Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Magazines Canada announces regional volunteers of the year

Magazines Canada has announced the 2015 Volunteer of the Year awards, which are to be presented during the MagNet: Canada's Magazine Conference at the association's annual reception on Thursday, June 9 at the Courtyard Toronto Downtown, 475 Yonge Street.

As had been previously reported, Chris Purcell, the vice-president of marketing and circulation and general manager Toronto for TVA Publications has been named Magazines Canada over all volunteer of the year. The regional volunteers of the year are:

Magazine Association of BC Volunteer of the Year Jane Hope got her start in publishing 10 years ago at Vallum in Montreal. Since then, she's made stops at the MPub program at Simon Fraser University, UBC Press and Modern Dog magazine. Today, she's Senior Editor at ECHO Storytelling Agency, where they solve business problems with publishing solutions—which yes, means magazines.

Alberta Magazine Publishers Association Volunteer of the Year Brnesh Berhe is a passionate human rights advocate who saw an opportunity to raise greater awareness and initiate change with the power of storytelling, launching Markermagazine. Brnesh self-published the independent publication from her home in Edmonton, while juggling a full-time job and a side gig as a freelancer. She wore many hats at the magazine—editor, art director, publisher, sales associate to provide a niche outlet for writers to write and report on a range of issues, from music and the arts to racial and sexual inequality.

Magazines Ontario Volunteer of the Year Patricia Clarke began her career in journalism more than half a century ago as a Hollywood reporter for United Press International. In 1965 she joined the staff of The United Church Observer as "Women's Editor." She became interim editor in 1979, and officially retired in 1980, but in 1996 re-established an ongoing relationship with The Observer as volunteer editor of the Letters section. Now 92, she continues to deliver award-winning copy on time, month in and month out; the Letters section remains the most-read part of the magazine.

Magazines du Québec Volunteer of the Year Jean-François started his career in magazines in 1996 at Transcontinental Publications (now TC Media). In 2005 he joined Éditions Genex, and was promoted in 2006 to Assistant General Manager, where he managed everyday operations of the group's magazines. In 2008, he became Bayard Presse Canada's Information Systems Manager, overseeing subscription and book software for the Canadian market. He is now Analyst and Fulfillment Manager for the more than 80 magazines published and managed by Bayard Presse Canada and Senior Publications. Jean-François joined the board of Magazines du Québec in 2010, and is currently its president.

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