History Books | Team

Introducing our History Book team

When you work with Friesens you get a dedicated team of owners helping you create your History Book.

Carey-Kehler

Carey Kehler History Book Consultant | Manitoba & North Dakota | Canada & USA

I enjoy travelling, photography, gardening, music, nature, a good thunderstorm, and getting together with friends and family. I also play bass guitar in a blues band and occasionally in our church worship band. I am also on a restoration committee that restores old Mennonite housebarns in the village of Neubergthal.

My wife and I have got married in 1976 and have two adult sons. We have two cats, both of which are “rescue” animals that showed up at our house as kittens.
One of the best parts of my job is to see a book come to life from just a thought, idea or concept. Preserving memories with ink on paper is absolutely essential if we wish to keep history alive for future generations.


Carey Kehler
Phone: 1.888.324.9725 ext 103
Email: careyk@friesens.com

Catherine Holland History Book Consultant | Saskatchewan

In 2005 I moved to Saskatchewan from Ontario to become a yearbook consultant at Friesens. Recently Friesens asked me to join the history book team and I was excited take on the challenge. I believe that preserving our past is crucial for future generations. Before working with Friesens I graduated from Ryerson University’s Graphic Communications Management program. When I’m not traveling around the province of Saskatchewan helping schools create amazing yearbooks and groups recording our history I spend my time with my husband and our two energetic little girls. I also hold the position of councilor for the Town of Qu’Appelle.


Catherine Holland
Phone: 306.501.0792
Email: catherineh@friesens.com

Jim Saunders History Book Consultant | Alberta | Canada

Most of my early years were spent in Winnipeg. After finishing my BA in Economics at the University of Winnipeg and playing hockey for a year in Germany I started my career working for McGraw Hill Ryerson Publishing in their college and university division. One of my main competitors worked for Prentice Hall Publishing and her name was Karen Gagnon. We started dating, fell in love, married and moved together to Toronto to each continue our careers in the textbook publishing industry.

An opportunity for us to work together came our way and took us to Calgary in 1989 where we took over the yearbook territory in southern Alberta for Jostens Canada Ltd. Our daughter was soon born (1990) and our son soon after (1991). They are both still living and working in Calgary and we are very proud of them both.

We continued helping teachers and students capture their school year histories in photos and stories for their yearbooks until after over 28 years and over 35 years in publishing, we retired in June of 2018. We were contacted by Friesens in the fall of 2018. We had always respected and admired Friesens as our main yearbook competitor and the opportunity and challenge they offered us to take over for the retiring Jim Beckel in their History Book division was enough for us to end our short lived retirement.


Jim Saunders
Phone: 403.703.5008
Email: jims@friesens.com

Karen Saunders History Book Consultant | Alberta | Canada

Karen joins the history book team of Friesens after many years of working with students and educators helping them capture the  memories of their school year through their yearbooks.  “The history book opportunity is really exciting; if we don’t take the time now to preserve these memories be they family, community or corporate they will be lost forever.  I am really looking forward to working with people throughout Alberta to document their histories. “

In addition to her work Karen has served on the Alberta Special Olympics board of directors for a number of years and is currently on the Management Committee of Calgary Special Olympics.  She is also the co-chair for the Special Olympics Alberta Winter Games that will be held in Calgary in February of 2019. The other board that Karen is involved in is Prospect Human Services.  Their goal is; To Break Barriers/Employ Change – helping those that may face any obstacles to employment. Karen is also on the executive of the Calgary Ladies Golf Association.

Karen and her husband Jim have two children and one granddog.  Spare time is spent golfing, cross country skiing, travelling, practicing yoga, biking and pretending that she is learning about wine whilst tasting.


Karen Saunders
Phone: 403.815.3411
Email: karens@friesens.com

Lynda-Hiebert

Lynda Hiebert Customer Service Specialist | Canada & USA

I enjoy spending time with family and friends, and especially my grandchildren. I also enjoy reading, quilting and gardening.

I have worked with history books at Friesens for many years, and my favourite part of the job is meeting the people from the various committees across Canada and beyond. I get a great deal of pleasure and take pride in helping each group bring their book from a concept to a finished product that they will treasure.

I am here to help answer your questions and guide you through the process of creating your book. I look forward to working on your book project with you.


Lynda Hiebert
Phone: 1.888.324.9725 ext 281
Email: lyndah@friesens.com

Ron Such

Ron Such History Book Consultant | Ontario

Thanks for taking the time to visit our website!  I’m thrilled to be part of our History Book “team” and would welcome the chance to quote/provide samples and/or meet with you and your group.

There seems to be a surge in interest in capturing Historical events in print and we’re glad you’ve expressed an interest in Friesens.

I’m located in Kitchener ON and travel the entire province.  On a personal note, I’ve been helping folks put books together for over 30 years and would love the chance to work with you.  Small or large runs, black & white or colour, hard or soft cover, we can build a book to fit your needs and I’ll be there to help.

If you’re at all interested in attempting to catch the magic of your historical journey, please contact me and let’s chat.


Ron Such
Phone: 902.680.2498
Email: rons@friesens.com