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Elke EventElke Porter is a public relations & communications consultant who publishes the Westcoast German News Blog, European News Magazine, Germans in Canada Newsletter and works as a part-time secretary on the Board of the German Canadian Business Association.

Elke has a passion for social media, blogging, writing screenplays, photography and creating short YouTube videos.

Elke also creates WordPress websites for entrepreneurs or non-profits and has volunteered for hours at her children’s schools in the Parent Advisory Committee (PAC), as well as at special events.

In the past, Elke worked for 8 years in the field of early childhood education, 3 of them at a German Preschool in Sydney, Australia.  Even back then, Elke worked for the local ECEBC organization, editing and writing for their newsletter.  She also contributed to fundraising and special events.

Her educational background includes a diploma in Early Childhood Education, a diploma in print and web design, and finally, a certificate in public relations.  Elke also takes courses, watches how-to’s and reads books to help improve.  Her goal is to create super advertisements and to help her clients get noticed.

The main thing is that Elke believes in the concept of CANI – Constant and Never Ending Improving and works hard to keep updating her knowledge and skills.

About Westcoast German News

This blog started out as a newsletter called “German Voices Vancouver” back in 2007. Before that, Porter built up a nanny agency called “European InHome Services”. It never really got off the ground, but it did introduce her to a wide variety of people that had her thinking how cool it would be go connect the German Community on the west coast with a newsletter. A year later in 2008, she changed it to “Westcoast German News”. Porter published the newsletter monthly and eventually started her blog. Finally, she started publishing a digital magazine under the name “Westcoast German News” in 2013. She created 6 issues, but it wasn’t financially viable. But ever since then, she has been blogging. So she regularly publishes events, stories and articles/press releases about Austrians, Germans & Swiss on this blog. Still happy to find contributors, readers, advertisers, sponsors & columnists from the community!  About European News Magazine

In 2015, she started publishing “Das Schwarze Brett” magazine. Some people wonder where this name came from. In 2003, she became involved with the German Playgroup at the St. Mark’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in East Vancouver. They started that playgroup with 6 children and it is still around today (2019). When she wanted to produce a newsletter, she called it “Das Schwarze Brett”, which loosely translated means “Notice Board” or “Black Board”. Some people felt the name has negative connotations, and that black is associated with death, so Porter changed it to “European News (in Western Canada) Magazine. They accept advertising in 3 sizes (1/3 page, 1/2 page, full page), sponsors for a whole issue for $2,500 and also classified ads at $10 a line.

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