Lifetime Achievement Award

Purpose

To honour long-serving members who have made outstanding contributions to the Canadian Farm Writers’ Federation and the agricultural communications or media industries.

Criteria

There is no point system to determine who is worthy of a CFWF Lifetime Achievement Award. Instead, nominees must meet the following three criteria:

  1. The nominee must have contributed outstanding and lasting importance to the Canadian Farm Writers’ Federation. This award recognizes an accumulation of years of service and leadership, rather than simply recognizing longevity or routine committee work.

    1. The nominee must have been involved with CFWF at the national or international level and shown exemplary leadership during that time.

    2. The nominee must have made tangible contributions to the organization. For example, the nominee may have implemented new programs that benefited members, raised the organization’s national or international profile, or perhaps helped CFWF navigate major changes.

  2. The nominee must have made significant contributions to agricultural journalism or communications. Possible examples of contributions include:

    1. The nominee has a body of work that inspires excellence in others. This work can be in the journalism or communications field.

    2. The nominee may have mentored other farm journalists or communicators. This mentoring might occur on the job, at a post-secondary institution, or through some other means.

    3. The nominee may have founded a new company or publication that influenced the media or communications landscape.

  3. The nominee must have a minimum of 20 years of membership within CFWF.

Procedure

  1. Individual members or regional associations may bring forward nominations. There is no limit or minimum to the number of nominees that may be forwarded each year.

  2. Biographical sketch of nominee, outlining how the nominee meets the above criteria. Include specific examples. Be concise.

  3. Three letters of support from CFWF members in good standing. Letters should provide examples of how the applicant meets the criteria.

  4. CFWF Secretariat must receive nominations by September 2 of each year.

  5. Each year the CFWF board will assemble a Nominations Committee. The Nominations Committee will include a board member from the west, a board member from the east, and a third member from either region.

  6. The Nominations Committee will review applications and make the final decision on who receives the award. There is no limit to how many people can receive the award each year.

  7. Members will be honoured each year at the CFWF national conference. Notice and biographies will be published in the Farm Journalist. Awardees will receive a plaque.

  8. The CFWF Secretariat must receive nominations by September 2 each year. Please write the “CFWF Lifetime Achievement Award” in the subject line.

***Please note this lifetime membership award is independent of any regional membership awards that are/have been distributed.

Lifetime Winners

29 Nov: 2020— Trish Jordan

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27 Nov: 2018—Owen Roberts

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27 Nov: 2015—Janet Kanters

Janet Kanters won the Lifetime Achievement award for her longtime engagement as a CFWF member and a career as an…

27 Nov: 2017—Jim Romahn

Jim Romahn won the Lifetime Achievement Award for his longtime engagement as a CFWF member and a career as a…

27 Nov: 2017—Hugh Maynard

Hugh Maynard won the Lifetime Achievement Award for his longtime engagement as a CFWF member and a career as a…

27 Nov: 2016—David Schmidt

David Schmidt won the Lifetime Achievement Award as a longtime, engaged CFWF member who had a career as an Associate…

27 Nov: 2015— John Morriss

John Morriss won the Lifetime Membership Award for his longtime engagement as a CFWF member and a career as an…