Here at The Free Press this week we were delighted to hear we have again been nominated for a Ma Murray Community Newspaper Excellence award.

Your newspaper has been named a finalist for overall excellence in this year’s provincial community journalism awards, meaning we are in the top three newspapers of our size in the whole of British Columbia and the Yukon!

We will be battling it out with the Hope Standard and the North Island Gazette to be named the best!

It is not the first time we have won this award. Back in 2010 we were excited to be nominated and absolutely thrilled to hear our paper’s name called out at the awards ceremony in Vancouver. I remember looking at my editor at the time, Rebecca Edwards, in shock as we made our way up to the stage to accept the award. I was just grateful she was the one who had to make up an acceptance speech right there on the spot – as editor now it might be my turn this year!

All the staff here at The Free Press work incredibly hard to make your newspaper the best it can be – but somehow we don’t realise that people outside the valley might also appreciate the work we do, so it really does make us proud to be nominated.

But I think the biggest thrill about being nominated comes from being able to go to Vancouver and represent our community. We know that without the incredible support we receive from all our readers and advertisers, we would not be able to produce the newspaper that we do. To be nominated for this award really is testament to the amazing, vibrant, supportive community in which we live.

Winners will be announced during the British Columbia/Yukon Canadian Community Newspaper association’s awards gala at the River Rock Casino in Richmond on April 14. Keep your fingers crossed for us!

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