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New publisher for Delta Optimist

Matt Blair replaces Pierre Pelletier

A new publisher has been named for the Delta Optimist with the departure of Pierre Pelletier, who served as publisher for the past two years.

Matt Blair, who was publisher of the Optimist in 2020 and 2021, is returning to the position effective immediately.

Blair is also the publisher of the North Shore News and Bowen Island Undercurrent.

“I’m thrilled to be back working with the team at the Optimist,” said Blair. “We have dedicated sales and editorial teams that are committed to the community and to the success of the Optimist. I thank Pierre for his tremendous work with Glacier Media and with the Optimist and I wish him nothing but the best.”

Pelletier is taking time away to travel with his wife Kerry.

“It’s been an honour to be the publisher of the Delta Optimist these past two years,” he said. “For any publisher, even one like myself who’s career has spanned 20-plus years and has overseen multiple weekly and daily newspapers, working at the Delta Optimist is a dream job.

“When you combine a hard-working, caring staff with a very supportive advertising clientele and a readership that takes ownership of the newspaper, it’s hard not to publish a wonderful community newspaper.”