The Brooklin Town Crier was launched in 2000 by longtime Brooklin resident Rhonda Mulcahy as a newsletter to bring the community together. She felt Brooklin was becoming divided between the “old Brooklinites” and the new. So she used her background in newspapers and design to create BTC.
The original newsletter had four editions with the first one featuring an aerial photo of Brooklin, unrecognizable today since the community has grown. Today it’s a bi-monthly newspaper whose residents are the contributors. Over the years, local writers have shared their talents to reflect the area’s many interests. Some have earned degrees in journalism while others, armed with BTC bylines, have landed jobs with major journalism outlets.
The paper has also showcased new developments. Rhonda Mulcahy was elected as a Durham Regional Councillor for the Town of Whitby and she keeps readers apprised of Regional and Town Hall happenings as well as the all-important Brooklin Secondary Plan.
The paper is delivered t to every Canada Post mailbox in Brooklin and Ashburn free of charge to residents. With a circulation of 8000 every two weeks, it adds up to over 190,000 yearly opportunities to reach consumers. Some advertisers have been in the BTC since its inception because they know the paper is well received.
She has a certificate in plant-based eating from eCornell University and is owner of the Brooklin Run Club. She can be reached at email@example.com.
Lover of puzzles, puns, and mysteries, became hooked on words at the age of fourteen after taking first place in a spelling contest. She writes poetry and pursues her passion for watercolour painting in her spare time.
Rhonda Mulcahy, Publisher
A third generation Brooklin resident, Rhonda lives in Brooklin with her husband and three now grown children. Elected in the spring of 2016 in a by-election as the Ward One Councillor for the Town of Whitby then in 2018 as a Durham Region councillor, her time is spent between her family, her duties as Councillor and the newspaper.
Richard Bercuson, Editor
Originally from Ottawa (nee Montreal), Richard has written for numerous publications with stints as a columnist, sportswriter, and essayist. His fiction includes short stories, which have garnered some awards including a national one, and plays. He teaches in Hockey Canada's national coaching program and hosts a blog at grassrootsminorhockey.com. Visit his web site richardbercuson.ca
She is a freelance writer, communications specialist, business consultant, working mom, wife and regular contributor to the Brooklin Town Crier since 2009. She loves being all of these things and loves to write about them. Leanne's work has appeared in many print and online publications.