Michel Lavigne

Michel Lavigne is the Publisher and founder of The Valley Gazette. He was born and raised in North Bay, Ontario. His first stint in the newspaper industry was 40 years ago, when he delivered "The Nugget" newspaper to households all over the city. Michel came to Barry's Bay 13 years ago for a change of pace, and he held various jobs throughout the years. In 2010, however, he decided to start up a weekly community newspaper for the Madawaska Valley, reflecting his strong support for the Township and its neighbours. His hobbies include golfing, woodworking and fishing.

Rachel Etmanskie

The Gazette is proud to announce, Rachel Etmanskie as the newspaper’s new production manager.

Etmanskie has about 20 plus years experience in the newspaper industry. She studied graphic design at St. Lawrence College and has worked for Barry’s Bay This Week and The Bancroft Times.

“I’m glad to be back home and working in the area,” Etmanskie said. “And I’m grateful for this opportunity.”

The Gazette’s new production manager loves being challenged. Whether it’s in regards to design ideas, brochures or business cards, she’s up to the task, she says and excited about her new venture at The Valley Gazette.

Etmanskie has also over the last 20 years taken home several awards for design layouts and advertisements designs from the Ontario Community Newspaper Association (OCNA). 

“I love being creative,” she said.

So, whether you catch Etmanskie on the golf course this summer or in the office, she extends an invitation to all community members to contact her in regards to any potential projects or advertisements.

For any further inquiries, please email rachel@thevalleygazette.ca or give the office a call at 613-756-0256. 

Christine Hudder

Christine Hudder was born at St. Francis Memorial Hospital and raised in Barry's Bay where she attended Sherwood Public School and later Madawaska Valley District High School. After graduating from Canadore College's three-year journalism program in 2009, she headed out west for a reporting position at a radio station and online newspaper. Wanting to return to her roots, Christine came back to the area to work at the Valley Gazette as a reporter in May 2010. In her spare time, Christine enjoys photography, writing, reading and travelling with her husband Benton Hudder.

Helen Trader

Jen Juhasz