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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.
Lily Durham
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
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!”
Warren Warttig
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.
Catherine Gilbert
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.
Classified Team
Tanya Graham
McKinnon  Kevin Circulation Manager
McKinnon Kevin
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.
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
Paul Rudan
Paul Rudan is senior reporter for the Campbell River Mirror and has served the community since 1990. Rudan covers police, courts and resource issues. He also pens two columns for the Mirror, "No, Really," and "Conversations with Mike." Rudan has won several provincial and national awards for writing, photography and commentary.
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..
Morgan Ostler
Claire  Trevena Columnist
Claire Trevena
Sarah Baikie

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