurant in Vancouver and was a shareholder in a fourteen-unit chain of restaurants. Jack lectured at many of the colleges and universities in Canada under the auspices of the Canadian Restaurant Association and the Canadian Government Department of Tourism. Jack has retired from these companies and accepts the odd assignment to develop business plans for new ventures.
Barry Fontayne (Carmen) DEEP BAY - It all started in his late teens when young Ron practised being a DJ in the basement of his parent's home in Toronto using a reel to reel tape recorder and two record players cued to play 78s and 45s. One of his audition tapes landed his first job in 1957 as an announcer with CKLY in Lindsay, Ontario. He moved to CFOS in Owen Sound in 1960 and did the morning show from 6 to 10AM. Once a week he was the studio MC for a live country music show featuring a popular local band called "Ted Ormsby and the Toe Tappers". In 1964 Ron moved to Hamilton, Ontario for a brief stint doing the all-night show on CKOC. In 1965 (because they already had two Rons on the air) Ron Quail became Barry Fontayne when he was hired as Announcer with CKWW in Windsor, Ontario. In 1968, he ventured into the world of radio advertising sales and in 1970 was promoted to Retail Sales Manager at CKWW. In 1980 Barry was hired as General Sales Manager for CKDA and CFMS-FM in Victoria. Two years later he joined the sales team at CFAX. In 1985 he became the General Sales Manager for CJVI, Victoria and retained his position as CJVI became The Ocean 98.5 FM and The Ocean gave birth to a sister station, HOT 103FM (now known as JACK-FM). Barry retired in 2001 after 44 years in radio broadcasting and now lives in Deep Bay with his wife Carmen.
Brad Goodman PARKSVILLE
Dave Graham (Karen) - QUALICUM BEACH - Dave started at CFOR in Orillia, ON (1977-1980) doing weekend all-nights while finishing grades 12 and 13 and first year of college. He attended Humber College's Radio Broadcasting course for half of the 3-year course before starting at CFSL in Weyburn, Saskatchewan in 1981. During his 10 months there, he went from evenings to middays/Music Director. From there to the midday show at CFTJ, Cambridge, Ontario until 1983 when he moved to swing/Music Director at CKBB in Barrie until '86 when he moved to CHUM-FM in Toronto, starting as the all-night jock and ending as a swing announcer. In the spring of '97 he became Program Manager for the Okanagan-Skeena Group in Terrace, BC, running stations in Terrace, Kitimat and Prince Rupert. 18 months later he bailed to get back to the fun of radio and became the midday host at a new station - CKLR-FM "The Eagle" in Courtenay. Left in 2001 as morning man/program supervisor and remained out of radio until 2004 when he joined 88.5 The Beach in Parksville as morning man. I'm still there and having a blast!
Keith Hamel (Joanne) - ERRINGTON - Originally from Regina, SK, Keith moved to the west coast in 1974 and to Vancouver Island in 1976. From 1979 to 1990 he worked for a wholesale meat distribution company out of Victoria. In 1991 he was hired by Chuck Benson as a sales rep for CHPQ Radio in Parksville. He left CHPQ in 1994 to join the Arrowsmith Star newspaper. The paper was bought out by a competitor and the employees were let go. Still in 1994, a new publisher contacted a core group of ex-employees including Keith with the intention of starting a new paper. Following a few hectic months, they succeeded in publishing and distributing "The Paper" - now known as the Oceanside Star. In 1995, he was approached and asked to rejoin the local radio station as senior sales rep and station supervisor. Keith stayed with CHPQ as it morphed from 1,000 watts into the 10,000 watt CKCI (now 88.9 FM, the Beach). He left CKCI late 1997. Keith and his wife, Joanne are into their ninth year as owners of the Prettythings Gift Shoppe. After starting their retail adventures in Coombs, in 2004 they expanded to a second location opening a store in Wembley Mall in Parksville. They closed the Coombs store and became a one location operation in the fall of 2007. The mall store continues to grow and establish itself. Keith and Joanne have a 24 year old son, Brent - guitar teacher, song writer and all round good kid.
Matt Hawkins (Dawna) NANAIMO - Matt started in radio at CFPA, Port Arthur (now Thunder Bay) in 1958. In late '59 he moved to CHAT in Medicine Hat and two-and-a-half years later moved to Ched in Edmonton in the news department. In Edmonton, aside from CHED, he worked in news at CHQT and CFRN Radio/Television. At CFRN he was the Municipal Affairs/Court Reporter (among other things) from 1967 until 1974. Following his career in broadcasting Matt worked in Public Relations for Calgary Power/TransAlta Utilities until retirement.
Joan Herron (Tim) NANAIMO - Joan is a third generation photographer and filmmaker who has been creating images since she first entered the darkroom at the age of six. Her father took her into that magical place to work alongside him as he guided her through the process of preparing photographic paper to receive and hold the latent image. Raised in Oak Bay on the southern tip of Vancouver Island, her background in theatre led her into the world of broadcasting at the age of sixteen. She, along with four others, were chosen to produce television segments for CHEK Television for "Hour One", a magazine format television show which aired weekly. Her love of writing and photography drew her into printed media, writing for the Victoria Times Colonist's weekly "Islander Magazine" as well as doing cover shots and articles for "Island Parent Magazine" and writing for publications such as "Monday Magazine". She has won awards for her work as a photographer -- her work was chosen as part of the "Women In This Decade" show sponsored by the BC Government. As part of the Professional Photographers Association of Canada (BC), she pioneered the Digital Imaging award (1995) which was added to the existing award for Retouching, the traditional means of photo enhancement. Now living in Nanaimo, where her husband teaches theatre, lighting and sound at Vancouver Island University, Joan continues to work on location or virtually around the globe. www.characterdriven.com
Jim Hockley (Sharon) COURTENAY - Started in the media business at CFRN Radio, Edmonton 1970-74 as Assistant Director of promotions and public relations. His duties included liaison with national companies, working on special promotions, but mostly a joe boy setting up and taking down remotes throughout the city. He had a short, but enjoyable stint on a live afternoon children's show. Also enjoyed a part-time weekly spot at CBC radio reporting on products such as hiking shoes, mountain bikes, and crazy new candy. After his stint with RN and a brief encounter at CHQT, he returned to aquatics and life guarded at several Edmonton pools. During that time he worked as an extra in several movies, SCTV, and a variety of TV commercials. In 1983 he made the move to Victoria to teach photography part-time, dressed up as a gorilla to deliver flowers, did several TV commercials, lifeguarded again, and eventually started a modest business doing sports photography (team photos, selling sports action shots at hockey, swim meets etc.) In 2003 Jim and his wife, Sharon moved to Courtenay and opened a bed and breakfast. He is still involved with sports photography as well. www.staffordhouse.ca
Neil Horner - Neil began his career as a reporter at the Fort St. James Caledonia Courier in 1989, where he worked his way up from reporter to editor. In 1993, he moved to Quesnel, where he honed his skills under the tutelage of the late Jerry MacDonald at the Quesnel Cariboo Observer. After five years and MacDonald's retirement, he was appointed editor and continued in that capacity until 2004, when he moved to Qualicum Beach. He continues producing evocative, stimulating copy as assistant editor at the Parksville Qualicum Beach News. During his career, Neil has won 28 awards of excellence on the company, provincial and national levels.
Moe Inwards (Val) PORT ALBERNI - Started on air at CFSL, Weyburn, Saskatchewan in the fall of 1958. He went from weekend part timer to the all night show after one shift. The station was still in its infancy and everyone was eager to learn and prepared to work every day, every department and every shift for $150 a month. During this time, audition tapes were going out to stations all across the country. The next move was to CHAB-TV, Moose Jaw. Moe thought he had reached Valhalla, working at a brand new TV station in the big City. The station was yet to go on air, and every morning started at nine with simulated broadcasting until the day the transmitter was activated. Duties included pulling all the slides for the day, going on camera with an early newscast, audio operator, telecini operator, taping all of the days booth announcements and panning the camera over the weather board. About four months later, Moe got a call from CJAV in Port Alberni in response to an audition he'd sent out. With a brand new bride, he loaded up the Austin and headed for BC. What was intended to be a stop along the way turned into 25 years and during that time the station changed locations three times and survived a tidal wave. Moe went through all of the on-air shifts starting as a DJ, and ending up as an "On Air Personality". He kept the same wife, added 4 kids, two dogs and an assortment of cats and other livestock. He moved into sales in 1962 but remained on the air and in 1972, with a partner, purchased the station from Ken Hutcheson. Moe also had a brief foray into the newspaper business in the mid 70s after starting up a local newspaper, the "Barkley Sounder". He was honored to be named Broadcast Citizen of the Year in 1981 by the BC Association of Broadcasters for his contribution to the community and the Province. Moe sold his interests in the station in 1986 and spent the next few years in the hospitality business before moving into Real Estate in 1990 where he continues to this day as an agent with RE/Max, Port Alberni.
Liz (Ryan) Jenkins (Randy) QUALICUM BEACH - arrived in Nanaimo in the mid eighties from Nova Scotia. For the next decade she worked as Account Executive for Thomson Newspapers (Nanaimo Daily Free Press), Island Broadcast (CKEG Radio) and for the WIC Corporation (CHEK 6 Television). She also did a year-long stint as Editor of the Mid Island Business Planner Magazine. In 1996 Liz worked on funding and promotion for an International Military Boxing Event held in North Carolina called Universal Warriors. This one-of-a-kind Pay Per View Boxing Event garnered huge attention from the Canadian and US military market. In 1998 Liz recorded a Swing/Jazz CD called "Shake Me A Martini", which receives airplay on AM 600 the Bridge in Vancouver. Following that she entered into collaboration with musical arranger Robson Sutherland, writing, producing and performing a one-woman musical theatre show called "The Memoirs of Rosie the Riveter". Liz performed as various singing characters in the show including Mae West, Carmen Miranda, Patsy Cline, Judy Garland and British Songbird Vera Lynn. She vigorously toured the production throughout BC from 1999 to 2005 to positive reviews. Today, Liz (Ryan) Jenkins is happily married to local businessman Randy Jenkins and is step mom to Julie and Spencer. She co-owns a local project management company which specializes in Property Development and Geothermal Energy. She loves music, travel, sports and target practice and is always on the lookout for the next big adventure.
Mary (Horley) Kelso (George) COURTENAY - Mary followed in her father's footsteps in broadcasting when she started working for 'Uncle' Lou Roskin and Curly Dyck in 1965 - one month before CHQT Edmonton went on the air. Did it all for the next two years - switchboard operator, continuity writer, script writer for Light Classical program she programmed, and occasionally as control room operator. Back when radio was fun! Spent six months at CBC Regina, where she earned several union grievances in the first week at work for moving a microphone - then received threats from shop stewards for refusing to take part in a rotating strike - enough to send her back to Edmonton and the private broadcast sector. Also worked at night for the Light Opera Association of Edmonton - over four years, sold out the Jubilee Auditorium in Edmonton 5 times - apparently considered a VERY successful gig. At CFRN 1971-73 as part-time continuity writer and jingle singer. Talk about a family affair - between Mary, her husband and her father (the late Ralph Horley,) more than 75 years in the broadcasting business. Now writes novels full time under the pen-name Kelsy George. www.kelsygeorge.com
Dave Lantaigne - Graduated from York University's (Toronto) Acing Program with a BFA in 1992. He spent 12 years with "The Royal Blood Sketch Comedy Troupe" from 1987-1999. The troupe had a large following in Toronto, playing in such popular clubs as The Rivoli, Yuk Yuk's, The Laugh Resort, etc. They also toured Canada from coast to coast playing on the College/University circuit. As well he has been involved in producing short videos for broadcast with "Royal Blood". Dave has appeared in numerous commercials as well as film and television roles. He moved to Vancouver Island in 2004 and is still acting, going over to Vancouver and Victoria for auditions.
Sulaika M. Levasseur - COMOX VALLEY - Born an Airforce Brat in Alberta, she's made traveling the world a national past time. Favorite place - living in Greece - after writing about Canadian Peacekeepers for the U.N in Cyprus. Colleagues who would have known her from her days at CBC Televison and Radio from l981 to l996 (THE NATIONAL, THE JOURNAL, the fifth estate) will remember her as 'Mar Chernaski', but when she married, a 'love' story changed all that. She is the published author of an inspirational memoir about grieving the loss of her husband, Peter Paul Ochs, and a contributing writer to a popular Penguin anthology: HOT CHOCOLATE FOR THE MYSTICAL LOVER: 101 True Stories of Souls Brought Together by Divine Intervention. After studying screen writing in the USA and working on her latest incarnation as a cartoonist, her intention is to animate her cartoon leading lady: THE LEOPARDO: FASHION ANIMAL OF LOVE, who says about the relationship challenged, (copyright of course) that, "...a journey of a thousand arguements begins with the first date....". email@example.com
Charna Macfie (Robert) PARKSVILLE - Charna is a native of the island, born in Port Alberni. She returned to the island last year after living in the U.S. and Europe for the past 20 years or so. When she lived in San Francisco, Charna worked as an audio producer and sound designer for Antenna Audio, one of the two largest museum audio tour producers in the world. Since then she has been a freelance audio producer/sound designer. Charna is married to Media Club member Robert Arnold
Bob Morris (Nancy) In the mid 60s, at the tender age of 14, Bob began his broadcast career with four years of service at CHUB, Nanaimo. Following high school graduation in '67 Bob headed to the "big city" and C-FUN, Vancouver as well as UBC. From '69-'76, he worked at CKLG and CKLG FM (CFOX) as an announcer, newscaster and eventually Program Director. Off to Victoria and the Program Director's job at CKDA from 1976-1979. Then to Calgary and Westrack Communications as owner, then Program Director of CHQR from '79-'82. Bob was the Program Director of CJUP, Langley from '82 until '84; worked as a National talk show host at CKO, Vancouver; then Program Director of CHRX (former CJOR) from 1984 until 1989. He left the broadcasting business from 1989-2005 to become Manager of the Professional Film Studies Program at Capilano University. Since 2005, Bob has been the Owner/Managing partner of Westwave Broadcasting Inc., the licence holder of 91.7 CKAY FM, which serves the Sunshine Coast and Central Vancouver Island.
Pat Murphy NANAIMO - As a carrier boy for the Calgary based daily "Albertan" in 1951, Pat delivered papers until high school in 1956. Then, in 1966 his career began at the Thompson owned, Kelowna Daily Courier. He soon would get on the transfer list with Thompson and found himself at The Welland Tribune in the Niagara peninsula, then Port Colborne, Chatham Daily News, The Oshawa Times and finally the St Thomas Journal. After 8 years in Ontario Pat longed for the Okanagan, tired of the constant moves and humid summers in Ontario and working for someone else, he decided to return to the Okanagan and start his own weekly publication in Vernon. "Vernon This Week" was one of his proudest achievements, a feisty weekly paper that grew in popularity and eventually dominated the Vernon market. Pat sold his half of the company after two years of publication, and took a year off to travel and SCUBA dive with his family. Upon his return to Canada, he returned to Thompson Newspapers, this time in Nanaimo, spent four years as Advertising manager, then off for a short stint to Saint John New Brunswick at the Telegraph Journal/Times Globe, then on to the Halifax Daily News and finally back to Vancouver Island as publisher of the Duncan Pictorial/ News Leader. In the fall of 1989 Pat went to work for CFAX in Victoria selling a few print based products. The Nanaimo Daily Free Press recruited him one year later and he was pleased to be back in the print business and to be back in Nanaimo. In 1993 he was transferred to Calgary, Thompson's Western Head Office, and served as the advertising consultant until the head office was shut down 14 months later. He was transferred to the Winnipeg Free Press as advertising director until the Spring of 1994 then back to the Nanaimo Daily Free Press. In 2000 Pat went to work with Shaw Cable Advertising services as the B.C. Regional Advertising Manager until his retirement in 2000. Pat started work as a volunteer on the Y2-K Spitfire restoration project in the summer of that year and has spent every weekend since at the Comox Air Force Museum working on the Spitfire and helping with marketing and fund raising.
Micheline Pelland - Born in Montreal, Micheline and her husband, Jean Michel moved west after they married 36 years ago. Micheline taught special education for a very short while in Vancouver then moved to Edmonton where they raised their 2 children. She started working for the CBC in 1992 in the Programming and Communications Department. After this assignment was completed, she moved on to the newsroom to work with the assignment editor and then worked for Radio Canada the French Television as Traffic Coordinator. Six years later, when lay offs started happening at the CBC, Micheline moved on and got the Traffic Manager's Position at CKER, the Ethnic Station, and 2 years later joined CHED/POWER 92 working for both the Creative and the Traffic Depts. She also worked for Global TV as Traffic Coordinator for Edmonton and Calgary for 2 years. During that time, Micheline decided to start her own translating and interpreting business as well as doing French voicing. She became the French voice for 80 businesses, recording Messages on Hold and writing commercials for bilingual businesses across Canada and the United States. She translated for many countries, including Algeria, Africa, Tunisia and France. She also did readings for Alberta Anthology on CBC. Micheline's husband is a passionate sailor and they moved to the island 4 years ago.
Rita Picard - Rita has spent 30+ years freelancing on a variety of broadcast and studio productions as Assistant Director, Production Manager and Second Unit Director. Projects include Disney's 'Cadet Kelly', John Woo's Once a Thief' and Kevin Sullivan's, 'Wind at My Back'. Transplanted to the Island from Toronto in 2004, she currently develops, shoots and edits community based video for promotional, educational and informative purposes. Her motto remains: "Creative problem solving before creative compromise!" which is applied to helping local groups, businesses and individuals achieve a vision to share.
Carrie Powell-Davidson - Carrie has a broad background in the fields of hospitality, music, health and education but has always had a love affair with the media. She decided to become a writer at the ripe age of 10 after wining a National poetry competition. Since then, her work has been published in everything from medical journals to lifestyle magazines. At age 38, while recovering from a back injury, she decided to become an actor. She has worked in theatre, film and television not only as an actor but also in the departments of production, locations and even catering. Today, Carrie is a full time writer and editor. She freelances for the Oceanside Star and contracts as a writer for numerous businesses and organizations. She is the editor of the Star Time Magazine, a monthly lifestyle publication for the Oceanside Region of Vancouver Island. She is currently working on three books and looks forward to publishing her first one, Martinis Anyone? in 2010.
Gary Prendergast - After attending the Banff Film School, Gary was hired by the CBC in 1977 and began working on "The Beachcombers" as a camera assistant. His experience is wide-ranging, and includes working on many dramas, documentaries, news, and his favourite, Hockey Night In Canada! In 2007 his career at CBC was capped off by winning a Gemini award for the lifestyle series, "Living Vancouver", but the main highlight of that year was moving to the land of his dreams, Vancouver Island, where most of his family had already settled.
Michael Razberry - It all began way back in his tweens, when he received his first camera as a birthday gift. He took to it instantly and began to explore the world through the eye of 35mm. Later in his teens he enrolled with the New York Institute of Photography, completed their program and after a few years of playing in a dark room, shooting portfolios, weddings, etc. He was certain to make a career of it and found his first opportunity in 1978 with The Nanaimo Daily Free Press. A few years later freelancing seemed exciting, traveling, taking pictures, telling a story and with photography on the cusp to digital, he too needed to rethink his future. Which lead him to the purchase of a Sony 8mm videocam, a ticket to Belize and a desire to further understand the Mayan Culture. Returning to Nanaimo around 1995 Micheal soon found myself volunteering with Shaw Cable`s Community Programming. It was a great opportunity to hone the skills of a producer, studio camera operator, directing, editing. He also discovered he enjoyed hosting studio interviews and soon had his own weekly program. Participating in the community seemed appropriately the next step when an opportunity became available to produce/host a local radio morning talk show. The focus, was the community and after a few months of tweaking the program "raz in the morning," it established itself as a solid forum for local current events. In its final leg, the program was nominated for a Sterling Award. Knowing he somehow needed to package this raw experience and professional training/support was his obvious next step. So in the winter of 2002 he was off to Vancouver to enroll in C.A. Broadcasting Arts Program. Thereafter it was sink or swim in the big leagues. Playing ball in major market scums with some major market players felt like a David and Goliath first time out to him. But none the less, he kinda felt right at home. After a short while, Nanaimo was where the responsibilities of family were present and therefore adapting his skills to suite a local environment where he has spent these past five years working in the field of multimedia: corporate video, training video, music video, documentary, and voiceover type stuff. There are no guarantees to this wild-ride called life, And who knows what the New Year will bring, but one thing is for certain, it`s one of those wonder-us pleasures to be compensated for something you simply love to do.
Jackie Rollans (Don Thomas) In 1959 Jackie worked at KGMB in Hawaii, a CBS affiliate - Secretary, Production Assistant on a news show, on air commercial work, copy writer, and traffic. Returning to Edmonton in 62, with CBC in Information Services. In '63 she became Production Assistant in Radio, and two years later -- a Public Affairs Producer in radio and television. Three years later - CBC radio as Executive Producer of Public Affairs until 1981. She joined ACCESS CKUA as production manager of Educational programming. Two years later she became Program Director of Radio Nework and in l991 - Acting General Manager of Radio Network. A year later Jackie became permanent General Manager until l994 when she left the business and retired.
Guy Slavik (Veronica) QUALICUM BEACH - Guy has worked in his chosen field of labour relations/human resource management since graduating from the University of Alberta in 1973. Following stints with both the Federal and Provincial Governments, he found his niche with Molson Breweries. When they nearly ran out of beer, Guy had to move on and joined CFRN Television in Edmonton in 1981, as the first full time HR Manager in broadcasting in Canada. The next 15 years were very enjoyable as Guy was involved with the employment of some of the many characters who passed through CFRN. In addition to negotiating several labour contracts with NABET, he was instrumental in developing the HR practices of broadcasters across the country. There are now about 20 HR Managers in making presentations to the CAB and the Government in the development of Employment Equity for Broadcasting. After departing CFRN in 1996, Guy continued to work on a contract basis and served one season as Production Manager on the TV travel show "The Tourist", which ran for many years across North America. Guy and his wife, Veronica moved to Qualicum Beach in 2007, where Guy continues to do contract HR, home construction work and be "semi-retired".
Andrew Smith (Judy) PARKSVILLE - Started in broadcasting as a weekend announcer for CHCL Radio in Cold Lake, Alberta in 1964. While attending the NAIT Radio and Television Arts program, he secured a part-time gig with CKUA Radio and this became full time with CKUA in 1969. Andrew spent about 10 years with CKUA as News Director before leaving to try the freelance market. In that capacity he did print, radio and television pieces for CBC Edmonton, the Christian Science Monitor, the Travel Channel in the United States, and a few others. Still in Edmonton, the next 10 years were spent with CFRN Radio and Television as announcer, Assignment Editor, Producer, and News Director. From there it was back to freelancing and other pursuits including a golf series for the CTV Network and a lot of traveling. Currently Andrew is producing corporate video and doing media consulting work from Parksville while working on a pilot for PBS.
Linda Tenney QUALICUM BAY - Originally from Toronto, Linda moved to Vancouver Island in 2003, where she has published the community-focused EyesOnBC Magazine (formerly The Beacon) since 2004. Linda also writes a quarterly column for Oasis Life Magazine, published by The News (BlackPress) in Parksville, BC; provides copywriting and graphic design services for various clients and is working on a book featuring her photographs and prose. (WEBSITE) (BLOG)
Lynn Thompson (NANAIMO) has dreamed of being on radio since discovering its magic when she was 12, growing up in Ottawa, Ontario. In 1978 after graduating from McMaster University with a BA in Philosophy, Lynn headed west with a one way train ticket (Toronto - Vancouver) and has led a life of adventure on the west coast ever since. Becoming well-known as a photographer, and in more recent years as a speaker, MC and impromptu singer, Lynn had her first five minutes of radio fame on CBC Radio's 'Tapestry' in 2002 with a 'Testament' contribution adapted from a speech she prepared for Toastmasters. In 2004 Lynn discovered community campus radio CHLY in Nanaimo, put in a program proposal, and 'Living on Purpose' was born. Initially committed to being on air 'for at least a year', Lynn wrapped up the show on CHLY after three years of weekly two hour broadcasts, to seek her fortune in the wider world of radio. In that interlude she became established with a web-based radio channel out of Florida (where she was dubbed 'the queen of interviews') and became a regular contributer to two podcasts, Rabble Podcast Network based in Canada, and Womens Radio, based in the USA. She still contributes to the two podcasts as of spring 2010. Missing the 'live' radio experience and the local listeners, Lynn returned to CHLY in August 2008 after a year's absence, and continued through until the fall of 2009 before once again launching away from being a volunteer programmer. Currently Lynn is a freelance podcaster, offering audio and editing services, while keeping the dream alive in her heart of 'live' radio being a part of her income stream. She also continues to express her joy through photography, writing, and as a postal courier and entrepreneur. Lynn is based in Nanaimo on Vancouver Island.
Sharon Tomczyk (Shawn) HILLIERS (Qualicum Beach) - An enthusiastic newcomer to the world of media, Sharon began a career in health care at age 17. Over the next 18 years she worked as a health care aide, paramedic, and educator, traveling around the West Coast teaching and facilitating a wide range of health and safety programs. Her own education, along with ongoing emergency medical training, included (but is not limited to) training in nutritional consulting, various alternative and complementary health disciplines, integrative medicine, communications, and counseling. Sharon's professional life took turn an exciting turn 2005 when she began developing her own health and wellness programs, an endeavour which lead to the writing of her first book, VividLiving: www.vividliving.ca. Authentic Health for the 21st Century Woman. During this time she also launched Clear Day Publishing www.cleardaypublishing.com, which offers innovative publishing alternatives to local authors. In addition to professional pursuits, Sharon enjoys her involvement in Oceanside community enhancement projects and events, the Arrowsmith communications committee, and as a board member of MGS, an independent school of arts and academics. Sharon is the proud mommy of two girls, Chelsea and Jasmine, and the adoring wife of Shawn. She lives a rural life, on a small acreage in Hillier's. sharon(*)cleardaypublishing.com
Beth Warden (Rob) - Beth has been in radio the majority of her life, starting at the age of 14 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota in the early 80's. Employers in the early years of her career included KELO AM, and Tom Ingstad Broadcasting where she was an on-air talent. Moving into a sales and leadership role, Beth was general manager at KCGN AM & FM of Sioux Falls/Milbank South Dakota in the 90's. After relocating to her husband Rob's hometown of Edmonton Alberta, Beth continued in new avenues of broadcasting at CKER radio. Since 2004, she has been involved with Touch Canada Broadcasting based in Edmonton. Currently she is host of the music and call in program "Today's Family with Beth Warden" airing weeknights from 6-10pm on Shine FM stations in Edmonton, Calgary and Grande Prairie, AB, and on CJCA Saturday evenings from 6pm - 12am. The program is created from her home studio in Nanaimo, BC. You can listen to her program streaming live at <http://www.shinefm.com/> during show times. In addition to her radio program, Beth is heard literally around the world as a voiceover artist, with commercials and specialty recordings for radio and television, to hostess for Superfast ferries in Greece, to the voice "Vicci" the interactive shopping directory character located in numerous shopping centres throughout Canada, including Woodgrove and Mayfair shopping centres on Vancouver Island. Personally Beth has been married to Rob Warden for 13 years and they are the proud parents of two young children. http://www.bethwarden.com
Michael Warmington (Sharon) PARKSVILLE - Montreal-born Michael wanted to be a broadcaster after falling in love with his own voice at the age of 16 while being interviewed on a sock hop program on his hometown station of CJAD. He began his illustrious albeit short award-winning career at CFOM Quebec City - a little 500 watter. After learning the basics he progressed to CJOY Guelph, CKLB Oshawa, CKCO-TV Kitchener, CKEY Toronto, CJAD Montreal and CHED Edmonton. While news director at CHED Michael was honoured by the Radio and Television News Directors Association with the DAN award for excellence and professionalism in the 11 years he spent in news reporting. He now resides in Parksville.
Heather Yoner - Graduated from Radio Arts program at Lethbridge Community College in May 1982. She was hired by YR Radio (Yellowhead Broadcasting) for her first full time radio job during the spring & summer of 1982. Moved back to Lethbridge to work at 1220 CJOC in September 1982 until November 1984, when she decided to relocate permanently to Vancouver Island. After settling into her new full time job with the Royal Bank in Nanaimo, she was also hired by Bob Adshead at 1350 CKEG, working part-time on-air until 1992, when she had to leave to focus on her banking career. Eventually, when the time came to change careers, Heather was hired at Island Radio in January 2000. During her long tenure here, she has seen a huge evolution in the company: first, the changes to AM stations formerly known as CHUB & CKEG becoming CKVW ("102.3 The Wave") and CHWF ("106.9 The Wolf"), as well as The Beach & The Lounge (Parksville/Qualicum Beach) and The Peak (Port Alberni); second, the change of ownership to the Jim Pattison Broadcasting Group. She is proud to work for Island Radio and continues to thoroughly enjoy working in her roles today as The Wave's Music Director and Wave morning show co-host. Life-long learning is also very important to her - in 2003 she obtained her diploma from Malaspina University College's Interior Design program.