Comox Valley family leaving ‘good friend’ for new adventure

“The Comox Valley has been a good friend,” says a nostalgic Robin Rivers as she discusses plans for a cross-country move.

Robin Rivers and her family are moving from the Comox Valley to Halifax.

Robin Rivers and her family are moving from the Comox Valley to Halifax.

“The Comox Valley has been a good friend,” says a nostalgic Robin Rivers as she discusses plans for a cross-country move. After six years in the Valley, Rivers and her family will launch the next phase of their lives in Halifax.Rivers is senior partner at Our Big Earth Media Co. — one of Western Canada’s only recognized digital periodicals for families — and has garnered much attention and respect from Valley residents in past years.Local readers need not fear the loss of Rivers’ creative and candid voice; she will use social media to document the fast-approaching adventure.Starting May 31, Rivers and husband Ken Henderson will wake the kids, load up the family truck, and embark on a roughly 6,500-kilometre road trip to Nova Scotia; for 10 days, she will share their journey via Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, YouTube and ourbigearth.com. Rivers hopes the social media project will serve as “a charming, engaging and adaptive way to give people a personal look at the Canadian experience.”The trip will be a spirited learning experience, as Rivers and her family set eyes on all sorts of new territory. Rivers, who has never been to the East Coast, is especially excited to immerse herself in the “wonderfully vibrant literary and cultural community in Halifax.”Her older daughter — an outgoing young animal enthusiast — can’t wait to check out the Hope Wildlife Society in Seaforth, N.S. Those following Rivers’ journey can expect coverage of the family’s visits to several popular tourist destinations, including Drumheller and Niagara Falls.The decision to relocate came about after Henderson was hired into a lead position on a television project with Halifax Film of DMX Media. The opportunity presented itself suddenly.“Thursday morning I was looking for daycare in the Valley for my eldest daughter,” laughs Rivers as she recalls the day of the job offer, “and Thursday evening we were moving to Halifax!”The surprise, she says, was certainly “bittersweet.”  Although Rivers is embracing the profound change her and her family will encounter in Nova Scotia, she will miss the incredibly supportive and engaging community here.The Comox Valley is “the only place we’ve ever really known as a family,” Rivers explains.The older of her two daughters was only a year old when Rivers and her husband moved to the Valley from San Francisco. She concludes that while the Valley will always be home to a wealth of valued memories, “It’s time for (her and her family) to take on a new adventure.”Because the decision was made so unexpectedly, Rivers has had little time to “navigate the Our Big Earth transition,” but she wants “to be respectful both of the community we’ve been part of for the past six years and also of the community we’re going to.”Rivers confidently informs the Record that, “Our Big Earth will remain what it is.”The online publication will retain its “Vancouver Island focus,” with managing editor Susan Urie “spearheading content for the foreseeable future.”Rivers adds that, as she is currently tackling two national projects (Book for Treats Canada and National Costume Swap Day Canada), she “expected to be moving away from the content part of the business anyway.”Readers and viewers can keep up with Rivers and her family at www.ourbigearth.com, www.facebook.com/ourbigearth, www.twitter.com/#!/ourbigearth and www.pinterest.com/robinmrivers.

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