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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.
Lyndsay  Dakin Circulation Manager
Lyndsay Dakin
Dakin was born and raised in Campbell River and graduated from Timberline Secondary School. After high school, Dakin moved to the Lower Mainland and spent the last 13 years working in the wire rope industry. Enjoyment of the outdoors as well as family and friends has brought her back to Campbell River. Dakin enjoys running and she recently completed her first 8 km race in Victoria. She is now training to run a half marathon in the first half of 2014.
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.
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.
Office Manager
Marlana  Prowal Advertising
Marlana Prowal
Marlana Prowal is originally from Vancouver and is a broadcast communications alumnus from the British Columbia Institute of Technology. She has a background in radio and telecommunications and is an independent, self-published author of western Canadian historical fiction novels. Marlana has lived in several cities and has traveled extensively for work and pleasure and is now proud to call Campbell River her home.
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..
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.
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
Greta  Hamilton Student
Greta Hamilton
I remember at bedtime my Dad and I used to read Charlotte’s Web, The Wind in the Willows, Watership Down—anything with talking animals. That’s what really struck my interest in reading and writing. It wasn’t until I was 12 and started reading Mark Twain that I became excited about journalism too. Since then I’ve been engulfed in the idea of sharing my own and the publics’ opinions and ideas. Within the community, I’m on the Rotary interact team, as well as the Youth Action Committee, a local student council. A year ago, I traveled to Ottawa to study journalism, broadcasting, and the media medium. At school, I started a newspaper club and now, writing for the Mirror, I seem to have found a sustainable outlet. Outside of writing I also participate on the Carihi improvisation teams, I play various roles intermittently through the acting department and I am a fan of independent media, vintage paraphernalia, and visual arts.
Larissa  Melville Student
Larissa Melville
Even as a young child, Larissa Melville was always getting her hands dirty. All around her, there were things she didn’t understand and a natural curiosity had been sparked by it. The need to be out exploring was a priority, and with paper and pencil in hand, she poured thoughts into words. Writing had been a way to share her visions with others, and as Larissa grew, she continued to cherish the skill and refine her works. Living and being raised in Campbell River had been a great experience, even if she hadn’t known it then. Her past year spent at Carihi Secondary was eye-opening, and now she plans to return what she learned to those who are curious about what’s happening at the high school. Where do the opinions of our generations’ teens lie? Read to find out.
Tara  Warkentin Student
Tara Warkentin
Tara loves stories, from children’s picture books to spoken word. She is also passionate about skiing and art. In June 2013 she a curated children’s art show. She has grown up on Cortes Island but has spent a lot of time in England and is currently living in Campbell River to go to school at Carihi. She is new to high school – up until recently she has homeschooled, receiving tutoring from members of the Cortes community. In 2011 and 2012 she won the Cotes Literacy Young Writers competition.
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
Classified Team
Darcey Wood
Kristi  Pellegrin Design Team
Kristi Pellegrin

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