WHENEVER there’s time I’ll scroll through the several thousand headshots in The Terrace Standard’s photo library. Familiar and not-so familiar faces leap out of those who were the subjects of stories from the first issue of April 27, 1988 to today, from the days of black and white film to the transition to colour digital photography.
There are politicians (many of long-serving Terrace mayor Jack Talstra and of Les Watmough, often called Thornhill’s unofficial mayor), businesspeople, athletes young and old, and community volunteers.
I think also of the columnists employed over the years, beginning with Claudette Sandecki who has been here from the start and who spares no one from her incisive eye. That list of contributors includes community historian Yvonne Moen who aided this newspaper greatly. Rob Brown also deserves a mention for his unflinching commitment to conservation.
Over the years The Terrace Standard has employed many journalists. Most, if not all, had never been north before until arriving in this region to ply their craft. There are also the office people and the salespeople, the ad designers, the collators who insert flyers weekly, the countless carriers who faithfully delivered the paper to your door and Stan Juba, our contract driver, who often goes above and beyond.
There’s also you the reader, the person who opens the paper each week in the expectation of being informed and who then responds with comments, suggestions and, when needed, criticism.
A community newspaper is often an unwieldy and uneven creature but one that is always enriched by its surroundings. And for that I’ve been grateful.
Rod Link, Publisher/Editor
Link has been editor since the first issue of The Terrace Standard in 1988 and its publisher since 1991. This is his last issue.