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  2003-05-26 04:00:00  


The University of Western Ontario's department of communications and public Affairs will take home several business communication awards.

"It is wonderful to see a group of talented and professional communicators gathering local and national recognition for their outstanding work at Western," says David Estok, director of communications and public affairs for the university.

Winners will receive the awards at the 2003 International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) Virtuoso awards ceremony, June 5 at the Best Western Lamplighter Inn on Wellington Road and at the Canadian Council for the Advancement of Education (CCAE) awards ceremonies on Sunday, June 15 and Monday, June 16.

The winners are:

  • Terry Rice, Web and special publications manager: IABC award of excellence in the special publications category for Western student recruitment viewbook.

  • Malcolm Ruddock, associate director alumni communications and editor of the Western Alumni Gazette: IABC Award of Merit for the Western Alumni Gazette, in the category of regular publications.

  • Jim Anderson, editor, Western News: IABC award of merit for Western News, in the category regular publications.

  • Marcia Daniel, senior media relations officer: IABC award of merit for the media release E-mail Hurts Workplace Productivity, New Research Shows, in the category, specialty writing

    The CCAE award winners are:

  • Rice, the CCAE Rising Star Award, which recognizes the achievement of new advancement professionals whose early success in the field augurs well for future leadership and accomplishment

  • Daniel, the CCAE Gold Award for Best News Release (English) for Email Hurts Workplace Productivity.


    The Carolinian Winery and Corcoran Berry Farm in Thorndale won three awards at a recent wine show in Toronto.

    The winery, located between London and Thamesford on Highway 2, won a silver medal in the dry fruit wine category for its 2002 raspberry wine, a bronze for its 2002 cranberry and a bronze for its 2002 black currant.

    "It's the first show we have been in, the first time we submitted," said Judy MacKenzie, winery manager.

    The winery took home the honours from the Canadian International Wine Challenge at the Toronto Wine and Cheese Show in April. The judging was done by the Food and Beverage Testing Institute of Canada.

    "It's great to get the recognition, it's pretty exciting. I think it shows we have a quality product," said MacKenzie, crediting wine maker James Corcoran.

    The winery has 40 acres of raspberries, strawberries, blueberries and black currants and the wine is sold only at the winery.

    The winery also displays art work and crafts from local artists and sells London Ice Cream Company ice cream.


    Keith Peiris of London has been reappointed to Industry Canada's Schoolnet Youth Advisory Board, a position he has held since May, 2001.

    Peiris, 15, is president and chief executive of Cyberteks Design, a division of Cyberteks Systems Corp. and an award winning Web designer.

    Twenty-two young people from across the country are part of the SchoolNet Youth Advisory Board made up of youths 10 to 18 years old, including aboriginals, visible minorities and the disabled. There is both rural and urban representation, with participation from each province and one territory.

    Peiris, a Grade 9 student at Regina Mundi Catholic College in London, is the only Londoner appointed to the board.

    The SchoolNet Youth Advisory Board (SYAB) was established in March 2001 to advise Canada's SchoolNet on its youth initiatives and inform the Canadian government about how youth are using information and communication technologies.

    The SYAB researches and discusses such topics as: the future of information and communication technologies; skills needed to succeed in the new knowledge society; tools required to develop these skills; accessibility to technology and online content; content preferences; and youth engagement through the use of ICT.

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