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Norm Coyne

Norm Coyne

Promotions Executive
Office 250 562 2441 ext. 362 |Cell 250 640-6670 | 150 Brunswick Street | Prince George BC V2L 5K9

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CNC Hosts Culinary Team Canada before World Culinary Olympics

The internationally renowned Culinary Team Canada will be coming to CNC on October 5th to try out their succulent creations on local food lovers before heading to Erfurt, Germany for the 2016 Culinary Olympics.

The Going for Gold Dinner Soiree fundraiser will host some of the best chefs in all of Canada as they fine tune their menu and teamwork before taking on the best chefs in the world.

“We are extremely lucky to have the privilege of hosting Culinary team Canada again,” said Professional Cook Instructor, Chef Ron Christian. “They are internationally recognized chefs and their cuisine is some of the best in the world. We hope that members from our community will take advantage of this rare opportunity. It will be an experience that they will never forget.”

Tickets are now on sale at a cost of $185 each; this includes appetizers, main courses, desserts and wine pairings. Appetizers begin at 6 p.m. in the CNC Gathering Place (Atrium) and dinner will follow at 7:00 p.m. Guests will all be served at the same time with no delay for plating. This means that all guests will enjoy each course at the same time.

The event is expected to sell out quickly so call 250-561-5859 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  to purchase your tickets.

Culinary Team Canada came to Prince George once before in October 2013 before competing at the Salon Culinaire Mondial event in Basel, Switzerland. The event, An Evening with the Masters, sold out immediately and was a huge success. After appearing at CNC, the team went on to win the Gold Medal in the cold table competition and a Silver Medal in the hot kitchen competition in Basel. If you were unlucky enough to miss them last time, this is your chance to make sure you experience this amazing culinary event.

“We never expected that we would get them to come back to CNC,” said President, Henry Reiser. “We thought that their previous visit would be their only one. Needless to say we are extremely excited to host them again.”    

Culinary Team Canada is comprised of chefs from across Canada who have exhibited excellence in culinary skills. They are chosen by their peers to represent their country and they volunteer their time to participate in team activities. The team has achieved and held on to a gold medal reputation for over 25 years.

The Culinary Olympics (formally the Internationale Kochkunst Ausstellung International Culinary Art Competition) is the largest and most prestigious culinary competition in the world. It attracts considerable media and public attention and is held in Erfurt, Germany every four years. It brings together the best chefs from around the globe and serve as a world class venue to showcase culinary skill and to compete for gold medal standing.

“We are truly happy to be coming to Prince George,” said Culinary Team Canada manager, JC Felicella. “The support CNC and the community gives us is amazing. It’s an honor to be cooking for an appreciated group.”

Culinary Team Canada members 2015

  • ·Manager: John Carlo (JC) Felicella
  • ·Assistant Manager: Laura Sharpe
  • ·Coach: Bruno Marti
  • ·Coach: Tobias MacDonald
  • ·Logistics: Shawn Lang
  • ·Member: Scott Jaeger
  • ·Member: Ryan Stone
  • ·Member: Cameron Huley
  • ·Member: Fumiko Moreton
  • ·Member: Hamid Salimian
  • ·Member: Grace Pineda

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Annette Stevens                                              JC Felicella
Manager                                                          Manager
Communication Services                                Culinary Team Canada
office: (250) 561-5878                                    home: (604) 925-3578
cell: (250) 640-1521                                        cell: (604) 219-8953
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Annette Stevens
CNC Communications Manager
3330-22nd Avenue
Prince George, BC  V2N 1P8
Cell: 250-640-1521

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Digital Media: Where Creativity and Business Intersect

In today’s fast-paced technology driven world, artists, designers and businesses are becoming increasingly dependent on each other. After all, innovation, style and creativity can translate into big money for those willing to take the risk. Businesses that are desperate to distinguish themselves in an increasingly crowded and competitive market know this. That is why they are looking to creative professionals for innovative solutions and approaches. As a result, digital media has become a burgeoning field for creative types and businesses alike. In fact, some of the most interesting things happening in pop culture right now come as a direct result of hard working creative professionals.

Our writer sat down with a few locally-trained creative professionals to find out more about digital media and its opportunities. All of the interviewees were trained in the digital design program [now called the Web and Graphic Design program] at the College of New Caledonia.

Lakeysha O’Neill and Elisha Brown, Digital Umbrella Creative (DUC)

Q. How did you get into digital media and design?

L. I had an elementary school teacher who got us into the old Macromedia [now Adobe] programs like Dreamweaver and Flash. So, when I was trying to figure out what I wanted to go to back to school for, I chose what I liked to do after hours.

E. For me it was a mixture of passion and necessity. I have always been able to take on creative projects in my other jobs, so when I had the opportunity to be laid off - at least I consider it an opportunity - I decided to go back to school for new media and graphic design.

Q. What do you value most about the time you spent in the program?

E. The main thing was the one on one time with instructors. Since there are less students in the program, you can really throw yourself into your work and if you have any questions the instructors are there to help you. Also the work placement was integral for both of us. The internship at the end of the program was a really awesome opportunity.

L. Yeah. It really helps to be forced into those kind of real world applications, rather than just making a mock website and not having to deal with a client. The industry seminar course was fabulous as well. Experts from the industry came in to share their experience. Some of them had gone through the program while some had been in the industry for over 20 years. It was really helpful to see how the career can develop over time.

Q. What kind of doors opened for you after you graduated?

E. Quite a few of us got some really great job opportunities through the job placement. I was placed at Northern Health Communications. I was a bit reluctant at first because I wanted to do graphic design, but my instructor, Sean Siddals, knew that my energy and experience would work well there. I ended up learning a ton and I got some really cool projects and valuable contacts out of it.

L. Yeah, same. I got my first job out of the placement, but beyond that, Lakeysha and I met during the program. So, one of the doors that opened for me was the opportunity to work with a fellow classmate.

E. Definitely. We got to know who we worked well with. Hence, when I thought that I needed to bring someone else on to my business, Lakeysha was the first person that came to mind.

Q. Tell me a little about your involvement with the Northern FanCon logo and website.

E. Well, it started off with both of us being interested in the event. I’m a major movie buff who loves sci-fi and action, while Lakeysha loves comic books and gaming, so we were super excited. Then Lakeysha mentioned the logo contest. We ended up busting each other’s butts to make sure that we entered. Mine was super last minute.

L. We spent a lot of time throwing ideas back and forth.

E. Yeah. It was a really fun thing to do. My entry ended up winning, which was exciting. Once we started talking to organizers Norm Coyne and James Matosevic about how preparations were going, they started asking about websites. I told them I might be able to help them out.

L. The website was a great project to work on. They were absolute dream clients. They were like, this is what we need and we will leave the creative aspects in your hands. It was fantastic.

Q. Do you have any advice for aspiring creative professionals?

L. Efficiency is the biggest part of this job. Being able to do a lot and do it quickly is important. You don’t have time to work long hours late into the night. You need to know the software and your clients’ needs inside and out.

E. We are constantly reinventing ourselves, often for the sake of efficiency. So, make sure you’re streamlining your work in order to get the most out of every hour. You go through a lot of hardships as you start out. You will screw up, but that’s how you learn. And the more you screw up the more it will pay off. It’s all about perspective.

L. Which is why you should take as many opportunities as you can. We try not to say no.

E. If you need to bring someone else on board, do it. You have to figure out how to make it work.

For the stories of Cheryl Turcotte and Nathan Bolton of the CNC Web and Graphic Design program, see the full article on

Woof Stock

A new festival is barking in the distance, calling out to Prince George that an arts and entertainment event is coming.

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Woof Stock plans are coming together northeast of the city, at the Shelley community and Lheidli T’enneh First Nation village.

Organizers plan to build a stage for performing arts and set up display and demonstration areas for visual arts. It will be a cultural free-flow in the general spirit of the legendary Woodstock Festival, and, like that 1960s classic event, is built on good core intentions. Organizer Jordan Corrigal said the main impetus of Woof Stock was to raise money for the SPCA and Humane Society.

“We believe strongly in a society that makes animal treatment a priority and environmental awareness a priority, because that will affect all other aspects of society in a good way,” said Corrigal.

His hope is that Woof Stock also takes on a Shambala Festival feel, with full-spectrum arts expression interconnected with the music of the mainstage. “Workshops and demonstrations are going to be a massive part of Woof Stock,” Corrigal said. “Live painting is in the works - a sea of easels out there, so everyone who wants to can paint, with mentors available. We want to have experiences for pottery, sculpting, clay, carving, chainsaw carving, body art, airbrushing, instruments, but also meditation, spirituality, sustainable living... People who have said ‘oh, I’ve always wanted to try this or had an interest in something, we want to facilitate that growth - break down the barriers to creative expression.”

The music acts and other live entertainers will be disclosed later in the summer as the plans come to fruition.

Woof Stock is scheduled for August 27-31. Vendor space is available ($525 for a 10x10 space or $787.50 for 10x20), and ticket information is available at the Woof Stock website:

A little about me

ncoyne3Norm Coyne has been active in local arts, entertainment and promotions for 15 years. He developed the Scene PG to provide local artists and musicians with exposure as well as connect a broader audience to the events and talent Prince George has to offer.


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