Sean Desrochers Managing Editor
Sean is a fifth-year English and Creative Writing student and is by all accounts a great guy. He spends his time working for the VIU Students' Union, watching sometimes painfully slow movies, absolutely shredding his guitar, or illegally streaming tennis matches. Now in his second year at The Nav, he's fully realizing the heart of the community he's found himself in.
Kristen Bounds Associate Editor
Kristen Bounds is a fifth-year Creative Writing major focusing on non-fiction and journalism. Her writing mostly centres around her passion topics: environmentalism and social justice. Apart from talking about plastic to anyone who will listen, she enjoys reading, surfing, and is quite partial to a cold hazy pale ale.
Lauryn Mackenzie Features Editor
Lauryn is a fourth-year Digital Media Studies student. She has had her work featured in the Powell River Peak, Portal Magazine, and The Discourse. When she’s not looking up fun facts about bees, she’s probably fantasying about Portland, Oregon.
Sophia Wasylinko News Editor
Sophia Wasylinko is a third-year Creative Writing and Journalism student. She was the Entertainment Reporter for CHLY 101.7FM in winter 2020. Her favorite things in life are cats, the color purple, coffee, and books (mysteries or books about ghosts, murder, and crime in general). Sophia is excited to be back in Nanaimo and hopes to explore more of Vancouver Island this year.
Isabella Ranallo Arts Editor
Isabella Ranallo is a third-year Creative Writing student at VIU. She's loved storytelling ever since she stole a sheet of her mother's office paper at age four to write the first page of a story about ten kids stranded on a desert island. Her short story, "The Journal," was published in VIRL and Rebel Mountain Press' In Our Own Teen Voice 2019. These days, she spends her free time scribbling away in Moleskine notebooks or searching for cat-inspired stationery.
Jenna Cronshaw Videographer
Jenna Cronshaw is a videographer from Winnipeg, Manitoba. She is in her third year as a Digital Media and Sociology student. Jenna dabbles in documentary style film photography in her free time, and her love for coffee is so strong that when she's not doing school work or filming for The Nav, she's working at a local coffee roastery.
Malcolm Simard Art Director
Malcolm Simard is a fourth-year Graphic Design student at VIU. His photos and illustrations have been published in Portal Magazine with a photo featuring as the cover image for its 30th issue. When he isn’t designing he tends to spend time outdoors, whether it be on a trail run or identifying the plants along said trail.
Claire Stewart Illustrator and Graphic Designer
Claire is a fourth-year Graphic Design student and two-time varsity swimmer. She grew up in Nanaimo and loves all that the west coast has to offer! When she’s not designing cool things or caring for her plants, Claire can be found obsessing over old houses on Instagram and relaxing to true crime podcasts. She works five jobs, but don’t let that fool you—she always has time to grab drinks with a friend.