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Former Quesnel Cariboo Observer editor remembered after sudden death

February 8, 2022

Andrea Johnson was the Editor of the Quesnel Cariboo Observer at the paper’s 100th anniversary. (Observer file photo)

The flags at the University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC) are flying at half-mast in memory of one of the university’s communications officers.

Andrea Johnson, who served as editor for the Quesnel Observer from 2006 until 2009, died last week. Johnson also worked at the Peace Arch News and the Langley Times.

“Andrea was always generous with her time and talents, supporting many causes through her volunteer work,” reads a UNBC Facebook post.

“She will be missed by so many on our campuses and beyond.”

Johnson, who grew up on a farm in Consort, Alta., was also heavily involved Rotary, both with the Prince George-Nechako chapter and before that,in Quesnel.

Johnson was an avid outdoors enthusiast – from cross-country skiing to hiking and kayaking – and volunteered with Operation Red Nose, as well as many other Rotary-led volunteer projects.

She was also a big sports fan – especially when it came to her Edmonton Oilers.

“She was so talented, and a great friend,” said Roger Knox, a longtime reporter with the Vernon Morning Star.

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