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.

Sue Hodgson –

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.

Steven Haley-Browning –
Account Manager

Steven Haley-Browning settled on the Saanich Peninsula nine years ago and has been part of the local business community for many years, owning and managing many businesses local residents would recognize!

Joining the Seaside team as Account Manager has allowed him to get out and connect with the community in a different way. There is no better place to call home. 

Leah-Anne MacLeod –
Creative Director

I was born and raised in Victoria and in my off time, you can often find me out exploring Vancouver Island with my family and friends!

With a background in a variety of visual and fine arts, I’ve taken my skills into the digital world. My graphic design experience spans a variety of media for both large and small companies.

I’m very excited to be joining the Seaside Magazine team and getting to know the people and community in the Saanich Peninsula.

Cassidy Nunn –
Staff Photographer

Cassidy Nunn grew up in North Vancouver but spent many summers of her adolescence living in Victoria with her cousins, going horseback riding, spending days at the beach and enjoying the Island life. Her connection to Victoria brought her back to study Writing and Photojournalism at the University of Victoria.

Her degree was interrupted a few times by trips to Southeast Asia, India and Australia and then again when she acquired her horse, Zappa, but she did eventually graduate and began her photography company, Nunn Other Photography, that same year. She began by making photo art cards (which she still loves to do) and then was approached to photograph a few weddings and portrait sessions.

Seven years later she enjoys photographing just about everything from equestrian portraits to weddings to editorial content for Seaside. Cassidy has really enjoyed being a part of the Seaside team and meeting so many incredible residents and business owners on the Peninsula.

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.

Gillian Crowley –
Art 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.

Jo Barnes –
Take Note
What’s the Word?
Living Off the Land
Contributing Writer

Jo has always had a passion for fine arts.  She was born and raised in Campbell River where she participated in musical theatre in school and also trained, performed and competed in a range of dance styles. Jo spent many hours developing her skills in highland dance and also playing the bagpipes, both reflecting her Scottish family roots.

Today, the same passion for creativity remains just as strong. Jo holds a Bachelor of Arts in Honours English (UVic) and has been published in Island Writers Magazine, Monday Magazine, and on various Caribbean resort and excursion websites. Since 2003 she has been actively involved with the local theatre scene performing in numerous stage, musical theatre and film productions.

“Shakespeare Returns to Sidney” was Jo’s first entry into Seaside Magazine, and since then she has enjoyed playing with words in a wide variety of articles such as “Stories from the Sky”, farm series “Living off the Land”, wordplay series “What’s the Word?” and also coordinating the monthly “Take Note” event calendar.

Doreen Marion Gee –
Contributing 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.

Lara Gladych –
Word on the Street

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.

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

Jesse Holth –

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

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!