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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.
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.
Tammy  Robinson Production
Tammy Robinson
Jacquie  Duns Advertising Rep.
Jacquie Duns
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.
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.
Kim  Cook Sales Team
Kim Cook
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.
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.
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.
J.R.  Rardon Reporter/Photographer
J.R. Rardon
Eric Plummer
Terry Guest
Shauna Lambeth
James Durand
Ray Grigg
Kristin Butcher
Doug Sloan
Ingrid Pincott
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!”