|About Life Media's Publisher Rolf Priesnitz|
Rolf Priesnitz, Publisher
In 1976, Rolf Priesnitz founded The Alternate Press, now the book publishing division of Life Media, in order to publish Natural Life Magazine. His objective was to provide people with information and inspiration about self-reliant, healthy, environmentally-sound ways of living, decades before these topics entered the mainstream consciousness.
Although, at the age of 29, he had no experience in the publishing industry, entrepreneurship and learning-by-doing were both second-nature to him, because when he was 17 he had taken over his fatherís plumbing business. For the next four decades, his career as a steamfitter and plumber developed in tandem with the publishing business, which he shares with his wife Wendy, whose journalistic skills allow her to oversee the editorial part of the business.
At the same time, Rolf indulged his passion for passing on knowledge to younger generations. He earned his pilot's license at the age of 17, and at age 23 became Chief Training Officer with the rank of lieutenant in the Royal Canadian Air Force Reserves attached to #296 Squadron, Cambridge, Ontario. Also in the early 1970s, he was a Plumbing Professor for Mohawk College of Applied Arts & Technology, Department of Apprenticeship and Certificate Programs, in Hamilton Ontario as well as a Plumbing Instructor for the UA67/MCA Joint Apprentice Training Committee (JATC), in the Hamilton area.
In the early 1970s, Rolf and Wendy had two daughters, Heidi and Melanie, whose education he and Wendy facilitated at home. As he, his young family, and the publishing business moved across Canada in the 1970s and 80s, he continued to teach pipe trades as a sideline, notably as Plumbing Instructor for the Edmonton Pipe Trades Educational Trust Fund.
By 2001, Rolf felt ready to concentrate more time on teaching. He became a full-time Steamfitting Professor for George Brown College, Faculty of Technology, Centre for Advanced Building Technologies, in Toronto, Ontario. Soon, he advanced to Program Coordinator for the Collegeís Plumbing, Steamfitting, and Welding Apprenticeship Programs. In January of 2004 he became Chair of Apprenticeship for the Centre for Construction and Engineering Technologies, George Brown College, and in 2006 he became the Director of Apprenticeship for the college. In addition to directing the apprenticeship programs, he introduced new postsecondary programs as well as piloting a variety of pre-apprenticeship programs for youth and non-traditional groups at the college.
He was until recently a marine pipefitting instructor at Nova Scotia Community College, teaching in the Marine Manufacturing Orientation Program.
At the same time, this multi-focused, thinking-outside-of-the-box man continues, in partnership with Wendy, to grow Life Media, which now, in addition to Natural Life Magazine, publishes Life Learning Magazine, Natural Child Magazine, and Child's Play Magazine, as well as print and e-books.
He now has over 30 years experience as an apprentice, journeyman, and supervisor in residential, commercial and industrial construction, maintenance and service work including construction management on projects from Alberta to Romania, 40 years experience as a part-time magazine and book publisher, and over 15 years in academia.