Our Team

Publisher Michelle Cabana 250-478-9552 ext 222
A graduate of environmental studies at Fanshawe College in London, Ontario, Michelle launched her successful career in the Victoria media industry, first at AutoTrader group and then CHEK TV hosting Go Driving. Michelle spent seven years as an advertising and marketing consultant with Black Press Community News Media at the Goldstream News Gazette and the Victoria News office, where she supported the needs of local business through the development and execution of successful marketing strategies. She is returning to Black Press as the publisher of the Gazette, after the past three years at the Times-Colonist. Michelle and her family have been residents of Metchosin for the past 12 years, where she is very committed to her family and her West Shore Community. She volunteers her time as a member of Lions Pride Gymnastics Society and President of the Parent Advisory Council at Wishart Elementary School. Michelle is looking forward to serving the West Shore communities of Langford, Colwood, Metchosin, View Royal and the Highlands in her role as publisher. publisher@goldstreamgazette.com

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. gary.howell@goldstreamgazette.com

Editor Katherine Engqvist 250-478-9552 ext 224
Katherine joined the Gazette team in June 2015 after working in Toronto for several years. She was named editor of the Goldstream News Gazette in Aug. 2017 after 3 months as acting editor. While her time in Toronto 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. 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 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. katie@goldstreamgazette.com

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. joel.tansey@goldstreamgazette.com

Circulation Manager/ Ad Control 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 industry 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. circ@goldstreamgazette.com

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 nine 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. production@goldstreamgazette.com