Our Team

Oliver Sommer
Oliver brings almost three decades of media experience to his role as publisher of the Saanich News. Together with his wife and four children, he enjoys the lifestyle of the community and proudly calls Saanich home.

Dan Ebenal
Dan has worked in the B.C. news industry for more than a quarter century. He has worked in newsrooms across the province, covering every beat imaginable. His journalistic travels brought him to Vancouver Island in 2014, and he has served as editor of the Saanich News since 2015.

Travis Paterson
Travis interned at Toro Magazine and The Hockey News while completing the Print Futures writing program at Douglas College. He came to the Black Press in 2008 and his passion for the community runs deep. He enjoys life with his wife and two boys and reports on all things municipal, arts, sports and community engagement in Saanich.

Wolf Depner
Wolf joined the Saanich News in October 2016 with more than a decade’s worth of experience in print journalism, primarily in the Okanagan Valley, where he has worked for the Penticton Western News and Summerland Review among other papers. His writing has also appeared in Diplomat and International Canada. He holds degrees from the University of British Columbia and the University of Western Ontario and recently worked at the University of British Columbia, Okanagan Campus.

Circulation Manager
Laura Cross
Laura relocated from Oahu, Hawaii six years ago and has worked for Black Press for four years. She started out doing part-time auditing, then became the circulation manager for Peninsula News and has since moved to Saanich News where she manages circulation.

Advertising Consultant
Darrin Wong
Darrin has been in the digital advertising and e-commerce space for almost a decade using platforms like Google Adwords, Bing Adwords, Matomy, Ironsource, Facebook and optimizing web properties using SEO & SEM strategies. He has implemented enterprise platforms across multiple counties on site working with world class tech teams for over 17 years. With his depth of platform knowledge and wealth of digital advertising experience, he can give you insight into your advertising needs.

Sarah Taylor
Sarah 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.

Rod Fraser
Rod has been with the Saanich News since January 2015. He is available for all of your print and digital advertising needs. Rod’s background includes 12 years in the Outdoor Advertising media category.

Creative Services
Leslie Eaton
Leslie has a lifelong passion for design and art. She has a strong focus on creative marketing that fosters meaningful connections between businesses and clients. She has worked for Black Press for about decade between the Comox Valley Record and Saanich News.