About Us

Your Community News Team

Oliver   Sommer Publisher
Oliver Sommer
Oliver Sommer, raised on the Lower Mainland and the Okanagan Valley, has worked in the advertising business for two decades. He has held various sales management positions in advertising agencies, as well as the newspaper industry. Previously he was Director of Advertising with the Lethbridge Herald and was Advertising Sales Manager for the Globe and Mail for four years. Oliver and his wife, Leslie, live in Saanich with their four children.
Dan  Ebenal Editor
Dan Ebenal
Dan Ebenal is the editor of the Saanich News. He has worked in the B.C. news industry for a quarter century, starting at the Northern Sentinel in Kitimat before moving on to the Okanagan. Ebenal spent two decades in the Okanagan, first as a reporter with the Vernon Morning Star and then as editor of the Penticton Western News. He then spent a year at the Tri-City News in the Lower Mainland before heading to Vancouver Island where he worked as editor of the Oak Bay News before moving on to Saanich.
Travis  Paterson Reporter
Travis Paterson
Travis Paterson interned at Toro Magazine and The Hockey News while completing the Print Futures writing program at Douglas College. His passion for the community runs deep. He believes in the ability of athletics, arts and community engagement to offer stewardship and the power of positive thinking.
Jacob  Zinn Reporter
Jacob Zinn
Rod  Fraser Sales
Rod Fraser
Rod Fraser joined the Saanich News team in 2015. Before joining Black Press, Rod worked for a year as a district manager with the Canadian Taxpayers Federation. Prior to that, Rod was the sales manager at Coast Outdoor Advertising for 12 years.
Sarah  Taylor Sales
Sarah Taylor
Sarah Taylor has worked for Black Press since 2008. Before joining Black Press, Sarah studied advertising and public relations at Lethbridge Community College before completing her BA in Communications at Royal Roads University.
Creative Services
Teresa Laird
Circulation Manager
Miki Speirs