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A day in the life of the Vancouver Observer team

Photos by Anja Konjicanin

The Vancouver Observer's very own "greet-and-meet" party happened on Wednesday.

It was so much fun to meet some of our very own contributors, who we work with online on the daily basis, for the very first time.

Kimberley Ong and Kelly Marion are Bee Vancity's newest bees.

Kelly (left) and Ewa Chruscicka

David Marriott is a Vancouver-based filmmaker, and now one of our film guys. That's his girlfriend on the left, Claire Grandy.

Claire Grandy and David Marriott

And then there were some familiar faces:

Carrie Saxifrage
is VO's sustainability reporter. She most recently wrote about "Vancouver poet Renee Sarojini Saklikar reads at Carbon Talks."

Alexis Stoymenoff engaged in a serious conversation with Alfred DePew and Barry Saxifrage, our climate change blogger. We speculate some of the themes of the chinwag: Canada's Kyoto withdrawal, climate catastrophes and sauerkraut.

Alexis (left), Alfred (middle), Barry

Linda Solomon went all out, and turned our office table into a feastable. From VO cookies to Eggnog and wine, it was there. Thanks, Linda!

VO cookies courtesy of Zi-Ann Lum


How different the city looks at night. Vancouver turned on its lights, and the view was, once again, a breath taker.

Dawn Newton flew in from L.A. on Monday and worked with us whole week. She got everybody fired up about the technical side of writing, with her incredible energy and expertise. She got us thinking about the future of VO. And the importance of search engine optimization (SEO).

We talked a lot about social media, and that's how #ThoughtfulThursdays and #FunnyFridays was born.

Dawn and Sacha DeVoretz

Sacha's immigration story got picked up by the CBC.

Weather is as crappy today as it was beautiful last week.

Jenny's currently working on holiday stories, gift guides, charity things. She also found some time to squeeze in Justin Bieber for a story, after all, it is #FunnyFridays.


Zi-Ann Lum is working on miscellaneous office taks and duties.

Ewa is repping the design team today, being the only designer here. She's working on our new ads.

We took to the rainy streets of Vancouver to take group photos with Dawn before she left for L.A. And low battery, fog and bad lighting couldn't stop us.

It's been a crazy week, but it's been our week. It was busy, it was fun, it was so VO.

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