Our Team

Peter McCully

Peter McCully has been a broadcaster and publisher on both of Canada’s coasts and has owned a small newspaper and run an advertising agency along the way. Peter is an amateur photographer and has served as bass drummer for several Scottish Pipe Bands.

Editor OASIS Magazine
Lissa Alexander
Lissa Alexander is the Editor of OASIS Magazine. Lissa grew up in Qualicum Beach and completed her journalism degree in Calgary. OASIS Magazine was awarded Silver at the CCNA awards in 2016.

J.R. Rardon
J.R. joined the NEWS team in 2015 after serving as reporter, photographer and editor at Black Press community papers in Port Hardy and Campbell River. He worked as a sportswriter for several daily papers in the U.S. before relocating to Vancouver Island with his family in 2006. Before being named editor in early 2017, J.R. covered the crime, schools,arts and sports beats for The NEWS.

Karly Blats
Karly joined The PQB NEWS team after working for the Vancouver Island Daily and the Alberni Valley News. She covers several news beats in the Parksville Qualicum Beach area, including Parksville Town Council.

Adam Kveton
Adam returns to British Columbia after years spent as a reporter in northern Alberta and Ottawa. His focus is the arts and entertainment scene in the Parksville Qualicum Beach area. Adam also covers School District 69.

Michael Briones
Michael rejoined The NEWS team in April of 2017 from the Comox Valley Echo, having previously covered sports for The NEWS in 1997. He got his start in the newspaper business in 1981 as a proofreader for the English-language Standard in Hong Kong. Michael has since reported on police, government, sports and general assignment for newspapers in Ontario, Northern B.C. and Mid-Vancouver Island.”

Sales Manager
Steve Weldon
Steve has held the positions of Sales Representative and Sales Manager in the more than 16 years he worked for The NEWS. Steve comes from the position of Business Development Manager with Viviti Technologies Inc. in Parksville. When he is not working, you are likely to find Steve mowing his endless lawn or taking his evening walk somewhere in our beautiful area.

Sales Representative
Lori Hague
Lori and her family have lived in the Parksville Qualicum Beach area for many years. Before moving to Vancouver Island, she held several positions as a sales representative and customer service representative in Vancouver. Lori is familiar with small business as she is the former owner and operator of Qualicum Window Coverings. Most days you’ll see Lori around town, or find her with her family school events.

Sales Representative
Lorie Nielsen
Lorie is a 4th generation resident of Parksville Qualicum Beach, who has also raised her family in the area. She has been in sales, from retail, to the hospitality and service industry, to real estate and advertising, for over 30 years. Having owned her own business, she understands the importance of advertising as well as the need to maintain a budget. Lorie will work with you to realize your vision, and optimize your businesses potential, with a goal to create future success.

Sales Representative
Rick McMorran
Rick McMorran recently arrived back to British Columbia from working in Southeast Asia, his experience and success in media sales includes more than 16 years of sales and business development with magazines such as Westworld, Pacific Golf and Beautiful British Columbia. You are likely to run into Rick hiking the many trails of the area.

Advertising Co-ordinator
Michele Graham
Michele joined The NEWS team in 2016, and has worked in the newspaper industry for more than 13 years. Michele coordinates the flow of advertising between sales representatives and advertisers.

Baylee Neall-Cohen
Baylee has just recently moved to the Parksville / Qualicum Beach area. Before moving to Vancouver Island, she lived in the lower mainland while working at a local University. Having a logistical background, Baylee does her best to make sure the Parksville Qualicum Beach News gets to your door twice a week. You will find Baylee anywhere around town that is dog friendly.

Production Manager
Peggy Sidbeck
Peggy has worked in a production environment since the the early ’70s, starting with a jazz magazine in Toronto. Moving to British Columbia in 1977, she worked for the Kelowna Capital News for many years, finally settling on Vancouver Island and working for the News since 2002. She enjoys gardening, getting serious about the Slow Food movement, and spending time with her spouse and their feline companions.

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