Five Black Press newspapers and reporters have been honoured with this year’s Jumpstart Awards, making up nearly half of the contest’s 12 winners.
Receiving Jumpstart Awards for 2013 were articles by Dan Kinvig of the Abbotsford News, Mario Bartel of the Burnaby NewsLeader, Eric Welsh of the Chilliwack Progress, Emanuel Sequeira of the Penticton Western News, and Don Descoteau of the Victoria News.
The awards are judged and handed out by Newspapers Canada, a national initiative that represents 830 daily, weekly, and community newspapers across Canada.
Jumpstart is a charity created by Canadian Tire, which hopes to help financially disadvantaged kids get involved in organized sport by covering their registration, transportation, or equipment costs.
From the awards’ press release: “Since 2005, Canadian Tire Jumpstart has helped give more than 500,000 Canadian kids the chance to play and the momentum is stronger than ever. To lend your support, visit Canadian Tire Jumpstart at jumpstart.canadiantire.ca.”
Here are the full list of this year’s winners, 12 articles and reporters from across Canada:
Abbotsford News (BC), Jumpstart gets Abbotsford kids in the game, by Dan Kinvig
Brooks Bulletin (AB), Couple recognized for support of Jumpstart, Bruce Parker
Burnaby Newsleader (BC), Soaring to great heights, by Mario Bartel
Calgary Herald – Be Local Magazine (AB), Jumpstart helps kids realize sporting dreams, by Alex Frazer-Harrison
Chilliwack Progress (BC), Helping Canadian Kids Play Sports, by Eric Welsh
Columbia Valley Pioneer (BC), Canadian Tire giving kids a sporting chance, by Dan Walton
Comox Valley Echo (BC), Sparking resilience through sport, by Drew A. Penner
Merritt Herald (BC), Country Run just around the corner; Merritt Country Run seeking key committee members, by Emily Wessel
Penticton Western News (BC), Great Strides made from skating program, by Emanuel Sequeira
Perth Courier (ON), Joint community effort jump starts fun for youth, by Laurie Weir
Quebec Chronicle-Telegraph (QC), Canadian Tire jump start youth sports, by Bethann G. Merkle
Victoria News (BC), Kids given leg up on active lifestyle, by Don Descoteau