The parent company that owns the Osoyoos Times and Linda Bolton, the publication’s Managing Director, have parted ways — maybe.
An email announcing Ms. Bolton’s departure from the Times was delivered in bulk throughout the community late Wednesday and staff at the community newspaper have confirmed Ms. Bolton’s leaving.
“I am until February 28,” Ms. Bolton said when asked if she is still employed by Aberdeen Publishing, the Times‘ parent company.
But Bob Doull, Aberdeen Publishing’s president, says Ms. Bolton will have new responsibilities effective March 1.
“She has a new assignment starting March the first,” he said by phone. “I’m not quite ready to make an announcement about what she is going to be doing. She’ll continue to have an involvement in the south (Okanagan), but its certainly less presence than she has now.”
“Oh, really?” Ms. Bolton replied when the news was shared with her. “I didn’t know that. I guess we’ll wait and see.”
Ms. Bolton was a familiar figure at many South Okanagan business events and also planned to play a significant role in the 2018 Scotties Tournament of Hearts, scheduled for Penticton. She has participated in 16 previous events.
“Pretty disappointing. She’s a huge, huge asset to our community,” said Kelley Glazer, Executive Director at Destination Osoyoos. “It’s really unfortunate. All she ever did was provide support and drive behind anything that was good for our town.”
“Linda Bolton has been an incredible community member, we have been blessed to have her here,” added Jennifer Bussmann, executive director at Oliver Osoyoos Wine Association.
Ms. Bolton joined Aberdeen Press in March 2015 as a group publisher for three of the company’s Okanagan Valley properties. For 14 years prior to that, she was a sales representative and sales manager with Kamloops This Week, one of Aberdeen Publishing’s community newspapers.
According to its website, Aberdeen Publishing also has publications in Peachland, Merritt, the Sunshine Coast, the Columbia Valley and Jasper.
It also publishes the VueWeekly, an urban newspaper in metro Edmonton and speciality publications Indo-Okanagan Times, BC Musician, Edmonton Wine Guide and Blue Revue.
Aberdeen also has two online properties: HotSummerGuide.com and EdmontonFringe.ca.