Rain or shine, postal workers aren’t the only ones delivering.
The more than 1,000 carriers who bike, walk, run and drive to deliver more than 100,000 newspapers twice a week for Black Press in Victoria, Oak Bay, Saanich, the West Shore (Goldstream), the Saanich Peninsula and Sooke, are being recognized Oct. 10 to 14 during International Carrier Appreciation Week.
“It’s an opportunity for newspapers to pause and say ‘thank you’ to the carriers for their hard work. They are the unsung heroes delivering under all conditions,” said Black Press director of circulation Bruce Hogarth. “We owe a debt of gratitude for our carriers, drivers and bindery crew. As a team we are very fortunate to have the group that we have.”
Michael Daudlin is one of those carriers and has been with Black Press since Grade 2. The Victoria resident is in his final year at Oak Bay High, having delivered the Victoria News for a decade.
“It is a great job because you get to meet people, you get exercise and it ingrains you in the community,” he said. “You really become part of the neighbourhood.”
Despite a busy schedule of preparing to enter university, he is still delivering the News to the people on his route — one of about 1,400 Black Press routes in the region. “I would encourage other kids to do it, it’s a great thing to do,” Daudlin said. “And I am not done yet.”
As part of carrier appreciation week, Black Press management, including company owner David Black and Gazette editor Edward Hill will be out delivering routes in the next two weeks.