Bert Husband celebrating his upcoming retirement at The Terrace Standard office on Clinton Street. (Staff/Terrace Standard)

Bert Husband retires as publisher of The Terrace Standard

Husband steered the newspaper through some challenging years

Bert Husband is retiring as publisher of The Terrace Standard after five years at the helm of Terrace’s newspaper of record, having steered the publication through some of its more challenging years.

Husband is retiring after a career that began at The Terrace Standard in February 2002.

Shortly after assuming his duties, our parent company Black Press Media’s headquarters and press centre in Williams Lake were evacuated when a raging wildfire threatened the community in 2017.

It meant uncertainty over whether the printed version of the newspaper, as well as its sister publications in the northwest, would be produced and then trucked up to Terrace for distribution.

“We ended up having the paper printed in New Westminster and then flown to Terrace,” said Husband. “It was quite the introduction to the responsibilities that came with the position.”

Then came COVID in the spring of 2020.

“That was tough. And not just for this newspaper,” said Husband. “Businesses everywhere were affected and we worked closely with our customers throughout.”

“It was a tough two years but we have come out the other side and we continue to build on our relationships with our clients.”

Born and raised in Penticton, Husband’s introduction to the newspaper business began with The Penticton Herald, a daily newspaper that was part of the Thomson Newspaper Company.

He left to sell real estate before being drawn to Terrace originally in 1997 to work for Blue Ridge Graphics.

An opportunity came to get back into newspapers in early 2001 but that meant a move to Kamloops to work for Kamloops This Week, then owned by Black Press.

The offer then came to return to Terrace in early 2002, something Husband and wife Cathy quickly seized.

Like many people who say they only came to Terrace for two years, the Husbands have put down firm roots.

Husband became a member of the Terrace and District Chamber of Commerce and sat on the board of the non-profit society governing the Northwest Regional Airport.

Cathy Husband just recently ended a career as an educational assistant at Veritas school.

The couple now plan to see more of the region and country thanks to buying a travel trailer.

“I’m looking forward to putting my feet up,” said Husband whose last day was Dec. 23. “I just don’t plan on doing anything much for at least a year.”

Husband’s sales duties have been handed over to Dan McGuire while the publishing duties are being assumed by Black Press Media B.C. North president Mary Kemmis.

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