Saturday, May 27, 2023

Bob Cole, Kayla Grey, Amanda Parris, among Canadian Screen Awards ‘Special’ honourees

Longtime Hockey Night in Canada play-by-play announcer Bob Cole, TSN personality Kayla Grey, and CBC TV and radio host Amanda Parris are among the Canadian Screen Awards’ Special Award Recipients this year.

Announced this week across five categories, Cole, who retired after a five-decade sportscasting career in 2019, is receiving a Lifetime Achievement honour.

Parris, Grey and Toronto-based writer, editor and producer Kathleen Newman-Bremang are being recognized with Changemaker Awards. Newman-Bremang is currently the Deputy Director, Global at Refinery29 Unbothered, a vertical made for and by Black women. The new Special Award honours those in the Canadian media community using their voice or platform to call out systemic racism and seek structural transformation in media, film, and television organizations that promote values of equity and inclusion.

Rassi Nashalik

Rassi Nashalik, a retired Inuk media personality who pioneered and hosted Inuktitut daily television newcast, CBC North Igalaaq, is receiving the Gordon Sinclair Award for Broadcast Journalism. Over her 19 years at CBC, she travelled extensively telling northern stories and in 2021 became the first Inuk woman inducted into the CBC News Hall of Fame. Nashalik is currently adjuncted to the University of Alberta School of Public Health as an elder-in-residence liaising with northern students as a link to Inuit culture and traditions.

Receiving Academy Board of Directors’ Tributes are Vince Commisso, President & CEO of 9 Story Media Group, and John Galway, the former President of The Harold Greenberg Fund, who has also held leadership positions with TIFF, Ontario Creates, Canada Media Fund and Telefilm. The Tribute is presented to Canadian individuals who’ve had an extraordinary impact on the growth of the Canadian media industry.

Maitreyi Ramakrishnan

Actress Maitreyi Ramakrishnan, the star of Netflix coming-of-age series Never Have I Ever (currently filming Season 3) and ambassador of Plan International Canada, is being recognized with the Radius Award, presented to a Canadian whose work is making waves globally.

Canadian Screen Week is set to take place April 4-10, 2022.


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Connie Thiessen
Connie Thiessen
Connie has worked coast-to-coast as a reporter, editor, anchor and host at CKNW and News 1130 in Vancouver, News 95.7 and CBC in Halifax, and CFCW Edmonton, among other stations. With a passion for music, film and community service, she led News 95.7 to a 2013 Atlantic Journalism Award and regional RTDNA award for Best Radio Newscast. More recently, she was nominated for Music Journalist of the Year at Canadian Music Week 2019. To report a typo or error please email -

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