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Don Bodger, born in Chemainus, began his newspaper career in 1979 at the hometown Ladysmith-Chemainus Chronicle. He went into broadcasting for a short time at Duncan radio station CKAY and then returned to print media with the Cowichan Leader in Duncan as sports editor and community news/features reporter in 1983. Bodger spent a total of 31 years with the newspaper under various names, but known as the Cowichan News Leader-Pictorial when it shut down in 2015. He was hired as a freelance reporter by Warren Goulding for Askew Creek Publications’ South Cowichan Echo and Chemainus Valley Courier in May of 2015. Goulding also founded the Duncan Free Press in 2016 and Bodger became the news editor of all three monthly publications in January of 2017. After Black Press bought the Courier and turned it into a weekly, Bodger started as the editor in June of 2017.
Advertising Sales Representative
Born and raised on Vancouver Island, Tami Graham is happy to be back to her roots working as the new advertisings sales representative for the Chemainus Valley Courier. With years experience in the advertising field, Tami brings to the Courier a passion for working with local businesses with a commitment to customer service and creating advertising campaigns beneficial to each unique business. Starting her career in 2011 working for a community newspaper in Alberta under the Sun Media umbrella, Tami has gained valuable experience to determine that each business requires dedication and a creative campaign regardless of how big or small they are, that customer satisfaction is important with every advertiser. Tami began her Black Press career in 2016 at the Comox Valley Echo in Courtenay shortly after relocating back to B.C., then transferred to Duncan as part of the Cowichan Valley Citizen early in 2017. “Living in Crofton and working in Chemainus has been exciting and rewarding, being able to work in the community where I live and being so well received by the local businesses, it’s truly an honour to be here.”
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