Thank You, Cowichan Valley: A Letter from the Heart of The Westward Independent
As 2023 draws to a close and we eagerly anticipate the start of 2024, we at The Westward Independent are taking a moment to express our heartfelt gratitude to the Cowichan Valley community. Our journey as the Valley’s unique voice in news began just seven months ago, and it’s been nothing short of extraordinary, all thanks to you.
Each letter, interview request, and conversation has been a crucial part of our growth. Your engagement and feedback have not only shaped our newspaper but have also reinforced the importance of our mission in the community.
We owe a special thanks to the many local businesses that have become distribution partners for The Westward Independent. Your support in making our newspaper readily accessible across the Valley has been invaluable. It’s through your cooperation that our stories reach every nook and cranny of our beloved community.
Our wonderful volunteers, the unsung heroes of our operation, deserve immense appreciation. Your dedication to delivering the paper, proofreading content, and ensuring the highest quality of our publication does not go unnoticed. You are the backbone of The Westward Independent, and we are incredibly thankful for your tireless efforts and commitment.
We are also immensely grateful to our local printer, a vital partner who handles everything from printing to delivery. Sourcing 100% from within British Columbia, they exemplify the community spirit we cherish – local businesses supporting each other, thereby strengthening our local economy and fostering a sense of unity.
Our journey so far has been filled with stories that matter, issues that need attention, and voices that deserve to be heard. We are more than a newspaper; we are a reflection of the vibrant life in Cowichan Valley. Your stories of resilience, community spirit, and local triumphs have been the essence of our reporting.
As we move forward, our commitment to you remains steadfast. We will continue to be the platform for your voices and a reflection of the diverse, dynamic spirit of the Valley. We look forward to uncovering more stories, shining a light on local issues, and celebrating our community’s achievements in the coming year.
So, to each member of the Cowichan Valley, to our distribution partners, our invaluable volunteers, and our local printer, thank you. You’ve made The Westward Independent not just a newspaper, but a community pillar. Here’s to another year of collaboration, community, and impactful journalism.
With deepest gratitude,
Joseph & Adrienne
The Westward Independent