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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’NEILL – Sales Director - Retired

After over 20 years with Calgary's Child Magazine, our Sales Director, Barb O'Neill, is retiring! She plans to spend her retirement enjoying time with her husband and Barb O'Neillchildren, golfing, and soaking up the sun on her many travels.

We thank her for sharing so many wonderful years and memories with us, she will be missed!

To contact Calgary's Child Magazine for ad sales or marketing information, email us at

Laura DupontLAURA DUPONT – Sales Director

Phone: 403-547-4901

Laura has been a valued part of the Calgary’s Child team since 2003. Laura is our Sales Director/Project Manager and that means that once you have booked your display advertising with Eilidh 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.

NANICA KERR BROWN – Sales Executive

Phone: 403-703-7474

Nanica (Nicki) Brown has been a part of the Calgary's Child Magazine family in various roles since the beginning. With over 10 years in Public Relations and Marketing Nicki is dedicated to learning your business inside and out in order to best reach your business goals. Focusing on Education, Camps, Class and Programs she will get the most out of your advertising budget, helping you increase your exposure through print and digital campaigns, contesting, coupons and sponsorship opportunities. 

 EILIDH TAIT- Sales Executive

Phone: 587-888-9556

Eilidh (Aalee) Tait, has a passion for sales. She brings a strong understanding of client needs, customer service and account management skills to this position. Her background in photography gives her a keen sense of what people are visually drawn to and her work can been seen gracing the cover of many of our issues. When she's not at her desk, Eilidh spends time running her four kids to and from sports, activities and school. 

 MELISSA THOMSON – Copy Editor, Feature Writer

Email: info@calgaryschild.comMelissa Michta Thomson
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 assist.


Current Issues

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Next Issue

Theme: Back-to-School
Ad Booking Deadline: July 25, 2018
Distribution: starts first week of September 2018 
Check out this issue for tips on making the transition from pool time to school time, including our awesome Fall Class & Program Guide, Back-to-School Directory, Fall Fun Feature, House to Home Feature and much more!

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