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On behalf of the 2014 Alberta Magazine Awards, AMPA (Alberta Magazine Publishers Association) recently announced the recipients of the Achievement in Publishing, Editor of the Year, Volunteer of the Year and Best New Magazine awards the shortlist for the new Magazine of the Year award; and the finalists for the Showcase Awards.
2014 ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS
The Achievement Awards recognize the accomplishments, innovation and creativity of individuals and publications in the magazine industry. Congratulations to these highly accomplished individuals and publications, and all of the worthy nominees:
Achievement in Publishing
Tom Tait, Galleries West
The citation follows:
Publisher, writer, editor and sales executive—often simultaneously—Tom Tait is both an inspiring figure and a shaping force in Alberta’s publishing industry. For more than 30 years, he’s been an innovator in publishing operations and an advocate for privately owned magazines.
He was instrumental in the editorial development of two of the province’s longest-running magazines, Where Canadian Rockies and Where Calgary. Today, he owns and publishes Galleries West, a title known for its reach, content excellence, and award-winning web presence. It’s a tribute to Tait’s skill and efficiency that the magazine has been thriving since 2002 with only one full-time staff member.
Tait serves his community as a Rotarian and a member of Skål; he was a long-time AMPA board member; and he has created programs that bolster the tourism industry in Calgary, including the Mayor’s White Hat Award and the tourism faculty at the University of Calgary.
To colleagues, Tait is an essential source of mentorship and opportunity. His influence on Alberta’s publishing industry, from workflow management to digital strategy, community-building to quality standards, has not only expanded this field, but enriched it immeasurably.
Editor of the Year
Janine Vangool, UPPERCASE
Volunteer of the Year
Emily Ursuliak, filling Station
Best New Magazine (Recipient)
Magazine of the Year (Shortlist)
Galleries West magazine is also shortlisted for:
Galleries West Summer 2013 issue "Natural Abundance" - by Portia Priegert
Digital Presence category
GalleriesWest.ca - Tom Tait, publisher; Kristy Davison, Kim Machado, contributors