June 23, 2011 08:00 ET

BC's Best Communicators Celebrated at Bronze Quill Awards Gala Presented by IABC BC

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - June 23, 2011) -

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Returning following a one-year hiatus, the International Association of Business Communicators BC (IABC/BC) was pleased to once again recognize outstanding British Columbians for their endeavours in the field of communications at the Bronze Quill Awards Gala.

The awards, held at the Law Courts Inn in Vancouver on June 21st, saw winners awarded in three categories: the Bronze Quill, which goes to the top BC communicator as recognized by his or her peers, the President's Award and the Student Communicator of the Year Award.

"This year we were able to honour a number of very deserving, creative people," said IABC/BC President John Almond. "With last year's event postponed due to the timing of the Winter Olympics, this year we had a number of submissions covering communications in every category from crisis management to special events to non-profits. The caliber of submissions was outstanding and kudos to all our winners for their outstanding contribution to our field."

Jane Nunnikhoven at Vancity proudly took home three Bronze Quill Awards for her work on "Are You Ready? Vancity Launches a New Intranet" in the categories of: employee/member communication category, electronic and digital communication, and audio visual.

In the emerging social media category, Karin Basaraba of ICBC took home an award. She stated, "It's an honour to be receiving an IABC/BC Bronze Quill Award. This provides me with the validation I need to continue moving forward with our social media work at ICBC. Being recognized with this award at the chapter level, given the tremendous amount of communications excellence we have here in BC, is truly a compliment."

John Corry and Fran Hannabuss from the University of British Columbia won awards in the marketing communications category on a project piece for the "'Learn and Win' Student Recruitment Campaign".

Both Rosetta Cannata, ABC from Vancity and Karen J. Lee, ABC, MC from KJ Lee Group also both won a Bronze Quill Award in the employee/member communication division for their work on "Quarterly Performance Updates – An Information Cascade".

For her exceptional work and dedication in volunteering tirelessly, Stephanie Gardner of Squirrel Systems for the second time in a row accepted the prestigious President's Award.

Stephanie is quoted as saying, "It was an honor to be recognized amongst such a dedicated group of volunteers. It is an inspiration to work with the talented communicators that belong to the IABC/BC chapter. I would recommend that anyone looking to get involved with the communications community to take on the rewarding challenge of volunteering with IABC/BC."

Following an extremely successful year as a student volunteer, Marianna Adamian took home the Student Communicator of the Year Award. Her work as a student at the Simon Fraser University earned her a top student communication award, which is annually sponsored by Royal Roads University.

With her volunteer efforts and dedication including the toastmasters club, the Outstanding New Volunteer of the Year award went to Leslie-Ann Drummond of Integra Technologies International.

The Bronze Quill Awards were judged by a panel of IABC experts, all of whom volunteer with the Board of Directors.

IABC/BC is proud of the chapter's accomplishments and is looking forward to many more years in communication excellence.


Founded in 1970, The IABC provides a professional network of over 15,500 business communication professionals in over 80 countries. The BC chapter is one of 105 chapters worldwide and is the third largest chapter in Canada. With more than 600 members throughout BC, the chapter has an international reputation for progressive, professional communication. IABC/BC is committed to improving the effectiveness of organizations through strategic, interactive and integrated business communication management.

To view a photo of Dana Bales accepting her award, please visit the followwing link: http://www.marketwire.com/library/20110622-iabcDful.jpg

To view a photo of the IABC/BC volunteers, please visit the following link:http://www.marketwire.com/library/20110622-IABCvful.jpg

To view a photo of John Corry accepting his award, please visit the following link: http://www.marketwire.com/library/20110622-IABCAful.jpg

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