Telegram reporter honoured by COD-NL

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Bonnie Belec nabs award for coverage of disability issues

The Telegram’s own, Bonnie Belec, was recognized with an award Wednesday night at the annual general meeting of the Coalition of Persons with Disabilities — Newfoundland and Labrador (COD-NL).

Bonnie Belec and her daughter Lindsay pose with an award presented to her by COD-NL. Belec won the Media Award for Excellence in Coverage of Disability Issues. — Photo by Josh Pennell/The Telegram

She was presented with the media award for Excellence in Coverage of Disability Issues.

Kelly White with COD-NL said the award was created to recognize the importance of reporting on issues of disability awareness, accessibility and inclusion.

“We have seen a passion in Bonnie over the past year and she has become a friend to COD-NL, as well,” White said.

Over the past year, Belec has written articles on disability issues such as blue zone parking, emergency preparedness for persons with disabilities, eliminating the “R” word and challenging stereotypes.

It’s not just the fact that Belec wrote on these and other topics but that she did so using appropriate language and terminology, and insuring respect was shown to people with disabilities, White said.

I think that’s what the job of the media is — to try and rid the community and society of its ignorance. And to let society know that we’re all people. Bonnie Belec

“I think that’s what the job of the media is — to try and rid the community and society of its ignorance. And to let society know that we’re all people,” Belec said as she accepted the award.

Belec also commended several people with COD-NL for speaking out, saying that without people like them there would be no stories.

Several other awards were given out during the meeting. Churence Rogers of Municipalities Newfoundland and Labrador was presented with the Inclusion Award for an organization, Cecil Whitten was given the Individual Inclusion Award, Goulds Scotiabank was handed the Business Inclusion Award and Cecilia Carroll was presented the Council of Canadian Award.

 

josh.pennell@thetelegram.com

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