With every New Year comes the excitement of starting something new. Whether it’s a new lifestyle goal or a new career move, the possibilities appear most enticing and fresh come January 1. That’s how I feel about Lethbridge Living.
For those who do not know me, allow me to share a little bit about myself. Journalism has been a passion of mine since before I could even spell the word. As a young girl, my parents would often find me squirreled away in my room, writing stories or poems and voraciously reading book after book. My love for the written word began with the stories my parents would read to me as a child. Today I search for the stories that exist within our community, our heritage, and our hearts. I endeavour to share those stories with you, our valued readers.
I am beyond grateful for the opportunity to be part of the small but mighty team at Lethbridge Living. I began my role as Managing Editor in November, after my stint as a newspaper reporter for three and a half years. Prior to that I completed the Print Journalism program at Lethbridge College. It’s funny to think that exactly five years ago, I was a student intern at Lethbridge Living and my first story in the magazine was published.
This year marks the 25th Anniversary of Lethbridge Living. We are humbled by the honour to celebrate this achievement, which would not have been possible without the contributions of many local storytellers, photographers and advertisers over the past quarter century. Lethbridge Living would not exist were it not for the vision and dedication of our past publishers and editors… To all of you, we say THANK YOU, for sharing the stories that matter to our community.
We recognize this special anniversary on pages 20-25, where we catch up on the interesting lives of two people featured in our very first issue - Jodie Gallais, Miss Teen Lethbridge 1994, and Stevin Tuchiwsky, Lethbridge & District Cancer Society’s poster boy in 1994.
The United Nations has declared 2019 as the International Year of Indigenous Languages. As our city continues to strive for reconciliation, we recognize the important contribution indigenous language makes to our rich cultural diversity. Les Vonkeman shares what the designation means to him on page 38.
Also, in this issue, we showcase the 2019 World Men’s Curling Championship (pages 10-13), Black History Month and the Southern Alberta Ethnic Association’s new executive director (pages 16-17), little kids making a big difference (pages 18-19), and the opening of the Chinook Sexual Assault Centre (pages 26-28).
Much has changed since our first issue rolled off the Robins Southern Printing press in Spring 1994. But one thing never will – Lethbridge Living tells stories about the people who make Lethbridge and the surrounding area a vibrant place to play, work and live.
Managing Editor, Melissa Villeneuve
If you have a story or feature suggestion, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.