MIA Student Wins MusiCan Award
June 27, 2008
Named in honour of broadcasting pioneer Fred Sherratt, the award recognizes the outstanding achievement, superb talent and leadership of 11 graduating students selected from music programs across the country. Mr. Sherratt - whose leadership roles with CHUM Limited included Executive Vice-President, COO and Vice-Chairman - presented the award to each recipient, each of whom also received a $3,500 prize and a unique opportunity to spend an educational day at MuchMusic and CHUM Radio.
Twenty-four year old Fanshawe graduate Amanda Hawkshaw was one of the winners of the national award. Amanda earned the highest GPA in the Music Industry Arts program, excelling in Audio Production Engineering, Audio Post Production and Music Business. She was also the editor of the Music Industry Arts newsletter, a job requiring significant leadership skills. (In photo: Amanda Hawkshaw accepts award from Fred Sherratt.)
"These graduating students have the potential to be the next generation of musical trend-setters in our country. Their leadership and tremendous talent have already left a positive mark on music programs across the country, and we are delighted to be able to recognize their achievements and highlight their potential. Thank you again to CTV for their generous contribution that allows us to continue to support young Canadian talent," said Srinka Wallia, Executive Director, MusiCan.
"Fred has been a champion of Canadian talent throughout his career," said Ivan Fecan, President and Chief Executive Officer, CTVglobemedia. "As I mentioned earlier this year when the award was announced, we are delighted to provide this funding as part of CHUM Radio and CTVgm's overall significant contribution in support of MusiCan's mission. And I'm thrilled that these awards have been named in Fred's honour."
"These awards build on the tradition of encouraging and developing Canadian talent established by MusiCan and CTVglobemedia," said Fred Sherratt. "I want to thank them for establishing them in my name, and in particular, I want to thank Ivan Fecan whose vision made them possible. I am thrilled to be a part of recognizing and celebrating this outstanding group of talented young people in the development of their careers."
Photo courtesy Barry Roden