Professional Communicators from St. Joseph's and London Life Take Home Top Honours at Virtuoso Celebration

LONDON, ON, June 17, 2016 /CNW/ - Professional communicators from St. Joseph's Health Care London and Great-West Life, London Life and Canada Life each received "Best of the Best" awards for their communication efforts at last night's Virtuoso Awards presented by the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) London. Both winners earned the recognition after submitting the highest scoring entries among a field of more than 30 award recipients.

The internal rollout of St. Joseph's corporate strategic plan led by Renee Sweeney, Dahlia Reich and Laura Dockstader earned the prize for its communication management. Similarly, the Say HelloLife promotional piece created by Sara Wilson for London Life received top honours for outstanding technical skill in writing. Sara also received a Gold Quill Award, which honours the dedication, innovation and passion of communicators on a global scale.

"We are honoured and thrilled to be recognized by our peers with this award," said Renee Sweeney. "At St. Joseph's, organization-wide communication is considered vital and we are so fortunate to have such a great team of creative minds."

The Virtuoso Awards are southwestern Ontario's premiere professional awards program celebrating excellence in strategic business communications. Virtuoso is a local program aligned with IABC's annual global (Gold Quill) and national (Silver Leaf) award programs. By entering award submissions, communicators receive feedback based on international best practices and the chance to receive industry recognition.

"Winning a Virtuoso Award is confirmation of the value that business communicators create to drive business results for their clients or their organization," said Tori Laird, Director of the Virtuoso Awards.

Over 130 people from the marketing and communications field attended last night's sold out Virtuoso Awards at the Ivey Spencer Leadership Centre. Award winners were recognized in four divisions: research management, communication management, skills and training. These divisions represent the key competencies and strategy required to produce best practices in the field and drive business results. This work involves research, measurement, strategic planning and execution, technical skills, and education.

For a full list of award recipients, visit the Virtuoso Awards website:

The International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) London IABC London is a local chapter of IABC International. Founded in October 1979, the chapter is a community and resource committed to investing in members' future, supporting career growth, and elevating the communications profession. The chapter's priorities serve the breadth of membership – representing a diverse range of professional experience, education background, and fields of expertise – and the needs of the profession.

SOURCE International Association of Business Communicators

For further information: Matthew Overall, Media Relations Representative, Virtuoso Awards, t: 519.646-6100 ext. 65233, c: 226.973.7490,


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