Dana Mahon - Dana started writing at age 15, and never turned back. Joining Vancouver View in 2007, she has interviewed the likes of David Foster, Ty Pennington, Jason Priestley, Pamela Martin and many more. Studying fitness, health and wellness at the University of Winnipeg, Dana moved to Vancouver to pursue her career in workplace wellness and health promo Housing and Hospitality Services.
Kristen McKenzie - A former Winnipegger, Kristen moved to Vancouver 10 years ago and instantly embarked upon a love affair with the Lower Mainland’s diverse art and culinary scenes. Previously the entertainment and lifestyle reporter for Vancouver 24 hours, she now serves as the communications coordinator for Tourism Richmond as well as a theatre reviewer for Vancitybuzz.com and Metro Vancouver. You can follow her local adventures on Twitter: @MissAboutTown.
Noa Glow - With a life that revolves around writing, Noa Glouberman’s work has been featured in titles from Vancouver to Toronto (and back), including Flare, Wish, Urban Baby & Toddler, Home Makeover and more, as well as various Toronto Star and Business in Vancouver Media publications. Beyond working, walking her dog (shout out to Wally!), indulging in rich desserts and practising yoga daily (to offset the dessert), she scouts city streets for up-and-coming business ventures and the entrepreneurs behind them.
‘Reach’ for Success
Karra Barron - Karra Barron is a Copywriter and Freelance Writer who loves writing, eating delicious things and living in the beautiful city of Vancouver, B.C. A writer since the age of three, Karra’s ditched the crayons and learned how to use words to create powerful marketing tools that tell your story best. Check her out at www.karrabarron.com or tweet her at @karrabarron.
Erica Blitz - An international adventuress, Erica Blitz currently resides in Vancouver, BC, where she spends her time doing what she loves: writing, teaching and practicing yoga, and spending time in nature. She works as a freelance writer and editor focusing on travel, health, sustainability and lifestyle. Her work has appeared in publications including the Vancouver Sun and SharedVISION.
Michelle Bouffard and Michaela Morris - House Wine is a Vancouver-based consultancy company offering private and corporate wine tastings, team building seminars, wine tours, restaurant consultation and cellar management. Collectively, co-owners Michelle Bouffard and Michaela Morris have dedicated over 25 years to their vinous pursuits. Michelle and Michaela write for a variety of local and national magazines, sit on expert panels for local trade and consumer events, make regular radio and television appearances and have traveled to many of the world’s major wine regions. house wine advocates wine pleasure without pretence, where wine is demystified and laughs are guaranteed.
Crystal Carson - Crystal Carson’s fashion style is sophisticated—and audacious. She’s been a fashionista since she was a little girl rummaging through her mommy’s closet and playing dress-up with her brother. Fashion is a form of art, she insists, and she has certainly devised some masterpieces.
Ask an Expert
Amy Chalmers - Amy Chalmers is an internationally qualified Dermal Therapist and the founder of Natural Skin Solutions in downtown Vancouver. With her extensive background as a clinical trainer, product formulator, researcher, and consultant, she now specializes in developing and delivering natural alternatives to invasive and ablative cosmetic procedures. Her latest treatment innovation, Topical Cell Therapy, combines years of experience with Medical Skin Needling and bio-active therapies to create a new leading edge in skin care. For information on how to achieve your best skin the natural way, go to www.Naturalskinsolutions.ca
Grace Cheung - Grace has always had a fork in one hand, and a pen in the other as she eats her way through Vancouver’s restaurant scene with a discerning bite. She spends her day scouring the best eateries and racking up frequent dining points. In between meals, she works as a marketer for a financial firm and also has her own company, providing social media services to local restaurants and entertainment venues. Must haves: blackberry, iPad, and a nice barolo. Monitor the feasting at GraceCheung604.com or in realtime on Twitter @gracecheung604.
Paul Duchart - Paul Duchart has been photographing celebrities and rock stars in Vancouver for the last 10 years for international magazines?such as People, US, In Touch and Life & Style. He has also contributed to Vancouver’s two leading daily papers in addition to having penned social columns in each of the two free dailies. Duchart is currently travelling the world as a production coordinator with Shaw TV’s The Travel Guys, but when he’s at home?he enjoys attending some of Vancouver’s hottest parties as an event photographer.
Vancity Hot Sheet
James Gordon - For the last twelve years Jim has been the weekly film critic on the Friday CTV News at 5 PM, and he has been co-hosting/co-producing the weekly TV show The Travel Guys for the last six as well. Jim’s reviews of books, music, and restaurants/nightlife have appeared in numerous publications over the fifteen years he has put in as a member of the Vancouver media.
Dave Hamilton - Vancouver-based photographer, Dave Hamilton, encapsulates the essence of every subject he shoots. Specializing in creative portraits, fashion editorials, commercial and workshops, his images are uniquely captivating.
Laura Henry - Laura Henry has been studying astrology and metaphysics for over 25 years and is available for readings via phone or in person. She uses astrology to assist people wishing to discover their strengths, challenges and gifts in this lifetime, as well as to examine future trends for clients to maximize opportunities for personal growth. Readings are taped and completely confidential.
To Die for Faces
Erin Ireland - Food reporter and lover of cuisine, Erin Ireland aspires to spend the rest of her life eating food that is to die for. When coerced to relinquish the fork, she swaps it with a microphone to dish on the best new restaurants in Vancouver and her favorite ‘to die for’ products on Urban Rush. You can also read Erin’s weekly ‘Lunch Rush’ column in Metro Newspaper every Tuesday and taste her banana bread in cafes in and around Vancouver.
Style & Success
Dani Kremeniuk - When she isn’t staring out her apartment window trying to meet her writing deadlines, Dani Kremeniuk can be found on a perilous journey in pursuit of urban semantics.
Princess Labrador - The Personal Training Manager of Steve Nash Sports Club Downtown, Princess is a certified personal trainer, medical exercise specialist, group fitness and Pilates instructor. With a degree in Physiotherapy, she specializes in both active and post rehabilitation training producing safe and effective exercise programs.
Darren Parkman - Darren Parkman is a longtime Vancouver radio and TV broadcaster. He’s spent decades interviewing celebrities in Vancouver’s bustling film industry, including legends like Bob Hope, Tony Bennett, Anthony Quinn and Mickey Rooney, along with contemporary stars such as Hugh Jackman, Kiefer Sutherland and Mark Wahlberg—to name a few. Parkman also hosts a national TV travel show called The Travel Guys with co-host Jim Gordon.
Fred Lee - Fred Lee’s fabulous sense of humour and unique style makes him our ‘Man About Town.’ The social butterfly steps out with Rick Cluff Monday mornings on CBC Radio One’s The Early Edition to share all Vanhattan’s A-list happenings, red carpet parties, must-attend galas and fabulous fundraisers. Fred contributes weekly social columns to the Vancouver Courier (‘Fred UnLEEshed’) and National Post (‘City Life’). ‘Fred on the Town’ appears weekly on TV Week. An advocate for the arts, Fred is also the resident theatre reviewer for Urban Rush. Fred, along with fellow CBC colleague Margaret Gallagher, hosted the national CBC Radio One food show Flavour of the Week. When not gala-vanting, Fred is an Associate Director, Alumni Relations at the University of British Columbia.
Tara Lee - Tara Lee is a freelance food and restaurant writer whose work appears in such publications as the Vancouver Sun, the Georgia Straight, Northwest Palate, and Vancouver Magazine’s Eating & Drinking Guide. She also has a PhD in Asian Canadian Literature and teaches in the English department at UBC. You can follow her musings at literaryculinaryrambles.blogspot.com.
Flavour & Travel
Alison Malone Eathorne - Alison Malone is a Vancouver-based writer who hails from Vancouver Island. She has lived in Australia and has travelled to such destinations as Fiji, England, Thailand, Spain, Nepal, the Cook Islands, Portugal, New Zealand and France. When not at her laptop, she can be found strolling on Kits Beach, carving up the slopes in Whistler and poring over travel guides, cookbooks and interior design magazines at local bookstores.
Cole MacKinnon - A freelance writer, musician, and food lover, Cole can generally be found a) working on his computer, b) out at a local show, c) in the kitchen making a snack. He has spent a decade in the Vancouver music scene in an assortment of roles. Currently, he composes for the advertising, film, and television industries. To get in Cole’s good books, try inviting him to a BBQ.
‘Reach’ for Success
Dammy Ogunseitan - Dammy Ogunseitan is the founder and publisher of Reach Magazine. After graduating at Simon Fraser University in 2008, Dammy decided to enter the business world by starting his own magazine. Reach Magazine is a free quarterly publication and website that focuses on the niche market of entrepreneurs. In 2010, Dammy decided to create the Buzz Entrepreneur Event. An event that brings together entrepreneurs from all industries. Dammy hopes to continue building his business in Vancouver and hopes to continue giving entrepreneurs a stage where they can keep showcasing their talents.
Susan Semeniw - Susan Semeniw is Divine Intervention’s founder, lead matchmaker and love coach. Divine is a boutique relationship-oriented matchmaking service, where quality always trumps quantity. More than a singles dating service, Divine pulls out all the stops to help clients find the right relationship. With more than 15 years’ experience in corporate sales and marketing, Susan is an intuitive and creative thinker, described by colleagues as a natural networker.
Ishra Sharif - Ishra had her first byline at the age of 18—fashion writing allows her love for sharing info on the latest shopping finds or stylish music artists to find an outlet in print, online and in all facets of her life. With a well-rounded understanding of the style industry, Ishra is intoxicated with the business side of fashion and acts as beauty brand builder for myfaceworks. Her must-haves: music, sunshine, clear blue ocean water, an iPhone, a Macbook and an army of shoes. Find her on Twitter @IshraSharif.
Ask a Financial Planner
Jeff Swanson - Jeff Swanson is the President of Swanson Financial Footprint Inc., a highly respected wealth management and financial planning group based in Vancouver. He utilizes the Financial Footprint process to ensure each client’s financial future is organized, secure, and optimized to the highest level possible. Areas of expertise include Retirement Planning, Investments, Insurance Protection, & Estate Planning Strategies. His clientele includes successful business owners, executives, professionals and families who appreciate his ability to develop and continually monitor their wealth management plan. He is asked to contribute financial advice to several radio stations and publications, including The National Post. For more information on the successful Financial Footprint process, go to www.financialfootprint.ca.
Michael van den Bos - Michael van den Bos is a freelance writer and critic of film and teaches motion picture theory and history at the Vancouver Film School. Michael also teaches animation history at Capilano College in North Vancouver and has 22 years experience as a producer and director in the live-action and animation industries. Michael also designs and directs live events. His favourite movie is Singin’ in the Rain. His favourite singer is Frank Sinatra. And his favourite drink is anything single malt bought for him at his favourite club, Campoverde.
Joe Wiebe - Joe Wiebe is an aspiring novelist and freelance writer based in Vancouver. He has written more than 100 articles for dozens of newspapers and magazines, including the Globe and Mail, Vancouver Sun, enRoute, Geist, Toro, BC Business and the Georgia Straight, on topics including books and authors, beer and brewing culture, sports, wine, travel and contemporary culture.
Alice Zhou - Alice Zhou is a multi-talented event producer and publicist with Gracious Host Events & PR. Graduating from Simon Fraser University with a degree in Communications, her passion for building relationships and creating a massive network has led her to create a business social club named, Social Butterfly Club. She is also active in the community with volunteering and speaks regularly to various civic groups on the topics of networking, event management, social media and how to become a public speaker.
Joe Leary - Freelance writer and TEAM 1040 Radio sports anchor. Prior to returning to radio in 2006, where he co-hosted ‘The Jenn and Joe Show on CFUN, Joe spent 13 years as a TV weather anchor and Breakfast Television presenter and co-host, during his many roles and numerous jobs within the local media scene. Joe currently writes feature sports profiles for the BC Lions, files a weekly music interview for 24 HRS Newspaper, contributes ‘The Hot Sheet’ page for Vancouver View Magazine: www.thehotsheet.net as well as his weekly ‘Joe Biz Blog’ and various musings for TV WEEK Magazine’s online edition: www.tvweekonline.ca In between these and various and sundry other writing assignments, Joe can also be heard in several capacities around the radio dial, including his newly-launched, ‘Just Here for the Beer Radio Show’ on AM 650.