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The Madawaska Valley Current is your online source for balanced and stimulating local coverage of community growth, current affairs and cultural matters. The Current is brought to you by Valley residents, Roger Paul, publisher, and Danielle Paul, editor, through their company MadValley Media. However, it takes a team to create the best Current so we are grateful to our contributors and sponsors who are also committed to enhancing life in this community.


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Roger practiced law in both Ontario and the UK before his retirement in 2010 when he and Danielle moved into the Valley house they had built. His connection to the area dates back to the early 1970s when Danielle introduced him to its many attractions, not least being the lure of a frequently used bolthole from the hectic pace of Toronto where they lived at the time. Roger is a board member of both St Francis Memorial Hospital and the Renfrew County Legal Clinic. He is also president of the Lakeshore Tennis Club.


Danielle’s Valley roots go back to childhood. She grew up hearing stories of the Valley from her father, Leo Bonnah, and his uncle, Fr. Bill Dwyer, parish priest in Madawaska. After retiring in 1968, Leo served on the St. Francis Memorial Hospital board and was heavily involved in the birth of Valley Manor. Danielle is president of the Renfrew County Museums Network, a board member of her lake association (CTLG) and enjoys genealogy. After graduating from OCAD, she worked mostly in marketing. She worked as culture and tourism coordinator at the Railway Station 2013-16.


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The Current is published by MadValley Media, P.O. Box 1097, Barry’s Bay ON K0J 1B0


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