L to R: Marika Laczko, Kerri Savard, Janet Adamana, Chris Vajcner, Laura Friesen, Niyati Mehta
Last night, Chris [Vajcner, communications & revenue development director] and I attended the Creative Arts Awards at Red River College in Winnipeg.
We were there to present awards to four talented women studying creative communications and digital media design. And to hang out and meet some cool new people, of course.
Marika Laczko and Kerri Savard won the Women in Media Foundation awards in creative communications, and Janet Adamana and Niyati Mehta won the Women in Media Foundation awards in digital media design. It was great to chat with them – they’re a creative and promising group who’ve worked *really* hard to get where they are.
Marika and Janet have finished their first year in the program, still to complete the second. Kerri and Niyati have completed their second year.
Best of luck to all four of them in their studies and careers – it was amazing to meet you and to recognize you for your work.
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In case you were wondering about NSI’s connection with the Women in Media Foundation, here’s some background info.
When Chris was a CreCommer at Red River College, she was taught by Shirley Muir, who later went on to hire Chris at WTN (now W Network).
Shirley and Chris worked together for many years. As part of her work, Shirley established the WTN Foundation. The foundation supported a girls’ camp, an endowment and mid-career training for women working in the media.
When WTN moved to Toronto and became W Network, the foundation stayed in Winnipeg and became the Women in Media Foundation.
And now, the Women in Media Foundation has an endowment for talented creative arts students at Red River College and has asked NSI to represent the award. Et voilà.