Our Team

Associate Publisher / Sales Manager
Amanda Nason
250-341-6299 ext. 108
250-341-1111 (cell)
Amanda brings more than 20 years of advertising and business experience to the newspaper. Amanda can tailor an advertising plan to meet your business needs. When she’s not at the office, she can be found supporting local events throughout the community and rooting for the home team at every Rockies game.

Dauna Ditson
250-341-6299 ext. 105
Dauna Ditson moved to the Columbia Valley in 2017 after a decade working in governmental communications in Saskatchewan. Her award-winning first book, Wide Open, was released in 2019.

Magazines Editor/Reporter
Steve Hubrecht
250-341-6299 ext. 104
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 office, he’s probably spending time outdoors with his family. He grew up in southern Ontario and graduated with an MA in Journalism from the University of Western Ontario in 2006.

Graphic Designer
Emily Rawbon
250-341-6299 ext. 102
Emily 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.

Local Journalism
Initiative Reporter

Breanne Massey
250-341-6299 ext. 102
Through the Local Journalism Initiative (LJI), Breanne Massey reports on Indigenous Affairs in the East Kootenay region for the Columbia Valley Pioneer and News Media Canada.
With over a decade of experience in newsrooms, she has been a contributing writer for The Winnipeg Free Press, The Calgary Sun and The National Post as well as several community newspapers.
Her passion is producing engaging content for civically-minded readers in communities that are being underserved by mainstream media for the Akisqnuk First Nation, Shuswap Indian Band and Métis citizens located in the heart of the Columbia Valley.
The goal of the LJI is to preserve heritage and culture, while providing news coverage for underserved communities. Funding for the LJI to fill these gaps in media coverage is provided by the Government of Canada.
Breanne is a graduate of Thompson Rivers University’s journalism school and holds a Diploma of Visual Arts. In the Spring of 2018, she completed a Certified Scrum Product Owner program in Edmonton, as well as a Certificate in Business Analysis at Mount Royal University in Calgary during the Summer of 2019.

Office Administrator
and Classified Sales

Amanda Murray
250-341-6299 ext. 101
Got a boat to sell or a cheers to share? Call Amanda, our office administrator and classified sales representative.

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