IABC Silver Leaf Awards Announces 2009 Recipients

CALGARY, Nov. 4 /CNW/ - The International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) in Canada is proud to present 30 Silver Leaf Awards this year in recognition of outstanding achievement in communications. From more than 150 entries, 10 Awards of Excellence and 20 Awards of Merit were bestowed upon entrants from Vancouver, BC to Halifax, NS, honouring stellar communications professionals nation-wide. The complete winners list follows and is available at www.canada.iabc.com.

"The IABC Canada Silver Leaf Awards recognize excellence in communications and we extend sincere congratulations to the 2009 recipients," says Colleen Ryan and Claire Watson, ABC, APR, 2009 Silver Leaf Awards Co-Chairs. "Each entry is judged by experienced communicators across the country who look for high quality work that has achieved its objectives. All winning submissions go through two panels of judges, ensuring the submission meets exacting standards to receive an award."

The 2009 award winners will be recognized for their achievements at the Silver Leaf Gala celebration, taking place on Sunday, November 8, 2009 as part of the IABC Canada Western Region Conference - Ranges to the Ridge, Guiding our audiences through the communications experience. The conference runs from November 8 - 10, and features some of the most renowned communicators and presenters from across North America and Europe. For more information, or to register for the conference, visit http://canada.iabc.com/cc_html/ccHome.html.

The International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) recognizes excellence in organizational communications at the international, national and chapter levels. Silver Leaf Awards are Canada's national recognition program. The following are the 2009 award winners:

    
    DIVISION 1: COMMUNICATION MANAGEMENT

    CATEGORY 1: GOVERNMENT RELATIONS

        Janet MacMillan, APR - Award of Merit
        MT&L Public Relations Ltd/Shear Wind Inc
        Getting A Second Wind
        Halifax, NS

    CATEGORY 2: COMMUNITY RELATIONS

        Eva Larouche - Award of Merit
        Farm Credit Canada
        Drive Away Hunger 2008
        Regina, SK

        Kera McArthur - Award of Merit
        Edelman Toronto/Karyo Edelman (Vancouver)/The Ontario Lung
         Association
        Campaign for a Smoke-free Ride Social Marketing Campaign
        Vancouver, BC

    CATEGORY 3: CUSTOMER RELATIONS

        Christine Gerritse - Award of Excellence
        Allstream
        The Allstream Global Forum: An Evening with Steve Forbes
        Toronto, ON

    CATEGORY 5: MEDIA RELATIONS

        Jo Langham, ABC - Award of Merit
        APEX Public Relations/Electrical Safety Authority
        Electrifying Ontario with the Plug in Safety Program
        Toronto, ON

        Martine Levy - Award of Merit
        DDB Public Relations/Canadian Tourism Commission
        The World's Second Most Powerful Tourism Brand - A Rise to the Top
        Toronto, ON

        Pat McNamara, APR - Award of Merit
        APEX Public Relations/Kao Brands Canada
        Retail Therapy - Jergens and Curel unveil the Kao Brands Beauty
         Boutique
        Toronto, ON

        Kevin Dove, Tom Wallis, ABC - Award of Merit
        CIBC
        A Canadian Power Play in Global Energy Coverage
        Toronto, ON

    CATEGORY 6: MULTI-AUDIENCE COMMUNICATION

        Mark Boudreau/Jenna Boon - Award of Merit
        MT&L Public Relations Ltd./Joggins Fossil Centre
        Joggins Fossil Cliffs: An International Treasure 300 Million Years in
         the Making
        Halifax, NS

        Claire Watson, ABC, APR - Award of Merit
        Farm Credit Canada
        The Knowledge Insider
        Regina, SK

    CATEGORY 7: MARKETING COMMUNICATIONS

        Wendy Campbell, ABC - Award of Merit
        Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo/Suncor Energy/ The DAGNY
         Partnership
        Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo & Suncor Energy
        2008 Waste Diversion Social Marketing Strategy
        Edmonton, AB

        Martha Jamieson - Award of Merit
        DDB Canada/Alberta Employment and Immigration
        Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program Campaign
        Edmonton, AB

        Marlene McNaughton - Award of Merit
        DDB Canada/Alberta Children and Youth Services
        Child Care Awareness and Recruitment Campaign
        Edmonton, AB

    CATEGORY 9: EMPLOYEE/MEMBER COMMUNICATIONS

        Priya Bates, ABC, Louise Van Zeller, Salim Rashid, Patricia Griffin,
         Elizabeth Smedema, Lindsay Turner - Award of Excellence
        Loblaw Companies Limited
        A great place to work. A great way to save - Loblaw Colleague
         Discount Program Launch
        Brampton, ON

        Susan deRyk - Award of Merit
        Toronto Rehabilitation Institute
        Making a World of Difference - One Communication Plan at a Time
        Toronto, ON

        Julianne Jack & Grant Bastedo - Award of Merit
        Information Services Corporation
        Safe To Say Employee Communications Strategy
        Regina, SK

        Janet Wile, ABC, APR, MC - Award of Merit
        Barrick Gold Corporation
        Discover Barrick
        Toronto, ON

    CATEGORY 10: HUMAN RESOURCES AND BENFITS COMMUNICATION

        Maureen MacDonald, ABC - Award of Excellence
        NATIONAL Public Relations/Precision Drilling
        Toughnecks
        Calgary, AB

    CATEGORY 11: STRATEGIC COMMUNICATION PROCESSES

        Shannon Holms, ABC - Award of Excellence
        BC Public Service Agency
        The Business Model for Internal Communications and Marketing across
         the BC Public Service and within the BC Public Service Agency
        Victoria, BC

        Jo Langham, ABC - Award of Merit
        APEX Public Relations/International Schizophrenia Foundation
        Orthomolecular Health Public Awareness Campaign
        Toronto, ON

    CATEGORY 13: SPECIAL EVENTS - INTERNAL OR EXTERNAL

        Rhonda Sorensen - Award of Excellence
        Legislative Assembly of Alberta
        LAO 2008 United Way Campaign
        Edmonton, AB

    DIVISION 2: COMMUNICATION SKILLS

    CATEGORY 17: ELECTRONIC AND INTERACTIVE COMMUNICATION

        Lori Last & Hilary Horlock - Award of Merit
        Provincial Health Services Authority
        Development and launch of POD: PHSA On Demand
        Vancouver, BC

    CATEGORY 19: PUBLICATIONS

        Paula Kohl - Award of Excellence
        SaskPower/Brown Communications Group
        SaskPower Career Fair Recruitment Brochures
        Regina, SK

        Nancy Painter, ABC - Award of Excellence
        Insurance Corporation of British Columbia
        Intersections Employee Newsletter
        North Vancouver, BC

        Sherri Krastel & techlife editorial team - Award of Merit
        NAIT (Northern Alberta Institute of Technology)
        techlife magazine 'Raising the value of the NAIT brand
        Edmonton, AB

    CATEGORY 20: WRITING

        Claire Watson, ABC, APR - Award of Excellence
        Farm Credit Canada
        The Knowledge Insider
        Regina, SK

        Jo Langham, ABC - Award of Merit
        APEX Public Relations/International Schizophrenia Foundation
        Orthomolecular Health Public Awareness Campaign
        Toronto, ON

    DIVISION 3: COMMUNICATION CREATIVE

    CATEGORY 21: PUBLICATION DESIGN

        Brandon Brind - Award of Excellence
        ImageStudio Creative Communications Inc./Insurance Corporation of
         British Columbia
        Intersections Employee Newsletter
        Bowen Island, BC

        Brandon Brind - Award of Excellence
        ImageStudio Creative Communications/British Columbia Automobile
         Association
        What's Your Recipe for Retirement? Resource Kit
        Bowen Island, BC

        Christine Pierroz - Award of Merit
        Health Council of Canada
        Putting Value for Money in Canadian Health Care on the
         'Best Seller' List
        Toronto, ON
    

IABC Canada represents more than 3,500 members served by 14 chapters divided into two regions. The Western Region includes chapters ranging from the Polar Chapter in the far North through B.C. to Manitoba. The Eastern Region includes chapters from Ontario east to the Atlantic provinces.

The International Association of Business Communicators is the premier international knowledge network for professionals engaged in strategic business communication management. Founded in 1970, IABC has more than 16,000 members in over 70 countries.

For further information: For further information: Therese Mickelson: (778) 995-9469 or therese.mickelson@shaw.ca, Professional Development Director - IABC Canada West Board; Claire Watson, ABC, APR: (306) 780-3961 or Claire.Watson@fcc-fac.ca; Colleen Ryan: (709) 895-0870 or colleen.nl@gmail.com, 2009 Silver Leaf Awards Co-Chairs, www.canada.iabc.com

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