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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

Rose-Marie Fagerholm, Publisher

Screen Shot 2014-12-04 at 2.44.49 PMPublisher Rose-Marie Fagerholm brings extensive management experience to The Columbia Valley Pioneer through her background in the hotel and resort industry. Originally from Sweden, Rose-Marie spent many summers in Invermere as a child. She moved here in 1991 after starting her career in the hotel industry in Whistler in 1986. She presently lives in Invermere with two of her three teenage children, while her oldest attends the University of Victoria. Rose-Marie shares the commitment each of the staff bring to the Columbia Valley and to the newspaper, and looks forward to continuing to serve the community and its many visitors.




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.



Dan Walton, Reporter

Screen Shot 2014-12-04 at 2.45.12 PMBefore joining The Pioneer early in 2013, Dan was employed at a Saskatchewan newspaper. While the views of the sky are an appealing feature of the Prairies, the scenery can’t compare to the mountains found only in British Columbia, where Dan looks forward to hiking, biking, rock climbing and downhill skiing, and writing the occasional opinionated column, while keeping his mind open to opposing viewpoints. Any and all feedback is welcome!




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.





Dean Midyette, Advertising Sales

Screen Shot 2014-12-04 at 2.45.26 PMDean 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.




Cheryl Williams, Advertising Sales

Screen Shot 2014-12-04 at 2.45.32 PMOriginally from small town Steinbach Manitoba, Cheryl Williams re-located to the Columbia Valley in early 2007. With her background in Sales and Marketing and Resort Tourism, Cheryl’s unique flare and creative energy are a welcome compliment to the sales team. Cheryl is an outgoing adventurous type truly in love with everything our valley has to offer. Away from the office Cheryl loves spending time out on the lake and the golf course, or in-side baking up a storm in the form of specialty cakes and desserts. Cheryl is excited to assist all of her clients for all of their advertising and promotional business needs.



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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