The Past

How did I get started?

It all began in 2007

German School, working as a German Preschool Superviser, publishing German magazines and writing a book all play an important role in the story.
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Where are we now?

What are some updates you will find on our website?

What's New in 2021?

My goal is to help promote people and businesses in the German, Swiss and Austrian Community. We now have a new business directory, a new shop and a new blog layout.
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The Future

Where are we heading?

The 5-Year Plan

My goal is to become an informational consultant for anyone from Germany. I also hope to start a German Cultural Centre that contains a museum, a library and a stage, as well as meeting rooms.
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Elke EventElke Porter is a public relations & communications consultant who publishes the Westcoast German News Blog, the Germans in Vancouver Facebook Page and works as a part-time secretary as a Board Member of the German Canadian Business Association.

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

Her introductory video can be found here:

Elke also creates WordPress websites for entrepreneurs or non-profits and has volunteered  at her childrens school in the Parent Advisory Executive (PAC), as a Communications Consultant.

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 before then, Elke worked for the local Early Childhood Educators of British Columbia (ECEBC), 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 a certificate in public relations.  Elke also takes courses, watches how-to’s and reads books to help her 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 named “German Voices Vancouver” in 2007. Before that, Elke attempted to found 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, the name was changed to  “Westcoast German News”. Porter published the newsletter monthly and started a blog. Finally, she published a digital magazine under the name “Westcoast German News” in 2013, then das “Schwarze Brett” in 2014 and European News Magazine in 2015. None of these magzines were profitable,  but ever since then, she has been blogging. Now Elke 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 local community! 

Elke Porter Author

In the summer of 2020, when the world was locked down due to COVID-19, Elke published her first German-related book “75 German-Speaking Influential People in Western Canada”. This book can now be found on Magcloud and Amazon worldwide.

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Finally, Elke has also put together a small handbook of German, Austrian and Swiss businesses found here: There are no phone numbers or addresses, as these change regularly, but instead there are

This handbook is perfect for those contemplating a move to Vancouver or for those who have just arrived! Willkommen!