SAINT JOHN - After more than 180 nominations and some 28,000 votes cast across the country, the Canadian Cable Systems Alliance (CCSA) has announced the winners of the 2016 Tuned-in Canada: The CCSA Awards.
The annual contest bills itself as a national celebration of excellence in communications service delivery, community-mindedness, and community channel content development.
This year’s winners in each category were determined by the most votes received, and, by the most votes received per capita subscribers. With CCSA made up of various sized members, the organization said that this system levels the playing field for all. In the event that an entry won the category using both methods of calculation, one winner is listed and one prize awarded.
The winners are:
Best customer service story
Hastings Cable (ON) – Support for disabled client
Best public service/community building effort
Access Communications (SK) – Women’s shelter donation
Beanfield Technologies (ON) – Liberty Village streetscape
Best community channel programming – news
Access Communications (SK) – RezX
CCAP (QC) – Parlons-en! (Let’s talk about it!)
Best community channel programming – sports
Access Communications (SK) – Hockey night in Saskatchewan
CCAP (QC) – Freeski school
Best community channel programming – entertainment
Access Communications (SK) – Heritage in Scarlet
VCTV, Valemount Entertainment Society (BC) – Discover Valemount
Best on-camera community channel personality
Access Communications (SK) – Lisa Peters
Cable Axion (QC) – Sophie Dorval
Winners in each category will receive $1,000 to donate to a local charity of their choice, and will be celebrated at CCSA’s annual conference ‘Connect 2016’ scheduled for September 19 - 21 in Whistler, BC.
“This year, more than ever, subscribers from all corners of our country told us how much they value the work our members do to create local content and provide exceptional service,” said CCSA acting president and CEO Jenny Bosien, in the announcement. “But for us, the best thing is the exposure each and every one of our nominees received over these past few months. The Tuned-in Canada Awards has really become a platform for celebrating their terrific achievements.”