About Us

Your Community News Team

Christine  Scott Publisher
Christine Scott
250-478-9552 ext 222
Originally from Scotland, Christine started her newspaper career with the Halifax Daily News in the print advertising division. After relocating to Victoria, Christine joined Black Press in 2005, first as an advertising consultant for the Victoria News and then as Advertising Manager of the Goldstream News Gazette. A key member of the executive team, she completed the Thompson Rivers University Leadership certificate program and has been involved in many Black Press initiatives such as Women in Business and Best of the City. An active member of the West Shore community, she has volunteered with Bridges for Women, Habitat for Humanity and the Chamber of Commerce. Christine is married to Jody Epp and has 2 daughters, Ellen and Sophie.
     
Don  Descoteau Editor
Don Descoteau
1-250-478-9552 Ext 224
Don is a 25-year veteran of the community newspaper business, all with Black Press, and was named editor of the Goldstream News Gazette in September 2014 after six months as acting editor. After spending 10 years as sports editor in Williams Lake and Campbell River, he moved back to his hometown of Victoria to work as senior reporter for the Victoria News. He served various turns as editor of the Victoria News and Oak Bay News, before assuming the post with the Gazette in March 2014. In spring 2016, Don led a Black Press editorial team working on the Sewage on the CRD investigative series that ran in all six of the company's newspapers in Greater Victoria. The series attracted more reader feedback than any other project in recent memory and was nominated for a Jack Webster Award for community journalism. Don has also guided such reader-oriented projects as Great Teachers, and has been involved as an employee campaign chair for the United Way for the past seven years. He enjoys playing music and field hockey when not working on Gazette activities.
     
Katherine  Engqvist Reporter
Katherine Engqvist
250-478-9552 ext 225
Katherine joined the Gazette team in June 2015 after working in Toronto for several years. While that time was mostly spent working in the magazine side of the industry, she got her start as a journalist with Black Press working for the Sidney-based Peninsula News Review at 14. While in Toronto, Katherine graduated with honours and a bachelor’s of journalism degree from Ryerson University, one of the most prestigious journalism schools in the country. When not immersed in the local community, Katherine likes to travel and has been to 21 countries and counting. All of that travelling gives her a unique perspective, which she brings to covering local issues and stories.
     
Joel  Tansey Reporter
Joel Tansey
250-478-9552 ext 226
Joel relocated to Victoria and began working for the Gazette in July 2016. Before making the move to the Island he spent three years working as a reporter for The Golden Star, a Black Press publication out of the beautiful Columbia Valley. While in Golden, Joel covered a range of stories, from avalanches in the backcountry of the Rockies to controversial changes to the local white water rafting scene. Originally from Montreal and later the Toronto area, Joel graduated from Wilfrid Laurier University's journalism program in 2010 and spent the next two years living and working in Korea. Outside of the newsroom, Joel's hobbies include tennis, kayaking, snowboarding, hiking, reading and obsessively following the Montreal Canadiens.
     
Melissa  Mitchell Ad control/ circulation manager
Melissa Mitchell
250-478-9552
The journalism industry is constantly evolving, which makes our jobs very interesting as our roles are also continually evolving. Mellissa knows first-hand the intricacies of the industries and has been with the Gazette and Black Press since 2005. During that time she has had experience working locally in almost every layer of the company. She brings that wealth of knowledge to the front of the office, where she manages the approximately 250 carriers that deliver the Gazette twice a week to more than 17,800 homes and businesses on the West Shore, and those numbers continue to grow every month. When not at her desk, Mellissa loves spending time with her family and often travels to Prince George to visit with her daughter and granddaughter.
     
Rebecca  Wilde Ad design/production
Rebecca Wilde
250-478-9552 ext 227
Rebecca was born and raised on the West Shore, and has lived on the island her whole life. That is except for a 10 month period when she went on a gap year after high school and lived in the UK and worked at a boarding school. This is where she did most of her travels, visiting 9 countries in Europe. After coming home, Rebecca completed her diploma in Business Administration, Marketing from Camosun College. She then moved to the Comox Valley to enrol in graphic design and received her diploma in Communication Design from North Island College and received the Dean's Honour Roll both years she was at NIC. In July 2016 Rebecca started working part time for Black Press and in January 2017 she joined the Goldstream News Gazette’s team full time.
     
Melanie  Kellogg Advertising consultant
Melanie Kellogg
250-478-9552 ext 228
Melanie joined the Gazette’s advertising team in the spring of 2016. She brings a wealth of sales knowledge and expertise on small business management, customer services, Realestate and tourism. She’s a born and raised Island girl and is a longtime West Shore resident. That gives her an unparalleled familiarity with the region and the needs of her West Shore-based clients. Melanie got her start in the West Shore’s business community with her family’s company, Thermal King Glass. Spending more than a decade as a integral part of the family business has allowed her to connect and build lasting relationships with West Shore residents. In fact, meeting new people and learning their original stories – how their business started, where it came from and how it has evolved - that’s her favourite part of the job. In her spare time Melanie is a world traveller, something that often inspires her artistic side. She loves to unwind on the weekend with her paintbrushes in hand, creating something beautiful on a blank canvas.
     
Gary  Howell Advertising consultant
Gary Howell
250-478-9552 ext 223
Gary is a 35 year veteran of sales, marketing, management, and small business consulting in addition to owning and operating several small businesses throughout Western Canada. Gary brings a wealth of business experience that will help him to assist his clients in creating effective campaigns. Gary has worked with or consulted to a long list of top performing businesses and associations such as Mark’s Work Warehouse, Smitty’s Restaurant, Petro Canada, The Keg Steakhouse, MNP Meyers Norris Penny Accounting Firm, The Morsky Group in Regina, Molson’s, Maple Leaf Foods, Manitoba Tourism, Saskatchewan Tourism, Manitoba Association of Agricultural Societies. Throughout his career he has been heavily involved in the communities he’s done business in, belonging to and holding committee and executive positions with several Chambers, Kinsmen, United Way, Kinsmen Telemiracle, Downtown Improvement Committees in Brandon and Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan Tourism and Manitoba Tourism.