Meet Catherine Dunwoody #withTownHall

By Leeann Froese

Well  its FriYAY – and a new week to bring you an amazing person #withTownHall!

If you are new to reading this blog or new to our company – we want you to know that we are proud that we have a big network, and we are continually meeting new and interesting personalities.

This week #withTownHall, we are rolling in on #featurefriday to introduce you to a media mogul, Catherine Dunwoody.

Catherine DunwoodyCatherine has been a media entrepreneur for over 25 years.

As a freelance journalist she covers various topics from fashion, travel, lifestyle and food/drink.The list of outlets Catherine contributes to is extensive but includes Flare, Chatelaine, Men’s Health, BC Living and Entertainment Weekly.

Her regular columns include, ‘TV Dinner’ with TV Week Magazine and At Home with Flavours Magazine,

Along with her writing portfolio, she is a freelance editor, stylist, and consultant across Canada and the US.

Catherine is also the editor of Real Weddings Magazine and Westworld BC.

With all that being said will you help us welcome Catherine to #withTownHall?

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Meet Pedro Parra #withTownHall

By Leeann Froese

Well  its FriYAY – and a new week to bring you an amazing person #withTownHall!

If you are new to reading this blog or new to our company – we want you to know that we are proud that we have a big network, and we are continually meeting new and interesting personalities.

This week #withTownHall, we are rolling in on #featurefriday to introduce you to an international terroir specialist, Pedro Parra.

Pedro Parra, Coolshanagh and Okanagan Crush Pad, terroir specialistPedro is a soil and terroir consultant from Chile.  To keep it simple, he assesses vineyard soil and determines which grape varietals will grow best based on soil type and composition. This includes digging pits and truly understanding the soil since different soil types yield different results in finished wine.

Pedro’s clients are mainly located in Chile, Argentina, and Italy, but he also works in Sonoma, British Columbia, Armenia, Uruguay, and Burgundy.

In BC, Pedro works with three of Town Hall’s PR clients. Beginning in 2012, he joined the Okanagan Crush Pad team as their terroir consultant and been apart of their journey ever  since helping them continue to move forward in crafting pure Okanagan wines. In 2014, Pedro assessed the soil of Coolshanagh Vineyard and noted the vineyard’s soil was in the top 15% in the world. Along with the vineyards in the Okanagan, Pedro consults with the Blue Grouse Estate Winery team in Cowichan Valley on their winemaking.

In this position, he has dug over 20,000 pits around the world to help winemakers create the best wine possible, because it’s not about the soil-it’s all about the wine. When Pedro chooses his wine he considers soil type & region over varietal.

With all that being said will you help us say hello to Pedro?

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Meet Crystal Allen #withTownHall

By Leeann Froese

Well  its FriYAY – and a new week to bring you an amazing person #withTownHall!

If you are new to reading this blog or new to our company – we want you to know that we are proud that we have a big network, and we are continually meeting new and interesting personalities.

This week #withTownHall, we are rolling in on #featurefriday to introduce you to an amazing creative director, Crystal Allen.

Crystal Allen, creative director, Hello Creative Family 02Crystal is the creative director and publisher at Hello Creative Family, where they celebrate the creative life by providing simple, everyday, and back-to-basics inspired projects. These include DIY, craft, food projects, and parenting reads. As well as curating the online magazine she contributes her own stories and articles.

Hello Creative Family came to light in 2015, emerging from the blog, Sew Creative, that Crystal owned and ran, which focused on creative living for women 25-50.

Pulling from Hello Creative Family DIY content, recently Crystal was on CTV Morning Live showing host Keri Adams how to make homemade beauty treatments.

Crystal also brings her creativity and fun into all she does at her own company West Coast Creative Company. She uses her background as a children’s book publicist from her time at Raincoast Books: she has amble experience in facilitating author tours, event planning and what it takes to build and maintain a brand.

Next up: Crystal will be bringing her skills to the upcoming Barn Burner BBQ in Chilliwack as a Black Box judge. We hope her husband wears his BBQ shirt to help celebrate the day!

With all that being said will you help us say hello to Crystal?

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Getting Social with the Variety – the Children’s Charity Show of Hearts

By Leeann Froese

It is not every day that someone gets to celebrate their 50th anniversary!!!

The 50th annual Variety Show of Hearts Telethon takes place on Valentine’s weekend, airing on Global BC February 13th and 14th.

The Social Lounge team selfie from 2015: Marc Smith in foreground, and in the back from left: Leeann Froese (me), Scott Graham, Host Rebecca Bollwit, and John Beihler

The Social Lounge team selfie from 2015: Marc Smith in foreground, and in the back from left: Leeann Froese (me), Scott Graham, Host Rebecca Bollwitt, and John Biehler

 

Do you know? Sometimes BC families require medication, equipment, or accommodation while they are receiving treatment in hospitals outside of their own communities.

And sometimes, specialized therapy, medicine or tools to help children can make all the difference in young lives.

Variety the Children’s Charity steps in to help make sure that families get the help that they need. They make a big difference in families and help children across the province.

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With this in mind I am super proud to participate for a second year in the Miss 604 Show of Hearts Social Lounge.

Respected and widely followed blogger Rebecca Bollwitt, a.k.a Miss 604, has proudly come on board once again as a sponsor of the Social Lounge, to lead the way with live and interactive social media updates.

The hashtag is #SOH50 and we hope you’ll join the conversation by including @Miss604 and @Variety BC in your tweets.

There will be other bloggers and local social media personalities included in the social lounge such as photographer and foodie Scott Graham from What’s for Lunch BC, tech blogger and one of the world’s top 3D printing authorities John Biehler, travel blogger Marc Smith of 30 Day Adventures, blogger Ariane Colenbrander of Vancouverscape; and Christina @thevalleycharm will be tweeting too.

We’ll all be monitoring the #SOH50 tag, replying, interacting, and leading a few fun campaigns throughout the weekend.

And I will be there on Saturday and Sunday #withTownHall, phone charged up, posting and tweeting on behalf of both @TownHallBrands and my own handle @leeannwine

Tune in on Valentine’s weekend to see how your donations make a difference and follow @VarietyBC on Twitter and Facebook for more information.

I hope that you will join the conversation, and I hope you will make a generous donation!

 

Meet Jeff Guignard #withTownHall

By Leeann Froese

It’s a new week to bring you amazing people #withTownHall!

If you are new to reading this blog or new to our company – we want you to know that we are proud that we have a big network, and we are continually meeting new and interesting personalities.

This week #withTownHall, we are rolling in on #featurefriday to introduce you to an amazing executive director, Jeff Guignard.

Jeff Guignard ABLE BCJeff is the executive director of the Alliance of Beverage Licensees (ABLE BC) where he oversees all strategic and operational responsibilities.

If you haven’t heard of ABLE they are the industry advocate for liquor issues affecting private liquor stores, pubs, bars, nightclubs, and hotels throughout the province of British Columbia.

At ABLE BC Jeff is a problem solver ensuring member concerns and challenges in the private liquor industry are addressed. He works to create solutions with strategic planning, consultation with government, and monitoring and reporting on trends that appear in the industry.

Coming from a background as a freelance writer and editor, he is able to use these skills as editor of The Publican magazine.

Jeff has been part of the board of directors for the BC Hospitality Foundation (BCHF), who is one of Town Hall’s clients, since 2014. The BCHF gives support those in the hospitality industry through education scholarships and financial assistance when a medical need arises. As part of the board Jeff provides valuable feedback, time and helps spread the word about the BCHF and what they do.

In his downtime, Jeff curls competitively, he’s ranked, and reads contemporary fiction.

With all that being said will you help us say hello to Jeff?

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