Ken and Christine have been involved with publishing full-time for nearly 25 years. Ken has an extensive background in agriculture and politics at all three levels of government. He and is wife Christine own the Neepawa Banner, the Rivers Banner and myWestman.ca. They live in Neepawa, have two sons and four grandchildren.
Kate Jackman-Atkinson has been in the journalism industry for several years and has a background in banking and economics. Kate is an award winning writer and an equestrian competitor. She is the editor of the Neepawa Banner. Kate and her husband live in the Mountain Road area on a small equestrian ranch.
Kay De'Ath is the 'numbers' person who looks after the bookkeeping duties for all three operations and oversees all the paper distribution and delivery tracking. She and her husband farm at Neepawa and are best known for their honey farm. In fact, you can buy Dale and Kay's Bees' honey at the Neepawa Banner store in downtown Neepawa.
Lanny Stewart is the 'sports' guy, but he does double duty as editor of myWestman.ca and writes for the Neepawa Banner and Rivers Banner on a variety of topics. He is an expert in all things sports. He is married and lives in Brandon.
James Underwood can best be described as dedicated and diligent. We describe him as being able to cover a lot of ground without kicking up much dust. James is an expert at graphic design, specializing in newspaper advertising and web design. James and his wife live in Neepawa.
Sandra Unger is a person of many talents at The Neepawa Banner. Our walk-in and phone-in customers are likely to be greeted by her. She handles front desk and classified ad duties as well as quick-print and regular print jobs. She even takes a weekly turn at delivering papers on our east route. Sandra and her husband live on a farm at Arden.
Sheila Runions has been a mainstay at the Rivers Banner for nearly two decades. She writes, sells ads, manages the Rivers Banner and at the same time, is very active in her community and church. She and her husband live in Rivers and both perform in musical productions across Westman.
John Drinkwater is a man of many talents. With a strong background in retail and community work, John is an accomplished photographer and has most recently turned his hand to ad sales for the Neepawa Banner and Rivers Banner. He and his wife live in Birnie.
Neils Mack was with the Neepawa Banner on a full-time basis for four years, but has since left to work for his family's business. However, Mack remains with the Banner, doing freelance photography and auto reviews. There isn't much that Neils doesn't know about cars and the automotive world.
Rita Friesen is a long-time columnist and casual reporter for The Neepawa Banner and Rivers Banner. Rita is a lay minister at the United Church and still works part-time at a local business. She and her husband live in Neepawa and are well-known and respected in the community.
Neil Strohschein is a former staff person with The Neepawa Banner and continues to have a weekly column in The Neapawa Banner and Rivers Banner. Neil is well known as a pulpit supply pastor and preacher and his biblically based take on life is well read and a mainstay of the papers' opinion pages.
Helen Drysdale is a cookbook author, caterer and food expert. When Helen's in the kitchen, everyone is well fed. Her cookbook, "Kiss Cooking: Keep it Simple Sweetie" is available for sale at The Neepawa Banner.
The Banner has a number of part-time employees who do proofing and flyer stuffing and are a tremendous source of support to our business.