When the magazine was first envisioned by David Carpenter, who owned Robins Southern Printing, two names were on the table: Lethbridge living and Lethbridge Fresh. He dreamed of starting his own magazine and, with the purchase of his first large four-colour printing press, it became a reality. A dedicated team of editorial staff was established, comprised of Rick Gillis (Publisher), Len Phillips (General Manager), Darcy Novakowski (Editor/Art Director), and Martin Oordt (Associate Editor), along with many talented local freelancers, photographers and designers. The first issue rolled off the press in Spring 1994. It ran as a quarterly publication, and reached 17,000 readers.
Martin and Mary Oordt, TriM Marketing Ltd., purchased Lethbridge living in 1996. Over the next 10 years, the husband and wife team continued to share the interesting stories within Southern Alberta, stories that “helped draw the region together,” said Mary. “Validation that everyone has a story that can be told made us better citizens.”
In Spring 2007, Tim Rempel and Mike Roelofs bought the magazine, which was published under 2R Inc. Tim and Jenn Schmidt-Rempel became the Editors, and the magazine’s first website and social media profiles were established later that year. Lethbridge living moved to a publishing schedule of six times per year in January 2009. The year 2014 marked the magazine’s 20th anniversary, and an impressive spread of history and “Where are they now?” stories was shared throughout the publication year. Lethbridge living now reached more than 90,100 readers at homes and businesses across Southwestern Alberta.
After 11 years of their tireless hard work and devotion to serving our community, the torch was handed to our Publisher Dana Inkster, EM Workshop Inc., in 2018. Lethbridge Living becomes a non-profit publication, and an Endowment Fund is established to become “the magazine that gives back to our community.”
This small local publication has weathered many ups, downs, and technological changes over the years, yet through it all we are still thriving. We have you, our loyal readers and advertisers, to thank for your unwavering support. It has been a great honour serving Southern Alberta. We look forward to the next 25 years!