Western Living Magazine
Hello, my name is Lenore and I'm a magazine-aholic.
I have been since I was a little girl and discovered the shiny pages of Bop and Tiger Beat, filled with big colourful images and bite-sized bits of fun information. Magazines were my gateway to a whole world outside the one I lived in. As I got older, my magazines changed....from YM and Mademoiselle to Cosmo and InStyle to Style at Home and Real Simple. The thing that didn't change was my love for them. I dreamed of being a glamorous editor and fashionably styling each issue with fantastic photos and witty words.
Instead, I grew up to be a copywiter. Not too far off, I still get to play with words all day. But when Western Living Magazine approached me about being the Winnipeg City Editor for the mag...let's just say I let out a bit of a girly squeal. It's a side gig come true...I get to 'shop' our fantastic city and source unique and exciting new home decor and design products for The Goods section of the mag.
It's a small role, but one I am relishing. By day, I get to write the witty words here at Fusion and by night, I now get to seek out the stylish items that will grace the glossy pages of a magazine. Childhood dreams really do come true....
You can check out more about Western Living at www.westernliving.ca and if you come across any fab finds you thing would be great in the issue - drop me a line on Twitter at @latherblog!
Today's a big day at the office - the staff photo shoot. We're working with our good friend, the super talented Jerry Grajewski on getting shots of our entire team. This is something that has been in the works for a long time and it's great to finally be doing it.
We're all used to being on the other side of the camera, directing shoots for our clients, so this will be a different experience for most of us. As you can imagine, leading up to today there has been a lot of discussion about what everyone planned to wear. We'll post some of the shots next week, so check back and see for yourself!
Craving A Little Human Interaction
At a recent family dinner, I looked around the room at one point and noticed that of the eight people there, five were on their phone either texting, playing Fruit Ninja or on Facebook. A sad, but true reality at most social gatherings I seem to attend nowadays. Have you noticed the same?
Enter a game called "The Phone Stack". The Globe and Mail recently published this article about the game that challenges people to take a break from their phone while out to dinner with friends and put it in a stack, face down on the table. Even as the phones ring and buzz, no one's allowed to touch it. The first person to flip over their phone loses, and has to pay for dinner.
Simple, but brilliant. There's nothing I hate more than people more occupied with what's on their phone than the conversation. So, could you do it? Is that text or email worth the cost of everyone's dinner to you?
Viv Draward – a new face at Fusion
It’s always exciting to see a new face at the office. With Susanne off for the next year to care for her beautiful new daughter Avery (congratulations Susanne and Travis!), we welcomed Viv Draward to the Fusion team last month. This is super-exciting for us because she comes to Fusion as a known quantity – a former client that we really loved!
Viv has stepped into Susanne’s business development role, which is really great because she’s one of those people who seems to know, and be friends with, pretty much EVERYONE – a very important asset! In addition to her own special self, Viv brings an impressive resumé to Fusion. In addition to her time as Director, Marketing with Polo Park Shopping Centre, Manager, Communications and Public Relations with Friends of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights (and where we first met Viv), and Communications and Marketing Manager with Easter Seals, her most recent position was a term as Executive Director with Ronald McDonald House Manitoba.
Viv fits into the Fusion team beautifully (even adding another dog, Cujo, to our pack of office canines!) and is now completely inundated with proposals, leads and the general craziness that is part of life here.
Welcome to Fusion, Viv!!
Avery Helen Schoonbaert
We would like to announce a new baby joining our Fusion family. In all the hustle and bustle leading up to Christmas we forgot to share the very exciting arrival of Avery with our wonderful blog followers.
Susanne and her husband Travis had a beautiful baby girl named Avery Helen Schoonbaert. She was born on Wednesday December 14, 2011 at 11:27 pm, and weighed a healthy 7 lbs, 3 oz.
We couldn't be happier that Susanne and Avery are happy, healthy and doing well. We can't wait to meet the little munchkin!