13 Nov 2018
November 13, 2018

Das Schwarze Brett #9

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Das Schwarze Brett - Edition 9

By Elke Porter in Das Schwarze Brett

24 pages, published 11/9/2018

Das Schwarze Brett Magazine is a combination of current events, as well as the history of Germans in Vancouver. Edition #9 is everything Christmas within the German Community in BC. This issue was sponsored by the German Canadian Heritage Plaza.

So happy that I was able to produce this Christmas Edition of “Das Schwarze Brett”, a German Canadian Magazine published in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada with the help of volunteer writers or photographers and anyone needing publicity.

Here is the table of contents of this edition:

Page 3 – Letters from the Editor
Page 20 -Magazine Sponsor – German
Canadian Heritage Plaza
Page 24 – Contact Information
Page 5 – German Christmas Tree Legends
Page 6 – Bessarabian Christmas Baking
Page 7 – Christmas with with the GCBA
Page 8 – 2018 Vancouver Christmas Market
Page 9 – A new German Consul General
Page 10 – Swiss News Updates
Page 11 – Who is St. Nikolaus?
Page 12 – TransMountain Not the Answer
Page 13 – Germans Love the Cariboo
Page 14 – CETA Agreement
Page 16 – Vernon Internment Camps
Page 18 – Thank you to my Sponsors
Page 21 – Christmas Concerts
Page 22 – Deutscher Platz Story
Page 23 – New Plaque for GCHP
Page 5 – Leicht Kitchens Germanhaus
Page 7 – GCBA Christmas Gala
Page 8 – Vancouver Christmas Market
Page 11 – Vancouver Chamber Choir
presents a Joyful Christmas
Page 15 – PMA Canada

Here are my advertisers and supporters! Just click on the ad to be taken to the web page of the company!

Black Tower Riesling Ad
Germanhaus - Leicht Kitchens
Vancouver Christmas Market
Vancouver Chamber Choir

29 Jan 2018
January 29, 2018

Slideshows for the German Community

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Recently I discovered Slideshare and had a good time making a variety of slideshows about my business:

  1.  Das Schwarze Brett Magazine – https://www.slideshare.net/WestcoastGermanNews/das-schwarze-brett-magazine
  2. Who Should Advertise in my Magazine – https://www.slideshare.net/WestcoastGermanNews/who-should-advertise-in-my-magazine-for-the-german-community
  3. Infographic – https://www.slideshare.net/WestcoastGermanNews/infographic-das-schwarze-brett

Then, I decided to share some other information that might benefit the German Community


Finally, I made two for those who have or work with children:


23 Dec 2017
December 23, 2017

Latest Schwarze Brett Magazine

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Here is some information about the latest issue: the table of contents can be seen below. This magazine costs $7 + shipping or can be read as a .pdf online for free. It is printed every two months, so the next one will be released March 1st, 2018. Deadline for ads or stories is February 25th, 2018.

Das Schwarze Brett 5

By Elke Porter in Das Schwarze Brett

24 pages, published 12/22/2017

Das Schwarze Brett shares German, Swiss & Austrian news in English for Canadians in Vancouver, BC and the entire west coast.

Here is the table of Contents:



Page 3 – Letters from the Editor
Page 21 – Events
Page 22 – Classifieds


Page 5 – Fasching
Page 5 – Multicultural Fair
Page 6 – Bessarabian Winter Meals
Page 7 – Brand new year with with the GCBA
Page 8 – Christmas Market Highlights
Page 9 – Concordia Choir
Page 10 – Swiss Outdoors Club
Page 11 – Jeremy Shaw – Video Installation
Page 12 – Steilste Seilbahn der Welt
Page 14 – Century since WW1 Ended…
Page 15 – German Canadian Care Home
Page 16 – January/February 2018 Events
Page 18 – Saying Goodbye
Page 19 – New German Restaurants
Page 20 – Letter from SOS Kinderdorf
Page 22 – 240 Acres for Horse Lovers in California for Sale
Page 23 – 136 Waterfront Property for sale in the Sunshine Coast at Jervis Inlet

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.


Das Schwarze Brett shares German, Swiss and Austrian news in Vancouver, BC, Canada. Each issues highlights past and future events, people, news, classifieds and important contact information. If you are connected to the German Community, or work with the German community, you won’t want to miss this next issue.

Underberg AdThe table of contents includes a feature story about the History of Underberg (yummy herbal digestive), a story of Robert Holler and the “Nations Warriors Wellness Society”, BC Travel News, German Canadian Business Association, Prospera Credit Union, new Deutscher Platz information, Swiss National Day Celebration, a quiz on how German, Swiss or Austrian you are, Vanishing German businesses, passive house schools, Klaus Priebe, the Consul General of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, Vancouver Alpen Club and their Oktoberfest plans, GermanFest 2005, the European Festival, the Alpen Plattlers, PACO ERHARD who brings the “5-Steps to Being German” to the Fringe Festival, info about all the German Schools in the Lower Mainland, Swiss Quality Coffee Systems, breaking news regarding a new German Cultural Centre in Vancouver, Classifieds, Oktoberfest Events and important contact information – including links to CETA related items.

You just need to go to www.magcloud.com and sign up. Then you can read Das Schwarze Brett online for free, or order a print copy at home. I look forward to hearing from my readers – whether you are interested in advertising in the October issue, interested in contributing a story or interested in being an “order hub” at your place of business.

Das Schwarze Brett - Issue 3

By Elke Porter in Das Schwarze Brett

24 pages, published 8/28/2017

Das Schwarze Brett shares German, Swiss and Austrian news in Vancouver, BC, Canada. Each issues highlights past and future events, people, news, classifieds and important contact information. If you are connected to the German Community, or work with the German community, you won’t want to miss this next issue.
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.

14 Oct 2016
October 14, 2016

Das Schwarze Brett on MagCloud

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Read or order your copy of the first ever “Das Schwarze Brett” today!

Das Schwarze Brett

By Elke Porter in Das Schwarze Brett

16 pages, published 10/11/2016

German news, events, festivals, business, arts & entertainment & culture in Metro Vancouver

MagCloud (http://www.magcloud.com/solutions/business)

I will let MagCloud describe itself: “MagCloud gives businesses the power to create interesting, engaging content that can be published in shareable print and digital versions. Let us help bring your brand story to life. With MagCloud you can promote your company, products and services in both professional quality print format or digitally for mobile and online viewing. Whether you are ordering 1 or 1000 copies, we will ship your business publications to customers, colleagues, and partners all over the world.”

You can easily follow them by using this link:

Das Schwarze Brett will share events and stories in the German/Swiss or Austrian Community in Metro Vancouver. Anyone wanting to get involved is encouraged to contact me. I am interested in your stories regarding German soccer, fashion, architecture & design, filmmakers, singers, dancers, actors, concerts, artists and more. This magazine will soon be available on MagCloud, PressReader, Westcoast German News and on social media.


Share your story or event!

Subscribe on MagCloud!

11 Oct 2016
October 11, 2016

Das Schwarze Brett now published

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Das Schwarze Brett is a German Canadian Magazine focussing on Metro Vancouver and for those with an interest in the German Community or with a German background.

This one includes stories on:
1. The 30th Anniversary of the Deutscher Platz
2. The new German Canadian Care home for 2020
3. The new venue for the 7th Annual Christmas Market
4. The Year of Jubilee for the Martin Luther Church in 2017
5. Importantly also some advertisers:
Oktoberfest Posters for Sale!BCIT Make+ Applied Research Tour

You can order the print version of the magazine on the MagCloud Platform:


Das Schwarze Brett

Das Schwarze Brett: Das Schwarze Brett

German news, events, festivals, business, arts & entertainment & culture in Metro Vancouver

Find out more on MagCloud

You will then see this page:

Order on MagCloud

15 Sep 2016
September 15, 2016

Das Schwarze Brett Will Arrive in October!

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Das Schwarze Brett Magazine will be Published in October!

“Das Schwarze Brett” will be rising from the ashes, back from 2002, when I moved back to Vancouver from Sydney, Australia.  We lived in downtown Vancouver in a small apartment and I had just taken my first desktop publishing & website course in a private college in the Bentall Building.  I started building websites, writing newsletters and joining social media and have been fascinated every since.

If you would like to have a look at the magazine so far, just check this link:  http://www.westcoastgermannews.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/SchwarzeBrett1.pdf

I started a couple of websites, produced a few newsletters, worked with communications experts and generally practiced journalism, blogging, photography, advertising & more.  I helped publish the Swiss Herald for the Swiss Society, I started “German Voices Vancouver”, which turned into Westcoast German News and also got involved with all of the various German organizations in Vancouver in one way or another.

Ad Rate Card 2016Now, my children are finally at the stage where I can focus on my business and make a living out of it.  I have been applying for jobs, but am having trouble finding something that will me to practice the skills I wish to excel in.  My passions are Photoshop, InDesign, YouTube and blogging in general.  I am going to start with a magazine – maybe even with more than one – and go from there.  I want to end up working for a German Television Show.

Das Schwarze Brett will be published every two months and sold through this website and the MagCloud platform. If you wish to participate, you can send me your story ideas, events or ads and hopefully it will grow into something big and important.  I also plan to spend more time sharing news and blogging on my website.

If you have recipes, jokes, short news items (about new things – not ads) and interesting tidbits that would interest the German readers, I would love to receive them. The deadline to be involved in my first issue is September 25th, 2016.  This is when I would need to have the ads and payment by.  If you need an ad designed, this will cost you $50 if I do it and $100 if you want an actual graphic designer to help you out.  A designer makes between $30 and $40 an hour, and it can take time to design the ad, format the images and write the copy.

You can also sign up to my Westcoast German News Newsletter on this website.

Yours sincerely,