IABC NL Recognizes Communications Excellence at 2019 Pinnacle Awards Gala

June 27, 2019, St. John’s - The International Association of Business Communicators Newfoundland and Labrador Chapter (IABC NL) celebrated excellence in the field of communications last night (June 26) at its 2019 Pinnacle Awards gala at the Alt Hotel in St. John’s.

“This year has been a great one for communications in the province,” said Gillian Costello, President, IABC NL President. “The calibre of work produced in Newfoundland and Labrador has been recognized as some of the best in the world and our chapter is very proud to recognize the great projects and hard work undertaken. Congratulations to all of this year’s Pinnacle Award winners.”

The event was hosted by Jason Piercey from Rogers TV's Out of the Fog and The Ask Jason Show, and Kathy Dicks-Peyton, Pinnacle Awards Chair and Judging Coordinator. A total of 25 awards were presented in a variety of categories, which are listed in the enclosed backgrounder.

IABC NL was pleased to present David Diamond, CEO of Eastern Health, with the Award of Excellence for Organizational Leader. Additionally, Debbie Ryan of CNIB Newfoundland and Labrador, received the prestigious Award of Excellence for Communications Professional.

“Our Pinnacle Awards would not be possible without the significant amount of support we receive from our volunteers, colleagues and sponsors,” said Kathy Dicks-Peyton, Pinnacle Awards Chair and Judging Co-ordinator, IABC NL. “Thank you for believing in the work we do, and helping us celebrate excellence within our profession.”

The 2019 Pinnacle Awards Gala was proudly sponsored by College of the North Atlantic, Fortis Inc., Atlantic Lottery Corporation, Functional Communications and Events and Ray Agency. For more information about IABC NL and the Pinnacle Awards, visit iabcnl.com.


The award-winning chapter of IABC in Newfoundland and Labrador works to advance the communications profession, create connections, and develop strategic communicators in the province. The chapter has more than 60 members representing a broad range of interests and experiences in communications.

Media contact:
Laura Barron
Director, Communications, IABC NL
Phone: 709-682-9382
Email: iabcnl@gmail.com

Backgrounder: 2019 Pinnacle Award Recipients

Pinnacle Award of Excellence for Communications Professional

Debbie Ryan, Program Lead for Advocacy and Public Engagement, CNIB Newfoundland and Labrador

Award of Excellence for Organizational Leader

David Diamond, CEO, Eastern Health

Student Awards

Award of Excellence
Sarah Moriarity, Academy Canada

Casey Madden, College of the North Atlantic
“Blue East”

Award of Merit
Madison White, College of the North Atlantic
“Into the Woods”

Katie Baird, College of the North Atlantic
“Homeground Magazine”

Awards of Merit

Research Innovation
Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro
“Engaging with customers as we plan for today, tomorrow and the future”

Advertising Campaigns
WaterWerks Communications
“Let’s Talk Science – ‘That’s a Real Job’ Campaign”

Ray Agency
“MerB’ys Advertising Campaign”
Social Media Programs

RCMP Newfoundland and Labrador
“RCMP - #BuckleUpNL”

City of St. John’s
“Budget 2019 Pamphlet”

Customer Relations
Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro
“Connecting customers through educational digital content”

Audio Visual
Eastern Health
“Recognition Event Theme Video – EZ Belong”

Brand Communication
“Pennecon’s ‘Tough’ Rebranding”

Non-Profit Campaigns
St. John’s Status of Women Council
“Domestic Violence @ Work Survey”

Issues Management & Crisis Communications
City of St. John’s
“Water Quality Issue - Manganese”

Marketing Communications
Eastern Health
"Influenza Campaign"

Communications Skills - Student Entry\
Katie Baird
“Homeground Magazine”

Awards of Excellence

Marketing, Advertising & Sales Vehicles
Ray Agency
“MerB’ys Facebook Ad Campaign”

Other Graphic Design
Ray Agency
“Quidi Vidi Brewing Company ‘Dayboil’ Package Design”

Special Events - External
RCMP Newfoundland and Labrador
“Luke’s Retirement Pawty”

Eastern Health
“Health Innovation Fair”

FUNctional Communications & Events
“GorgonDosi – Mermaid Potion”

RCMP Newfoundland and Labrador
“Project Broken News”

Community Relations
Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro
“Engaging with customers as we plan for today, tomorrow and the future”