Alberte Villeneuve Sinclair
Photo Credit: Baico Publshing
Villeneuve-Sinclair is passionate about
life, the people she encounters and their relationships. Now retired
after thirty–two years of teaching in Ottawa, her eclectic
interests varies from writing and painting, to psychology,
spirituality, esoterism and the paranormal, to horticulture and bird
issues and mental health have always been of
interest also as she has spoken to women’s groups since 1990.
of the Ottawa Independent Writers, she is proud to present her
prize-winning novel, first written and published in French. A study in
relationships, some abusive, some destructive, a story of courage,
self-discovery, acceptance and forgiveness.
dedicated to all women who still suffer silently, to those who had the
courage to leave a destructive relationship, regain their freedom and
start anew. Also dedicated to men and women who are entering a loving
relationship, it is an invitation to love and know ourselves as this is
the first step to better love the other.
Margaret Graham (1870-1924)
"Miggsy" Graham was born at Upper Musquodoboit, Nova Scotia. At age 16
she attended Normal School at Truro, Nova Scotia.
She taught school for a few years and
during that time advocated for women teachers through the provincial
Teachers' Association. In 1893 Graham moved to Trinidad as a missionary
but was unable to complete her term there because of a horseback riding
After returning home to convalesce she visited her journalist
brother in New York. By 1897 she had become a journalist at the Halifax
Herald. Seven years later she was in Ottawa as a correspondent for the
Herald, covering Ottawa society.
While working briefly in Montreal for the Montreal Star in 1904, Graham
was the inspiration behind the Canadian Pacific Railway's giving 16
women journalists the same free passage it offered male journalists to
travel to the Louisiana Purchase Exposition, commonly called the St.
Louis World Fair. During that trip the women founded the Canadian
Women's Press Club.
In 1905 Graham married Albert Horton, a
well-known editor of Hansard and they lived in Ottawa until her death
at Montreal in 1924. The awards in her name were funded originally by
their daughter, Mrs. Lois Grant
Margaret Graham awards are presented annually by the Media Club of
Ottawa (MCO) to honour the memory of Margaret
“Miggsy” Graham, a pioneer woman journalist who played a
leading role in the formation of the Canadian Women’s Press Club
The first award was presented in 1976 for the best feature
story written by a male or female reporter with less than three
years’ experience, who was employed by an Ottawa-area daily
or weekly newspaper. That year a framed certificate and $150 went
to Linda Florence for a story she wrote for the Kingston News. Formally
established in 1977, the award was initially given to a journalism
student at Carleton University then broadened to include an Algonquin
College journalism student and an Ottawa University communications
student. It recognizes both academic success and overall excellence.
Student winners are selected by the schools.
Photo by Robert Craig
Algonquin College Award winner Iliyana Shoushounova
and author Alberte Villeneuve Sinclair
Photo by Robert Craig
Carleton University Award winner Connor Oke and Media Club Treasurer Iris ten Holder
Shoushounova was homeschooled her whole life and decided to complete
her high school a year early so she could pursue her love of writing as
a journalist at Algonquin College. When she's not writing she enjoys
spending her time painting or exploring Ottawa with her friends.
Connor Oke, a fourth year journalism student at
Carleton University, originally from Bowmanville, Ontario, decided to
enter journalism out of a love of storytelling and current affairs.
Through Carleto, he was able to report for Farm Radio International in
Ghana in the summer of 2018. He has also completed a short-term
internship with the Canadian Museums Association and CPAC. After he
graduates he hopes to write long-form stories for magazines or
work in television.
R E P O R T
by Cynthia Cee
(soon to be publsied here)
About the Media Club
The Media Club of Ottawa, considered to be one of the oldest
writing groups in Canada, had its beginning as the Ottawa Women's Press Club in
1916, which in 1920 became a chapter of the Canadian Women's Press Club
Since 1971. under a new name, the Media Club of
Ottawa officially welcomes men and women members and, although the
focus is still on journalism, also embraces other
Our mandate includes uniting people engaged in communications
and providing a forum to examine issues relating to free and
The Club organizes monthly meetings where writing
professionals speak and answer questions about media related topics,
holds workshops dealing with the same topic and offers four annual awards
to local journalism or communications students.
All writers and those
interested in writing are welcome to attend meetings and become
members. Unless otherwise noted members and guess meet at Ottawa City Hall from
September to June, offering an inviting place to network, share writing
experiences or learn about new aspects of writing.
professional authors, journalists, students, and aspiring writers. It
is considered the oldest continuous press club in the world. Check our website and follow us on Facebook .