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V.I.A. reporter Elana Shepert is Glacier Media's Newsroom Employee of the year

Elana is awesome
V.I.A. reporter Elana Shepert. Photo Dan Toulgoet

Big news for Vancouver Is Awesome today: our very own Elana Shepert is being recognized as Glacier Media's Newsroom Employee of the Year for 2019!

Elana joined us in September of 2018 and caught her stride fast. She spent 2019 bringing you some of our most-read articles and has played a large part in our traffic more than doubling over the last year to reach five million monthly page views.

Writing more than 2,000 pieces she kept you up to speed on the transit strike, let you know what to expect from the weather, brought you stories about the interesting wildelife of B.C., and destinations you might want to visit. And a lot more.

Something Shepert excels at is finding news stories that our digital readers (that's you) will be interested in and engage with, giving you a better understanding of your community and bringing you closer to it.

This award she's receiving is part of our parent company's annual President's Club, which recognizes and rewards success that is reflective of the core values and principles of Glacier and its culture.

With publications in over 60 Western Canadian cities employing hundreds of reporters, it's huge for us to have someone from V.I.A. win the top prize.

Peter Kvarnstrom, President of Community Media at Glacier, notes that “We are delighted to recognize Elana, amongst all our journalists for her ability to sniff out a story and tell it compellingly. In today’s digital media world, we are redefining what news and journalism means and what our audiences expect from us. Elana is leading the way for us at Glacier Media and V.I.A., as we are finding new ways to engage our audiences and create value for our sponsors and advertisers. Glacier’s President's Club seeks to identify key individuals that are exemplary employees and strong community supporters. Elana is an obvious choice for us!”

Previous winners include Mike Howell from the Vancouver Courier, John Gleeson from the Coast Reporter (the same year he won the City Mike award at the Websters), Jane Seyd of the North Shore News, amongst others.

Congratulations, Elana! You are awesome.

Below is the full list of Glacier Media's 2019 President’s Club winners. Congratulations to them all!
Elana Shepert, Vancouver is Awesome: Newsroom Employee

Laura Larson, Glacier Media Digital: Employee of the year
Dot Campbell, Powell River Peak: Top Sales Representative – Coastal & Interior Group
Tracey Maclean, Burnaby Now: Top Sales Representative – LMP Group
Sharon Kirkup, Flin Flon Reminder: Top Sales Representative – Prairie Group
Catherine Power-Chartrand, Whistler Magazine: Top Sales Manager – BC Group
Jackie Boser, Press Herald: Top Sales Manager/Publisher – Prairie Group
Shannon Mitchell, Tri-City News: Top Publisher – Community Media Division