New look, same reliable news source

Comox Valley Record publisher Chrissie Bowker

Comox Valley Record publisher Chrissie Bowker

Chrissie Bowker

Record publisher

It gives me great pleasure to present to you our first edition with the new design of the Comox Valley Record. I hope it informs, educates and ultimately makes you feel more connected to our community and the amazing part of the world we live in.

I’m new to the Comox Valley and the Record, but already both feel like home.

I began my relationship with Black Press community newspapers when I returned to Canada eight years ago, following my work in film publishing in the UK.

I spent some happy years at the South Delta Leader and really enjoyed my deep involvement and connection in the community; it was good to belong. Coming from London, where tube riders would avoid eye contact and communication at all cost, Delta was a refuge to connect and feel at home.

In that way, Comox is not very different from Delta. We face similar concerns, challenges and opportunities: three separate communities committed to working as one, while maintaining separate identities; a seaside community that tussles with the potential of economic growth while maintaining its true beauty; a thoroughfare for travellers; and thriving core for artists, entrepreneurs, aquaculture and agriculture.

I believe in community, collaboration and partnership. It’s my vision to publish a paper that engages our readers and encourages them, to not only read our paper, but to interact with us and the community at large. I want them to anticipate reading the Record from front to back with a large cup of local brew.

Our cover stories will aim to feature the diversity of the community and speak to the cultures, issues and compassion of the people that you want to know more about. We’re committed to unearthing the true gems in our neighbourhoods and celebrating the treasures that stay somewhat hidden in your kingdom.

Personally, I’m delighted to introduce ‘Coffee With’, a weekly feature that I hope will become one of your favourite pieces to flip to to see who is featured: your neighbour; coach; grandmother; or babysitter.

These pieces are less about facts and bottom lines, and more about where community members come from, what brought them to the Valley and what makes them tick. I already look forward to reading this article each week, with my coffee, and discovering the true character of an individual in the Valley. Hopefully you’ll look forward to it as well.

So come along on a journey with us, getting to know our community a little better each week.

 

Chrissie Bowker is the publisher of the Comox VAlley record

 

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

A map of the Village Forest Lands near Cumberland. Image, Village of Cumberland
Cumberland adopts forest management direction statement

Less detailed than full plan, documents sets out decision-making for village-owned land

Gp Vanier in Courtenay. Circa 2018. Photo courtesy Comox Valley Schools
Another COVID exposure alert for Vanier Secondary in Courtenay

Island Health has sent another exposure alert to parents of students attending… Continue reading

“Of Bears at Fridges, drinking Planes and Cinderella’s Shoe” is Jordis Trumby’s first children’s book. Photo supplied.
Courtenay author writes, illustrates first children’s book

When is a collaboration not a collaboration? At first glance, Courtenay author… Continue reading

The 5th Street Bridge requires structural improvements, new coating to repair and prevent corrosion, and deck repairs. File photo
City of Courtenay awards contract for 5th Street Bridge project

The City of Courtenay has awarded the contract for the rehabilitation of… Continue reading

Pumpjacks pump crude oil near Halkirk, Alta., June 20, 2007.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Larry MacDougal
Gas prices jump in the Valley – and experts predict prices to rise even more

“We still could be talking about record prices…”

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

t
Province invests $2M in three Vancouver Island food hubs

Hub network provides shared-use processing facilities to small agri-businesses

A vial of Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine is pictured at a family doctor office, Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021 in Paris. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP -Christophe Ena
Trudeau ‘optimistic’ that timeline for rollout of COVID vaccines can be accelerated

Canada set to receive more than 6M COVID-19 vaccine dose than initially expected, by end of March

Beginning late Tuesday, anti-pipeline protesters blocked the intersection of Hastings Street and Clark Drive in Vancouver. (Instagram/Braidedwarriors)
Demonstrators block key access to Vancouver port over jail for pipeline protester

They group is protesting a 90-day jail sentence handed to a fellow anti-pipeline protester

Two Vancouver police officers were struck by a car when the driver learned he was being arrested for allegedly using a fraudulent credit card to pay for food. (Vancouver Police Department)
Driver being arrested for alleged food order fraud rams Vancouver police with car

Two officers are in stable condition, suffering with soft tissue injuries following the incident

A discarded blue surgical mask is shown hanging in a bush in Montreal, Sunday, Dec. 6, 2020, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues in Canada and around the world. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes
B.C. RMT suspended for not wearing a mask after confirmed by undercover clients

College of Massage Therapists has 5 open files, said suspension necessary to protect public

Residential lawn and garden watering with a sprinkler is not permitted during Stage 3 water restrictions. File photo
Stage 3 restrictions apply to Comox Valley Water System during pipe repair

The Comox Valley Water System will move to Stage 3 from March… Continue reading

Most Read