CORNWALL, Ontario – This past week Colleen Parette and Kim Poirier Froats each received ‘The Silver Quill’ from News Media Canada (formerly the Canadian Community Newspaper Association) in recognition of ‘25 Years of Distinguished Service to The News Media Industry.’ They join Jennifer Mayer and Rick Shaver, who are already recipients of ‘The Silver Quill.’
These four TC Media employees have over 125 years of service in the newspaper industry.
Shaver started in the industry in 1978 in the sales department of a daily. In 1985 he was one of the co-owners and founders of Seaway News, which turns 33 years old this year.
Jennifer Mayer started with Seaway News in the production department in 1987 (31 years of service this year) and is now a Sales Coordinator with the sales department.
Colleen Parette started with Seaway News in 1989 as a part-time college student doing her placement and was hired full time in 1990 (28 years of service). She became Production Manager in 2005.
Kim Poirier Froats (26 years) also works in the Production Department. Kim started her career at another newspaper and has been with us since 2004.
When people ask how we’ve managed over the past years, the answer is simple says Shaver, “it’s because of dedicated and valued staff like these three employees.”
Seaway News has recently said good bye to two key employees. Diane Lafrance retired after 21 years of service and after 15 years, Matthew McConnell has started a new career.
Shaver adds, “I’ve been very lucky to have great staff and making the presentations to them in my capacity as Vice President of Ontario Newspaper Association was a honour. Good staff makes for a good product.”