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M.L. Ellen Percival

M.L. ELLEN PERCIVAL – Publisher and Editor-in-Chief

Phone: 403-241-6066

Ellen is the Publisher and Editor-in–Chief of the award-winning parenting publication, Calgary’s Child Magazine. Since it first hit the newsstands in 1994, Calgary’s Child Magazine has been supporting, connecting and informing parents in innovative ways.  Ellen’s commitment to helping parents, children and community is evident in the hours she devotes not only to Calgary’s Child but to a variety of charities she participates in. Widely recognized for her work ethic, positive attitude and innovative strategic thinking, Ellen, a Women of Vision recipient and mother of two, brings both a fresh and informed perspective to the issues that shape the lives of Albertans. Contact Ellen regarding magazine production as well as magazine and/or web editorial, social, print and/or web promotional and marketing opportunities. 

Amanda McDonaldAMANDA MCDONALD – Art Director

Phone: 403-828-1969

Amanda has 20+ years of design experience both in the UK and Canada. She credits her success to having had the opportunity to work for high-end advertising agencies, prestigious clients and alongside the finest designers. Over her career she has established a love for designing magazines and after moving to Canada in 2002 has successfully pursued that passion. She is  delighted to be Calgary's Child Magazine's Art Director.


Barb O'NeillBARB O’NEILL – Sales Director

Phone: 403-398-2224

Barb, part of our dynamic sales team with Laura Dupont and Nanica Brown, has been with Calgary’s Child since 1999. She is the Advertising Sales Director for Calgary’s Child Magazine and she has all the answers to your advertising questions - seriously!  Barb can help you maximize your exposure while keeping within your advertising budget, and assist you to develop a marketing plan that works best for your individual business.  Well versed on the latest trends in advertising, she can introduce you to our online and social networking opportunities with Calgary’s Child online advertising, e-newsletter, sponsorship opportunities, Facebook and Twitter.  Contact Barb for all your advertising needs.

Laura DupontLAURA DUPONT – Project Manager

Phone: 403-547-4901

Laura, one of our dynamic Sales Team, has been a valued part of the Calgary’s Child team since 2003. Laura is our Project Manager and that means that once you have booked your display advertising with Barb or Nanica, you will be in her very capable hands. Turn to her for all of your display (online and print) advertising questions; Laura is here to assist you with your day-to-day needs. She’s happy to help if you need to have artwork designed or need ad or classified listing revisions or have any questions relating to your advertising, your contract, artwork, coupons, online ads or invoicing.

Melissa Michta ThomsonMELISSA THOMSON – Copy Editor, Feature Writer

Phone: 403-241-6066

Melissa is a word nerd. Defuse vs. Diffuse; Farther vs. Further? These details are her passion. For the past eight years, she has ensured writers’ articles are concise, consistent, and grammatically and factually correct. She also writes for the publication, mainly contributing the Annual Summer Fun & Travel Wish List and Annual Holiday Wish List, providing a wide array of the latest and greatest toys and nifty gadgets for every member of your family. In addition, Melissa brainstorms topics and books local experts for the Calgary’s Child Parenting Segment on Global Morning News, aired twice weekly on Mondays and Saturdays. If you have a unique  product of family-friendly event that you would like published, contact Melissa.


Allie Percival WightmanALLISON PERCIVAL, BA, B.Ed. – Assistant Publisher, Website Manager

Phone: 403-241-6066
Allison, our assistant publisher and website manager, has been part of the Calgary’s Child team since 2007. Allison is responsible for web content, manages our social media team, and coordinates Calgary’s Child’s email hub to make sure messages get to the right place at the right time. She works hard to keep the office running smoothly and, as part of the editorial team, checks our stories and articles for factual accuracy to make sure our readers receive information they can trust. Whatever our clients need, Allie gets it done (or finds someone who can!)

Cathy BontjeCATHY BONTJE – Distribution Manager

Phone: 403-241-6066

Since 1998, Cathy has been keeping our magazine efficiently and effectively distributed. She manages several distribution teams that deliver our magazines to hundreds of locations. If you would like to have magazines to distribute at your company or event, or if you are trying to find the magazine at one of our distribution locations in and around Calgary, Cathy would be happy to give you a hand.

NANICA KERR BROWN – Sales Executive

Phone: 403-703-7474

Nanica is the newest member of our sales team. As our readership has grown to include the communities outside of Calgary, we’re working hard to provide all of our readers
with vital information about businesses in their local community. Nanica can help you get the most bang for your advertising dollar, increasing your exposure through print and digital campaigns, contesting, coupons and sponsorship opportunities. If your business is located outside of Calgary’s city limits, contact Nanica for all your advertising needs.


Current Issues

Online Edition

Parents' Choice Awards

Next Issue

Mar/Apr 2018
Deadline: Jan 24, 2018

Distribution: first week of March, 2018

Our Spring issue is packed full of tips & tricks to get families back into the bloom of things.

This issue highlights your new baby and growing family.

And the Winners are... this issue also includes the 2018 Parents' Choice Awards winners. 

  • Bump, Baby & Toddler Guide - Your Growing Family 
  • Early-Bird Summer Camp & Program Feature:
  • Spring Fun


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