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Mission Statement

To nurture community in the Columbia Valley, both socially and economically, by informing, educating and enlightening readers, one issue at a time, while providing customers with an engaged readership that generates a return on investment.

Our Staff

Dean Midyette, Publisher/Sales

Midyette, Dean AboutDean brings more than 20 years of sales experience to The Pioneer newspaper. A graduate of the University of Calgary with degrees in Physical Education and Education, Dean worked as an educator in Alberta before moving to Invermere to pursue a career with Fairmont Resort Properties, and now The Pioneer. Away from the office he loves spending time with his wife and two sons, golfing, playing poker and working out. Dean is here to assist all of our valued clients with their promotional needs.




Nicole Trigg, Editor

Screen Shot 2014-12-04 at 2.45.04 PMPioneer Editor Nicole Trigg came to the Columbia Valley from the West Coast, where she most recently worked for the Whistler Question and Squamish Chief newspapers, and as a Squamish-based freelancer. She is an outdoors enthusiast who loves the Columbia Valley for its abundance of lakes and rivers and its proximity to the Canadian Rockies and Purcells. Nicole grew up in North Vancouver and has an Honours BA in history and international relations from the University of British Columbia followed by Journalism Certificate from Langara College.



Breanne Massey, Reporter

Massy,-Breanne-GSBreanne Massey joined the Invermere Echo Valley and the Columbia Valley Pioneer in the spring of 2015.Before moving to Invermere, Breanne worked at the Fort Qu’Appelle Times, WestJet, the Winnipeg Free Press, the Innisfail Province, the Trail Daily Times, the Ladysmith Chemainus Chronicle and the Alberni Valley News.Her writing has appeared in the Calgary Sun, the National Post, the Saskatoon Express and the Kamloops Daily News. It has also been published in Mining and Exploration, Kootenay Business, Riders West and RV West magazines.Breanne is a graduate of Thompson Rivers University’s journalism school and holds a diploma of visual arts. She is always eager to hear about the quirks of the long-time Columbia Valley inhabitants and could probably even stand to learn a thing or two about embracing their lifestyle.




Steve Hubrecht, Reporter

Screen Shot 2014-12-04 at 2.45.19 PMReporter Steve Hubrecht arrived in the Columbia Valley after working for newspapers in Fernie, B.C., and Beijing, China. He spends as much time outside as possible – if he’s not at the Pioneer and Echo office, he’s probably out telemarking or hiking. He grew up in southern Ontario and graduated with an MA in Journalism from the University of Western Ontario in 2006.




Amanda Nason, Advertising Sales




Emily Rawbon, Graphic Design

Screen Shot 2014-12-04 at 2.45.39 PMEmily Rawbon is a talented production guru/graphic designer who moved to the Columbia Valley in 2006 after spending seven years at the Canmore Leader and the Banff Crag & Canyon newspapers. A graduate of the advertising/administration program at Durham College in Oshawa, Ontario, Emily migrated west and enjoys the many recreational opportunities available in the valley.




Amanda Murray, Office Administrator/Classified Sales

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