Bayshore Broadcasting Corporation is proud to sponsor these annual awards. Each award honours the person deemed to have contributed the most to our region in three critical areas of endeavour.
Tommy Cooper Award
For fifty years, the Tommy Cooper Award
has recognized the person making the most important contribution to agriculture and rural living in Grey and Bruce Counties during the past year. Awarded in conjunction with the Owen Sound Sun Times, the award is named for legendary Grey County Agricultural Representative, T. Stewart Cooper.
On April 13th 2012, the 2011 Tommy Cooper Award was awarded to Barb Klages of Elmwood, for her work in advocating for the rights of small abattoirs in Grey Bruce. For more on Barb, click here.
The 2009 Tommy Cooper Award was awarded on Friday, April 16th at the Elmwood Community Centre. Congratulations to Jack Riley of Paisley! Jack was nominated by the Bruce County Federation of Agriculture. For more on Jack and other previous award winners, click here.
C.A. Charlie Kelly Award
For nearly thirty years, the Charlie Kelly Award has recognized the person who, similarly, has advanced tourism in the region. This award is made by Bayshore in concert with the Grey-Bruce Regional Tourism Marketing Partners. Its namesake, Charlie Kelly, was instrumental in extending the local building and tourism seasons to 12-months
On October 16th 2012, the 2012 C.A. Charlie Kelly Award was presented to Jenny Amy, the president of the Grey-Bruce Agriculture and Culinary Association. Jenny is a founding member of the ACA and also runs Chantry Breezes Bed & Breakfast in Southampton. For more on Jenny, and previous Charlie Kelly award winners, click here.
Malcolm Kirk Award for the Environment
In November 2008 at the Go Green at Blue Environmental Conference in Colllingwood, Bayshore Broadcasting presented a lifetime achievement award to Malcolm Kirk who brought thousands of acres of Southern Georgian Bay coastline and escarpment vistas into public ownership. Henceforth, the Malcolm Kirk Award for the Environment will be presented to the person making the most significant contribution to the environment.
Congratulations to Merle Gunby (left, with Bayshore's Deb Shaw) of Owen Sound and Bruce Davidson (centre right, with Bayshore's Ross Kentner and Mike Traynor of the regional Water Source Protection Committee) of Walkerton, who shared the 2010 Malcolm Kirk Award for the Environment for their tireless dedication to an environmentally friendly future.
Bob Whittam Award for the Environment
At the 2011 Elmvale Water Festival, Bayshore Broadcasting Corporation
presented a Lifetime Achievement Award to Bob Whittam. Whittam is credited with
saving the Wye Marsh Wildlife Centre and turning it into Canada's foremost
non-profit, environmental education facility, dedicated to creating an awareness
and appreciation of wetlands and the vital role they play in support of
wildlife, and really, human life!
The Wye Marsh Centre was established in 1969, operated by the Canadian
Wildlife Service. Then, in 1984, government cutbacks forced its closure. But
they didn't count on Bob Whittam who, along with dedicated staff and volunteers,
founded the Friends of Wye Marsh and took over operations in April, 1985. The
rest is history!
On December 12th, 2011, the first ever Bob Whittam Award was given to Wasaga Beach Lion Martin Campbell, who was behind the club's first annual Think Smart Show. For more on Martin, click here.
Caring Nurses Award
The expression “nursing somebody back to health” isn't just a figure of
speech. It reflects the primary role of nurses as frontline caregivers
who tend to so many of our needs when in the hospital. They empathize
with us when we don't feel well and they encourage us as we get better.
They serve as a vital link between patients and their families.
Bayshore Broadcasting's planned-giving promotional campaign, Bayshore's Healthy Tomorrows, is proud to present Caring Nurses Awards to nurses all around our region whom you think merit being honoured by our community.
For more on the Caring Nurses Awards and previous winners, click here.
Media Scholarship Fund
The Bayshore Broadcasting Media Scholarship Fund will be making grants to selected students from Grey and Bruce Counties applying to programs that reflect any of the following interests: Radio, TV, Newspaper, Magazine, Internet, Journalism, Entertainment, Media Sales, Broadcast Engineering, Broadcast Production or Film.
Any interested applicant may visit the Community Foundation Website and click on the application icon to fill out a general application. For further information please email the Community Foundation.
Fanshawe Newscaster of the Year Award
For many years, Bayshore Broadcasting has sponsored the Newscaster of the Year Award for second year students at Fanshawe College. Congratulations to our most recent winner, Christine Clark!
To find out more about Fanshawe College's Broadcast Journalism program on their official website, here.