About Us

Your Community News Team

Rod  Sluggett Publisher
Rod Sluggett
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Rod Sluggett has been the publisher of the Sooke News Mirror since 1996. In more than three decades in the newspaper business he has worked in Courtenay, Parksville, Port Hardy, Powell River and Surrey. He is a sports enthusiast and a major man of the Vancouver Canucks.
     
Kevin  Laird Editor
Kevin Laird
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Kevin Laird is the editor of the Sooke News Mirror, a weekly community newspaper that is part of the Black Press chain. Kevin's journalism career began more than 30 years ago. He has worked at numerous weekly and daily publications in Alberta and British Columbia.
     
Contributor
Contributed
     
Editorial
Editorial
     
Kel  Phair Sales
Kel Phair
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Columnist
Rick Stiebel
     
Multimedia Editor
Arnold Lim
     
Reporter
Staff Writer
     
Reporter
Britt Santowski
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Britt Santowski joined the Sooke News Mirror in January 2013, and has been providing editorial cartoons for the paper since 2011. Britt comes with a background in writing, columns and illustrations, and has lived in Sooke since 2005. She regularly covers sports, general, and community news, and periodically writes a motorcycle column.
     
Reporter
Pirjo Raits
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Pirjo Raits has been the editor of the Sooke News Mirror since 2006. Previously she held editor and reporter positions for community newspapers on Salt Spring Island, Williams Lake and Prince George. She has won regional, provincial and national awards during her years as a reporter and editor.
     
Columnist
Elida Peers
     
Octavian  Lacatusu Reporter
Octavian Lacatusu
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Originally from Ontario, Octavian Lacatusu joined the Sooke News Mirror team in early 2015, and has been reporting on everything from local sports, to community events, breaking news and special features ever since. Lacatusu brings with him several years of experience as a community reporter and automotive writer in Toronto.
     
Reporter
Sharron Ho
     
Tom  Fletcher Columnist
Tom Fletcher
Tom Fletcher is legislative reporter and columnist for Black Press newspapers. He's based in Victoria.
     
Harla   Eve Office administration
Harla Eve
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Harla Eve is an original Sookie and has been with the Sooke News Mirror since 1975. She started in the mailroom and is now our friendly, efficient office manager. The Sooke News Mirror relies on her knowledge of past and present community members.
     
Contributor
Doni Eve
     
Reporter
Daniel Chauvin
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