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Meet our new writer

April 29th, 2022

Melissa Smalley has taken over as writer and editor of the Points West Living newsletter. 

With a background in journalism and marketing, Melissa is thrilled to come aboard and help contribute to such a fantastic resource for PWL residents, families and Employee Care Partners. 

Honoured to be sharing stories from communities

"I'm really looking forward to learning more about these wonderful communities and sharing the stories of the fun and meaningful activities and events taking place at them," says Melissa. "Storytelling has long been a passion of mine and to be able to help forge connections within these communities is a huge privilege." 

Melissa has worked for various community newspapers around B.C., where she currently lives with her husband and two kids. While working at a paper in White Rock, B.C., she headed up a monthly seniors publication, aimed at health, wellness, recreation and lifestyle features of the 55-plus community. 

"The stories I was able to share in that role were always so fascinating and uplifting - I'm really looking forward to carrying over some of that experience into this new role," she says. 

In her spare time, Melissa enjoys being outdoors hiking, biking, Nordic skiing in the winter and camping. She is involved in the local arts community, taking part in choir and musical theatre. 

She encourages anyone to reach out if they have an idea for a newsletter story - or just to say 'Hi'! 

"Don't be shy - I'd love to hear from you!" she says. 

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