About Us

Your Community News Team

Teresa  Bird Publisher
Teresa Bird
Teresa Bird joined the Alberni Valley News team in May 2011. Teresa came to the Alberni Valley by way of the North Island Gazette, also a Black Press publication. She has been involved in community newspapers for 30 years in various capacities.
Susan  Quinn Editor
Susan Quinn
Susie Quinn is the Alberni Valley News editor. A journalist since 1987, she has worked with Black Press since 1995 in the Comox Valley, Nanaimo and Alberni Valley. She has won awards at the regional, provincial and national level for both her writing and photography. Additional journalism awards include: 2013/14 CCNA Silver Quill Award for 25 years of community journalism; 2014 Peter Gzowski Life Literacy Fellowship recipient. To send a press release to the News, contact Susie at editor@albernivalleynews.com or phone 250-723-6399 (after hours: ext. 1). We welcome letters to the editor that are no more than 300 words in length, signed, and not addressed to third parties. Please send your letters to editor@albernivalleynews.com

Wawmeesh G.  Hamilton Journalist
Wawmeesh G. Hamilton
(250) 723-6399
Wawmeesh George Hamilton joined the Alberni Valley News editorial staff as a reporter/photographer in December 2007. Wawmeesh was born in Port Alberni and moved the Vancouver at age 16. He later went to Malaspina University-College (now Vancouver Island University) where he earned degrees in philosophy and liberal studies, and then to Langara College where he graduated from the journalism program. Wawmeesh has won two BCYCNA awards and three CCNA awards for both writing and photography.
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Katya  Slepian Reporter
Katya Slepian
Tom  Fletcher Columnist
Tom Fletcher
Tom Fletcher is legislative reporter and columnist for Black Press newspapers. He's based in Victoria.