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The Leamington Southpoint Sun

Leamington's Southpoint Sun is your exclusive source for LOCAL news, sports, opinion columns and many, many features that reflect the business and residential needs of the Leamington community.

Established in February 2010, The Southpoint Sun is delivered FREE to every household in Leamington and the rural routes of Leamington, including store drops at many locations in Leamington, Kingsville and Wheatley.

The Southpoint Sun is a division of Southpoint Publishing Inc., which also publishes The Wheatley Journal, which has served the Wheatley community since 1895. Southpoint Publishing Inc. was created in 2013 and is locally and independently owned by Jim Heyens and Sheila McBrayne. Our office is located at 194 Talbot St. E. Unit 5 Leamington, Ontario.


Jim Heyens, Publisher:
Jim brings 28 years of media experience originally, working as a magazine editor after graduating from the Journalism-Print program at Humber College. Jim moved on to print advertising where he eventually worked as the national sales manager for a major chain of newspapers. Throughout his career he has helped launch several community newspapers in Southern Ontario. He has held management roles in radio and has worked in the print directory industry. In April of 2009 Jim realized a lifelong dream when he became the proud owner and publisher of his hometown newspaper, The Wheatley Journal. He wrote his first sports article for The Journal at the age of 12. In February 2010, along with co-owner Sheila McBrayne, he launched the Southpoint Sun in Leamington and consolidated all their print assets in 2013 as Southpoint Publishing Inc.   


Sheila McBrayne, Editor:
Sheila has over 24 years of newspaper experience. She started her newspaper career in her hometown of Ridgetown where she worked for 19 years as a reporter and editor. She is a graduate of Journalism-Print at Niagara College. Sheila is a director on various local boards including the South Essex Arts Council, Leamington District Memorial Hospital Foundation and the LDMH Women's Centre Committee. She and co-owner Jim Heyens began the Leamington Southpoint Sun in February of 2010 and consolidated all their print assets in 2013 as Southpoint Publishing Inc.  


Melissa Hopper, Office Manager:
Melissa was born and raised in Leamington and is a graduate of the Journalism program at St. Clair College. She has experience in many aspects of communications including marketing, public relations and freelance writing. Melissa has spent many years working on fundraising events for non-profit organizations and she currently handles media and community relations for the Leamington Flyers hockey team.  


Erin Squance, Advertising Sales:
Erin has worked in advertising sales for the past 10 years. She has more than 10 years of experience in customer service and sales. Erin has a small business background as a mobile personal trainer. Erin recently opened Push Motivational Fitness in Kingsville, which was a longtime dream. Erin enjoys meeting new clients and developing advertising campaigns that will help their businesses grow.  

Nick Cervini, Graphic Designer:
Nick has been a graphic designer for more than 25 years having worked in Windsor, Leamington and most recently with the Southpoint Sun. Advertisers have come to know and trust Nick's creative genius that he puts into every ad. Nick is an avid Disney collector and a member of the Leamington Knights of Columbus.  


Bryan Jessop, Reporter:
Bryan began working as a reporter in March of 1998 at The Tilbury Times, following graduation from the Journalism Print program at St. Clair College's Windsor campus. He was also a reporter with The Lakeshore News before returning to the Times as editor. Bryan has also been a reporter with The Wallaceburg News, where he won the Ontario Community Newspaper Association's spot news photography award in 2004. He also served as paginator and copy editor for The Chatham Daily News and The Sarnia Observer.  

Jan Watson, Office:
Jan has worked for 38 years at The Wheatley Journal in newspaper and print business. She continues to share her years of experience and enjoys a part time schedule.  


Allison Siddall, Distribution Manager/Editorial:
Allison has worked at The Wheatley Journal for more than 10 years and has worked in small business in Leamington and Wheatley since 1976. Allison has become instrumental in overseeing the delivery of The Southpoint Sun.  

Mallory Heyens, Commercial Printing, Sales:
Mallory was born and raised in Wheatley. She is a graduate of St. Clair College from the Business - Marketing program. She first began her career as an Advertising Representative for The Wheatley Journal in 2009, helping clients with their advertising campaigns. Mallory also takes care of all commercial print business for Southpoint Print.  


Lori Gouin, Production:
Lori has worked in the Leamington area as a graphic designer for 25 years. Lori enjoys working on the overall design of the Southpoint Sun and works on several specialty publications. She has extensive editorial and advertising design experience.  


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