Edelweiss fieldCanadian Edelweiss Growers ist eine von sehr wenigen Firmen die sich ausschließlich mit der Züchtung des seltenen Edelweiss (Leontopodium Alpinum), und der Herstellung von original Edelweiss-Produkten beschäftigt . Die Edelweiss Blumen werden auf unserer Plantage handkultiviert und wachsen ohne Pestizide oder chemischer Düngung in der frischen Luft der Kanadischen Rocky Mountains. Wir ernten im Juli nur die hübschesten Edelweiss und trocknen sie in feinem weissen Sand. Form und Farbe bleiben erhalten. Die Blüten können zu Girlanden, Boutonnières, Blumensträuße und Kopfschmuck verarbeitet werden. Getrocknete Edelweiss Blumen finden auch für speziellen Geschenk- und Produktverpacken Verwendung, sowie Grußbillets, Einladungen und vieles mehr.

Edelweiss Grußkarten, Trockengestecke und Anstecker aus unserer eigenen Herstellung sind beliebt als Geschenke für eine Vielzahl von Anlässen wie Geburtstage, Heiratstage, Weihnachten und auch nur mal so zwischendurch um jemanden zu zeigen wie gern man ihn hat. Entdecken Sie auf unseren Webseiten www.edelweissgrowers­­­­­­­­­­.com Interessantes und Wissenswertes rund um diese besondere Blume.

Edelweiss Growers is unique. Germans in Vancouver and across Canada will be intrigued by the fact that this business is operating in BC since 1987 and is supplying the world with Edelweiss. Half of our business is in the US, one third in Europe and the rest anywhere else. Go ahead and share anything you like I am sure all Edelweiss lovers will thank you for it

03 Nov 2017
November 3, 2017

Das Schwarze Brett #4 Advertisers

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I would just like to say a big “Thank You” and “Danke Schön” to all my advertisers for the latest issue of “Das Schwarze Brett – Christmas Edition”.  It can be found here:


I promised them all a mention in a blog post and here they are.

First of all, I would like to thank my first two advertisers, which are Hannelore Nolte with Nolte Log Homes Ltd. and Beatrice Schreiber with the Bel Art Gallery Inc.

Bel Art Gallery Inc.Bel Art Gallery Inc. would like to welcome you to the World of Fine Arts. Available for you is an excellent collection of originals, limited edition prints and sculptures from fine local and internationally acclaimed artists.

Public Art from Bel Art

currently being displayed at Pagnanini Lam 3701 Hastings Street, Burnaby, Canada Export Centre, 602 West Hastings Street, Vancouver.

Nolte Ad 300 Living in a NOLTE LOG HOME is 
living in harmony with nature

Mit der Natur in Harmonie leben in einem NOLTE LOG HOME (Blockhaus)

Then, I am happy to say thank you to these prestigious German brands as seen below: PMA Canada and Leicht Kitchens…
Underberg @ PMA CanadaSince its formation, PMA has become Canada’s leading Wine & Spirits Agency. We attribute this success to our supplier partnerships and dedicated team who are able to adapt to this rapidly changing industry to build brands for the long term. Some of the world’s premium spirits and wine brands we represent include Grant’s Whiskey, Glenfiddich Single Malt Scotch, Gibson’s Finest Canadian Whiskey, Two Oceans Wines, Amurula Cream Liquer, Jägermeister, Disaronno & Underberg.

 Leicht KitchensGermanhaus is an authorized dealer of LEICHT Küchen AG, quoted by market research institute GfK as the “Best sold premium brand in Germany” in 2015. The same year it was the only manufacturer of European kitchens that won the award “the most innovative brand of the year”. LEICHT was founded by the two brothers, Alois and Josef Leicht in 1928. Luckily LEICHT means EASY in German. LEICHT allows our customers to choose from more door finishes and styles, cabinet hardware, LED lighting options, and inserts than any other European manufacturer. 

Here are some Canadians, where Dawna Mueller with Dawna Mueller Photography was the talent behind the front cover.  Kendyra Corttni, who is a passionate vegan and loves travelling to Germany, is now offering consulting services to Canadians who want to explore a new nutritional lifestyle.

Dawna Mueller Photography I am a Canadian living in Switzerland who is passionate about nature, mountains and adventure. I grew up in Burnaby, BC, but as a young adult I spent every summer for over a decade in the Yukon, which is wild and raw, and amazing for the visual senses. This experience in the pristine nature left an indelible impression in my mind. An impression of nature, mountains and rovers relatively uninhabited except for the wild animals who roam them. But mostly this left an imprint in my heart and it is where I now feel most at home; in the mountains and in nature. Photography has been my hobby since I had my first camera as an adolescent. My earliest memories were experimenting with my mother’s Brownie Box Camera when I was a child. At this point in my life, I have taken my passion for photography, combined with my love of nature and the outdoors and turned it into a full time exciting adventure. As of June 2016, I have finished a one year professional photography studies program with CAP Fotoschule in Zurich. I am excited to see what the future holds.

I am thrilled to share my visions and work and hope you enjoy them as much as I did making them.

All of my images are available for purchase.

Vegan Values AdA healthy vegan diet is comprised of 100% plant based, mostly non-processed foods, that can make people and cats thrive.


Let me save you time and money by designing a custom made eating plan to suit your individual needs. See my Blog article: ‘Why hire a Vegan Consultant?’

20% of your fee is donated to an animal charity.

Sometimes people contact me out of the blue.  One of them is Erwin Baumgartner from Switzerland who loves to travel to BC & Alberta and George Hartmetz from Kelowna who is looking for a companion who knows how to cook.


 Do you speak 4 languages and like to travel?  Then you may want to contact this man who is organizing travel adventures for Europeans in Canada.

Finally, last, but not least, if you have ever wanted to move to Kelowna and you love to cook, here is your chance for a fresh start in a beautiful city in BC. George is looking for someone to live in and who will spend time as a companion.

The Whitecaps were not advertisers, but they did let me interview their new goalkeeper Stefan Marinovic who played in Germany for a number of years and was originally from New Zealand.  Read all about him in “Das Schwarze Brett”, found on www.magcloud.com (type Das Schwarze Brett” into the search bar).

Goalkeeper Whitecaps

The season came to a close for Vancouver Whitecaps FC on Thursday evening, as they suffered a 2-0 defeat at the hands of the defending MLS Cup champion Seattle Sounders FC. (read the full article by Piccolo Ocampo here) Photo credit to Bob Frid/Vancouver Whitecaps FC.


14 Dec 2016
December 14, 2016

How to order the Latest Magazine

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Ordering “Das Schwarze Brett” for Christmas

Step 1

Visit the www.magcloud.com page

MagCloud Cover

Step 2

Sign up.  Yes, I am sorry, but you are going to have to sign up with them in order to download or order magazines.  They have many to choose from.

Step 3

Find “Das Schwarze Brett” under the name PorterPR.  PorterPR is a name that I used while getting involved in magazine publishing

Two Das Schwarze Brett Magazines

Step 4

Once you have the magazine, download a free digital (.pdf) copy to read at home, or order a printed version, which also includes paying for shipping costs.

Step 5

Receive magazine, read and enjoy.  Ask yourself – Do I know anyone who would like to have this kind of publicity?  Do I know anyone who would like to advertise their product or service?  Is there an upcoming German, Swiss or Austrian event?

Briefly note the date of the next publication.

You can also sign up to “follow” PorterPR on MagCloud, which will ensure you get personally contacted, once the next magazine is published there.

Visit www.westcoastgermannews.com to leave your comments/feedback.

17 Sep 2016
September 17, 2016

Vancouver Fashion Fall 2016

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German-speakers in the Vancouver Fashion Week this Fall?

About Fashion Week

Fashion Show 2016

©Elke Porter and Westcoast German News; All Rights Reserved

The upcoming Vancouver Fashion Fall/Winter 2017 Season will begin with the Opening Gala on the night of September 19th. The event kicks off the week in style, creating local buzz and steering all attention towards the highly anticipated runway shows.

Guests will be treated to a night of sensory indulgence that includes music, performances and a sneak preview of the designer collections. The event will take place over the week of September 19th to September 25th, 2016

Website is here: http://vanfashionweek.com

They are also on:
Pinterest and

The only German-speaker I could find is Simon Barth.

About Simon Barth

Simon Barth, who lives and works as a Designer in Vienna today, has been impressed by Haute Couture and gorgeous embroideries since his early childhood. But the big news is that I discovered Simon was born and raised in Munich!  He also lived in Berlin, but found it “too trashy”.  He is happy in Vienna.

His new collection “Dark Seduction 2016” is a elegant and mysterious trip on a sparkling garden full of obsession and fantasy.

According to his own website, though, it says: Simon Barth präsentiert heuer auf der Vancouver Fashion Week seine Kollektion „Glimmering Transparency“.

So, whether it is dark seduction or glimmering transparency, at least we know he speaks German.  LOL

His Vienna (Wien) website can be found here: http://www.simon-barth-couture.com

Location will be:

Chinese Cultural Centre of Greater Vancouver
50 East Pender Street
Vancouver, BC

Their blog can be found here: http://vanfashionweek.com/blogpage/

Fashion Show 2016

©Elke Porter and Westcoast German News; All Rights Reserved

01 Jun 2015
June 1, 2015

Germans at the EuroFest 2015

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German Table at European Festival

Elke, Kecia & Manuela at German Table Saturday

This year, Germany was one of 28 countries involved in the EuroFest 2015, held May 30th and 31st.  On our right, we were next to Portugal and on our left, Switzerland.  Our table featured “The Little Black Book of Beer”, an antique globe for children to find Germany on and occasionally the Porsche, Tim, Tam & Tom were on display to delight our visitors. A few feet away, the table with “Free German Books” was also a highlight with many people coming back to pick up even more German books.

For those of you who don’t want the party to end, I would encourage you to get a ticket to the 40th Saengerfest to be held June 5th – next Friday.  Many of the “who’s who” in the German Community will be there.  To network, listen to traditional music and to enjoy being together. Book tickets here:  Horst Zimmermann email: click here or Rudy Milz email: click here

4 Carriers of the German Flag

Consul B. Dierkes- Leifeld , Anika, Beatrice Schreiber, Sophia

Shy Sophia just before flag ceremony

9-year old Sophia just before the flag ceremony, wearing an authentic dirndl

Germany also had 5 volunteers participate in the flag ceremony.  Mr. Wolfgang Christl – aka Mr. Oktoberfest, (not shown here) Consul B. Dierkes- Leifeld, Beatrice Schreiber with the German Canadian Business Association, Anika, daughter of volunteer & German Table organizer Kecia, along with Sophia, daughter of Westcoast German News owner, Elke.

The German Canadian Business Association also planned a “Beer & Bratwurst” event for its members on Saturday in the beer garden at 5 pm.  Saturday was simply a glorious day! Although there are a few people who couldn’t make it due to travels or other  commitments, we had an enjoyable time together.

Wolfgang Christl being authentic

Member Wolfgang Christl holding the beer stein – just about big enough

German Canadian Business Association

German Canadian Business Association enjoying beer & bratwurst

Concordia Choir

Concordia Choir will be one of 8 choirs performing in the Saengerfest Friday