Our Team

Michelle Cabana
Group Publisher
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.

Janet Gairdner
Associate Group Publisher
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.

Katherine Engqvist
Managing Editor Greater Victoria Bureau Chief
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.

Don Descoteau
Senior Reporter Victoria News
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.

Arnold Lim
Multi Media Editor/Videographer
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.

Jane Skrypnek
Regional Reporter Victoria News
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.

Jake Romphf
Regional Reporter Victoria News
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.

Sonica Parmar
Social Media Curator-Reporter
Sonica Parmar is a graduate of the University of Victoria’s Gustavson School of Business with experience working for the Downtown Victoria Business Association. Volunteering with Soap for Hope Canada, The Canucks Autism Network and the Cowichan Hospice Gala gave her the opportunity to embed herself in the community. She believes in building trust through community journalism, and elevating those voices through social channels. With a focus on digital outreach, Sonica looks forward to using her many skills to elevate local community stories and experiences. When Sonica isn’t sitting behind her computer she enjoys spending time with friends in the outdoors and is always looking for the next best novel.

Don Denton
Photo Supervisor
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.

Randi Battersby
Senior Marketing Consultant
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.

Patty Doering
Marketing Consultant
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.

Dan Ebenal
Paginating Editor
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.

Christine van Reeuwyk
Senior Reporter Oak Bay News
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.

Wolf Depner
Sidney/Saanich Peninsula Reporter Peninsula News R
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.