The Valley Echo welcomes a new member to its award-winning team. Dave Hamilton has been appointed as the new Interim Publisher and is excited to contribute his expertise and experience to the Columbia Valley community.

The Valley Echo is an extraordinary community paper with so much history and providing quality news to the Columbia Valley for over half a century,” said Hamilton.

Hamilton has a strong business background with six years working with Black Press, including roles as publisher of the Golden Star and Fernie Free Press, sales consulting on Vancouver Island, five years as a business resource manager in economic development, seven years as a regional director for the BCSPCA with two years served on the executive and strategic planning committee, and has been elected to four Chamber of Commerce Boards across B.C., in which he has taken on numerous leadership roles.

Hamilton said he looks forward to meeting the community and trying a little snowboarding in his free time.

“I could not be happier,” said Hamilton. “When I was given the chance to publish a paper in the Columbia Valley, I jumped at it. Many people travel great distances to vacation here; I now get to experience it too.”

Hamilton grew up on Vancouver Island, and went to school at Vancouver Island University in Nanaimo where he completed his bachelor degree in marketing with a double minor in human resources and economics.

Hamilton has also completed his third year of his Bachelor of Business Administration (Accounting Designation) and strives to learn each day.

“I am eager to communicate with the community so both the paper and businesses develop its strengths,” he said. “I want to meet with all the business owners and managers in the area to find out what makes each business in the area tick. With a better understanding of their needs, I hope we can provide novel solutions to their marketing needs.

“I would like to welcome all Columbia Valley residents and business owners to visit with me and share your ideas and suggestions to assist The Valley Echo staff in creating the very best weekly community newspaper we can.”