Our Team

Eric Lawson
Eric Lawson has worked in community media for 30 years as a reporter, editor, sales manager, general manager and publisher. He has worked and lived across Canada; prior to joining Black Press he was publisher of the Brandon Sun in Brandon, Manitoba. Lawson has been involved in community organizations throughout his career, including Rotary, the YMCA, Chambers of Commerce, and support for animal shelters. He has also been active in industry associations such as the Flyer Distribution Standards Association and Newspapers Canada.

John Boivin
A relative newcomer to the Kootenays, John has more than 30 years’ experience as a reporter and producer. He’s worked in newspapers, radio, and television, and helped pioneer online journalism at the CBC.
John has covered local, regional and national news in Manitoba, BC and the Yukon during his career. He is also an accomplished painter and especially enjoys painting outdoors, capturing the beauty of this land. An avid gardener, hiker and biker as well, he lives with his wife and son in the Slocan Valley.


Chelsea Novak
Chelsea has a master’s degree in journalism from UBC and a background in magazine publishing. She started as a reporter for Rossland News and Castlegar News in July 2015, and enjoys hiking the Rossland trails and practicing her photography skills. If you have any stories or information to share with her, please contact her.

Graphic Designer
Sandy Leonard
After studying Graphic Design/Illustration and Marketing at Red River College Sandy started her career in Prince Albert, Sask. She moved out to the Kootenays where she continues her passion for creating really cool print and web designs. She enjoys every opportunity to do what she loves and takes great pride in what she creates.

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