Today we have a special episode without any guests, instead we wanted you to get to know us a little better, the people behind the scenes and on the microphone. We want you to know who each of us are, where our interests lie, what our backgrounds are, perhaps even some of our biases, and just what makes us curious about life in the Fraser Valley.

Welcome to the Fraser Valley Focus! We’re asking questions and having good conversations about business, arts and culture, food and spirits, and so much more! Join us for this first episode with all our hosts and people behind the scenes, learn who we are, and where we come from!


LAND ACKNOWLEDGMENT:
It’s important that we acknowledge that we are gathering on and that this podcast is being created on the traditional, ancestral and unceded territory of the Coast Salish peoples – Kwantlen, Tsawwassen, Katzie (pronounced Kay-tzie), and Semiahmoo.

The Fraser Valley is an incredibly diverse area, stretching all the way from Hope to Vancouver. Within such a vast and varied region, there’s bound to be so much to learn and love about living in the Fraser Valley basin. 

So, normally during this podcast, we’ll interview local organizations, companies, and individuals from the Fraser Valley and hear all about what makes them, and this place, such an amazing community to be a part of. We’re looking to have good conversations with all of our neighbours, and share with you just what makes life in the Fraser Valley so exceptional. 

But today we have a special episode without any guests, instead we wanted you to get to know us a little better, the people behind the scenes and on the microphone. We want you to know who each of us are, where our interests lie, what our backgrounds are, perhaps even some of our biases, and just what makes us curious about life in the Fraser Valley.

Barb Nelson is the captain of our ship. Our resident redhead, Barb has lived in Langley almost her whole life, and is well acquainted with the horticulture and nursery world in the Fraser Valley. With a passion for business management, large-scale events, nature, and local theatre and performance, Barb keeps this ship in calm waters. 

Next, we have Heather Rodland, who Barb roped into this business and has quickly become one of the family. The athlete of our group, and mom to two little boys, Heather is our sales rep, and is madly working behind the scenes to ensure everything is organized for this podcast. 

Third, let me introduce Jessica Anne Nelson. Jessica is a professional theatre creator, producer and intimacy coordinator, and also a director, with an MFA in Directing from UBC. With her passion for theatre, the arts, and curiosity about people and their stories, along with her outgoing personality, makes her a perfect addition to this podcast and other co-host you’ll hear at times. And if you ever can’t tell Barb and Jessica apart on here – here’s the secret why: Jessica is actually Barb’s daughter. 

And then there’s our anchor host, Peggy Richardson. She’s a techie, a marketer, and as you have probably already figured out, she absolutely loves podcasting! She loves it because almost more than anything else, she love good conversations and asking questions. She is the geek of the group, and often the cynic. Peggy happens to be Barb’s sister-in-law, as she has been married to Barb’s baby brother Geoff for 29 years now.

We feel very fortunate to be working with people we love who also love living in BC. We hope you will subscribe and listen regularly, and most importantly, give us your feedback about future episodes! We want to know what YOU want to listen to, who you want to see interviewed, what topics and subjects you want to discuss. Please leave comments here on this post below to let us know all of these things! 

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