2019 CALM Awards

The 2019 CALM Awards will be given out on Friday, June 7 Winnipeg. To attend the Awards Banquet either register for the CALM conference or contact editor@calm.ca


Les Prix 2019 sera annoncé vendredi, le 7 juin à Winnipeg. Pour y assister, s'incrivez-vous à la conférence ou communiquer avec editrice@calm.ca

2019 awards judges - les juges des prix 2019


Writing categories (English)

Vicky Mochama

Vicky Mochama is a podcaster and columnist. She was the national columnist for Metro News where she wrote on race, gender and Canadian politics.  She has also written columns for the Toronto Star and Flare Magazine. She is also a humour writer and a co-author of the best-selling Canadaland Guide to Canada. Her writing has been published in the Globe and Mail, TVO, NOW magazine and CBC.ca. (Photo credit Eduardo Lima)


Les catégories écrits (français)

Paige Galette

Haïtienne, activiste et féministe, Paige Galette a toujours été passionnée des mouvements politiques qui luttent pour la justice sociale. Elle milite activement au sein de divers mouvements, tels que celui des femmes, des communautés francophones en situation minoritaire, de la communauté noire, de la communauté Queer, ainsi qu’au sein du mouvement syndical luttant pour un marché équitable. 

Nouvellement arrivée au Yukon après avoir vécu plusieurs années à Toronto, Paige a s'engage au sein de la communauté franco-yukonnaise, en travaillant pour l’épanouissement des filles et des femmes du Territoire en tant que Présidente du Conseil d’administration des EssentiElles.
Design categories

Samson Learn

Samson Learn is an east coast photographer with a knack for capturing emotions and candid moments. He's a dark rum drinking storyteller, motivated heavily by connecting with and documenting cherished events and memories for others. Samson loves tacos and travel, avoids crowds, and prefers a good ol' kitchen party over going out. You can find Samson wishing he had a dog and planning his dream house in the Annapolis Valley.


Broadcast categories

Amy Kishek

Amy Kishek is a Palestinian-Canadian podcast host, and labour lawyer. She works in-house for one of Canada's largest public sector unions. representing members and the union in matters of labour and human rights law before labour boards and arbitrators across the country. She has appeared before parliamentary committees and provides legal education seminars. Amy is the co-host of the Ottawa-based Bad and Bitchy podcast, an intersectional feminist podcast offering topical weekly takes on politics, social issues and pop culture, and has contributed opinion pieces to both local and national publications. Amy was previously a political staffer and has a master's degree in international political economy. Amy has worked with a number of organizations in federal lobbying and advocacy, including issues of unpaid internships and electing more women to federal politics. She embraces the label of social justice activist, has organized rallies and marches, and brings her feminism to her satirical writing at the Beaverton.


Online categories

Chris Parsons

Chris Parsons is a writer and organizer in Halifax, Nova Scotia. His writing on politics, history and labour has appeared in The CoastLabour/Le Travail, Vice Canada, rankandfile.ca, and various other outlets. Parsons is also the co-host of the award-winning politics podcast Dog Island. He works for the Nova Scotia Health Coalition where he helps communities fight for universal, public health care.


2018 CALM Award winners


1. Ed Finn Award for excellence in writing for print

Winner: Staff produced - UFCW Local 1518

“Dangerous Homes: Exploring Violence in Homecare Work”  By Diana Perez

Winner: Volunteer produced - OPSEU Local 242

“Teaching and Teetering” By Shannon MacRae

2. Best photograph

Winner: Staff Produced - UFCW Local 832


Winner: Volunteer Produced - Unifor Local 88


3. The Freeperson Award for best cartoon, illustration or infographic

Winner - Staff produced - Health Sciences Association of Alberta

Winner - Volunteer produced - OPSEU 415


4. Morden Lazarus Prize for best editorial, column, or opinion piece that thoughtfully argues labour’s position on an issue

Winner - British Columbia Teachers’ Federation

Teachers committed to anti-racism education by Glen Hansman



5. The Cliff Scotton Prize for narrative, video, audio or visual that reflects history, traditions and culture of the labour movement

Winner: Unifor

“Remembering Bob White” by Charles Haggart


6. The Fighting Oppression Award for a communications initiative that raises consciousness and contributes to struggles against racism, sexism, homophobia, ableism and other forms of oppression and discrimination.

Winner: OPSEU

“Coming Home: Sixties Scoop Survivors Reclaim their Culture” By OPSEU staff and OPSEU Indigenous Mobilization Team


7. Best campaign – can be produced by an ad agency - that exposes an anti-union or anti-social practice.

Winner for Best local campaign - volunteer produced - Hospital Employees Union - United For Fairness bargaining campaign
Winner for Best local campaign - staff or agency produced - Health Sciences Association of Alberta - Hands of Caring
Winner for Best provincial or national campaign - AUPE -  Cytotoxic Medications: What You Need to Know


8. The Katie FitzRandolph Award for best overall regular print publication                  

Winner- Staff produced - Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario - ETFO Voice
Winner - Volunteer produced - OPSEU Local 242: In/Sol

Le Prix Katie-FitzRandolph pour la meilleure publication imprimée

Mention honorable - Un réseau sous pression (Perspectives CSN)

9. Rosemarie Bahr award for excellence in print layout and design in regular print publication

Winner - Staff produced - Hospital Employees’ Union - The Guardian
Winner - Volunteer produced - Unifor Local 88 - Off the line


10. Meilleur article dʼopinion, de nouvelles ou dossier thématique

Gagnante:  CSN - Une forme d'exploitation « Made in Québec » - Perspectives CSN - Katerine Desgroseillers

Mention honorable: CSN : Une vie des plus surprenante - Perspectives CSN - Ariane Gagné


11. Best short video, made for TV broadcast or online distribution.

Winner: CUPE Saskatchewan - Join us. Stand against the cuts


12. Best narrative video, or video series documentary

Winner: PSAC - Canada Infrastructure Bank


13. Best audio production: radio ad, podcast.

Winner: Unifor Local 199 - young workers' podcast


14. Best hard copy promotional material

Winner: AAPS at UBC - Toolkit - Fixing workplace issues, large and small


15. Dennis McGann Stroke-of-Genius Award for the most unusual, innovative, novel communications project.

Winner: Unifor - Six Minute Challenge



16. Best Poster

Winner - staff produced: Unifor

Honourable Mention - staff produced: ETFO

Meilleure affiche - produite par un personnel bénévole - SCCC-UQO

17. Best membership mobilization material

Winner: USW Local 1998 - Bargaining Campaign - cell phone stand


18. Best website content

Winner - Staff produced: UFCW 1006A
Honourable mention - Staff produced: ONA

Winner - Volunteer produced: Unifor Local 88


19. Best website redesign

Winner: Staff produced: AUPE - Direct Impact
Winner: Volunteer produced:  Unifor Local 199


20. Most innovative online tool

Winner: United Nurses of Alberta



21. Best use of social media by a union

Winner -  Hospital Employees' Union



Honourable mention - Saskatchewan General Employees’ Union



CALM 2018 Awards judges

Writing Judge

Jackie Wong

Jackie Wong is a writer and workshop facilitator in Vancouver, B.C. Her work explores urban health, race, equity, and social change. Her writing on B.C.'s overdose crisis has been published in Maisonneuve and The Tyee, and she facilitates workshops that seek to empower people to engage in creative self-expression and narrative production in response to lived experiences of racism, mental illness, poverty, and addiction.


Online Judge

José Luis Granados Ceja

José Luis Granados Ceja is a freelance writer and photojournalist based in Mexico City, he is dedicated to covering the work of social movements and labour unions throughout Latin America. He has worked for a wide range of outlets – such as teleSUR and the Two Row Times – and in radio as well as print. Before becoming a journalist, he was previously employed as a community development worker and researcher in Toronto. He is a graduate of the University of Toronto, Seneca College, and the Florestan Fernandes National School, he also recently completed a Certificate in Digital Media Skills at OCAD University.



Design Judge

Rose Ha
Rose Ha is a photographer with a knack for storytelling.  Using images to accompany the written word, she's often featured in Our Times magazine and various union publications.  As the founder of Photography for Social Good, a non-profit that assist advocacy groups in delivering their message through photographs that compel people to action, she's dedicated to using art in a compelling way.  Her love of photography extends to various genias including photojournalism, environmental portraits and lifestyle photography.  With her ear to the ground, she's always on the look out for her next collaborator to bring awareness to community and global issues!



Broadcast Judge

Tannara Yelland

Tannara Yelland is an editor and freelance writer in Toronto, Ont., focused on social movements and leftist politics. She has written about labour issues, including strikes and precarious work, for Torontoist and VICE Canada, and her writing has also appeared in Briarpatch, Maisonneuve and Brit + Co. She cohosts the podcast News You Can Use, which examines Canadian politics and current events from a leftist, anti-capitalist perspective.




French Writing Judge

Thierry Bruyère-L'Abbé

Thierry cumule un diplôme en communication politique, un parcours d’auteur-compositeur-interprète et une expérience en tant que réviseur et traducteur dans le milieu culturel. Son bagage multidisciplinaire s’avère utile lorsqu’il se joint à Upperkut en 2013, où il occupe aujourd’hui le poste de coordonnateur au contenu. Son séjour au sein de l’agence de communication lui permettra d’oeuvrer sur de nombreux dossiers progressistes, féministes et environnementalistes, pour des organisations telles que le Collectif 5-10-15, Équiterre, la FAE, la FIQ, L’Itinéraire, Langue du travail et Projet Montréal. 




To see the 2018 Awards winners, please click here.