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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.
Classified Manager
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.
Cassidy  Hinsberger Student
Cassidy Hinsberger
I've got a passion for life, and am always looking for the next great adventure. Last summer I spent more evenings in a tent on a mountain side than in my own bed. My love for nature goes hand in hand with my love for exercise and fitness. I bike to school every morning and spend some afternoons running the local trails. All this fresh air and stimulation fuels my mind for writing. For the past three years I have been enjoying the world of writing and literature. The freedom and creativity that writing symbolizes inspires me. I am beyond excited for this opportunity to write for the Campbell River Mirror because I dream of pursuing a career in journalism. My goal is to learn as much as I can from the amazing team that will be guiding me. Each story is an adventure and I am excited to explore.
Nigel  Neufeld Student
Nigel Neufeld
When Nigel was younger he’d wake up as soon as the sun shone through the windows and force his parents to start their day earlier than desired so he could play RollerCoaster Tycoon. This would lead him to become a rather unsuccessful rollercoaster connoisseur. In his spare time Nigel loves to draw, specifically with mechanical pencil as he enjoys the extra precision, write, read, play games (both physical and virtual), play different instruments (classical guitar, piano and trombone) and drive. He’s always had a passion for cars and never ceased to bug his family about fulfilling his dream to race at Saratoga Speedway. Now, at 17 he’s been racing for 5 years and has thoroughly enjoyed each and every minute of it. Basically anything with wheels brings Nigel pleasure, as he also really enjoys biking throughout the wonderful trails that hide in the many treed areas of Campbell River.
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.
Staff Writer
Darcey  Wood Classified Team
Darcey Wood
Warren Warttig
Claire  Trevena Columnist
Claire Trevena
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.
Doug Sloan
Christine  Scott Columnist
Christine Scott
Christine Scott writes about nature around Campbell River and Vancouver Island.
Tammy  Robinson Design Team
Tammy Robinson
J.R. Rardon
Ingrid Pincott
Kristi  Pellegrin Design Team
Kristi Pellegrin
Morgan Ostler
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.
Jeff Nagel
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.
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.
Jasmine   MacGregor Student
Jasmine MacGregor
Even before I learned how to read and write, I had a passion for storytelling.  I would come home from daycare with series of my own drawings and would “read” these drawings aloud to my mother.  She acted as my scribe during the early years and recorded my stories as I told them.  Fast forward to now. I am a grade 11 French immersion student with a love for film, music, and the great outdoors. As an active leadership student and a member of service groups such as Interact Club and the Youth Action Committee, I have gotten to know how dynamic and wonderful our community is. Writing for the Campbell River Mirror will be my first experience in journalism, a path that I am thrilled to explore. I look forward to telling stories from within the community with the same passion I possessed as a young girl.
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.