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Last update: November 30, 2021

Mary Brooke, editor, West Shore Voice News
Mary P Brooke, Editor and Publisher, Island Social Trends.

Island Social Trends Editor Mary P Brooke has been active in the business community in Greater Victoria and the west shore for decades. Her company Brookeline Publishing House Inc has published books, magazines, newsletters, catalogs, and newspapers, and produced real estate marketing for many years, and delivered online IT training to government clients.

In the early 1990s, Mary P Brooke wrote the 36-week Writing for Business and Journalism curriculum for the former Western Academy of Photography in Victoria, and was a co-founder of the Professional Editors Association of Vancouver Island (PEAVI). She was an early leader in web/HTML for small business in the mid-to-late 1990s.

Since 2011 Ms Brooke has delved deep into news coverage of local, regional and BC news through a socioeconomic lens (on business, politics, government, health, education and sustainability), with a knack for fresh angles and insights. That was first published as the quarterly colour glossy MapleLine Magazine (2008-2010), then weekly in print as Sooke Voice News (2011-2013), weekly as print/PDF as West Shore Voice News (2014-2020), and now fully online with the daily news portal IslandSocialTrends.ca and Twitter stream @IslandSocTrends as well as hyper-local for the west shore on Facebook at IslandSocialTrends.

Mary Brooke is working on her long-overdue first novel (disrupted by the 2008 economic crash, relocating to busy Langford in 2017, and then the torrent of urgent news-reporting and necessary business-pivoting of the 2020-2021 pandemic phase).

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Now in her 60s, Mary raised her four now-grown children here on south Vancouver Island; she credits raising intelligent creative children (and her attention to holistic health approaches) for her consistent youthful approach to things. She calls Langford home, but keeps an editor’s eye out for community growth and change in the west shore and full south Vancouver Island region.

In 2021 Ms Brooke launched the Island Social Trends Journalism Scholarship, available to graduates of SD62 in the west shore. Mary mentors young writers at the high school and university level. She first launched the MapleLine Journalism Program in 2010.

Mary Brooke holds a B.Sc. in nutrition science and community education, and a Certificate in Public Relations, all of which she earned in parallel with a freelance journalism career. She was awarded the McGeachy Prize in Journalism at the University of Saskatchewan.

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West Shore Voice News, December 6 2019
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