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The Fraser Valley Auto Mall Annual Food Bank Drive is in its sixth year, and as part of the event’s tradition, it will form a convoy of at least a dozen vehicles to deliver non-perishable food items to the Abbotsford Food Bank. Included in the group will be a number of fire and rescue vehicles, Abbotsford Police and large Save-On Foods trucks, set to depart from the Auto Mall on Mt. Lehman Rd on Dec. 15 at 11 a.m. Manager of the Fraser Valley Auto Mall (FVAM), Steve Magown, feels it is their duty to play a constructive role in the community. “I find that in a reasonably affluent community it’s unacceptable to let people go hungry, and the mere thought of this is the catalyst to do more to help and make sure that we offer people in need of the basics.” PriceSmart on South Fraser Way and The Abbotsford News have now joined the two Save-On Foods stores in Abbotsford, and the Abbotsford Fire and Rescue Service to tackle the demand for food in the community. All eight dealers of the FVAM and Auto Mall Autobody continue to collect food and decorate vehicles in

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The Abbotsford Fire and Rescue Auxiliaries will also be campaigning door-to-door in an attempt to increase donations. “Abbotsford residents are known to be generous people and ready to open their hearts and wallets,” says Magown. “Once you are made aware of a problem, you’re usually halfway to a solution.” It is anticipated that the Abbotsford Food Bank will see a minimum of $20,000 worth of food donated, provided to the FVAM at an “at-cost” purchase from Save-On Foods. Magown believes that although the commercialization of the season can be fun and enticing, there is a much larger picture to be seen. “It’s an awakening for everyone as we get educated on the fact that seniors go hungry and kids have nothing to open on Christmas morning,” says Magown. “It’s the awareness factor that brings people to do unsolicited acts of kindness, and we should be reminded of this all year round.”

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At this time of year, Murray is waiting to see what comes in from local schools that generally hold their food drive right before Christmas break. He is also excited about the Abbotsford Heat Teddy Bear Toss on Dec. 14 that not only raises money, but donates hundreds of teddy bears to families with children over Christmas.

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ance nor were there any widow’s benefits available to Andrea. With no job to turn to, and too consumed with grief to look for one, Andrea could not afford the rent on their home. She and her kids moved into her parents’ residence and, although she was grateful for their support, it was a difficult step to take. She felt like she was burdening them. Andrea’s ex-husband was not providing child support, and her only immediate source of income was welfare. Andrea was a woman of pride, strength and perseverance. It was humiliating for her to accept government support, but she did what she had to for her kids’ sake. In December of that year, Andrea and her kids moved into a place of their own – a subsidized housing Continued on A5

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• Delivering audience, driving results • Meeting advertiser needs with high impact ad opportunities • Reaching target audiences • Combining multi-media platforms for best response

TV

Ipsos Reid Study 2010 on behalf of the City of Abbotsford. 300 sample size. Accuracy 19 times out of 20. Residents were asked: What methods would be best for the City of Abbotsford to communicate information to you? The results were impressive: 50% Newspapers • 15% Internet • 6% Radio.

IT’S ALL ABOUT STRATEGY No matter the size, industry, age or location of your business, one of the most important pieces to the marketing puzzle is a solid strategic marketing plan. That’s why The News media group offers a full portfolio of advertising and marketing resources. We’ll help you every step of the way!

RESEARCH AND STATISTICS While some people consider statistics to be far from accurate, Ipsos Reid is one of the largest research companies in the world with an extraordinarily high degree of credibility and accuracy. The City of Abbotsford commissioned Ipsos Reid to research local opinion including methods of communication. The graph clearly shows ‘newspapers’ to be the dominant medium. In fact, The News provides the exclusive medium for all City advertising.

Readers spend an average of 40 minutes reading their community newspaper.

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INVESTINGDOLLARS BEST RETURN. BEST RESPONSE.

10,000 VOTES OF CONFIDENCE Yes, throughout 2013 more than 10,000 advertisements have been placed in The Abbotsford News and Mission Record. This significant number of advertisements reflects the success advertisers enjoy with The News Media Group. A consistent, planned advertising campaign, in the right media, will reap the biggest dividends when it comes to advertising.

FREQUENCY IS KEY TO ADVERTISING In order to get your brand’s advertising message out, you need to reach consumers multiple times. Frequency and size of an ad can significantly increase your return on investment.

ADS GET NOTICED Ads are part of the newspaper experience allowing readers to discover sales, new products, announcements and more. Canadians confirm that they notice and check the ads in newspapers and their sites!

I usually notice the ads in this medium

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Combination of print and online campaigns increases individuals’ intent to buy by 47%.

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The News media group has a wide range of products and publications ensuring maximum reach for the advertiser. Staying connected through various print and online platforms delivers a growing and loyal audience for News advertisers. The Abbotsford News brand continues to dominate the marketplace with top-of-mind reach in all sectors of media.

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The Intern presented by UFV, AESC and The News delivered tens of thousands of impressions in the form of contest entries. In five weeks alone, more than 30,000 entries were completed online with print readership directing traffic to social media platforms. Amateur Photographer of BC was published in 2013, in conjuction with London Drugs and The Abbotsford International Airshow. 2,000 entries were received from throughout the province during the voting period. A record 36,000 votes were logged in a 4 week period. This promotion was actively promoted through print, web and throughout social media. These promotions demonstrate the combined power and influence of print and social media. We get it! Ask us to show you how you can benefit!

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Readers share their newspaper with at least two additional readers.

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The News has long been the number one newspaper in Abbotsford. In fact, today it’s one of the leading newspapers in North America and the only print media in the city.

Abbynews.com has become a 24/7 news lifeline to residents in Abbotsford and Mission. It has the highest number of unique visitors in Black Press BC.

More and more local residents are tuned into Facebook.com/ myabbynews while they enjoy news, video and major interactive promotions.

Twitter.com/abbynews is ranked one of the highest in the city for Twitter excellence. More and more people use Twitter for breaking news reports provided by The News.

The popular social media platform Instagram.com/ abbynews is gaining ground in many news-led promotions.

More Canadians indicate they prefer newspapers with ads vs other media where ads are not welcome.

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CITYDEMOGRAPHICS KNOW YOUR TARGET AUDIENCE

A GROWING COMMUNITY In the past 20 years, households in Abbotsford have more than doubled. The population is estimated at 140,000 people representing 58 different ethnic and cultural groups. • 25,000 of the 32,000 Abbotsford immigrant population is of South Asian descent. • English speaking represents 78%. • Residents living and working in Abbotsford equals 65%. • There are more than 1200 farms in Abbotsford generating about $1.8 billion in economic activity or 35% of the city’s gross domestic product.

TOP EMPLOYERS IN THE CITY: Fraser Health Authority 2550+ School District 2500+ Corrections 1200+ UFV 1400+ City of Abbotsford 900+

COMMUNITY PROFILE: • Average household income $64,089 (2006 census) • Average individual income $35,667 (2006 census) • Approx. number of households with families 34,575 • Average number of persons per household: 2.8

HOME

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• To the University of the Fraser Valley.

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• To AHL team: The Abbotsford Heat. • To western Canada’s fastest growing airport. • To the Abbotsford International Airshow.

5TH LARGEST

LARGEST

• City in BC.

• Farm gate in BC at 1.8 billion.

• 23rd largest CMA in Canada. • 3rd most diverse city in BC.

• 7000 businesses choose to operate in Abbotsford.

• One of the youngest cities in BC at an avg. age of 38 years.

• 3rd highest number of children per capita in Canada.

The Abbotsford News has a strong loyal reader franchise built on a deep connection with the community.

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COMMUNITYPARTNERS BUILDING SUCCESSFUL EVENTS

SOME OF OUR COMMUNITY PARTNERS To name a few. . . Crystal Gala Hospice Gala Cultural Diversity Awards Business Excellence Awards Agrifair Multicultural Festival The Reach Gallery and Museum Big Brothers & Big Sisters Pacific Agriculture Show Home and Garden Show FV Education & Career Fair Healthy Abbotsford UFV Fashion Show Woman of the Year Coffee House Concert Series Relay for Life Cops for Cancer Hunger Response International Abbotsford Rotary Club Sumas Rotary Club BC Cancer Society Abbotsford Hospice Canuck Place MS Society Heart & Stroke Foundation Kidney Foundation Salvation Army Matthews House Abbotsford Foodbank

ESTABLISHED COMMUNITY PARTNER The News is the established community partner with nearly every non-profit organization in Abbotsford. Giving back to the community by assisting to promote and advertise events, helps us achieve our goal of being fully integrated and connected in the city.

“We would like to thank you for your generosity

“Congratulations to dedicated team at The

and support of ‘An Afternoon in Paradiso.’ It was

Abbotsford News on your 90th anniversary.

a huge success and you helped raise $57,219.”

Thank you for your continued support of children

-- Kate Ludlam, BC Cancer Foundation

and families in the Abbotsford community and across the province.” Laurie Shopland, Campaign Manager, Canuck Place Children’s Hospice

“The Abbotsford News has made my education

“With your help $125,000 was raised to support

much less financially stressful, enabling me to

local charities addressing the homeless issues in our

pursue my education with undivided attention.”

community.”

-- Sara Bartsch, UFV Student

-- Abbotsford Community Foundation

“The Abbotsford News plays an important role

“People love telling me that they read about the Rice

in helping to inform our community of the many

Raiser Campaign in the Abbotsford News!!! Every time

events, meetings and City activities that take

an ad ran, someone different would tell me how much

place on an ongoing basis. Their support in the

they liked seeing the Rice Raiser in the paper.”

community makes them an active contributor to

-- Lorri Sawatsky, Rice Raiser/Hunger Response Int.

our great City” -- Bruce Banman, Mayor of Abbotsford

“We were able to create a buzz around the city

“On behalf of the Abbotsford Hospice Society, I

about the Career Fair and we were also able to

would like to extend our sincere gratitude for your

hit all of our desired target markets. We could not

support of our annual Charity Golf Tournament.

have had this great success without your support.”

With your participation the event raised $25,000.”

-- Jessica Ng & Cheryl Grenick, ECF Event Team

-- Kathy Stecyk, Hospice Society

82% of readers have taken action after viewing newspaper ads.

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BUSINESSPARTNERED BUILD CUSTOMER TRAFFIC

MEET SOME OF THE MANY CLIENTS WHO CHOOSE TO PARTNER WITH THE NEWS MSA Ford AESC Abbotsford Heat The Reach Gallery Museum City of Abbotsford Fraser Valley Auto Mall The Honday Way Future Shop Save-on-Foods Safeway M&M Meats Mark’s Work Wearhouse Champagne & Lace Valley Laser Eye Centre IGA Thumper’s Patch Home & Garden Expo Dignity Funeral Homes Lee’s Fine Jewellery Homestead Nursery Sevenoaks Shopping Centre Canadian Tire Superstore Valhalla Pure Pistachio Great West Fitness MJM Furniture 360 Fabrication Murray GM Magnuson Ford Target High Street

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TEAM EXPERIENCE AND PASSION

Andrew Franklin Publisher Andrew has more than 30 years experience in newspaper and online publishing. His experience in media, professional sales, sales management and strategic planning is extensive. Andrew is a successful senior executive with a proven track record of building strong teams who are loyal, successful, innovative and committed to winning. Andrew encourages entrepreneurial thinking and continuous improvement across all departments. He is passionate about multi-media and the convergence of print and digital publishing and is dedicated to providing publishing excellence to the reader and advertiser.

These two qualities are reflected in the combined 100 years of media experience between the dedicated management team at The News. The award-winning team provides quality management from content to design to delivery excellence via more than 450 carriers. We continue to have the drive and passion creating the very best in publishing whether in print or online.

Andy Holota Editor

Alana Green Creative

Harv Toews Production

Kevin Hemery Distribution

A journalist with more than 30 years of experience, Editor Andrew Holota has been the recipient of numerous continental, national and provincial awards during his newspaper career. He’s also the regional editorial manager for Black Press Lower Mainland, which involves training and development initiatives for the editorial staff of the group’s 20 community newspapers.

With more than 30 years experience, Alana Green has a wealth of experience and a passion for newspapers. Her commitment to excellence and leadership has set the bar for the creative team, which has resulted in award-winning ad design and a high degree of customer satisfaction. She is an enthusiastic member of our team, has deep roots in Abbotsford and cares deeply about our community.

With more than 40 years experience in newspapers, Harv has seen the transition from “hot metal type” to current high-tech computers, and was instrumental in the transition to computer-to-plate technology. He also oversees pre-press for all Black Press Lower Mainland newspapers. Harv has embraced technology and takes pride in his ability to get the newspapers to the press on time.

Kevin Hemery has many years experience in newspaper distribution, the past 19 based here in Abbotsford overseeing distribution of all Black Press Lower Mainland newspapers. He is highly regarded in the industry, and a very knowledgeable addition to our team. Kevin always goes the extra mile and is committed to ensuring newspapers arrive on time to our customers door steps.

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MA MURRAY AWARDS NEWSPAPER OF THE YEAR The BC & Yukon Community Newspapers Association (BCYCNA) is pleased to announce that Andrew Franklin - Publisher of the Abbotsford News took home Gold for the BCYCNA General Excellence Category at this year’s BCYCNA Ma Murray Community Newspaper Awards. For 90 years, the BCYCNA has been celebrating excellence amongst its member newspapers. The Ma Murray Community Newspaper Awards recognizes all aspects of the newspaper industry, including production, publishing, reporting, editing, advertising, photography, website design and community contribution.

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The 2012 event saw outstanding attendance numbers yet again, with over 300 delegates from across the BC and Yukon, and some of the highest-quality work yet. The Ma Murray Community Newspaper Awards Gala is known and respected throughout Canada’s community newspaper industry, and the awards have become some of the most coveted in the business. “We are so proud of the work coming out of BC and Yukon,” says new BCYCNA President Stephen Robertson. “We truly have some of the best community newspapers in the country, and this Awards Gala really shines a light on the talent produced here.” The BCYCNA is a non-profit membership organization representing 125 community newspapers throughout British Columbia and the Yukon, with a combined readership of over 2 million.

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