2014 BNC Dupliacte Plaque Orders


Thank you to all who attended the BNC Awards Gala on Friday, May 22 at the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel.


If you are looking to order duplicate plaques, they are available at a cost of $40 + HST (including delivery).


Please contact Karen Shardlow at k.shardlow@ocna.org or 905-639-8720 x 232 with your order no later than Friday, June 19.

John Foust: Take it from Here

By John Foust

Raleigh, NC


I remember stopping for directions to a golf course. "How do I get to Sea Palms?" I asked. The young man behind the counter of the convenience store responded with his own question, "From here?" I almost laughed out loud at the absurdity - and the profoundness - of his comment. Directions always start from where we are at the moment.


2015 Better Newspapers Competition Open for Entries

The Ontario Community Newspapers Association is pleased to announce that we have again partnered with Newspapers Toolbox to offer you an online entry platform to make your submission process quicker and easier!


BNC Awards Gala - Friday, May 22

OCNA is looking forward to seeing members from across the province on Friday, May 22 during the National Conference and BNC Awards Gala at the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel.


The Gala Reception, sponsored by OLG, begins at 5:30PM in the Osegoode Ballroom.


Guests will be seated at 6:30PM for the BNC Awards Gala, sponsored by Ontario Power Generation, when presentations will begin and dinner will be served. 


OCNA Welcomes Caroline Medwell as Executive Director

The Board of Directors of the Ontario Community Newspapers Association (OCNA) is pleased to welcome Caroline Medwell as Executive Director. A successful advertising executive and newspaper professional, Medwell will provide leadership to the $6 million industry association, its 305 community newspaper members, and our Ad*Reach division.


2014 Insurance Bureau of Canada Community Award Recipient Announced


2014 Insurance Bureau of Canada Community Award
in Memory of Mary Knowles

Recipient: Pamela Steel, Regional News Editor,
Metroland Muskoka Region


Pamela Steel epitomizes volunteerism. She is a familiar face within Muskoka, working as regional news editor for three newspapers; the Gravenhurst Banner, Bracebridge Examiner and Huntsville Forester. She frequently attends fundraisers and events throughout the district, and is constantly giving her time and effort to better the lives of others.


NewsClips March 2015

2014 Ontario Junior Citizens Recognized

On Monday, March 9, the Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, hosted the 34th annual Ontario Junior Citizen of the Year Awards ceremony in her Suite at Queen's Park. Twelve outstanding youth from across Ontario were recognized in front of family and friends for their inspiring community involvement.


The Ontario Community Newspapers Association (OCNA) would like to thank corporate sponsors TD Bank Group and Insurance Bureau of Canada, as well its member newspapers for their continued commitment to recognize tomorrow's leaders. 

2015 National Conference Registration Open

Discover innovative business strategies, practical ideas and creative ways to serve and connect with your community - all at the 2015 National Conference


Nominate a Worthy Co-Worker for the Insurance Bureau of Canada Community Award


The Insurance Bureau of Canada Community Award in Memory of Mary Knowles was created by the Ontario Community Newspapers Foundation, the charitable division of OCNA which provides funding for industry and educational endeavours. 


Mary Knowles was a dedicated newspaper employee, and an active community member who died from breast cancer in 1996. This award is presented each year to recognize volunteer contributions and involvement of dedicated newspaper staff within their community.


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