Meet the team
Nancy JohnsonPublisher & Director of Advertising
As publisher, Nancy is responsible for the operations of all of the company’s publications. Nancy previously held the positions of senior group publisher in Sun Media, director of operations in Transcontinental Media and vice president of operations, Manitoba in Glacier Media. She has been publisher at several weekly and daily newspapers. Over 27 years of her career with media companies across Canada, she has sat on several boards, including the Alberta Weekly Newspaper Association, Newspapers Atlantic and various Chamber of Commerce groups. Nancy has a strong background in operations management, marketing and business and is a member of the World Association of Newspapers Braintrust of Media Members.
Gail has been a member of the Driftwood’s award-winning editorial department since 1990 and the newspaper’s editor since 2003. She also edits Aqua-Gulf Islands Living magazine and other Driftwood publications. She is a Bach on the Rock Music Society board member and enjoys Nia dancing, music, reading and gardening. Gail grew up in the Comox Valley and has a BA in Canadian Studies from SFU.
Derek CapitaineOffice Manager
Derek graduated with a BFA (Theatre) from UVic and worked as a carpenter in professional theatres across Canada for nearly 10 years. When he left the theatre world, he had every intention of getting a BA in Education but instead completed an IT diploma in Halifax. He worked as a data analyst at Canada Post in Vancouver, before moving to Salt Spring with his partner and working remotely as a freelance permissions specialist and visual researcher in educational publishing. A dedicated volunteer, Derek has been involved with Search and Rescue for 10+ years and was also an ArtSpring board member. He also enjoys hiking, cycling — although not on Salt Spring’s bike-unfriendly roads — and travel.
Cindy JacobsenOffice Assistant
Since 2005, Cindy has lived on Salt Spring, working and volunteering at various local businesses and organizations. You may have seen her at ArtSpring during the 10 years she helped there behind the scenes, or at the library, where she volunteered for five years and set up visiting library services. Most recently, she has befriended an elderly accordion, which greatly amuses her while she works to improve her playing. Working at the Driftwood has fulfilled her lifelong dream of being able to say aloud, "I love the smell of ink in the morning!"
Lorraine SullivanProduction Manager
Lorraine’s artistic and graphic design skills are a big part of all Driftwood products. She has lived on Salt Spring Island since 1980 and worked at the Driftwood since 1992, except for a period of time spent working at Monday magazine in Victoria. Lorraine has lived her life on the West Coast and enjoys reading, hiking, art and gardening.
Robb grew up visiting the Southern Gulf Islands every summer; he spent several years covering beats for small-market newspapers in rural Colorado, where he developed a passion for storytelling and the outdoors. After a rewarding career shift to “stay-at-home-dad” and part-time author, Robb finally returned to community newspapering, joining the Driftwood staff as a reporter in 2022. He has lived with his family on Salt Spring since 2020.
Sky MarcanoAdvertising Representative
Sky grew up on Salt Spring Island. At the age of 25 and with two young children, she started her Skylar clothing company. Sky ran clothing companies for 15 years, giving her many years of business, marketing and advertising experience. She went on to work in social media and marketing fields and became the Driftwood’s account manager last year. Sky’s enthusiasm for advertising and helping businesses succeed through marketing is her number one priority and she loves being part of such a great community.
Tony RichardsManaging Director
Tony began working at the Driftwood as a teenager when his family bought the newspaper in 1967. He became a reporter in 1976, and editor and publisher in 1979. He resigned from day-to-day activities at the newspaper in 2003 to pursue other interests but returned to the publishing business in 2011 to publish print and digital magazines in Puerto Escondido, Mexico, a popular tourist destination on the Pacific coast. In 2014 he launched the digital newspaper Mexico News Daily, now Mexico’s leading English-language daily newspaper, which he sold in 2022. He lives in Puerto Escondido with his partner, María Inés Rosales.