The Alberta Weekly Newspaper Association (AWNA), an association which the Pipestone Flyer has been a member of for many years, has a membership of over 120 community newspapers with a combined circulation of over 860,000 throughout Alberta. Their stated mission goals include encouraging community newspaper excellence, as well as promotion, communication, education and marketing.
One of the initiatives of AWNA is to facilitate provincial initiatives such as the annual Fire Prevention Week established from the Office of the Fire Commissioner. Intended to educate the public on fire safety, this special edition many newspapers include each year has evolved into a medium which honours the men and women firefighters of our region and the work they do in making our communities safe.
For many years, the production staff, writers and sales staff of the Pipestone Flyer have bonded together to produce the absolute best Fire Issue we can. Each year it is a monumental task, co-coordinating as many of the dozen Fire Departments scattered throughout the counties of Wetaskiwin and Leduc as we can, highlighting their stories and community involvement while educating our readers on ways to improve the safety of their families. There are few other endeavors we participate in that we all feel so passionate about.
That passion was recently awarded for the fourth straight year at the 2015 AWNA Awards banquet held at the Radisson in South Edmonton, February 13-14, 2015.
We share that award with you, our readers, as well as the generous Fire Chiefs who work hard to coordinate times to photograph their crews and speak to us about their activities and involvement. We thank you for your participation as we work towards better and safer communities.