Black Press Media received the Special Contribution to Public Education Award from Public School Boards’ Association of Alberta Saturday. (Left to right) PSBAA president Cathy Hogg, Wolf Creek Public Schools board member Lori Jess, Black Press Media Prairie Division president Mary Kemmis and Wolf Creek board chair Pamela Hansen. Photo by SEAN MCINTOSH/Advocate staff

Black Press honoured by Public School Boards’ Association of Alberta in Red Deer

Black Press Media was honoured by the Public School Boards’ Association of Alberta at its annual spring general meeting in Red Deer.

The association presented Black Press, which owns newspapers in several central Alberta communities, including Red Deer, Ponoka, Lacombe and Sylvan Lake, with the Special Contribution to Public Education Award.

“Black Press, as a company, is dedicated to telling the stories that help our communities grow into even better communities,” Prairie division president Mary Kemmis said after receiving the award.

Pamela Hansen, Wolf Creek Public Schools board chair, nominated Black Press for the award.

“Through the weekly focus that these publications put on public education, (Black Press) celebrates our schools and sheds light on issues important to our students, staff and school communities.

“Such efforts enhance our connections to parents and the communities our schools serve,” said Hansen.

Four other awards were handed out at Saturday’s meeting:

  • Joan Trettler (posthumous) of St. Albert Public Schools received the Dick Baker Legacy Award;
  • 360 Fitness of Red Deer received the Special Contribution to Public Education Award;
  • Jo(e) Social Media of Red Deer received the Special Contribution to Public Education Award;

  • Rick Massini of Medicine Hat Public Schools received the Advancing Association Business and Initiatives Award.


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