New Chronicle editor very excited to be here

New editor Lindsay Chung joins the Ladysmith Chemainus Chronicle team after four years reporting at the Comox Valley Record.

I know, I know — those 200,000 sparkling Christmas lights downtown are not for me.

But it is pretty awesome timing that I joined the Ladysmith Chemainus Chronicle team just days after the Light Up. It really doesn’t get much more welcoming than that.

I grew up in Courtenay, and I’m really happy to be making the move down-Island.

Small towns and community newspapers are where my heart is. I’ve only ever worked at community newspapers, and I really can’t see myself being anywhere else. They offer me a great way to become part of the community very quickly, and I think they’re the best way to give people the stories that matter to them — the ones that make them think, make them talk and maybe even make them laugh. There are so many interesting stories in a small town, and I am excited to hear yours.

After three years reporting at a weekly paper in eastern Ontario and four years reporting at a bi-weekly paper in Courtenay, I’m really excited to join a great team at the Chronicle, and I’m really happy to be making Ladysmith my home. I can already tell it’s going to be a great fit.

I’m so thrilled to be in Ladysmith and have a chance to shop downtown, to explore your hiking trails, to bask in the sun at Transfer Beach, to take in live music and theatre and, most importantly, to get to know you better.

I know I have big shoes to fill with the departure of Matt Peterson, and I hope you won’t notice much of a difference in the paper between him leaving and me arriving. I want to keep up the high standard at the Chronicle, and I want to keep giving you stories that you care about.

I want to be part of the community, not just a name in the newspaper, so, please, feel free to drop in and say hi, e-mail me at editor@ladysmithchronicle.com or call me at 250-245-2277. I can’t wait to meet you.

— Lindsay Chung