Awards

Ralph Nilson, former president of Vancouver Island University, has been appointed as a member of the Order of Canada. (Vancouver Island University photo)

Former VIU president named to Order of Canada

Nanaimo’s Ralph Nilson announced as one of 135 appointees

 

The Reklaws pose on the red carpet at the Canadian Country Music Awards in Calgary, Sunday, Sept. 8, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

Dallas Smith named entertainer of the year, takes three trophies at CCMA Awards

Smith performed his single “Hide From a Broken Heart” for the fully vaccinated crowd

 

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Nanaimo Sport Achievement Awards seeking nominations

Awards will celebrate achievements of athletes, teams, coaches, officials, volunteers

 

Diane Brennan is presented with Freedom of the City by Mayor Leonard Krog at a ceremony Monday, Oct. 4, at the Vancouver Island Conference Centre. (Photo courtesy Derek Johnstone/City of Nanaimo)

Former Nanaimo councillor Brennan honoured with Freedom of the City

Diane Brennan recognized at ceremony Monday, Oct. 4

Diane Brennan is presented with Freedom of the City by Mayor Leonard Krog at a ceremony Monday, Oct. 4, at the Vancouver Island Conference Centre. (Photo courtesy Derek Johnstone/City of Nanaimo)
Jeannine Caldbeck has served as fire chief of the Thetis Island Volunteer Fire Department since 2005. (Photo by Dave Tarris)

Fire chief first woman in Canada to receive Lifetime Achievement Award

Canadian Volunteer Fire Services Association cites significant commitment of Thetis Island’s Caldbeck

Jeannine Caldbeck has served as fire chief of the Thetis Island Volunteer Fire Department since 2005. (Photo by Dave Tarris)
Detail of a newspaper advertisement for the Nanaimo Business Awards.

Nanaimo Business Awards to be presented as part of TV broadcast

Sunday, Oct. 3 event to be broadcast and live-streamed on app and YouTube channel

Detail of a newspaper advertisement for the Nanaimo Business Awards.
Representatives from Van Isle Windows celebrate a previous Torch Awards win at a gala hosted by the Better Business Bureau serving Vancouver Island. The 2021 finalists were recently announced. (Facebook/Better Business Bureau serving Vancouver Island)

Better Business Bureau Torch Awards double down with annual Vancouver Island celebration

2021 finalists come from two years of nominees; all to be recognized at November gala in Victoria

Representatives from Van Isle Windows celebrate a previous Torch Awards win at a gala hosted by the Better Business Bureau serving Vancouver Island. The 2021 finalists were recently announced. (Facebook/Better Business Bureau serving Vancouver Island)
Comox Valley Record reporter Erin Haluschak is up for a Jack Webster Award. Photo by Terry Farrell

Black Press Media reporter up for a Jack Webster Award

Erin Haluschak named a finalist for Excellence in Diversity & Inclusion Reporting

Comox Valley Record reporter Erin Haluschak is up for a Jack Webster Award. Photo by Terry Farrell
This combination of photos shows nominees for the CMA Award for entertainer of the year, from left, Eric Church, Luke Combs, Miranda Lambert, Chris Stapleton and Carrie Underwood. (AP Photo)

Chris Stapleton, Eric Church share top CMA nominations

Paired joined by Miranda Lambert, Carrie Underwood, Luke Combs as entertainer of the year nominees

This combination of photos shows nominees for the CMA Award for entertainer of the year, from left, Eric Church, Luke Combs, Miranda Lambert, Chris Stapleton and Carrie Underwood. (AP Photo)
Faye Hjort, Kristen Minkle and Mary Bradshaw accepted the Citizen of the Year Award on behalf of Ladysmith’s health care workers and the Vancouver Island Health Authority. (Cole Schisler/Black Press)

Town of Ladysmith names health care workers Citizens of the Year

Dedication to community through the pandemic honoured at Ladysmith Days Kinsmen Parade

Faye Hjort, Kristen Minkle and Mary Bradshaw accepted the Citizen of the Year Award on behalf of Ladysmith’s health care workers and the Vancouver Island Health Authority. (Cole Schisler/Black Press)
Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry is among 16 people honoured with the 2021 Order of B.C. Aug. 2 for their contributions to the province. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito)

Dr. Bonnie Henry among 16 awarded Order of B.C.

2021 honourees include Indigenous leaders, artists, doctors

Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry is among 16 people honoured with the 2021 Order of B.C. Aug. 2 for their contributions to the province. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito)
Former Nanaimo city councillor Diane Brennan will be awarded Freedom of the City, the city’s highest civic honour, later this year. (News Bulletin file photo)

Longtime city councillor will receive Nanaimo’s highest civic honour, Freedom of the City

Diane Brennan served on city council from 2002-2008 and 2011-2018

Former Nanaimo city councillor Diane Brennan will be awarded Freedom of the City, the city’s highest civic honour, later this year. (News Bulletin file photo)
The Nanaimo Business Awards are accepting nominations now. (Greater Nanaimo Chamber of Commerce image)

Nanaimo Business Awards accepting nominations of worthy winners

This year’s awards aren’t until the fall, but the nomination period ends June 28

The Nanaimo Business Awards are accepting nominations now. (Greater Nanaimo Chamber of Commerce image)
British Columbia-Yukon Community News Association’s 2021 Ma Murray Awards were handed out during a virtual ceremony on Friday, June 10. (Screen grab)

Black Press Media winners take gold at B.C. and Yukon journalism awards

Publications received nods in dozens of categories

British Columbia-Yukon Community News Association’s 2021 Ma Murray Awards were handed out during a virtual ceremony on Friday, June 10. (Screen grab)
Christine Meutzner, Nanaimo Community Archives manager. (News Bulletin file photo)

Nanaimo Community Archives manager receives award of recognition

Christine Meutzner receives award of recognition from B.C. Historical Federation

Christine Meutzner, Nanaimo Community Archives manager. (News Bulletin file photo)
Eugene Levy, from left, Annie Murphy, Daniel Levy and Catherine O’Hara, cast members in the TV series “Schitt’s Creek,” pose for a portrait during the 2018 Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour on Sunday, Jan. 14, 2018, in Pasadena, Calif. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Willy Sanjuan - Invision

‘Schitt’s Creek,’ ‘Blood Quantum’ overall winners at Canadian Screen Awards

TV comedy swan song won eight times, indigenous zombie feature won seven trophies in total

Eugene Levy, from left, Annie Murphy, Daniel Levy and Catherine O’Hara, cast members in the TV series “Schitt’s Creek,” pose for a portrait during the 2018 Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour on Sunday, Jan. 14, 2018, in Pasadena, Calif. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Willy Sanjuan - Invision
Karoline Tormena, a VIU volleyball player, Jordan Naylor, Nanaimo Clippers goalie, middle, and Kyle Noble, senior B Nanaimo Timbermen No. 1 fan, were winners in this year’s Nanaimo Sport Achievement Awards as Female Athlete of the Year, Male Athlete of the Year and Hero In You Award winner, respectively. (CCCA/Gary Dorland/Submitted photos)

Nanaimo Sport Achievement Award winners stand out amid a tough pandemic year

2021 awards were presented virtually May 18, recognizing sport achievement in 2020

Karoline Tormena, a VIU volleyball player, Jordan Naylor, Nanaimo Clippers goalie, middle, and Kyle Noble, senior B Nanaimo Timbermen No. 1 fan, were winners in this year’s Nanaimo Sport Achievement Awards as Female Athlete of the Year, Male Athlete of the Year and Hero In You Award winner, respectively. (CCCA/Gary Dorland/Submitted photos)
Queen Elizabeth II and Clive Holland, deputy commonwealth president of the Royal Life Saving Society, top left, virtually present Dr. Steve Beerman, top right, with the King Edward VII Cup for his drowning-prevention work. Tanner Gorille and Sarah Downs were honoured with Russell Medals for their life-saving resuscitation. (Buckingham Palace photo)

UPDATE: Queen presents Nanaimo doctor with award for global drowning prevention

Dr. Steve Beerman receives Royal Life Saving Society’s King Edward VII Cup

Queen Elizabeth II and Clive Holland, deputy commonwealth president of the Royal Life Saving Society, top left, virtually present Dr. Steve Beerman, top right, with the King Edward VII Cup for his drowning-prevention work. Tanner Gorille and Sarah Downs were honoured with Russell Medals for their life-saving resuscitation. (Buckingham Palace photo)
Jade Gunn, Country Grocer Bowen Road store scanner, holds a national bronze award from the Canadian Federation of Independent Grocers. Sharing the moment are Naomi MacPherson, bakery manager, left; Tory Dillabough, store manager; Dustin McKee, assistant store manager and Amanda Trotlisch, front end manager. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)

Nanaimo grocery store wins national and regional industry awards

Country Grocer’s Bowen Road location recognized by Canadian Federation of Independent Grocers

Jade Gunn, Country Grocer Bowen Road store scanner, holds a national bronze award from the Canadian Federation of Independent Grocers. Sharing the moment are Naomi MacPherson, bakery manager, left; Tory Dillabough, store manager; Dustin McKee, assistant store manager and Amanda Trotlisch, front end manager. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)
Dr. Steve Beerman, of Nanaimo, shows off his Dr. David Bachop Gold Medal, awarded for distinguished medical service. (Karl Yu/News Bulletin)

Nanaimo doctor recognized for residency program, global drowning prevention

Dr. Steve Beerman recognized by Doctors of B.C. as well as Royal Life Saving Society in the U.K.

Dr. Steve Beerman, of Nanaimo, shows off his Dr. David Bachop Gold Medal, awarded for distinguished medical service. (Karl Yu/News Bulletin)