Meet the Team!

Don
Founder and Publisher

Five Fun Facts

  1. On my first day as a paperboy at age 10, I discovered 120 old Playboy magazines in the garbage on my route and hauled them all home.
  2. In my former career I once knocked the artist-then-known-as-Prince to the ground by accident when he came out the door behind me. I left that tour rather quickly.
  3. Perhaps based on my former career I frequently (mis)quote music lyrics to describe life lessons or insights.
  4. For a guy who spent more than 30 years in the mean old world of rock ’n’ roll, I’m amazed how many times I’m accused of “dreaming in technicolour” when it comes to optimism about what “could be.” Then again, after 500 rock concerts maybe that is no surprise!
  5. While I cannot even imagine sailing the high seas like my forefathers did, I still never sleep very well unless I can see water out my window.

Editorial

Kat
Managing Editor
Kat, a boho-chick at heart, is still pursuing her inner artist! Her creativity is known to run on the wild side and there is no telling what she will produce next. Her children and pets are often the recipients of prototypes that didn’t quite work or are so over the top no-one else would understand.

Five Fun Facts

  1. Has absolutely no sense of direction so needs to be hip-checked. Her theory is that she has an iron deficiency and therefore her magnetic fields are weak!
  2. Known most of her life as someone whose generosity far exceeds her means—very much to her husband’s consternation!
  3. Loves to dance but only got to wear a real tutu once as Peaseblossom in a Midsummer Night’s Dream at the age of eight.
  4. Heartbroken when her wee daughter wouldn’t wear those wonderful dresses she’d spent hours on making (and who still remains a tomboy at heart!).
  5. Spent hours as a kid with her dad at a co-op workshop building miniature furniture while he built the real thing—now her son has inherited papa John’s talent.

Leo
Associate Editor, Web Editor
Leo has been making words behave for over a decade. An enthusiast for burgers and music, he is also an avid comic collector and a stickler for grammar.

Five Fun Facts

  1. I speak almost exclusively in movie quotes.
  2. I used to front a rock band called Dirty Analogue—it was the coolest thing I’ve ever done.
  3. I have a hard time letting go of music; I still have over 400 cassettes.
  4. Meeting Neil Gaiman was one of the best days of my life.
  5. Back in Grade 5, I played the witch in the class production of Hansel and Gretel.

Jordan
Editorial Assistant
As the youngest member of the team, Jordan is bold and unapologetic with her writing—although it’s a fairly new concept to her. An avid menu reader, imagined wife of Sir Patrick Stewart and embroidery protégé in the making, Jordan is the hero Mississauga needs but doesn’t deserve.  

Five Fun Facts

  1. I’ve interviewed really cool people like author Catherine Ryan Hyde, Ryan Smolkin, Chefs Mark McEwan and Simon Majumdar, and SYTYCDC personality Amanda Cleghorn, to name a few.
  2. I can halve an apple with my bare hands. Form an orderly queue, gents.
  3. My mind thinks in a English accent 90 percent of the time.
  4. Back in 2014, I was I was a judge at the 2014 Mississauga Rotary Ribfest.
  5. I once told George R.R. Martin it was OK to write down his number in my copy of A Dance with Dragons. He laughed. I swooned.

Sales

Jay
Sales, Marketing and Operations Manager
Jay brings over 15 years of successful strategic marketing and advertising experience to the company. In his spare time, he enjoys driving and writing about cars, travel, swooning over guitars and is gradually embracing the “salt and pepper” look.

Five Fun Facts

  1. My most prized possession is my 1998 Fender Lonestar three tone sunburst customized Stratocaster.
  2. When I was in Grade 2, I was the multiplication tables flashcard champion.
  3. I have an incurable case of gingervitis (read: my lovely girlfriend).
  4. My first car was a 1987 Volvo 24O DL grey station wagon.
  5. I’ve driven over 1,000,000 km in over 100 cars.

Sarah
Marketing and Sales Executive
Sarah is a young go getter who, with every chance she gets almost always bites off more than she can chew. A bit shy at times, but always observant, Sarah is a bit of a fly on the wall. She enjoys painting in her spare time and watching funny movies.

Five Fun Facts

  1. I always count steps as I climb/descend them.
  2. I can recite Sir Mix A lot’s – “Baby Got Back” word for word.
  3. My name would have been Morag if my mom gave my grandmother her way. (Thanks mom!)
  4. I am one of the least travelled people you will likely ever meet. (Haven’t even stepped foot in the U.S.)
  5. I once carried a banjo 2 km in 30 degree Celsius weather, just so my boyfriend wouldn’t find out his birthday gift early.