OTTAWA, Sept. 19, 2011 /CNW/ - The Conference of Defence Associations
(CDA), in concert with the Canadian Defence and Foreign Affairs
Institute (CDFAI), is pleased to announce that Rosie DiManno of the Toronto Star has been selected as the recipient of the 2011 Ross Munro Media Award.
The selection committee was unanimous in its decision.
In the best tradition of Canadian journalists - like Ross Munro himself
- Rosie DiManno repeatedly puts herself on the troubled or exploding
front-lines, most recently in Afghanistan and Libya, and describes
events so effectively that we not only get their flavour but we also
appreciate some greater issues and options at play. Rosie DiManno's
ability to educate and inform the public as to why Canada engages in
conflict has earned her tremendous praise from colleagues and readers.
In circumstances where most mortals would be striving just to survive,
she portrays events and their origins, and subtly raises our awareness
of lessons to be learned and at what expense.
A long-time reporter with the Toronto Star, Rosie DiManno has a distinguished history of reporting on security and
defence issues, and a deep dedication to pursuing the story
irrespective of the risks. DiManno's exceptional journalism informs
Canadians with a depth, breadth and incisiveness which enrich her
thorough research and hard-won experience. This year Rosie DiManno
spent extended periods of time not only in Afghanistan but also in
Libya, travelling with the rebels and later reporting from Tripoli,
surrounded by government minders.
The Ross Munro Media Award was initiated in 2002 to recognize Canadian
journalists who have made a significant and extraordinary contribution
to increasing public understanding of Canadian defence and security
issues. Recipients of the award have produced outstanding work
regarding the efforts of the Canadian Forces in preserving Canadian
democratic values. The award consists of a replica of the Ross Munro
statue and a cheque for $2,500. Previous recipients of the award are
Stephen Thorne, Garth Pritchard, Sharon Hobson, Bruce Campion-Smith,
Christie Blatchford, Matthew Fisher, Alec Castonguay, Brian Stewart and
The selection committee was chaired by Lieutenant-General (Ret'd)
Richard J. Evraire, Chairman CDA. Members of the Selection Committee
were Dr. J.L. Granatstein, Canadian Military Historian; Mr. Alec
Castonguay, journalist for L'actualité magazine; Mr. Stuart Robertson,
of O'Donnell, Robertson & Sanfilippo; and, Colonel (Ret'd) Charles
Keple, Vice-Chairman CDA (Public Affairs).
The Award will be presented during the CDA Institute's Vimy Dinner,
which will be held on Friday, November 18, 2011 in the LeBreton Gallery
of the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa, Ontario.
SOURCE Conference of Defence Associations
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