Elder Randy Fred

Randy Fred (Tseshaht)

Randy Fred is a member of the Tseshaht First Nation, Port Alberni. He has resided in Nanaimo most of his life. He began his working career in accounting but due to failing eyesight moved into the communications field. He worked in radio at the local station in Port Alberni and wrote a regular column for the Alberni Valley Times. After relocating to Nanaimo he organized short courses for First Nations people at Malaspina College then founded Theytus Books Ltd. In 1983 The Okanagan Tribal Council and En’owkin Centre purchased the company and contracted him to train their people in all aspects of book publishing. From there he moved to Vancouver and founded an imprint for Arsenal Pulp Press, Tillacum Library. Several of his books won major book awards. He worked in video with Phil Lucas Productions and produced several videos independently.. His most recent productions can be seen at contact-nocontact.com. He also published a magazine and two newspapers. In 2005 he was presented with the Gray Campbell Distinguished Service Award for his contributions to the BC publishing industry. He and his wife for several years operated Simptew Smoked Salmon. He has won several times the Canadian championship for B-1 visually impaired lawn bowling. He is currently learning how to play the slide guitar.

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