Our Contributors

Monika Forberger: Our arts and culture reporter has spent more than two decades covering myriad arts and entertainment events around Metro Vancouver for radio, print and new media. Since 2002 she has been the managing editor at www.entertainmentvancouver.com, a website supporting the lively arts. As a freelance copywriter she has written for the Globe and Mail, Western Living, Business in Vancouver, and Shared Vision and has edited several books. With the impressive array of shows available every month, Monika will help guide you to the best choices in the Centre Stage column, as well as giving you insights into arts personalities with her timely interviews. When she isn’t enjoying the theatre or music scene, Monika likes to hike around BC’s parks photographing wildflowers.

Mark Galoway: Vancouver editorial and portrait photographer Mark Galloway has been shooting covers for the Independent Times since 2009. He sees the world around him in terms of lighting, apertures, angles, focal lengths, and shutter speeds, and the results never fail to capture the essence of his subjects. A graduate of Langara College’s Photo-Imaging program, Mark has the chops that keep the images sharp and interesting in every issue.

Joy Metcalfe: Joys Journal Joy Metcalfe: Longtime chronicler of Vancouver’s gala fundraisers, balls, openings and other special events, Joy Metcalfe gives us the scoop on all the best parties in Joy’s Journal. If your favourite chef is opening a new restaurant, a popular actor turned out to support a worthy cause, or a local boutique is launching an exotic new fashion line, Joy will be there to get you the story! Joy received the Variety Club Tent 47 Media Award and the International Variety Club Media Award 2 years in a row, has twice been nominated for the YWCA’s Women of Distinction award, received The International Association of Fire Fighters Special Media Award, and was chosen as the Canadian Consumer’s Choice Woman of the Year Award for 2007 and the CHILD Foundation’s Inspiration Award winner 2009.

Kevin Dale McKeown : Centre Stage Kevin Dale McKeown: Independent Times managing editor Kevin Dale McKeown also brings our readers the latest news from the local arts and entertainment scene. Vancouver’s theatres, concert halls and galleries have something for everyone. His Editors Note column introduces each issue’s key themes and topics.

Christine Potter: On The Road Christine Potter: Alternating monthly with colleague Dave Abbott, Christine Potter’s “On The Road” column takes Independent Times readers to fascinating travel destinations. Back road adventures, high seas cruises, exotic spas and resorts, Christine Potter has been there, done that, and has all the information you need to do that too!

Netty Vogels: On The Money Netty Vogels CGA, CFP, EPC: CGA, CFP, EPC - Dispensing sound financial advice for the 55-plus market is precisely what Netty is best at. As a Certified General Accountant, Certified Financial Planner and an Elder Planning Counselor for Freedom 55 Financial, Netty is in a unique position to navigate readers through the complex finances of this investment savvy demographic. Whether you’re cashing in, cashing our, trimming the budget, caring for elder or planning for your own later-life care, Netty Vogels’ “On The Money” column has it covered.