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Penny  Sakamoto Publisher
Penny Sakamoto
Penny Sakamoto is group publisher for Black Press-Greater Victoria, leading a team of about 65 staff and approximately 1,200 newspaper carriers. She graduated from journalism school in Winnipeg and has spent her career in the newspaper business in Canada and the U.S. She served as president of the B.C. and Yukon Community Newspaper Association and on the board of the Canadian Community Newspaper Association. In 2008, Sakamoto was awarded the Silver Quill Award for more than 25 years of distinguished service to the industry. Sakamoto works out of the Broughton Street office in downtown Victoria.
Janet  Gairdner Director of Advertising
Janet Gairdner
Janet Gairdner joined Black Press in 2009 with the Oak Bay News. Since then, she has played a key role as a member of the executive team with the community newspaper division. She was appointed Director of Advertising for Monday Magazine and Boulevard Magazine in September 2014. Active in the community, Janet has volunteered with the Chamber of Commerce, Leadership Victoria, Royal McPherson Society, and Boys and Girls Club. She is a member of the Victoria Hospitality Awards committee.
Laura Lavin
Monday Magazine editor Laura Lavin recently rejoined the magazine after helping launch the award-winning redesign in 2013. Lavin was previously editor of the Oak Bay News and Peninsula News Review. She has been with Black Press since 2000.
Oliver  Sommer Associate Group Publisher
Oliver Sommer
Oliver Sommer, raised on the Lower Mainland and the Okanagan Valley, has worked in the advertising business for two decades. He has held various sales management positions in advertising agencies, as well as the newspaper industry. Previously he was Director of Advertising with the Lethbridge Herald and was Advertising Sales Manager for the Globe and Mail for four years. Oliver and his wife, Leslie, have four children.

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