Team and History

Curious about who’s behind Tenth to the Fraser?

We strive to be a made in New West publication and work hard to find New Westers* to contribute where ever we can.


Co-Publisher & Editor Jen Arbo is a Sapperton resident and business owner, active in the community and passionate about helping people connect in New West. She is the volunteer registrar for KidSport New West, the president of the Royal City Farmers Market and is a member of the City’s Public Engagement Task Force. She drinks way too much black tea and you will always win her heart with snug socks.

johaCo-Publisher & Art Director Johanna Bartels is an experienced Graphic Designer, and has worked for many local organizations including the Downtown BIA, Tourism New West, the City of New Westminster, PechaKucha New West and Quest New West. She also volunteers for the Umbrella Multicultural Health Co-op and the NewWest FilmFest. She sees herself as a dedicated mother who enjoys living, working and playing in this city.

erinDirector of Sales & Marketing Erin Jeffery is an actor by training and a communicator by trade. She is a freelance writer, the Communications Coordinator for Uptown New Westminster Business Association, and among other things, volunteers for the Arts Council of New Westminster. She lives in Quayside. She is proud of her city, passionate about the arts, and a bit too obsessed with cheese. Follow her on Twitter @erin_jeffery.

catrionaWeb Development is handled by Catriona Campbell. Catriona (cat-ree-na) is an Irish-born honorary New Wester. Catriona’s education and background in law made web development a natural career choice. She cites MacGyver as a role model, believing that complex problems can almost always be solved with ordinary objects. Catriona enjoys hanging with her children, camping, craft beer, and cross-stitch.


Site History

In 2007, locals Briana and Will Tomkinson launched a Blogspot blog to help the community connect online. Briana felt there really wasn’t much representation of our wonderful city, and wanted to contribute to changing that. Over nearly 8 years, Tenth has reported on numerous issues in the city with over 700 posts and more than 70 volunteer contributors. In late 2015, longtime contributor Jen Arbo purchased Tenth to the Fraser and in April 2016, together with partner Johanna Bartels and an amazing team, launched a bi-monthly, free, print magazine. You can get yours here.