This is to confirm freelance journalist / photo-journalist Karla Ingleton-Darocas's role as a culture commentator and arts motivator in the Grand River communities of Southwestern Ontario.

Karla wrote a weekly column for The Record, the central newspaper for this region and took all her own photos, from 1994 to 1996. She focused on herng musicians, blues artists and visual artists. Her columns were both informative to readers and instructive to artists themselves.

Beyond the value Karla brought to The Record through research and well-informed opinion, she taught by personal example.

Karla showed emerging entrepreneurs how to open a gallery, run an arts center, publish a magazine, create an internet presence, organize business seminars, and develop their own voice on public radio and in print... in short, how to run their own careers professionally.

Prior to Karla writing for this newspaper, The Record wrote about Karla, tracking her professional presence in the community since 1990. Karla organized art gallery tours, established a performance center, published books and created Zona Canada - a multi-media company that included a magazine, internet and radio formats... as well as a newspaper column.

Karla continued to write timely stories for The Record after moving to Bowmanville, her hometown, where she revitalized a community of artistic entrepreneurs in Eastern Ontario.

Her legacy here remains. Zona Radio continues to highlight local musicians, and her column for The Record is now written by members of the arts community she profiled.

I wish Karla all the best in her relocation from California, to Zurich and to Spain.

Should her require any further clarification regarding this matter, please do not hesitate to contact me at the number below.

Philip Bast
The Record
225 Fairway Road South,
Kitchener, Ontario, Canada, N2G 4E5
March 2002