Not everyone is lucky enough to experience work life as their real passion and to have a dedicated, supremely talented group of coworkers that are true friends—a work family you’re happy to see every Monday morning. I was fortunate enough to spend two years with Western Media Group, publishers of Vancouver and Western Living magazines, with which I grew exponentially as a designer and art director, and learned countless lessons from each of my colleagues. It’s taken me over a week to be able to write this post, as I was very, very sad to leave my position as Associate Art Director of Vancouver and Assistant Art Director of Western Living. Since I was a teenager a role such as this was my primary goal. When the magazines were sold from parent company Yellow Pages to Canada Wide Media last week, I chose to not make the transition. I’m someone who doesn’t like to stay still; if I’m not feeling a little bit terrified and overwhelmed, I know I’m not growing. Professional development takes risk, and I’ve decided to take that risk. So if you’re seeking a talented, highly capable editorial designer, art director, and brand strategist to take the lead on a upcoming project or role, I’d love to hear from you.

To my editorial colleagues: Anicka Quin, Jenny Reed, Stacey McLachlan, Julia Dilworth, Neal McLennan, Kaitlyn Funk and the star photographers and stylists I had the pleasure of working with on so many occasions: Carlo Ricci, Clinton Hussey, Lawren Moneta, Evaan Kheraj, Luisa Rino, Ariana Gillrie, Christin Gilbert, Luis Valdizon and Andrew Querner, let’s continue to collaborate on upcoming projects. I’m already missing those weekly editorial meetings and photos shoots, pondering new ways to work together once again sometime soon. The team that just won two major Editors’ Choice Awards from the Society of Magazine Editors—Magazine of the Year for both Vancouver and Western Living in their respective categories—surely has a few stories, layouts and shots left for sure!