Brenda Schimke, editorial writer for the ECA Review was honoured with the Best National Editorial, Circulation 10,000 and over, in the 2018 Canadian Community Newspapers awards by News Media Canada.
The judge’s comments stated, “B.P. Schimke effectively tackles the issue of terrorism and racism in this well-written piece by offering a newsroom anecdote, Canadian and American examples of terrorism, historic details, and is her own opinion.
“It was a pleasure to read,” concluded the judge awarding her first place.
The editorial, titled, ‘Terrorism is not colour coded’, Oct. 12, 2017, was also awarded a ‘Golden Dozen’ award by the International Society of Weekly Newspaper Editors (ISWNE).
Schimke has been motivated by new challenges throughout her career.
Growing up on a mixed farm in east central Alberta and graduating from the Coronation High School in 1972, Schimke earned a secretarial diploma from the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology and five years later a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from the University of Alberta.
Her experiences and need for variety and challenges have kept her on the move, living and working in Alberta, Ontario and British Columbia and five different cities.
Careers included Executive Secretary to the Vice President of Finance at Syncrude, Vice President Finance and Administration of the newly formed crown corporation Alberta Special Waste Management Corporation, a stint in Toronto working for a small management/accounting firm; contract work at Amoco’s Beaufort Sea operation, the Reform Party and the real estate arm of the Canadian Government while living in Calgary; Director of Instruction and Advancement at the College of the Rockies in Cranbrook, B.C., church events planner and secretary, freelance contractor providing property management for a condominium and accounting services for not-for-profit charities, a nursery school, churches; and financial secretary in both public and Catholic schools.
Her work at the College took her to Japan, Korea, China and Hong Kong.
She has travelled extensively throughout Canada and has visited Europe four times.
If you are looking for her most weekends, you will find her in a library.
She reads over two books a month which include a wide variety of fiction and non-fiction books.
Her varied work experiences—private and public, corporate and small business, senior and junior positions— together with her life-long learning, travel and charity work has given her a unique perspective.
She has been writing for the ECA Review for almost 20 years. This is her first Canadian editorial award but has previously won two ISWNE international editorial writing awards.