The Independent of Petrolia & Central Lambton is an award-winning community weekly newspaper.

Founded in 2013, the staff of The Independent strive to provide the region with stories about their neighbours and how government decisions affect their lives. In 2015, The Independent was named the Best Overall Newspaper (with a circulation of 4,000 to 6,999) in all of Canada by the Canadian Community Newspaper Awards.

Publisher-Editor Heather Wright is a journalist with 29 years experience and is an award-winning photographer who worked and lived much of her life in Lambton County and wants to tell the stories of the people in her community.

Dawn Sperling, our sales associate, grew up in Watford and lives with her husband, Glen, and two sons. Dawn is active in the community as a member of the Petrolia Discovery Foundation.

Stacey Peters, our graphic artist, grew up in Wilkesport and now makes her home in Oil City.

Julli Archibald has been a graphic designer with nearly 15 years in the publishing business.