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Hello Campbell River. My name is Maria Kirley. My husband, my poodles and I arrived here this March, amidst a huge snowstorm. We had so much fun unloading furniture in blizzard-like conditions. Little did we know at that time that we were about to enjoy the most fabulous summer ever. Despite the chilly arrival, I received warm welcomes from everyone I met; special thanks to the Newcomers’ Club members who went out of their way to make me feel right at home. Back up just a little, I arrived in Canada in the year 2000, when the Victoria Airport was still a single room. Once I got my bearings and became an active and productive part of the Sidney community, I answered an ad for a sales representative position with the Peninsula News Review, (a sister Black Press publication). I was hooked. There is no more exhilarating, exasperating, pull-out your hair and hold your breath challenging game than working for a community newspaper. It puts you right at the heart of things. Who is planning expansion? Who is running for public office? Which organization is raising funds toward what excellent cause? Who is having a last minute sale and needs ad copy “yesterday?” I love to create campaigns that help businesses reach out to readers who are looking for just exactly what they are offering. The reward at the end of the day is hearing “I like this, this approach will work for me, let’s run with it!” Even better, the followup phone call, “It worked! We had people coming through our doors all day!”

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