Reflections: Past to Present
It's hard to believe that it has already been 10 years since we launched Ottawa At Home magazine. It seems like yesterday. It was a dream of mine to launch a magazine focused on food, décor and the amazing people in the city of Ottawa. In the beginning we had a mix of original local content and also partnered with Canadian Living and Style at Home for recipes and beautiful décor ideas. It was a labour of love by several talented team members. I was thrilled when the first issue went to press and we all had realized our dream to bring Ottawa a unique new magazine.
I was thrilled when Mike Curran and partners bought Ottawa At Home and the Ottawa Business Journal from TC Media. The products are stellar and I'm happy to see them thrive under a local media company. I've had the pleasure of watching the changes and improvements of Ottawa At Home over the past several years. With every single issue, it gets better and better. It has exceptional content, design, writing and photography. I look forward to reading each issue.
My lifelong career goal was to work in the magazine industry. Ottawa At Home was my first magazine. It will always have a very special place in my heart. Interestingly, I did fulfil my career goals working in magazines after I left Ottawa. I ended up based in Toronto running all of TC Media magazines. This included Canadian Living, Style at Home, The Hockey News, Canadian Gardening, Elle Canada, TV Guide, Vancouver Magazine and Western Living. It was unbelievable. Impossible to put into words how exciting that time was for me. I left TC Media in January. By the time this magazine goes to press the announcement of my next career move will be public. I start a new adventure as chief publishing officer with Yellow Media.
Cheers to the entire team on your 10 years of excellence. As the founder, I am overwhelmingly proud of all of you!
Founding publisher, Ottawa At Home
Creative Director, Great River Media
Ever since I first noticed magazines as a teenager, I have always been seduced by the idea of living better, being creative and working to towards a brighter future. I am very fortunate to share my ideas and creativity with a talented, witty and energetic team.
President, Great River Media
I want to pay tribute to the incredible work of Mary Taggart. I remember meeting her for the first time, many years ago, and I was instantly impressed by her enthusiasm and drive. It was an easy decision to put her in charge of the magazine. And what an incredible supporting cast she has assembled. Kudos to all for a remarkable job.
Vice-president, Great River Media
The food and décor landscape has changed so much in Ottawa in the past 10 years. When we started OAH, the foodie scene was just taking off, and many people went to Toronto or Montreal for decorating projects. It's so rewarding to see how the foodie culture has exploded, how design and decorating has evolved, and to feature all this in the pages of Ottawa At Home.