About Us

Your Community News Team

David  Hamilton Publisher
David Hamilton
Dave Hamilton has been working with Black Press since 2007 starting in the Comox Valley as a sales and marketing consultant with the Comox Valley Record and and then in the Kootenays as Publisher of three publications including The Fernie Free Press, Invermere Valley Echo and The Golden Star.Prior to working in the newspaper industry, Hamilton spent five years as a business resource manager in economic development, six years as a regional director for the BCSPCA with two years served on the Executive and Strategic Planning Committee. Hamilton grew up on Vancouver Island, and went to school at Vancouver Island University in Nanaimo where he completed his Bachelor Degree in marketing.
Alistair  Taylor Managing Editor
Alistair Taylor
Campbell River Mirror editor Alistair Taylor has been covering Campbell River since 1989. An award-winning journalist, avid outdoorsman, music lover and family man, he provides insight into the essential character of his community through his column Out On A Limb.
Kevin  McKinnon Circulation Manager
Kevin McKinnon
Kevin McKinnon is an award-winning photographer and writer who has worked at newspapers on Vancouver Island and in the Lower Mainland since 1995 and holds a Diploma of Professional Photography from the Western Academy of Photography in Victoria. Travel has given him an appreciation of the west- Coast lifestyle and no matter where he has worked, he has always considered the Island his home. So far McKinnonn has travelled to the U.S., the United Kingdom, Italy, Croatia and Bosnia-Herzegovina where he photographed the Canadian Forces peacekeeping mission. McKinnon has shared his enjoyment of photography with his daughter Selah and loves spending time with her capturing the beauty the Island has to offer. Relocating to Campbell River has offered him the opportunity to blend his family with that of his partner Jodi and her daughter Brianna. McKinnon understands not only the unique challenges of newspaper circulation management but also has experience as an entrepreneur which taught him organization and the value of hardworking staff. Having grown up in the Comox Valley, McKinnon is eager to become more acquainted with the Campbell River community and to start in his exciting new adventure as circulation manager for the Campbell River Mirror.
Tammy  Robinson Production
Tammy Robinson
Marilyn  Kirkby Office Manager
Marilyn Kirkby
Tyler  Meszaros Receptionist
Tyler Meszaros
Tyler started off as a substitute newspaper carrier in 2013. After doing that for a year, he was brought on as a part of the circulation department in a part time position. Six months later, he was added as a full time, permanent part of the Black Press team.
Michelle  Hueller Design Team
Michelle Hueller
Michelle is an award winning graphic designer who began working for Black Press in 1990. After completing a 5 year apprenticeship with the Smithers Interior News she moved to the island. Michelle was a finalist in the Strathcona Regional District logo design contest and has produced campaigns for the RCMP, the John Howard Society as well as the Imagine Campbell River project.
Maria  Kirley Advertising
Maria Kirley
Hello Campbell River. My name is Maria Kirley. My husband, my poodles and I arrived here this March, amidst a huge snowstorm. We had so much fun unloading furniture in blizzard-like conditions. Little did we know at that time that we were about to enjoy the most fabulous summer ever. Despite the chilly arrival, I received warm welcomes from everyone I met; special thanks to the Newcomers’ Club members who went out of their way to make me feel right at home. Back up just a little, I arrived in Canada in the year 2000, when the Victoria Airport was still a single room. Once I got my bearings and became an active and productive part of the Sidney community, I answered an ad for a sales representative position with the Peninsula News Review, (a sister Black Press publication). I was hooked. There is no more exhilarating, exasperating, pull-out your hair and hold your breath challenging game than working for a community newspaper. It puts you right at the heart of things. Who is planning expansion? Who is running for public office? Which organization is raising funds toward what excellent cause? Who is having a last minute sale and needs ad copy “yesterday?” I love to create campaigns that help businesses reach out to readers who are looking for just exactly what they are offering. The reward at the end of the day is hearing “I like this, this approach will work for me, let’s run with it!” Even better, the followup phone call, “It worked! We had people coming through our doors all day!”
Kristen  Douglas Reporter/Photographer
Kristen Douglas
An award-winning reporter and photographer, Kristen Douglas covers the city council, Strathcona Regional District, and School District 72 beats. She has lived in Campbell River for 15 years, graduated from Timberline Secondary School, and is proud to call Campbell River home. Prior to working at the Mirror, Kristen spent a year-and-a-half reporting for the North Island Gazette in Port Hardy.
Cheylyn  Lougheed Student
Cheylyn Lougheed
When I was younger, I found myself drawn into the world of fiction, enticed by courageous heroes and heroines and their grand adventures in worlds unknown. It was only when I glazed the surface of reality during my tenth year of school that I came to the shocking realization that not only did I live in a world that was full of grand adventures and interesting, courageous people, that many of those stories needed to be voiced. And it was almost even more astonishing to learn that I could write about them myself. So now when I’m not writing about reality and tending to my roots of creative fiction, I find myself often drawn to film, history, and other various art forms that often take shape in both the graphic superhero novel variety and the interactive electronic game variety.
Evan  Johansen Student
Evan Johansen
"When I was a young child, I would write short songs with my friend. I always wrote the lyrics. Those memories have stuck with me ever since, and have formed the connections I have made to various types of writing. Journalism has not been one of them until quite recently, when I started to become more interested in human rights and voicing my own opinions on issues we have in today’s society. When I was 12 I started writing simple poetry, and at the end of 2013 it transformed into spoken word as well as short stories. Aside from writing, I have a strong interest in botany, design, and culinary arts."
Greta  Hamilton Student
Greta Hamilton
A bit about myself. I am a grade eleven student at Carihi. I starting writing as a creative outlet in elementary school, mostly creating novel ideas for princesses and talking pets. But as I have aged and continued writing creatively, I have invested myself in journalism. I’m interested in the arts, visual and otherwise, politics, and academics. When I’m not writing, I’m riding my bike, making art, and growing plants. This is my second year writing for the Carihi Mirror column. I have greatly enjoyed the opportunity to write and share my findings as a student with the public. I look forward to another great year with the Mirror!
Claire  Billings Student
Claire Billings
Until I was in grade 9, I never considered how my voice as a youth was important. That same year, opportunities started to arise where I could share my opinions and have them listened to. Since then, I have been passionate about helping our youth of Campbell River share their voices and perspectives with the city. Now, this amazing opportunity of writing for the Campbell River Mirror has come to me. I hope to accurately portray the visions and thoughts that youth have on various events and ideas within our community.
J.R.  Rardon Reporter/Photographer
J.R. Rardon
Breagha  Zakaib Student
Breagha Zakaib
Growing up on Quadra I was lucky enough to be surrounded by lots of friends and family. The people around me had no shortage of personality and I have bits and pieces of them all. I was always attentive to people’s views and opinions. Soon enough I realised that what people say can be looked at both positive and negatively and that their words can have a major affect. With the mix of love for reading and writing, the thought of “journalism” came to mind when I was asked the nerve racking question “so what are your plans for after high school” through the Mirror I hope to express the views and thoughts of my age group, and further my interest in being a journalist.
Mike  Davies Reporter
Mike Davies
Mike Davies is a graduate of the Thompson Rivers University (TRU) journalism degree program in Kamloops, B.C., having already held a bachelor's degree in English rhetoric and professional writing. Davies is no stranger to Campbell River, having been a member of the first Timberline graduating class. He loves golf, football, and playing superheroes and Lego with his son, Sven. He likes it best when he gets to be Ironman, but it's rarely up to him.
Office Manager
Don  Daniels Specialty Distribution
Don Daniels
Don is a firm believer that if you live in any community one must get involved and support a service club or organization. He is a member of the Kinsmen Club and enjoys the fellowship among the members and most importantly helping those in need. This will be his second year as President of the Shoreline Arts Society of Campbell River River and he looks forward to another successful year with the carving event in June. He is an avid fly fishermen and enjoy meeting people on and off the water..
Dean  Taylor Sales
Dean Taylor
Dean Taylor started with Black Press working at the Duncan News Leader Pictorial and shortly afterwards moved to Campbell River to join the award-winning team at the Mirror. Having graduated from the University of Victoria, Taylor remains a big fan of the west coast.
Rachael  Beckley Design Team
Rachael Beckley
Rachael is an award winning Graphic Designer and has been with the Campbell River Mirror since 1992. Originally from Calgary, she moved to the Island after finding herself laid off. A friend living here urged her to come west and it didn't take much convincing to call Campbell River home. When she is not working, she can be found in her garden, playing slo-pitch, in her kayak or just out enjoying all the nature that this beautiful Island has to offer.
Debbie  Baker Sales Team
Debbie Baker
Debbie moved to Campbell River in 2010 after spending 30 years in Terrace raising three beautiful daughters. It did not take long for her to fall in love with Campbell River. Landed the perfect job working as a Sales Representative for the Mirror! She enjoys meeting new people making sales the perfect job! She enjoys the outdoors; hiking or just a nice leisure walk on the beach with Joey her friendly golden retriever.
Kim  Cook Sales Team
Kim Cook
Marnie   Neaves Design Team
Marnie Neaves
Marnie has worked extensively in the print and design industry for the past 9 years. Some achievements include the 2002 Design Studio Award from Langara College and a Bachelor of Communication Design from the Emily Carr University of Art + Design in 2005. In her spare time she enjoys all things involved with music and the arts as well as the many adventures that come with raising two fabulous children in beautiful Campbell River.
Darcey  Wood Classified Team
Darcey Wood