Our Team

Janet Gairdner
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 worked for an advertising agency and in the television industry. She first joined Black Press and the Oak Bay News in 2009 and returned as publisher of the Oak Bay News and Tweed Magazine in 2015 following her previous position as advertising director for Boulevard Magazine and Monday Magazine. Active in the community, Janet has volunteered with the Chamber of Commerce, Leadership Victoria, the Royal McPherson Society and the Boys and Girls Club, among others. A self-professed foodie, she enjoys reading, gardening and travelling.

Christine van Reeuwyk
Christine van Reeuwyk is an award-winning multi-media journalist for Black Press who began her career in Port Hardy B.C. in 2002. She has worked as multi-media journalist and editor for Black Press papers across Vancouver Island including the Peninsula News Review, Goldstream News Gazette and Saanich News. She began working as a reporter for the Oak Bay News in 2014.

Keri Coles

Keri Coles has joined the Black Press team as a multimedia journalist for the Oak Bay News.

Keri will be responsible for creating multimedia content for both print and digital editions, covering everything from breaking news to arts to politics. She looks forward to working with the Oak Bay community to report on current events in engaging and interactive formats.

She graduated with distinction from Royal Roads University in 2016 with a degree in Professional Communication. As a professional photographer, she brings a decade of freelance media experience to her new position.


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