Monthly Theme: Transformation

This month we’re exploring “transformation”.

“How is ‘transformation’ different than last month’s theme, ‘renewal’?” you might ask. It’s a fair question.

My friend Dale, from A Sense of History Research Services, who has been contributing to a lot of the historical posts we’ve made this past few months, asked me why I thought these were two different themes.

Renewal is about freshening up, recharging the batteries, restoring to the initial state. Imagine work on a house that restores the ravages of time or the environment. Same house, but perhaps a fresh coat of paint, new flooring, getting the ducts cleaned, or the roof patched.

Transformation is taking one thing and evolving it to another. So, in my house analogy, the building is demolished and rebuilt as something different, but on the same lot.

That change, that evolution – and the space between the two – that’s what we’re looking at this month. We’ve got some stories about coming back after an injury, how volunteering can transform you, the difference between history and heritage, moving away despite this amazing community, housing, food, events, activities … you name it.

There’s big stuff afoot for Tenth to the Fraser – as you know, tonight is the launch party for our new print magazine (no kidding!). And in the next few weeks, you’ll see a transformed website, lovingly handcrafted by honourary New Wester Catriona Campbell with a completely new way of navigating, finding, and reading content. It’s nearly done, and you have to believe me when I tell you it is amazing. I’ll give you a tour when it’s ready.

For us here at Tenth, we’ve been talking a lot about how to connect the new media of the website and our presence on social media, with this everything-old-is-new-again print format we’ve never really done before. We’re excited, and we’re really grateful you’re here. We’ve learned a lot this last few months as we prepared for this transformation – about ourselves, this wonderful community, and what people want to read on their screens and in their hands.

If you’ve got something you’re mulling on contributing this month, please get in touch, I would love to hear from you.

Please don’t stop changing, New West.

PS: The stories that appear in our magazine will all be published online by April 3.