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Thank you Richmond for trusting me to tell your stories

Martin van den Hemel   May-14-2019

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For 25 years, I’ve had the privilege and honour of writing articles for those who live, work and play in Richmond.
It was in April of 1994 when I landed my first gig at The Richmond Review, filling in for veteran sports reporter Don Fennell, who was taking a rare and impromptu vacation.
It was the start of more than two decades of doing a job that I absolutely looked forward to every single day.
When The Review closed in June of 2015, little did I know that I’d get a phone call about a month later that would change my life.
A local philanthropist offered me a job, and eventually gave me the opportunity to start a newspaper.
I came up with the name Richmond Sentinel, envisioning a newspaper that would—like a Roman sentinel—safeguard the community, and provide a voice to those who otherwise didn’t have one.
It’s been a nearly three-year labour of love building this publication from the ground up, and assembling the team that includes Review stalwarts Don Fennell, Chung Chow and Jaana Bjork, as well as reporter Lorraine Graves. They are the backbone of The Sentinel.
But as the saying goes, all good things must come to an end.
It’s time to move one, and I’ve accepted a media relations and government relations advisory position for a local start-up.
Thanks, Richmond, for all you’ve done for me and my family. Words alone cannot express how grateful I will forever be.

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