Curator of stories, lover of business, devoted to Saskatoon, ambassador of the hat revolution. These are just a few things to know about me.
Along with my amazing husband, I am the proud co-owner and publisher of Saskatoon HOME magazine. We were both raised in Saskatoon, and are now delighted to raise our two sons here. We love this city and can’t imagine ever leaving.
With a Commerce degree, and a major in Marketing, my specific expertise is in the realm of marketing, brand development, publishing, strategic planning and media relations.
Prior to entering the exciting world of magazine publishing, I worked in the corporate world as a Marketing & Communications Manager at an agriculture firm serving farmers across Western Canada. I was very successful in this role, but I knew my future was meant to lead me down an entrepreneurial path. In 2009 at the age of 28, that path was revealed and an opportunity presented itself to purchase Saskatoon HOME magazine. It was an existing publication at the time, with 4 issues under its belt.
Purchasing this magazine was absolutely and without a doubt the best business decision of my life. I love what I do.
Since the inaugural issue in the Spring of 2008, Saskatoon HOME has matured and developed – and continues to do so with every issue. We are always looking for ways to enhance the reader experience through interesting and informative stories, inspirational photos, clean layout, and strong visibility.
From day one, we knew that the magazine was all about the reader. Advertising pays our bills, but loyal and captivated readers bring advertisers to the table. We would not have seen the success we have experienced to date without our wonderful following of readers. THANK YOU!
A tribute to this dedication and loyalty is our Reader Panel. We created this concept in 2012 to engage readers to guide the stories selected issue to issue. This Panel has been immensely helpful in understanding what home owners of Saskatoon want to read. The Panel provides feedback to ensure we are on point and always pushing ahead to make the next issues better and better.
I know the Saskatoon market, and I know marketing. If you want to know what’s happening in the Saskatoon home sector, meet a passionate individual, or find out if print magazine advertising is a fit for your business, I would love the opportunity to introduce myself over coffee or a beer.
I attended the University of Saskatchewan and completed a Bachelor’s of Commerce (with distinction) in 2001. Prior to becoming Publisher of Saskatoon HOME magazine, I worked as a Territory Sales Manager in the building materials industry. I covered Northern Saskatchewan and truly enjoyed meeting all the people in the construction industry throughout this great province. The passionate people of Saskatchewan are one of the great assets of this province.
It is with this same passion that I left the security of this job to concentrate full time on growing Saskatoon HOME magazine. As the publisher I wear many different hats to keep the day to day operations up and running… there is never a dull moment! We work hard to bring you interesting stories that appeal to everyone, so never hesitate to drop us a line with an idea!
As we now enter our 10th year of publishing we continue to grow thanks to our wonderful readers, fantastic advertisers and the amazing people of Saskatoon who continue to share their stories with us. Thank you for taking us along for this ride, keep reading and be a proud Saskatoon!
While she has a longtime focus on disability issues, she is a sought-after and versatile writer and handles each job with respect, professionalism and a sense of humour. She can find the human interest thread of a good story in anything from kitchen design, a seniors’ ski team, bariatric weight loss surgery, to energy efficient housing, business profiles, and volunteer accomplishments. One favourite interview had her digging into the childhood memories of a Hollywood actor; he called her “a joy to talk to and an artist” at interviewing. But it is often what she draws from less celebrated people that she finds most interesting. Another favourite was with Ukrainian babas, one 90 and the other 96, sisters who still garden in their Saskatoon back yards.
Her writing has appeared as invited book chapters and in anthologies in Canada and the U.S. The most recent contribution is a chapter in Animal Kin: Extraordinary Encounters with Animals (Nimbus Publishing, 2014). She has written eight books with a focus on the lives of people with intellectual disabilities and edited several others. One best seller was translated into German, Italian, and Korean. She was pleased when actor Benjamin Bratt performed a story from one of her books as a dramatic reading at the Santa Monica Playhouse. Her most recent non-fiction project, Flourish: People with Disabilities Living Life with Passion, was launched in 2012, to critically acclaimed reviews. Karin was honoured to receive a Saskatoon YWCA Women of Distinction Award in the Arts, Culture and Heritage category in 2013, largely for her writing on disability issues.
Her first novel, Small Reckonings, a work of historical prairie fiction, won the 2019 John V. Hicks Long Manuscript Fiction Award. It was released by Burton House Books in March 2020. Just eight weeks later, it went into a second printing.
She lives with her husband, Richard, a professor emeritus in Education at the University of Saskatchewan, and son Jim, a 25-year veteran volunteer with the Saskatoon YMCA, and Ed and Gracie, courtesy Street Cat Rescue, who can’t believe their good luck. Rick and Karin also have a daughter, Erin, son-in-law Michael and 13-year-old grandboy Alexander, a son Ben and daughter-in-law Julia and granddaughter, Pearl, 3.
See more of her work at http://karinschwier.wordpress.com
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With a business degree from Acadia University and a certificate in media communications from Algonquin College, Julie is adept at writing clear, compelling content for her clients. When she’s not writing articles, you’ll find her writing website content, brochures, blog posts, proposals, news releases, annual reports and newsletters for local businesses in a variety of industries—from residential construction to food services.
Born and raised in Nova Scotia, Julie later spent five years in Ottawa before making the move to Saskatoon in 2011.
You can find more of her writing on her website https://juliebarnescs.com/
You can also find her on Instagram.
Craig is a well-known media personality and an award-winning writer and broadcaster that appears in places like Rawlco Radio, CBC Radio and Television, CTV Television, Global Television, CFCR Community Radio, and publications like Planet S Magazine and Prairie Dog Magazine as well as occasionally in the National Post. He mostly writes about film, music, dining and other aspects of arts and pop culture. In 2013, he wrote a successful book about the Saskatoon music scene called ‘Exile Off Main Street.’ He is also a juror on the Juno Awards and the Polaris Music Prize.
In his work as a filmmaker, Craig has written and co-produced countless music videos and commercials. He was the writer and co-producer of an important Global Television documentary called ‘Stolen Sisters,’ about the plight of missing and murdered Aboriginal women in Canada, which has won acclaim from outlets like The Globe and Mail, and has been televised nationally many times. He was also writer and consultant on Della: Hurdles to Health, an anti-poverty film from The Saskatoon Health Region that is being shown around the world.
So, yeah. He’s a busy guy. When he’s not doing all that stuff, he does the most important thing in his life — he spends time with his wife and son.
As the City Archivist, Jeff is an expert on the history of his adopted home of Saskatoon. In 2006, he co-wrote the book Saskatoon: A History in Photographs, which sold out two printings and is currently out of print. For several years he wrote “From the Archives”, a weekly newspaper column in the Saskatoon Sun and the Star Phoenix, and has also had several articles published in the Saskatoon History Review. In 2009, he was asked to write a feature article on the Caswell Hill neighbourhood for Saskatoon HOME and has been a regular contributor ever since.
As a speaker and presenter, Jeff’s relaxed and mildly-irreverent style make him a sought-after guest of community groups and service clubs in Saskatoon. He is a regular visitor to classrooms in Saskatoon, and from 2013-2017 could be seen every Friday night after the evening news on the immensely-popular CTV series “Saskatoon Stories”. He has also taught the Introduction to Archives course in the Library Tech program at Sask Polytech.
Jeff is an amateur photographer and avid gardener. As well, he picked up the acoustic guitar a few years ago and while doesn’t think he’ll be headlining at the Ex anytime soon, is enjoying it immensely.
In 1999, he married a nice Saskatoon girl and nowadays has a beautiful wife, three children, four grandchildren, a dog, three cats and a house in the suburbs.
With a broad client base, no day in the life of this designer is ever the same. Her company, OneOliveDesign, works on a wide variety of projects for clients in diverse industries including media, construction, education, health care and natural resources to name just a few. Whether it’s working with a small business to create a logo or consulting on a large campaign, designing a business card or a billboard, Cheryl is thrilled to immerse herself in exciting new projects every week.
Passionate about all things design, Cheryl draws creative inspiration from the world around her. Her office overflows with inspiring materials – from design books and magazines to fabulous coasters and unusual tea packaging. Great typography gets her every time.
Cheryl is a professional member (Certified Graphic Designer – CGD™) of the Society of Graphic Designers of Canada (GDC) and is active on the board of the Saskatoon chapter in her role as sponsorship chair. Energized by the events, opportunities, and sense of community the GDC provides, she is an enthusiastic ambassador for the organization.
Focusing on drawing and painting, Cheryl received a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) from the University of Saskatchewan before pursuing graphic design at Medicine Hat College.
When she steps away from her desk, Cheryl enjoys long walks with her beagle Zoe.
To view samples of her work, visit her portfolio.