Spring Contributors

Meet three long-time contributors – Pete Paterson, Kim van Oosterom and Tralee Pearce – who worked on the spring issue.

March 20, 2023 | | Contributors

Pete Paterson

Pete has been contributing to In The Hills for more than two decades, photographing a wide array of subjects, including vintage airplanes, local artisans and our annual salute to local heroes. 

After a storied career in commercial and portrait photography, Pete moved to Caledon in 1990 and began to concentrate on people and community events for In The Hills, Theatre Orangeville and others. Pete has also donated his talents to Community Living Dufferin and other organizations. 

In this issue, we spotlight Pete’s fine art photography. His dreamy series of cloud photos, Look Up, is on display at the Caledon Library (“Field Notes”). His work in this issue includes the emotive portraits of three Ukrainian families who fled the war to start a new life in Canada (“Finding Sanctuary”). He also visited Erin metal artist Courtney Chard in her workshop (“Meet the Maker”).

Kim van Oosterom 

A freelance graphic designer, Kim van Oosterom started art directing In The Hills in the spring of 1999 and has been the keeper of its visual identity ever since (all but one of the layouts featured in our 30th anniversary lookback, “In Retrospect,” are hers). Kim is the force behind our fresh launch with this issue, along with digital updates on our website and social media channels. For the print update, Kim toiled over every typeface and font, reimagined the cover design and mapped out page elements large and small that combine to give the magazine a contemporary new feel.

In 2016, Kim and her husband, Andrew, moved from Toronto to a remote hilltop cabin in Mulmur. A nature enthusiast, she especially enjoys art directing Don Scallen’s nature features. This summer, she’s most looking forward to the annual firewood delivery and cataloguing its arthropod hitchhikers (really!).

Tralee Pearce

Tralee joined In The Hills in 2014 as a writer and editor, and though she finds it a little hard to believe, she has spent 30 years as a journalist. Half that time was at the Globe and Mail writing and editing stories on lifestyle, health and news. She started at the Ottawa Sun and worked with NOW magazine before joining the Globe. She has freelanced for magazines including Canadian Living and Modern Farmer. 

Highly impressionable, after working on this issue Tralee is considering buying a kettle with a temperature gauge for the perfect cuppa (“Our Cup of Tea”), visiting alpacas (“The Alpaca Whisperer”) and seeking help with the perfect butter chicken (“Food and Drink”). 

Tralee moved to Mono when she was four. After living in Inglewood for seven years, she and her husband and son now divide their time between Toronto and the farm she grew up on.

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