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March 2023

The Publisher's Pen by Susan Rykiss

Dear Friends,

First issue of Winnipeg Parent magazineI wanted to let you know that Winnipeg Parent has a new owner! After almost 30 years of nurturing my third child, I am retiring from publishing, and I have left my legacy in capable hands to evolve and thrive for the next 30 years. I am so proud to have started this city’s only free parenting publication in August 1993 (check out the Free Press article from September 1993 below), and created a valuable resource for families, caregivers, grandparents, and educators. This first issue printed August 1993 with my sons, Matthew and Shaun, ages 7 & 4 on the cover (left). It was a dream come true to see the first issue come off the presses! I could never have imagined then, what an incredible journey the publication would take me on. I am eternally grateful to everyone who has supported and worked with me and Winnipeg Parent.

I will miss the wonderful people I have met, the relationships built, and conversations had, over the years. I want to thank you, the readers for your years of support, suggestions and kindness. It has been a pleasure! It started with my idea that our city needed a free family newspaper, so the print publication was born. Then I created an annual event called the Family Fun & Learning Fair, now in its 16th year and one of the most exciting opportunities was hosting a call-in radio show called Family Focus on CJOB for 7 years. When social media became a thing, I built Facebook and Instagram communities and finally added our monthly digital newsletter The Scoop. Our mission has always been to keep our readers and followers informed about everything and anything family and be the heartbeat of family life in our city! I would like to introduce the new owners, Oai Truong and Dean Smallwood of Bounce Design ( They have the knowledge, experience, resources, and a great team to take Winnipeg Parent to new, exciting places and they have hired the multi-talented Dana Todd who has a background in sales, administration, and event planning to manage the business. If you have any questions, you can contact Dana at or call her at (204) 771-2249. Farewell, Take Care and THANK YOU again for your support over the years!

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