Let­ter from the Editor

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Dear Read­ers, Liebe Leser/Le­serin­nen,

This edi­tion will be the start of a se­ries of “spe­cials”: Septem­ber - Ok­to­ber­fest Ok­to­ber - Later­nen­fest Novem­ber - Niko­laus­fest De­cem­ber - Wei­h­nachten & Sylvester (New Year) For those of you who do not know me, I am Elke. I was born in Toronto, ON and came to BC at age 2. At age 5, I started at­tend­ing the Sur­rey Ger­man Lan­guage School, where I fin­ished nine years later. In 1995, my hus­band and I moved to Syd­ney, Aus­tralia, where I man­aged to get a job as an “Au­tho­rised Su­per­vi­sor” of the Preschool of the Johannes Guten­berg Ger­man School. In the year 2000, we came back to Van­cou­ver. In 2005, I opened up a nanny agency for Ger­mans, Swiss & Aus­tri­ans, but that didn’t pan out, although was a great ex­pe­ri­ence. Fi­nally, in 2007, I be­gan my first is­sue of “Ger­man Voices Van­cou­ver News­let­ter”, which mor­phed into Westcoast Ger­man News as you see it to­day. Putting a mag­a­zine to­gether is a lot of hard work. I cre­ate con­tent, sell ads, find sub­scribers and am al­ways ac­tively seek­ing spon­sors who like the idea of a Ger­man-Cana­dian pub­li­ca­tion, which is a unique, one-of-a-kind prod­uct that ex­ists no where else on earth! Just re­cently an ar­ti­cle ap­peared on how Ger­man Churches are dy­ing and some­one wrote un­der­neath “Good rid­dance.” But those Ger­man churches were once re­place­ment fam­i­lies for the lonely, a kind of com­bi­na­tion com­mu­nity cen­tre and ex­tended fam­ily. They were a place you could get a job, find a place to live, celebrate Ger­man hol­i­days and meet other peo­ple that spoke Ger­man. I think it is just too bad they didn’t stay rel­e­vant and are of­fer­ing a “mu­seum ap­proach to Ger­man Cul­ture” as some­one so colour­fully ex­pressed. That is why I am hop­ing to have at least this mag­a­zine as a small re­place­ment, where peo­ple can learn about events, peo­ple, places and things Aus­trian, Ger­man & Swiss. Re­al­iz­ing that you are not alone as a Ger­man Speaker, although you are liv­ing in a city of mil­lions, like Van­cou­ver or Port­land, or Los An­ge­les. Find­ing out where you can find that lo­cal Ger­man cul­ture that will make you feel at home.

Welcome! Sei her­zlich Wil­lkom­men! Your pub­lisher/editor, Elke Porter

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