After almost nine years at the Comox Valley Record, Mark Allan is retiring Friday as editor.
A newspaper journalist for almost 35 years, his reporting and editing stints included Prince George, Port Hardy and the Comox Valley. Allan worked first in radio for several years and he did some freelance work for the CBC.
The highlight of his journalism career was receiving the prestigious Eric Dunning Integrity Award at the 2004 Ma Murray B.C. community newspapers awards ceremony.
He still has some things he wants to do.
“I’ll do some freelance writing, perhaps some contract work around the Valley,” he says. Volunteering is an option, and he plans to use his increased flexibility to appreciate the Comox Valley’s deep and talented pool of creative people.
While he loves music most among the arts, Allan would like some increased exposure to live theatre and art. And, of course, more quality time with his wife Kimberley, who loves the Comox Valley as much as he does.
Terry Farrell will be the new editor of the Record. He is scheduled to arrive April 21.