PWAC Awards 2019 – Another successful year

Writing Awards

The PWAC Writing Awards are becoming more and more popular, with an ever-wider reach – a good indication of how proficient our members are. We were delighted to receive multiple submissions from some writers and entries from non-members.

Congratulations to all!

Best Feature Article

First place: Roberta Staley, “Angels on Call,” Broadview (formerly the United Church Observer)

Honourable mention: donalee Moulton, “In the Woods,” OHS Canada

Matthew Walthert, “A hero from Toronto’s first Stanley Cup win and the First World War story you have never heard”, The Athletic

Best Short Article

First place: Barbara Godin, “Mary’s Story,” Voice Magazine

Honourable mention: donalee Moulton, “Confectionary, Cheesecake, Cannabis,” Convenience Store News

Robyn Roste, “How to Make Time When You Don’t Have Time,” Faith Strong Today

Barbara Novak Award for Excellence in Humour and/or Personal Essay Writing (this award is judged and given by the family of the late Barbara Novak, a long-time PWAC member)

First place: Jaclyn Law, “Why my Thanksgiving table is the best of both worlds,” Local Love

Honourable mention: Mark Kearney, “Food for Comfort,” Eat Drink Magazine

Get to know our award-winning writers:

Roberta Staley is an award-winning writer, editor, corporate communicator and documentary filmmaker. Her work has been published internationally and has garnered many awards.

Barbara Godin is a graduate of Athabasca University. A regular columnist and feature writer for The Voice, she’s a member of the PWAC London & Southwest Ontario chapter.

donalee Moulton is a principal at Quantum Communications in Halifax and a professional journalist with more than 100 publishing credits. donalee is a member of the PWAC Atlantic Chapter.

Matthew Walthert is a freelance writer from Ottawa, Ontario. His work has appeared in publications such as Bleacher Report UK, The Globe and Mail, VICE, The Athletic, and the Canadian Military History peer-reviewed journal.

Robyn Roste is a professional writer, blogger and content marketer based in Abbotsford, British Columbia. She is a regular contributor to Faith Strong Today. Robyn is a member of the PWAC Fraser Valley chapter and curates the PWAC Job Bank for members.

Jaclyn Law is a freelance writer and editor in Toronto who works for companies, media, non-profit organizations and agencies. A long-time PWAC member and volunteer, she’s currently president of the PWAC Toronto chapter.

Mark Kearney is an award-winning journalist whose 35-year career has included work as a reporter, communications officer with the Ontario government, freelance writer and university professor of writing and journalism. He’s a long-time member of the PWAC London & Southwest Ontario chapter.

Thank you to our judges!

We are very grateful to our judges for their time and careful consideration of all entries.

Don Genova is an award-winning freelance food and travel journalist based in Victoria, B.C. His work has been widely published in the Globe and Mail, National Post, and many other newspapers and magazines. Don teaches Food and Travel Writing courses in the UBC Continuing Studies/Extended Learning division. He’s president of the Canada Media Guild Freelance Branch.

Morris Karp was an investigative producer at CBC-TV’s The Fifth Estate for 25 years. He retired from the CBC in 2016 and took an editing position with a magazine devoted to outdoor living in Manitoba and Northern Ontario.

Trina Roache, an award-winning Mi’kmaw journalist, has spent 19 years covering Indigenous issues for radio, television and the web. She’s now a video journalist, producing documentaries for APTN Investigates.

Julia Rohan, a runner-up in the CBC-Quebec Writers’ Federation Short Story Contest in 2002, was published in an anthology by VĂ©hicule Press the same year. In 2016, she completed the third book in her Weaverworld Fantasy Trilogy. She will be launching a new book this fall, published by the Heritage Abbotsford Society.

Samuel St-Pierre Thériault is a writer and editor for the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC), where he is responsible for the production of articles, entrepreneur profiles, eBooks, infographics, videos and economic studies. Two young children keep him busy when he is not at work.

David Studer has been a working journalist for 50 years. Now retired from the CBC, he plans to concentrate on photography and on writing, both fiction and non-fiction.

Volunteer Awards

PWAC acknowledges the support from its corps of volunteers through Regional Volunteer and special awards.  Regional Volunteer Award winners are nominated by members in each region and presented by each regional director.

For 2019, the association expressed its appreciation to:

  • Brian Cormier, Atlantic Region Volunteer of the Year
  • Lori Straus, Ontario Region Volunteer of the Year

Special awards were also presented to honour members who have exhibited exceptional devotion to PWAC over a number of years:

President’s Awards:

  • Helen Kelley Edwards, long-time member of the Communications Committee . She compiles the The PWAC Poke, PWAC’s newsletter, contributing great effort, her talent for layout and countless hours.
  • Jaclyn Law, who served as PWAC Toronto Chapter president over several non-consecutive terms. Her commitment to the chapter’s success is further illustrated by her willingness to take on other board positions as needed and her participation in many chapter events and projects.  

Lawrence Jackson Outstanding Achievement Award:

This award is given in memory of former member and long-time volunteer, Lawrence Jackson.  Nominations are submitted by members and the award winner is chosen by the Board of Directors.

The 2019 winner is Tamara Girard who has worked diligently in many different capacities for PWAC at both the chapter and the national level. 

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