Nice to see our pal Randy Fred being honored last week at the 30th anniversary party for Theytus Books, the publishing company he founded.
When Randy got the operation up and running in Nanaimo back in 1980 it was the only Aboriginal-owned publisher in Canada. Theytus is a Salishan word meaning "preserving for the sake of handing down". The company has been located at the En'owkin Centre in Penticton for many years.
Randy is legally blind due to retinitis pigmentosa but he has never let that slow him down. He has had a varied career in magazines and other publishing ventures. In 2005 he received the Gray Campbell Distinguished Service Award, handed out each year to someone who has made a special contribution to the literary world in BC.
Congratulations to Randy on this new milestone.