Our Team


Group Publisher South Okanagan Region
Shannon Simpson
250-492-3636 Ext. 4203
Shannon Simpson has 30 years of newspaper experience in a variety of sales and management roles in cities across Western Canada. He moved to Penticton in August of 2015 from Saskatoon, SK. where he most recently had worked at the Saskatoon StarPhoenix along with being a business partner in the launch of a community newspaper (2011) in the same city. Simpson has lived in the Okanagan Valley on two prior occasions, Vernon from 1991-1993, and Kelowna from 2000-2004. He is excited to now call Penticton home.

Dale Boyd, Arts and Entertainment editor
News Reporter/A&E Editor
Dale Boyd
250-492-3636 Ext. 4228
Originally from Cold Lake, Alta., he joined the Penticton Western News in 2015. Boyd is the Arts and Entertainment editor and covers the crime and court beat.

Steve Kidd, reporter and photographer
Senior Reporter
Steve Kidd
250-492-3636 Ext. 4216
I have been working as a journalist and photojournalist for … well, a number of years. I joined Black Press in 2007, moving to the Penticton Western News later that year, where I now cover the city beat and anything else that needs a story. I can also be contacted at city@pentictonwesternnews.com

Mark Brett, reporter and photographer
Reporter/Photographer
Mark Brett
250-492-3636 Ext. 4225
Mark is a photojournalist that has over 40 years of experience in the newspaper business. He has won multiple Canadian Community Newspaper Association Awards, B.C./Yukon Newspaper Awards, a Canadian Press Award and a Black Press Award.

Kristi Patton, editor
Editor
Kristi Patton
250-492-3636 Ext. 4215
Kristi Patton has been working as a reporter since 2005 and joined the Western News in 2008. Her beats previously included courts, crime and arts and entertainment before moving to the position of editor.

Emanuel Sequeira, sports editor
Sports Editor
Emanuel Sequeira
250-492-3636 Ext. 4224
Emanuel is the Penticton Western News’ sports editor and has been since January of 2008. He came second place for Best Multimedia Feature in the Canadian Community Newspapers Award. Sequeira has a diploma in applied communication from Camosun College and a journalism degree from Thompson Rivers.

Sales Manager
& Special Features

Larry Mercier
250-492-3636 Ext. 4204
Larry Mercier has over 35 years of newspaper experience in sales and sales management, with almost 25 of those years at the Penticton Western News. He came to Penticton in 1981 to manage the local Saan store, and within a year he discovered a knack for creating ads and was recruited by the Penticton Herald. Never someone to enjoy remaining idle; Larry spent some of his free time as a projectionist at the local theatre where he met his wife. Together they have raised four boys and more recently been blessed with two grandsons. He is excited for the recent opportunity to take on more responsibilities, including working with the Summerland Review.

Senior Sales Consultant
Harpreet Sidhu
250-492-3636 Ext. 4211
The newspaper industry has been in Harpreet’s blood from an early age. As a child she delivered the Prince George Free Press. She went on to earn her diploma in journalism from Langara College which lead to her start with Black Press. She spent the next seven years working for Black Press as the sports editor in three markets — Prince George, Penticton and Kamloops before making the move to the advertising department. Harpreet is always eager to help businesses market themselves better in the community. She’s also very involved in the community sitting on the board of Penticton Women in Business and the Peach Festival Host Committee. She was also on the promotions committee of the 2016 Penticton BC Winter Games.

Senior Sales Consultant
Rachelle Wirth
250-492-3636 Ext. 4220
Rachelle and her family relocated from the Sunshine Coast BC, joining the Western News team in August 2016. She is an innovative, results-driven sales leader who combines a strong entrepreneurial drive with a proven record of achievement in strategic planning, marketing, new business development and brand management. She has a strong background in working closely with diverse non-profit, private, and public organizations, elevating their community engagement, awareness, and profitability.

Senior Sales Consultant

Liza Simpson
250-492-3636 Ext. 4206
Liza Simpson has 28 years of newspaper and media experience in various cities across Western Canada. She has worked at the Western News since June 2016, and comes to us from Saskatoon SK. where she was most recently a senior sales consultant with CTV Saskatoon. Liza is originally from Vernon, B.C. and started her newspaper career at the Vernon Daily News. She has also been a sales consultant at the Lethbridge Herald, Thunder Bay Chronicle-Journal, and Kelowna Daily Courier. She is very excited to be back in the Okanagan Valley, and is thrilled to call Penticton home.

Creative Services Manager
Steven Stoochnoff
250-492-3636 Ext. 4207

Classified Department
Beverly D.
250-492-0444

Office Administration/Classifieds
Rhonda Fujino
250-492-0444 Ext. 4210

Circulation Manager
Sue Kovacs
250-492-3636 Ext. 4219