Teresa Bird is the publisher of the Alberni Valley News. SUBMITTED PHOTO

16 Days of Activism: Teresa Bird

Bird is the publisher at the Alberni Valley News

  • Dec. 10, 2017 6:00 a.m.

This feature highlights one of many women who make a difference in the community, put on by ACAWS and the Alberni Valley News as part of the 16 Days of Activism. Read our other features here.

Teresa Bird

I am the publisher of the Alberni Valley News, and a proud mom and grandmother. I started my career at the Westerly News in Ucluelet more than 35 years ago and have worked and lived on Vancouver Island ever since. The Alberni Valley has been part of my life since childhood, when we would camp at Sproat Lake, and now I am glad to call it home. I enjoy travelling, hiking, golfing, snowshoeing, yoga, painting, reading and knitting.

I have always believed in giving back to the community, no matter where I have lived. I believe in investing in positive change and growth. I get involved by giving my time, my skills and my resources. In my position at the newspaper I have the privilege of helping local organizations to get the word out about what they are doing, to promote Port Alberni and all it offers and to be a part of the progress that is moving the community forward.

Professionally, working towards gender equality has been a lifelong challenge. For women in my industry, sexist comments come from the public, the people we interview, the advertising clients we sell to and even our own colleagues. To get our jobs done, we often “put up with it.” But now that I am older and have children and grandchildren, I will call out people who speak or act inappropriately. I speak respectfully but firmly and I not only encourage my staff to do the same, I stand with them when the situation calls for it.

Generally, when it comes to talking about things I do to help people in the community, I like to keep such things private and as anonymous as possible in my personal life. But where my personal and professional life cross is in Rotary. I am proud to be the president of a club that is so generous to the community. These people work hard to do good. Just last month, I learned that a Breakfast with Santa was being organized at the mill with free train rides for struggling families and a gift for every child. I took it to Rotary, and the club agreed to make a generous donation toward the project.

16 Days

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Port Alberni long-term care home gets new bath chair

Westhaven residents say thanks to WCGH Foundation for donation

Port Alberni RCMP searching for missing 43-year-old man

Maxime Ouellet is known to camp in wooded areas around Port Alberni

LOOK BACK: A journey of time in Port Alberni

Take a peek at Port Alberni’s history with the Alberni Valley Museum

QUINN’S QUIPS: I was raised a reader, and I’m passing it on

Alberni Valley News’ editor shares memories of reading to her niece

ALBERNI GOLF: Nielson leads the way in men’s golf

Sunday, Sept. 27 will be an 18-hole two-man alternate shot event

B.C. records 98 more COVID-19 cases, most in Lower Mainland

One new senior home outbreak, Surrey Memorial outbreak over

Vancouver Island Tour de Rock riders roll into Parksville Qualicum Beach

Saturday’s schedule includes Port Alberni, Ucluelet and Tofino, followed by Nanaimo on Sunday

2 British Columbians arrested, 3 at large in massive Alberta drug bust

Eight people are facing 33 charges in what police have dubbed Project Incumbent

97 distressed horses, cats and dogs seized from farm in Princeton

RCMP assisted as BC SPCA executed search warrant

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

$250K reward offered as investigation continues into Sea to Sky Gondola vandalism

Police also asking for specific footage of Sea to Sky highway around time of incident

Trudeau ‘disappointed’ by RCMP treatment of Sikh officers over mask issue

World Sikh Organization of Canada said taking Sikh officers off the front lines constitutes discrimination

Liberals reach deal with NDP on COVID-19 aid bill, likely averting election

NDP and the Liberals have reached an agreement on COVID-19 sick-leave

Most Read