Recently we were recognized by our peers in the newspaper industry at the Ma Murray Community NewsMedia Awards in Richmond.
We’re very proud of our individual team members who won awards: Allen Douglas for bronze in Sports Photography and Tara Holmes for gold in Community Service in putting together the KTW Timeraiser event, as well as a Silver Quill award for our editor, Christopher Foulds, for more than 25 years of service to the industry.
We also earned a bronze for General Excellence in our circulation category. This award is the toughest one to win: the judges take all the editions of a paper from a single week of two different months in the year and judge every aspect of the paper, from our front page to news content to our opinion pages and sports, features, advertising content and design, classifieds, production quality and our online presence.
While we get to pick the specific week, we don’t know which months will be selected until the end of the year. In other words, there is no “sweeps week” we can aim for where we know we’ll be judged. We have to do our absolute best every single week.
While we appreciate the honours, they’re not the reason we seek to improve and excel every issue.
We do so to better serve our community.
But recognition is a good motivation — and that’s one of the reasons we’ve created a new awards program for Kamloops.
Nominations are now open for the KTW Community Leader Awards, presented by Excel Personnel Solutions. We’ve created six categories in which we want to recognize leadership in our community:
COACH: This will honour someone who makes a positive contribution to sport and is exemplary in developing skills and confidence in their participants — a role model who inspires and encourages athletic achievement.
COMMUNITY BUILDER: This is for someone who has taken the initiative to engage a variety of local residents in an innovative or new community project or event. The initiative may assist different groups to work together, address a gap in community participation or result in a more inclusive, engaged community.
VOLUNTEER: This individual makes a positive contribution to the community by volunteering their time to a variety of causes. They are dedicated to making a difference in several initiatives.
YOUTH VOLUNTEER: A youth (19 or under) who makes a positive contribution in the community through volunteering — someone who has committed to making a difference to an organization or an individual.
MENTOR: This award recognizes someone who makes a positive contribution by being a true leader — an influential counsellor, teacher or educator who provides support. She or he demonstrates a high level of ethics and professional standards, is an inspirational motivator, an excellent communicator, a good listener and a reliable resource to the community.
COURAGE: This award recognizes a person who has risen above adversity or formidable challenges to become a success. As a result, they have had a positive effect on the people around them.
To nominate someone, go online to www.kamloopsthisweek.com/leaderawards and make a submission of about 250 words about the person you wish to nominate. It should touch on the length of time the nominee has spent in the community, specific examples of the work and/or contribution they have made and their community associations/memberships.
References of other individuals who can provide further support to the nominee’s case will also help your case.
We’re accepting nominations until May 24, after which our selection committee will choose our six initial winners. We will profile those winners in a special section of KTW on Wednesday, June 12, and celebrate those winners at a special luncheon on Friday, June 14.
We’re looking forward to seeing all the nominations come in for this and for celebrating six very special individuals late this spring.
Tim Shoults is operations manager for Aberdeen Publishing.