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.

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.

Mitchell Sora
Mitchell has been with Black press since February 2018. Prior to this, Mitchell studied economics and entrepreneurship at Bowling Green State University in Ohio. Originally from Pickering, Ont., Mitchell has a history of forming a strong sense of community. Whether it was in Pickering or Bowling Green, Mitchell has organized several fundraisers and events to benefit the lives of the surrounding community. He currently plays rugby as a member of the James Bay Athletic Association and the British Columbia 7s team.

Creative Services
Emily Hannan

Emily has been designing print, digital and social media solutions for creative projects since 2010. She joined Saanich News in 2017, after producing work for local retail, small business, tourism and industry companies on Vancouver Island. She’s happy to call Victoria home after finishing her MFA at Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, MI. She spends her weekends exploring the hidden natural gems of the Island.

Graphic Designer
Rachel Murray-Ford
Rachel joined the creative side of our team in 2018 as the new graphic designer. Inherently imaginative and resourceful, Rachel has an extensive professional background in design print production, marketing and communications. She has spent over a decade in the industry quoting, designing, managing and executing projects for clients across Canada. She hails from Hamilton, Ont. but has travelled extensively, living in Europe, Australia, New Zealand and Southeast Asia. Landing in Victoria just over two years ago she has found her new home and spends her spare time honing her photography skills, enjoying the breathtaking natural landscapes the island has to offer.

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