First Word from the Publisher

by Sue Hodgson

As my two children are heading off to University at the end of this month, I’ve been thinking a lot about how I got into my career. It was all a bit of luck, or actually, as I like to say: “things happen for a reason.” I did two years at UNB and then finished off my social sciences degree at UVic, specializing in sociology. And then I remember wondering: “what’s next?” I really had no clue. I assumed I had to specialize in something, so law seemed interesting. Did my LSAT and had my advisor all arranged … but wait … I needed to travel first. So, I took a year and travelled around the world, came back and I was never the same; I realized I was never going back to school! 

I got a restaurant-type job for a while and then I met Evelyn Butler. She changed my world; that is, because of her, publishing became my world. Many will still know her, as she was the epitome of the publishing world! I can still remember my first press check with Boulevard; a 160-page magazine and we would go into the wee hours of the night at the plant before we were done.

My love of publishing will never leave me. Having a platform to create a bigger impact; to express our love of living a beautiful life with storytelling; to create stunning imagery; to be an authority on design and style; and to work with so many incredible clients, essentially playing a part in their hopes and dreams.

I’ve told my children, as they move into the next phase of their adult life: they can do anything. And like me, anything can happen if you allow yourself to be open to it. I never in a million years thought I would be doing what I am today. I tell you: life is a blessing and I’m so grateful to bring Seaside to life every month with my incredible team.

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