Profiles: Beacon Hill

Annie WeeksAnnie Weeks

A graduate of the Kootenay School of Art, Annie has worked as a graphic designer in print media and communications in Victoria for many years. Annie held creative positions with Thornton-Trump Creative, Kent Allan Ltd., and Gregson Graham through the 1970s and into the 1980s. In 1981, she co-founded the successful graphic design studio, Weeks & Humphreys. Since 1991, she has been a member of Beacon Hill Communications Group. An established and well-recognized member of the Victoria graphic design community, she has won several awards for design excellence from the Vancouver Island Chapter of the Graphic Designers of Canada (GDC).


Patrice SnopkowskiPatrice Snopkowski, BA, CGD

A certified, professional member of the Society of Graphic Designers of Canada (GDC), Patrice has more than 25 years experience in the design industry. She spent 11 years as a designer for the University of Victoria, and worked on print and web design at Hot House Marketing and Design before joining Beacon Hill Communications Group as a member/principal. Patrice has also designed for Sono Nis and New Star Books, spent time as the art director at Key Pacific Publishers, and was production manager at Pacific Rim Publications. Her main areas of expertise are identity and logo design, annual report and publication design, new media, including designing and producing web sites. Patrice served on the national executive of the GDC as the Vice-President Membership Chair from 2008-2012 and is currently the National Representative for the GDC Vancouver Island chapter. Patrice is also a founding member of the Canadian Freelance Union (CFU).


Frances HunterFrances Hunter

A member of Beacon Hill Communications Group since 1991, Frances is a graduate of the Camosun College Applied Communications program with over 25 years of multi-media arts experience. Frances uses her design skills in a wide range of print communications—from posters and brochures to reports and multi-volume publications. She particularly enjoys collaborating with editors, writers, and photographers in the production of a variety of newsletters and journals. Recent book design credits include titles for Hedgerow Press, The Heritage Group and others, and books ranging from short stories and historical non-fiction to large format books on photography and sculpture.
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Gail HarcombeGail Harcombe, BSc

Gail Harcombe has worked as a biologist, editor and graphic designer, as a contractor and for the B.C. provincial government. In over 28 years with Ministry of Environment, Gail has gained extensive experience in communications and information management, specifically technical and plain language editing, and graphic arts (biological illustration, all stages of production of technical and non-technical publications). She has over ten years experience in corporate website design and administration, and has led development of web-based applications and related systems. The diverse range of topics and types of projects undertaken has required strong project management skills. Gail’s strong commitment to the environment and to production of high quality products has earned the appreciation of clients, government and NGO alike.






G.E. MortimoreG.E. Mortimore (1920-2014)

George Ernest Mortimore, PhD, a founding member of Beacon Hill passed away July 29, 2014. He was a freelance writer, anthropologist, and former university teacher. He won a Toronto Press Club national newspaper award for feature writing and a B.C. Environment Minister's media award. He worked as a reporter for the Globe and Mail, an editorial writer for the Vancouver Province, and a syndicated columnist for newspapers across Canada. He will be sadly missed.

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