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Your Community News Team

Oliver   Sommer Publisher
Oliver Sommer
1-250-480-3230
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
250-480-3262
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.
     
Penny  Sakamoto Group Publisher
Penny Sakamoto
1-250-480-3204
Penny Sakamoto is group publisher for Black Press-Greater Victoria, leading a team of about 65 staff and approximately 1,200 newspaper carriers. She graduated from journalism school in Winnipeg and has spent her career in the newspaper business in Canada and the U.S. She served as president of the B.C. and Yukon Community Newspaper Association and on the board of the Canadian Community Newspaper Association. In 2008, Sakamoto was awarded the Silver Quill Award for more than 25 years of distinguished service to the industry. Sakamoto works out of the Broughton Street office in downtown Victoria.
     
staff
Jim Zeeben
     
Circulation Manager
Miki Speirs
250-480-3277
     
Jacob  Zinn Reporter
Jacob Zinn
250-480-3212
     
Reporter
Staff Writer
250 381-3633 ext. 3238
     
Reporter
Kendra Wong
     
Contributor
Hugo Wong
     
Reporter
Kyle Wells
     
Contributor
Andrew Weaver
     
Columnist
Ivan Watson
     
Reporter
Christine van Reeuwyk
     
Sarah  Taylor Sales
Sarah Taylor
250-480-3226
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.
     
Contributor
Rick Stiebel
     
Contributor
Gail Snider
     
Staff
Kyle Slavin
     
Editor
Pirjo Raits
     
Contributor
Lana Popham
     
Columnist
Sheri Peterson
     
Reporter
Andrea Peacock
     
Travis  Paterson Reporter
Travis Paterson
250-480-3279
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.
     
Contributor
Daniel Palmer
250-480-3262
A Newfoundland native, Daniel graduated high school in the Lower Mainland and attended the University of Victoria, graduating in political science and psychology. He completed the journalism certificate program at Langara College, and his work has since appeared in Metro, The Province and Black Press publications across B.C. Daniel joined Victoria News in July 2012 as a reporter and became editor of Saanich News in July 2014.
     
staff
Natalie North
     
Contributor
Alison Morgan