Our Team


Michelle Cabana
Group Publisher
Michelle Cabana
250-480-3274
Michelle is group publisher for Greater Victoria, leading a team of about 60 staff and approximately 1,250 newspaper carriers. A graduate of Fanshawe College, her media career has spanned nearly two decades in print and digital platforms and includes Black Press Media, Times Colonist and Auto Trader Publications. Having worked in all departments from advertising and marketing, to distribution, Michelle was instrumental in the launch of the Greater Victoria Editorial Bureau in 2018 and digital success of the six community newspapers in the region. Most recently, she started the Victoria News based video production department which serves both local initiatives and Black Press publications throughout BC. With four generations of Michelle’s family living on the Island, she now calls Metchosin home along with her husband and daughter. They enjoy the outdoors, travelling the island and being involved in the community.
michelle.cabana@blackpress.ca

Janet Gairdner
Associate Group Publisher
Janet Gairdner
250-480-3251
Janet’s passion for newspapers began in high school writing for her school newspaper. Since then, she has garnered extensive experience in media. As a communications and advertising accredited professional, she has held positions at an advertising agency and in the television industry. She first joined Black Press in 2009 and since that time, she has held the positions of Advertising Consultant, Advertising Director for Boulevard and Monday Magazine and Publisher of Oak Bay News. She is currently the Associate Group Publisher, Vancouver Island South and Publisher of Saanich News. Active in the community, Janet has volunteered with the Chamber of Commerce, Leadership Victoria and the Boys and Girls Club, among others. A self-professed foodie, she enjoys reading, gardening and travelling.
publisher@saanichnews.com

Katherine Engqvist
Managing Editor
Greater Victoria Bureau Chief

Katherine Engqvist
778-746-4014
Katherine took on the role of Bureau Chief when the Greater Victoria editorial hub was created in 2018. Before that, she worked for a number of national and local publications, including Chatelaine magazine, and joined the Goldstream Gazette team in 2015. She started her journalism career at Black Press Media, working as an intern at the Peninsula News Review at the age of 14 before graduating with honours from Ryerson University’s School of Journalism. She’s been the recipient of numerous awards, including a Jack Webster Award for excellence in science, technology and environmental reporting, as well as being named to Editor and Publisher magazine’s 25 under 35 rising stars in the news industry list. When she’s not in the newsroom, you can find her working on her family’s farm on the Saanich Peninsula, fishing in the waters off the West Shore, or travelling the globe.
katie.e@blackpress.ca

Don Descoteau
Senior Reporter
Victoria News

Don Descoteau
250-480-3252
Don Descoteau is a 30-year veteran with Black Press Media, having spent 10 years as a sports editor in Williams Lake and Campbell River before returning to his hometown of Victoria to assume senior reporter duties with the Victoria News in 2001. The years since have seen Don serve in various capacities, from reporting, to editing the Oak Bay News, Victoria News, Goldstream News Gazette and Monday Magazine. He also wrote for the Impress Branded Content web section before taking on paginating and other editing duties in 2020. He currently serves as acting assistant bureau for Black Press Media in Greater Victoria.
don.descoteau@blackpress.ca

Arnold Lim
Multi Media Editor/Videographer
Arnold Lim
250-480-3243
Arnold Lim is an award-winning photojournalist, videographer, producer and director with numerous provincial and national awards throughout his decade-long career. His imagery has been published across six continents through publications including the Globe and Mail, TSN, Sports Illustrated and the BBC. Lim has also worked in film, producing films screening internationally including the Toronto International Film Festival and Paris Courts Devant. The Victoria resident also served as photography manager for the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic Games, the 2015 Toronto Pan Am Games and the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.
arnold.lim@blackpress.ca

Jane Skrypnek
Regional Reporter
Victoria News

Jane Skrypnek
250-480-3225
Jane Skrypnek is a Carleton journalism school graduate with experience writing for the Edmonton Journal, embedding with Canadian soldiers during a military training exercise, and working with the Native Women’s Association of Canada. She’s lived in Alberta, Ontario and B.C. and traveled through India and Europe. She believes community journalism is a place for building trust and giving voice to stories and experiences that may otherwise go unheard. When Jane isn’t writing, she’s hiking, learning to longboard or reading a good book. She looks forward to connecting with you.
jane.skrypnek@blackpress.ca

Jake Romphf
Regional Reporter
Victoria News

Jake Romphf
250-480-3214
Jake, a Carleton graduate, traded the Great Lakes for Greater Victoria after moving here in early 2021 to see more of the country that he reports on. After growing up in a small town surrounded by petrochemical refineries and industrial plants, he’s passionate about issues relating to the environment, sustainability and wildlife conservation. He’s also interested in reporting on sports, politics and anything new or obscure.
jake.romphf@blackpress.ca

Kiernan Green
Regional Reporter
Victoria News

Kiernan Green
250-480-3207
Kiernan started his journalism career reporting across central Saskatchewan, Hong Kong, Northern Ontario and Toronto. A graduate of the School of Journalism at Ryerson University he enjoys the energy and pace inside the newsroom. Kiernan’s reporting interests include labour, business, and foreign affairs. Off the clock, Kiernan enjoys setting a backcountry camp site, boarding fresh powder or cracking a good book.
kiernan.green@blackpress.ca

Tegwyn Hughes
Social Media Curator-Reporter
Tegwyn Hughes
250-480-3278
With a focus on digital outreach and interests in health, gender, and equity, Tegwyn has been eager to involve herself in Victoria’s vibrant journalism community since moving back to Vancouver Island in September 2020. A graduate from Queen’s University with a B.A.H. in History, Tegwyn spent most of her undergraduate career volunteering across campus and editing stories for The Queen’s Journal. After work, you can find her reading on the beach, picking roadside blackberries, or visiting one of Victoria’s excellent patios.
tegwyn.hughes@blackpress.ca

Don Denton
Photo Supervisor
Don Denton
250-480-3264
Don has worked as a staff photographer and/or photo editor for more than 40 years for a variety of publications including the Calgary Herald and the Vancouver Sun as well as for Reuter News Pictures based in Brussels, Belgium. He currently teaches photography and archiving courses in the Continuing Studies department at UVic. He is at work on a personal project on the histories of BC photographers and has conducted more than 70 audio and email interviews along with collecting supporting books, magazines, exhibition catalogues and other ephemera. When not working he maintains an interest in craft beer, hockey sticks, writing and just for fun, more photography.
ddenton@vicnews.com

Randi Battersby
Senior Marketing Consultant
Randi Battersby
250-480-3206
Following a 10 year career with the provincial government, Randi joined the Sooke News Mirror in 2017 and then advanced to the role of Senior Marketing Consultant of the Victoria News. Born in Ottawa to a military family, she has lived in Halifax, Nova Scotia and then the Comox Valley, where her parents started a family run business and she first discovered a keen interest in sales and marketing. A graduate of Camosun College, Randi has continued her professional development with ongoing sales and management training. A devoted resident of Sooke, Randi and her husband enjoy exploring Vancouver Island with their three children.
randi.battersby@blackpress.ca

Catherine Kennedy
Multi Media Marketing Consultant
Catherine Kennedy
250-480-3246
1996 was the start of Catherine’s Career in media where she worked in the classified department of the Victoria News. After 25 years, and living coast to coast, she has returned home to the Island. Catherine has worked as Director of Sales for Glacier Media in the Okanagan Valley. In that time, she co-produced an original women’s magazine, created several lifestyle magazines and managed regular monthly special sections. Continuing her professional development she thrives in the digital and social space. Working with locally owned businesses is her passion. She is energetic, creative and loves being part of community. Happy to be back on Vancouver Island, Catherine is an award-winning foodie and dreams of travelling to all the countries that inspire her daily food creations.
catherine.kennedy@vicnews.com

Patty Doering
Marketing Consultant
Patty Doering
250-480-3242
Patty Doering began her career with Black Press 22 years ago. She enjoys working as an inside sales consultant, which involves conducting all business on the phone. Throughout the years, she has acquired a vast array of clientele, many of them have remained with her throughout the years.You can see her smiling as she talks to her clients with a unique positivity. Patty has always enjoyed adventure and loves to kayak and swim. Other passions are writing, knitting and oil painting, an artist for 35 years. “Working for Black Press has been so rewarding and I have met so many beautiful people using only my voice. I am truly blessed.”
pdoering@vicnews.com

Dan Ebenal
Paginating Editor
Dan Ebenal
Dan Ebenal has worked in the media industry for more than 30 years, working as a reporter and editor in over a dozen newsrooms around the province. Ebenal is married with two grown children and has called Victoria home for the past seven years, currently working in the Black Press Media Victoria news hub.
dan.ebenal@blackpress.ca

Christine van Reeuwyk
Senior Reporter
Oak Bay News

Christine van Reeuwyk
250-480-3260
Christine graduated from Langara College in 2002 and returned home to Vancouver Island to embark on a career. She has since worked in newsrooms from Victoria to Port Hardy and back again. A multi award winner on the provincial and national level, Christine has worked as editor of Black Press papers across Greater Victoria and now serves the community of Oak Bay as senior journalist. When not pounding pavement on The Avenue, she enjoys a good game of rec ice hockey and is a bit of a foodie.
c.vanreeuwyk@blackpress.ca

Megan Atkins-Baker
Saanich Reporter
Saanich News

Megan Atkins-Baker
250-480-3279
Megan Atkins-Baker is a journalist who completed her studies at Mount Royal University in Calgary. Her passion for writing, health, and social issues are what motivates her. Daily yoga practice is how Megan maintains a balanced lifestyle to support her well being, and the philosophies nehind yoga are what inspires her to apply balance in her reporting. Megan’s love of journalism stems from genuine curiosity about the human condition and the world we live in. In her spare time Megan loves to listen to all kinds of underground music, hike, and spend quality time with her cat, Fanny, and her boyfriend, Mac.
megan.atkinsbaker@saanichnews.com

Wolf Depner
Sidney/Saanich Peninsula Reporter
Peninsula News Review

Wolf Depner
250-656-1151
Wolf joined the Saanich News in October 2016 with more than a decade’s worth of experience in print journalism, primarily in the Okanagan Valley, where he has worked for the Penticton Western News and Summerland Review among other papers. His writing has also appeared in Diplomat and International Canada. He holds degrees from the University of British Columbia and the University of Western Ontario and recently worked at the University of British Columbia, Okanagan Campus.
wolfgang.depner@peninsulanewsreview.com