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.

Sales Consultant
John Stewart
John Stewart grew up in Oak Bay and started in the newspaper business delivering the Oak Bay News. He is an avid golfer and has a long history in the community, graduating from Oak Bay High. After 4 years working in construction John shifted careers into sales working for a local electronics business and has since made the move to media sales at the Oak Bay News. Armed with a quick wit and winning personality John’s speciality is developing strategic and effective multi-media campaigns that help his clients grow their business. John would be happy to meet with you to assess your needs and develop a targeted print and digital plan.

Multimedia Reporter
Octavian Lacatusu
Octavian Lacatusu began his career in journalism as a reporter at the Uxbridge Cosmos, the local community newspaper in Uxbridge, Ont. He’s held editorial positions at several print and online magazines and publications, such as Today’s Trucking, Autofocus.ca, Sympatico Autos and Metropolis. He joined Black Press in 2015 working as a reporter at the Sooke News Mirror, before becoming the Multimedia Reporter for the Oak Bay News. He’s an avid fan of classic automobiles, particularly big Lincolns and Rolls Royces, and loves travelling to new places.

Creative Services
Lyn Quan

Stella Lee