Media Club of Ottawa

February 19, 2019

Margaret Graham Award Presentation
Connor Ike Connor Oke Alberte-V-Sinclair
Iliyana Shoushounova
Iliyana Shoushounova

Tuesday February 19, 2019
Margaret Graham Award presentation 
Guest speaker: Alberte Villeneuve Sinclair, author and newspaper columnist 
The meeting took place in the Honeywell Room, 2nd Floor, Ottawa City Hall
110 Laurier Ave, West. Ottawa from 6:15 p.m. - 8 p.m.
There was coffee. tea and lemon poppyseed cake.
Admission was $10  and June Coxon was the  RSVP contact
Free underground parking after 6 p.m,  a welcome accommodation by City Hall.

The Margaret Graham awards were presented to journalism students
Connor Oke of Carleton University and to Iliyana Shoushounova of Algonquin College

Photo credits
Banner from left to right: 1. Connor Oke by a friend,    2. Connor and a friend by June Coxon.    
3. Alberte Villeneuve Sinclair by
Annie Lafortune  4. Iliyana Shoushounova and a friend by Iris ten Holder  5. Iliyana Shoushounova by a  friend

Alberte Villeneuve Sinclair
Alberte V Sinclair
Photo Credit: Baico Publshing

Alberte 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 range of interests varies from writing and painting, to psychology, spirituality, esoterism and the paranormal, to horticulture and bird watching.
Women’s issues and mental health have always been of interest also as she has spoken to women’s groups since 1990. A member 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.

Her novels are 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.

Alberte's website
Alberte's Facebook page

Alberte has written columns for:
True North Perspective:
Canaan Connexion

Margaret Graham (1870-1924)

Margaret Graham-by-Kate-Allen

     Margaret "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 accident.

     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



The Award

          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 (CWPC). 

     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.

Award Recipients

Alberte and Iliyana
Photo by Robert Craig
Algonquin College Award winner Iliyana Shoushounova
 and author Alberte Villeneuve Sinclair

Connor Oke and Iris ten Holder
Photo by Robert Craig
Carleton University Award winner Connor Oke and Media Club Treasurer Iris ten Holder

     Iliyana 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 media.

   Our mandate includes uniting people engaged in communications and providing a forum to examine issues relating to free and responsible communications.

   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.

   Membership includes 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 .