CNA nabs nine Pinnacle Awards

6/4/2015 3:01:34 PM

Public Relations Specialist, Tanya Alexander, accepted two awards on behalf of College of the North Atlantic’s Marketing and Communications Department during last night’s International Association of Business Communicators Pinnacle Awards gala in St. John’s. Three Graphic Design students from Prince Philip Drive campus were also presented with Awards of Excellence and Awards of Merit for their submissions to the student category.

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Students of the Graphic Design program at College of the North Atlantic (CNA) took home seven awards in the student category at last night’s International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) Pinnacle Awards gala in St. John’s, while the college’s Marketing and Communications department received two awards.
The Pinnacle Awards, presented by the Newfoundland and Labrador Chapter of the IABC, are rigorously evaluated to measure excellence in communications.
Karly Barker of Porters Lake, Nova Scotia brought home two Awards of Excellence for her designs entitled Flag Ship and Light Cycles, as well as an Award of Merit for Moment in Time.
“It's a huge honour,” said Barker. “As a mature student, mom and wife, it's been a little more intense going back to school full-time. To get this kind of recognition makes everything worth it and will more than fuel me through second year!”
Shawnray Massey of St. John’s, who claimed two awards during last year’s ceremony, walked away with an additional three awards this year. He received Awards of Merit for his work on Epilepsy, WATA, and Sprout App; while Chelsey Lynn Greene of St. John’s received an Award of Excellence for her design of the Maggie Rose Logo.
“It was a fun thing for me to do, totally up my alley,” said Greene. “I was excited to do a ‘cute’ logo, appropriate to what this girl was all about for Maggie Rose Textiles. Having the opportunity to brand somebody is a heavy duty, so I was happy she chose me to do that. It worked out well for her, and I loved where it ended up.”
The college’s Marketing and Communications Department took home two awards from the IABC’s Communications Skills Division including an Award of Merit for the college’s 50th Anniversary Video, as well as an Award of Excellence for the article Breathless No More written by Public Relations Specialist Tanya Alexander for the employee magazine, Currents.
The article highlights the importance of organ donation while describing the love, admiration and support a father has for his daughter. The judges described the article as incredibly moving and a great way to raise awareness about the need for organ donation.
“The Award of Excellence is a great acknowledgment of the personal experiences described in Breathless No More by both father and daughter. Very often those stories don’t end with a happy ending, but they stuck together through the tough times and made it,” said Roger Hulan, CNA’s Communications Specialist and Currents Publisher. “We are also very honoured to have our 50th Anniversary Video receive an Award of Merit – the college has a long and storied history, and while the video itself is just seven minutes long, it does a great job capturing the essence of what has made the past 50 years a success at CNA, and that is the staff and students who take pride in what the college does throughout the province.”
To read the Breathless No More article in the fall 2014 edition of Currents visit  You can view the 50th Anniversary video at
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