Sarah Beauchamp, reporter & photographer, relocated to the Kootenays from London, Ontario. Since trading in her city life for laid back Kootenay living, she has had the opportunity to explore this beautiful region with the curious mind of an outsider looking in, meeting lots of interesting folks along the way. She is always amazed how quickly she feels right at home wherever she goes and how welcoming people have been. Sarah now resides on the unceded territory of the Sinixt people, in Nelson, British Columbia, with her musical husband and two loyal companions, including one super outgoing Shepherd/Collie named Jack and one ill-mannered chihuahua she lovingly refers to as Little Dog.
As an Indigenous woman, storytelling is a powerful tool and Sarah is finally finding her voice. Stories have the ability to connect us to one another and to the natural world around us, and Sarah would like to make her ancestors proud by telling stories that might shift the narrative and create positive change for future generations.
Anna Lamb-Yorski, reporter, is a wildlife technician, student, cycling enthusiast, and mother of one based in Nelson, BC and the traditional territory of the Ktunaxa, the Syilx, and the Sinixt peoples. Anna spent her formative years in Prince Rupert, where she worked and volunteered for a variety of environmental and community minded organizations. In 2012, she returned to her childhood home, Nelson, to live.
Anna’s daughter Bianca keeps her busy and active but mostly mindful of the future world Bianca will inherit and inhabit. Anna appreciates the frequent interactions she has with those who hold dissimilar views and finds these conversations integral to breaking down the perceived and real barriers that tend to divide us. When she isn’t chasing after Bianca or working from home, you can find Anna enjoying a good cup of local coffee, singing Bob Marley covers, or fighting against a headwind on the local roads or lakes.
Sarah Lord, reporter, grew up in Kitchener, Ontario, and always dreamed of living in BC. When she finally came to New Denver, the unceded territory of the Sinixt people, in 2016, she knew she had found a special place. When she first got here, a local pulled over by the side of the highway concerned a bear was chasing her. There was no bear. Since then, she has slowed the pace she walks. She has climbed a few mountains and enjoys the Slocan Lake. She loves adventuring with her dogs and growing a large garden.
Before coming West, she received a degree from Trent University in Peterborough, Ontario. She worked in research doing qualitative evaluations of non-profits to improve the services they offer communities. She loved hearing people’s stories in this role, especially those in remote, fly-in First Nations communities in Ontario’s far North. She believes in the power of storytelling to change lives for the better. She is a published writer of fiction and creative nonfiction and writes a novel in her spare time.
Meredith Macdonald, reporter, moved to Nelson in 2018 from Vancouver. She is a Selkirk College student and her favourite classes at Selkirk have been Creative Writing. She wrote this story for Living Here as part of a professional practices assignment. Meredith is excited about the enthusiastic people who work at the magazine, and she is learning new things about writing at Living Here. She would like to continue as a volunteer writer and is thinking about new story ideas. Meredith is grateful for the many helpful, patient people in the Kootenays.
Alan Ross, reporter, lives in Burton, a community south of Nakusp, where he and his wife own and operate a cidery, apple orchard and sheep farm. He escaped, in broad daylight, from his job as a corporate lawyer in Calgary several years ago. Alan likes to write stories set in small towns in the Kootenays.
Dan Wall is the editor of Living Here. He grew up in the BC Interior and has lived across Canada before landing in the Kootenays. He has written for magazines, newspapers, blogs, websites & organizations on topics ranging from aviation, logging, hunting and fishing to tourism, the arts, and small business training. His first story published in a magazine was about fighting forest fires in BC, and one of his latest was about using the clean effluent from a wastewater treatment plant to grow a woodlot in Saskatchewan. He believes that once you find the motivation for the people behind the innovation, then any story can be a big story.