Bill Draayer Award 1995

Given in recognition of outstanding personal contributions to the progress and development of the Alberta Weekly Newspapers Association.

Al Blackmere

Respect among peers is never granted but always earned – and it is earned most often by those who do not consciously seek it. Al Blackmere's selfless effort on behalf of the Alberta Weekly Newspapers Association earned him that respect many years ago, and it keeps growing.

The list of Al's AWNA involvement is lengthy since attending his first convention in 1980, and being elected to the Board in 1986, Chairman of the Membership Committee, participating in workshops and golf tournaments. Al is currently Chairman of the CDCNA Better Newspaper competition and is dedicated to improving the event over the next few years. He has convinced the CCNA President to make this his top priority in 1995/96.

His willingness to help others in his profession or his community will be remembered for a long time. For all the things you have done in our great profession, we salute you! Thank you, Al.

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