About Us

Seaside Magazine is an impressive monthly publication with a 10 year long tradition of serving readers and advertisers on the Saanich Peninsula. It’s a magazine about community living highlighting news, events and the people that live on southern Vancouver Island. The magazine adds an extra dimension to our community space; a place where west coast culture is treasured and celebrated. It gives a glimpse of the people, places and ideas and unleashes the vibrant energy that the local community has to offer. The magazine publishes monthly, with a yearly distribution of 240,000.

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Sue Hodgson –
Publisher/Owner

Sue spent her childhood along the shores of the Bay of Chaleur, in Dalhousie, the northernmost town of New Brunswick, a culturally rich and diverse community. Beside enjoying the daily lifestyle of beachcombing, boating and windsurfing, Sue grew up in a family committed to forest management and a love for fish and wildlife. She graduated from the University of Victoria, with a BA in Social Sciences, and her professional background is publishing: she has served as a director at Page One Publishing and is former publisher of the Peninsula News Review and Boulevard Magazine. She is owner of Seaside Magazine, a Saanich Peninsula community publication dedicated to exploring the people, places and ideas of our West Coast culture. Sue has been a member of the Board of Directors for Beacon Community Services since 2007, and a Board of Director for Shaw Ocean Discovery. A resident of Greater Victoria for more than 25 years, Sue lives in North Saanich with her two school-aged children.

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Allison Smith –
Editor in Chief

Allison was born and raised in West Vancouver before moving to the Saanich Peninsula in 1992. A lifelong love of reading led her to a Journalism diploma from Vancouver’s Kwantlen Polytechnic University in 2003. She then spent five years as Editor in Chief of the commercial shipping trade journal Harbour & Shipping. After seven years in Vancouver Allison realized that it was no longer “home,” and with every trip back to the Island the lure of the salt air became stronger.

Seven years ago, Allison moved home to the Saanich Peninsula and has never looked back. She became Editor-in-Chief of Seaside, a position she held until October of last year when she took maternity leave to welcome her daughter Tessa. Now she is back at the job she loves, working with the people of her community and a fantastic group of women to create something she is proud to be a part of every month.

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Deborah Rogers –
Editorial Director

Deborah grew up in the southwest of England, moving to Vancouver Island with her young family in 2008. An English Literature graduate of the University of the West of England, Deborah has spent much of her career writing and editing; working with students, authors and many businesses. Three fun years at a local media agency also provided a thorough background in marketing.

After writing on assignment for Seaside Magazine for several years Deborah took the role as Editor-in-Chief as a maternity cover. The year provided excellent opportunities to connect with readers and understand the complex balance of editorial content. As Associate Publisher Deborah now has a hand in all aspects of Seaside Magazine’s monthly production. Working as part of a small team in a supportive community provides constant opportunities for thinking creatively, coming up with new ideas and continually refining the end product.

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Kelsey Boorman –
Design Assistant

A recent graduate of Emily Carr University’s design program, Kelsey has settled back in her hometown of Victoria with a new appreciation for the Island pace. She extends her creative practice from drawing to portrait painting to graphic design. Take a look at her artwork at www.kelseyartonline.com. When not making art, Kelsey enjoys attending exhibits, practicing yoga, or cuddling up with a cup of tea. She has found it a pleasure to work with Sue, Deborah, and Allison Smith, facilitating the fruition of all the tiny pieces that connect and unfold into a polished magazine. Seeing the end result of the magazine in print is forever rewarding, as “the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.” – Aristotle

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Elizabeth Moss –
Event Coordinator

Being born and raised here on the Saanich Peninsula has given me a love for the community and the people in it. Since I recently graduated from UVic’s Peter B Gustavson School of Business, I am excited to join the Seaside team again as Director of Sales and be apart of bringing you the amazing publication every month. We have a great team here at Seaside who cares about the community just as much as the people reading it. The seasons changing from warm August evenings to a slight chill in September brings new projects and new beginnings. I couldn’t be more excited for mine to be right here in Sidney and with Seaside! I look forward to seeing old faces around town and new ones as well, don’t hesitate to say Hi!

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Gillian Crowley –
Seaside Arts Scene

Gillian grew up in Penticton and spent 35 years in Calgary before retiring with her husband to the peaceful Saanich Peninsula.  Her love of writing blossomed in Grade 5 under an encouraging teacher. Following education degrees at UBC and U of C, she taught writing skills to college students and adults in the workplace for many years. That experience morphed eventually into a new career as an Accredited Business Communicator who advised organizations how best to create effective two-way conversations with employees and the public. In semi-retirement Gillian returned to her first love – writing – and tiptoed into the creative waters by writing her first article for Seaside Magazine in 2013. She enjoys writing Seaside’s monthly arts column and other articles about this pastoral area. An avid reader, Gillian volunteered to help the Sidney and Peninsula Literary Society promote their 2015 and 2017 literary festivals. This year she has taken up a fun new interest, photography.

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Doreen Marion Gee –
Writer

Writing is my life-line, giving me power and a voice when I feel that I have neither. I simply love the craft that has opened up a world of creative magic I could never have imagined. My passion for writing has brought me university success, an award for creative non-fiction in 2009 and a “finalist” honour in the 2012 Victoria Leadership Awards.

It is a wild and joyous ride at Seaside Magazine. A regular writer since 2010, I have covered everything from local business mavens and homelessness to progressive healthcare and world-class eateries. My work is a constant and compelling learning curve. The people I meet are the real stars in this glorious adventure – those smart, fascinating and colourful characters who pepper this unique seaside community. Some of them are doing things that are actually making this world a better place. As 2016 unfolds, I raise my glass to them.

Please visit me at OUTLAW Writing & Marketing: starjumper935.wix.com/outlaw

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Lara Gladych –
New & Noteworthy

Lara was born and raised in Sudbury, “the Gateway to Nothern Ontario.” When her family’s love of sailing brought them to Victoria, she decided to attend UVic, and ultimately completed a Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology, with a heavy emphasis on Psychology. Not long after completing her schooling, Lara got married and and lived on both coasts of the United States, until settling back on the Island in 2004. Sidney and North Saanich have been home ever since.

Lara has always loved studying and learning about people, which makes her current columns in Seaside Magazine a prefect match for her. Monthly interviews with restaurateurs and entrepreneurs on the Saanich Peninsula are a fulfilling and fascinating part of her life. Most recently a resident of Deep Cove, Lara loves her community and stays an active part of it primarily though her three children’s various activities and school networks.

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Solara Goldwynn –
Island Dish

Solara Goldwynn is a permaculture consultant, educator, plant propagator, farm market manager, and mother. She and her husband own Hatchet & Seed, an edible landscaping and regenerative land design business that works with clients to transform underutilized space into productive food growing systems. Working with local farmers and food growers in the Capital Region is a passion of hers. She hopes to encourage more people to get their hands dirty and be part of the local food movement. Solara lives with her family at Eco-Sense, a permaculture homestead and edible plant nursery in Victoria, B.C.

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Valerie Green –
Historically Speaking

Valerie Green was born and educated in England where her love of history, writing about the past and travel first began. After graduating from Journalism School in London, she worked at Foyles Book store in London, as a cub reporter on a local newspaper, as a legal secretary, and at the War Office (MI5.) in London.

She moved to Victoria, British Columbia in 1968, intending to only stay a year, but met her future husband, married and raised a family while pursuing a career as a freelance writer, columnist, and author of numerous historical, non-fiction books set in the Pacific Northwest, an area she loves and is proud to call home. In conjunction with publisher Sue Hodgson, she hopes to bring her Conversations From The Past column to life as a book in 2016.

Lately she has also branched out into true crime books, her most famous being Vanished – The Michael Dunahee Story, the tragic story of a child abduction cold case. A full list of her publications can be found on her website www.valeriegreen.ca

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Janice Henshaw –
Seaside Homes

I love writing for Seaside Magazine because it gives me the opportunity to meet so many interesting people. Each month I write the home review article, “Seaside Homes.” It is an honour for me to be invited into people’s homes and discover how they have created their own unique “nest.”

I also write other feature articles and have had the pleasure of meeting many local business people including dentists, chiropractors, a corn maze grower, and builders of high-tech performance racing simulators. Some of my past articles include “Wills: The Ins and Outs”, “Growing Young Farmers, It Takes a Community”, “Planning Your Legacy,” and “Life Goes On, But Will Never Be the Same.”

When I am not writing articles for Seaside Magazine, I write life stories. I believe it is a great gift to share the experiences and wisdom of a lifetime with family and friends.

I hope you enjoy coming along with me for some new experiences, new people, and new stories!

If you would like to find out more about life stories or read more of my work, please check out my blog and photographs at www.thelifestorywriter.com

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Jesse Holth –
Island Adventures

Jesse is a freelance writer and editor, who loves spending time in nature. After moving here to pursue studies at the University of Victoria, she fell in love with the ocean and hasn’t looked back since. She holds degrees in English and Anthropology, specializing in Archaeology. She’s so happy to live in this beautiful part of the world, and explores the hidden gems in our own backyard every chance she gets. She hopes to ignite your sense of adventure and inspire you to discover the outdoors, too. Whether hiking through the forest, walking barefoot on the beach, or taking in a glorious sunset, nature has the power to invigorate and revitalize. Make it a part of your everyday life!

Visit Jesse at JesseHolth.com or on Twitter @jesseholth

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Tina Kelly –
Salish Sea News

I grew up in Saanich, spending long days exploring the beach below my grandparents’ Cordova Bay home. This experience, along with my lifelong interest in animals and nature, led to a degree in biology from the University of Victoria, with a heavy emphasis on marine ecosystems. Around the world – working on marine mammal research projects – and back again, I am now the Director of Learning at the Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre, sharing my knowledge of ocean literacy and marine conservation values with thousands of visitors a year. Writing the Salish Sea News for Seaside Magazine is a much-appreciated opportunity to extend the learning outside the walls of the Centre. I am also a regular contributor to Island Parent and The Victoria Naturalist. Having my own photography accompany my words almost makes me giddy!

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Shai Thompson –
Ask a Stylist

Style is not what I do, it’s who I am. Since I can remember, fabric, colour, texture and shape have always influenced my palate. As a wardrobe stylist, author and musician I love the creative challenge and possibilities of leveraging individuals and corporations to wear themselves well. My commitment to fashion has me always on top of style trends and where to source product from. Creating solid solutions to wardrobe confusion is my success. This brings me joy!

As the owner of House of Lily Koi, I bring 20 years of experience as a leader in sales training, fashion and personal style. I’m a published author, keynote speaker and radio and tv personality. Prior to my career as an image consultant, I performed on stage across Canada as a professional musician for 20 years.

Check back regularly to see more of the Seaside team.