Fun was definitely on the menu at this year’s MagNet conference and PWAC AGM – there’s photo evidence which you can see below. Before you scroll through the picture gallery, congratulations are in order for two PWAC Quebec members.
Mark Cardwell won in the Short Feature category for his piece “ Bright Outlook for Graveyard Shift” published in the Montreal Gazette. Joanne Carnegie won the Barbara Novak Writing Award for Excellence in Humour/Personal Essay Writing for her piece, “Vegetable Grace”, published in the collection Prose to Go. Congratulations to both of you!
Now, as promised, here are a few scenes captured by PWAC Quebec president Ian Howarth.
PWAC Quebec Regional Director Bruce Wilson (center) accepts the Regional Volunteer Award on behalf of former PWAC Quebec president Giancarlo La Giorgia. Giancarlo was recognized for his contributions to PWAC as both president and RD, as well as his leadership in spearheading the formation of Mediaville, an association of Montreal freelance groups. PWAC GM Margaret De Rosia and Executive Director Sandy Crawely also pictured.
Joanne Carnegie (second from right) receives the Barbara Novak Writing Award for Excellence in Humour/Personal Essay Writing from Doreen Pendgracs (right), VP of PWAC’s National Board of Directors and Margaret De Rosia (second from left), PWAC’s GM and Executive Director Sandy Crawley. Joanne was co-winner of the award established in 2005 in the memory of PWAC member Barbara Novak. Joanne’s essay, Vegetable Grace, is from the collection Prose to Go. Sue Sutherland Wood was the other winner for her essay in Eat/Drink Magazine entitled Cannery Row.
Long time PWAC Quebec member Kathe Leiber was acknowledged as a veteran of 29 consecutive PWAC AGMs at Wednesday’s Awards Dinner. Also pictured, Atlantic Region RD Ross Mavis.
Joanne Carnegie (l to r), Olivia Kona and Bev Akerman were happy participants at the MagNet Conference. MagNet 2012 ran from June 5-8. Bev and Olivia were first-time PWAC Quebec AGM delegates. PWAC is a major partner in the organization of MagNet (along with Magazines Canada and others). Our current PWAC president (and former RD for Quebec) Craig Silverman and medical writer and PWAC Quebec member Marijke Vroomen Durning presented workshops.
PWAC Quebec’s Wendy Helfenbaum (left) and Phillipa Rispin (sideview) chat at the PWAC Awards Dinner held Wednesday, June 6 at the Courtyard Marriott in the heart of downtown Toronto. The Atlantic Canada-themed PWAC events were organized by PWAC Atlantic (retiring) Regional Director Ross Mavis.
The traditional presentation of Shakespeare-at-the-PWAC AGM continued this year with a bravado slice of The Bard’s, The Tempest, performed by PWAC Quebec’s Bruce Wilson, Kathe Lieber (left) and Phillipa Rispin among others. They took their bows to a small, yet appreciative crowd of supportive PWAC members at the Courtyard Marriott.