Letter from the Editor
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