Meet the Families Magazine Team | South-East QLD
Meet the Families Magazine team from South East Queensland who value community, responsive parenting and education. We know because we go!
Our core values
The staff at Families Magazine are geographically spread out but philosophically linked. They hold close to the same core values and ensure that they are central at all times.
The core values at Families Magazine are:
The Families Magazine team…
Janine – Editor
Janine took a sidestep from secondary education to become a magazine editor in 2010 to create a sense of work/life balance. Those two roles may seem contradictory but it’s working well so far! Her tenacious, genuine approach allows her to really get to know her staff, her audience and her business partners. Janine believes in education, equality and engaging children in positive, authentic experiences.
Rebel – Editor
Rebel has been writing and editing parenting titles for several years, covering everything from to vaccination controversies to interviewing celebrities and everything in between. As a mum of four herself, Rebel knows what it is that families on the coast are looking for, from entertainment and education to health and community services. Working with Families Magazine allows her to connect with the Gold Coast and Northern Rivers community through shared experience and a passion for family life.
Dana – Digital Strategist
Dana is an integral part of the team and brings with her over 15 years’ experience working in the media. She is passionate about the building of community as well as working in a collegial, supportive, female-friendly environment. Families Magazine provides the perfect opportunity for those interests to come together in a way that benefits thousands of readers.
Jesse – IT Guru
Jesse has been with Families Magazine since its online inception. He answers all of the “How do I…” and “Why isn’t it…” questions that the team love to throw at him. It’s his goal to empower his colleagues to allow them to be able to deliver high-quality information and content to the local community.
Lou – Online Content Manager and Content Creator
Lou is passionate about literacy, the promotion and fostering of resilience in children and mental health awareness for adolescents. Working with Families Magazine means that she can engage with a community that focuses on responsible, engaged and pro-active parenting. She finds connecting families with experiences and products that improve their lives hugely rewarding.
Regina – Listings Editor
Regina comes to team with a wealth of experience in the field of early childhood education. She is extremely community-minded and makes it her personal mission to find as many low cost (or free!) activities for families as possible. You can thank her for our excellent school holiday activities lists! This thirst for knowledge and desire to ‘get out there’ makes her an irreplaceable member of the team.
Jaclyn – Graphic Designer
Jaclyn Cochrane, a mum-of-two has been living and breathing design for over twenty years. This gentle creative loves to make art. If you can’t find her, you can guarantee that she’s escaped the office and is out exploring with her camera. Jaclyn’s passion for design and photography gives our Gold Coast Magazine it’s unique style and flavour.
Suzie – Graphic Designer
A designer with over twenty years’ experience (and a self-confessed typography obsessive), Suzie practices peaceful, solo parenting. Her passions are promoting creativity and freedom of expression in children. She lives and breathes art and design. Experiencing local culture, visiting galleries and creating abstract art make Suzie’s heart sing.
Narelle – Regional Sales Manager
Narelle has worked in media for over 15 years within Australian and International media organisations. Narelle is Google accredited and has a passion for sharing her knowledge and expertise with local businesses. As a mum of 2 young boys Narelle has a keen interest in early years education and health and nutrition.
Joanne – Content Creator and Distribution
Joanne loves working with Families Magazine as the experience reflects the realities of parenting in today’s climate. Her focus is on the development of resilience, confidence and independence in children. Self-esteem, self-respect and self-worth are vital skills that Joanne believes children need to learn early to help them grow as adults.
Ayla – Content Creator
Ayla brings to the team a passion for gentle parenting approaches as well as a love for all things reading and writing. She firmly believes in encouraging children to thrive via natural and play-based experiences. Working with Families Magazine gives her the chance to hone her skills while she tracks down the very best family experiences South-East Queensland has to offer.
Karen – Videographer and Content Creator
Karen’s dream is that the uniqueness of every child is nurtured, respected and catered for. Her focus as a parent is on celebrating diversity, promoting creativity, embracing the ‘crazy’ and building self-esteem. Families Magazine offers her the opportunity to pursue these interests in a supportive, open environment that accepts and responds to all types of families.
Dr Amanda – Educational Consultant
Dr Amanda is a senior lecturer at Queensland University of Technology (School of Early Childhood and Inclusive Education) as well as a registered psychologist. Her research focus has a lot of relevance for the Families Magazine audience, concentrating on delayed school entry, student wellbeing and school uniform policies. Dr Amanda a the driving force behind Girls Uniform Agenda which was founded in 2017 to advocate for the rights of female students.
Emily Toxward – Content Creator
A journalist by trade, Emily Toxward is a published writer of 20 years. She’s committed to bringing up children with open hearts and minds and is always planning their next outdoors adventure. As a mum of three she’s dedicated to unearthing unique and fun experiences to share with her fellow Families Magazine readers.
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