Long-time Salmon Arm Observer staff member retires after 26 years – Salmon Arm Observer
The oldest member of the Salmon Arm Observer staff is retiring.
After 26 years, Multimedia Marketing Consultant Penny Brown (aka Sales Rep) worked her last day at the Observer on January 7.
Brown has been instrumental in the continued success of The Observer, which is now in its 115th year as a Salmon Arm community information source.
With retirement, Brown will not let go of his energetic approach to life. She has a lot of plans, including her work as a Rotarian. She is a Paul Harris Fellow and, since joining the Daybreak Club, has held many roles. She is now Assistant Governor of Zone 3, supporting the three clubs of Salmon Arm, Chase and Revelstoke. Brown said she loves Rotary because she wants to make a difference in the community, and the clubs are made up of a large group of like-minded people.
“I can’t wait to retire,” she said Jan. 7, tidying up her desk. “I want to finish my house and do some landscaping.”
“We have 17 acres, so that should keep me busy,” she said with a laugh. “Most of them are bushes. And I’m going to consider traveling and, of course, keeping busy with Rotary. “
Brown said she has learned a lot over the years.
“Believe it or not, when I first started in sales I was shy. Now I’m not afraid to tell people what I’m thinking – advice on an ad campaign, how much to put in an ad, print and digital… ”she said.
So when she started, “it was the days of pages glued to waxed sheets and a big camera to take negatives for the press. We had cameras with rolls of film, a clipboard, and a line gauge. Now it is digital cameras, cell phones and computers.
New resident at Salmon Arm, Sarah Sigurdson, who succeeds Brown, has been watching him for two months and is eager to get to know the people and the community better.
The Observer wishes Penny the best in her retirement and thanks her for her years of hard work and dedication.
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