Awards reflect Global's commitment to the growth of Canada's future
TORONTO, Nov. 6 /CNW/ - Global Television is pleased to announce the
winners of the Broadcasters of the Future Awards for 2007. The annual awards
are a series of scholarship, internship, and mentorship programs designed to
encourage and aid talented and enthusiastic Canadians toward establishing or
furthering careers in the Canadian broadcast industry.
"We commend all of this year's applicants for their hard work and
interest in the broadcast industry," said Kathy Dore, President, Canadian
Television, CanWest MediaWorks. "The recipients of this year's awards
astonished us with the passion and dedication they put into their personal,
volunteer, and academic lives. The future of broadcasting in Canada looks
bright with these young stars in our midst."
Winner of the Scholarship-Internship award for a Canadian with a Physical
Disability is Scott Best of Winnipeg, Manitoba.
Scott demonstrates the ability to build a promising career in
broadcasting from a growing list of accomplishments. He is armed with the gift
of smooth vocal delivery and a strong will to surpass any obstacles his vision
loss may pose. He uses his hearing to tune in to the world of broadcasting and
explores how broadcasters provide information, companionship, and
entertainment to listeners and viewers.
With the talent of improvisation, Scott lent his voice for the narration
of talking children's books for Manitoba Education, Citizenship and Youth. He
also wrote and produced various radio promos for school projects and 1290 CFRW
in Winnipeg, and was the morning host for his school's radio station. Scott is
interested in all aspects of broadcasting and plans to help eradicate barriers
that exist for persons with disabilities in the industry.
Winner of the Canadian Visible Minority Scholarship Award is Felicia
Hsuen-Ling Yap of Calgary, Alberta.
Guided by a proud Chinese Canadian heritage, Felicia began volunteering
when she was just four years old. With a keen interest in sciences, reporting,
and telling stories, Felicia has completed a science degree as well as a
Broadcast News diploma from SAIT and is currently working on a second degree
in Communication Studies at the University of Calgary.
Felicia's volunteer and academic experience in broadcasting includes
elements of news production, narration, interviewing, editing, writing, and
hosting across a variety of projects including PSAs, reports, and numerous
documentaries. She's currently developing a documentary called Under the
Butter Knife about modern Asian beauty in Canada in an effort to shed light on
the insecurities facing many Asian women. Felicia's goal is to be a television
broadcaster and she plans to merge her knowledge of science and broadcasting
into a career as a science and health reporter.
Winner of the Aboriginal Peoples' Internship Award is Morgan Barrett
Schaller of Wilmer, British Columbia.
Born and raised in Yellowknife, Morgan is proud of her Chipewyan heritage
and believes that where a person comes from shapes who they are and where they
will go in the future. Her awards in video development include gold and bronze
at local and national levels, respectively, in the National Skills Canada TV
Video Competition, first place wins in the national Racism. Stop It! video
competition, a series of wins in locally-run video contests, and is a
recipient of the TV Society Award in recognition of outstanding work in the
creation of video projects viewed and shown in the community.
She also works with a team of students producing a weekly news broadcast
over her school's internal television system. Reflecting her cultural roots
and passion for television, Morgan's goal is to work in a Canadian television
station and be recognized for the passion and emotions she brings to viewers.
The annual awards reflect Global's commitment to the personal growth of
Canada's future broadcasters and we would like to congratulate all of the
deserving recipients for 2007.
About Global Television
Global Television is owned by CanWest MediaWorks Inc., a wholly-owned
subsidiary of CanWest Global Communications Corp. (TSX: CGS and CGS.A,
www.canwestglobal.com). In addition to owning the Global Television network,
CanWest, an international media company, is Canada's largest publisher of
English language daily newspapers, and also owns, operates and/or holds
substantial interests in conventional television, out-of-home advertising,
specialty cable channels, Web sites and radio networks in Canada, Australia,
New Zealand, Turkey, Indonesia, Singapore, the United Kingdom and the United
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