2006 Recipient - David Mills
Broadcast Manager, Faculty of Information & Media Studies
In addition to several supporting letters from the campus community, the nomination for David Mills was accompanied by half a dozen letters from Journalism graduates working in the business around the world.
“In the very competitive world of broadcast journalism, David Mills always found the gentle way and most importantly, the human touch,” states one letter from a Western Journalism graduate. “He is, and will always be, a mentor to be treasured.”
Mills has been a mainstay of the Journalism program, in the Faculty of Information and Media Studies, since its inception.
“As technology has changed, David has been at the forefront of innovation, making sure students in the journalism program have had access to appropriate technology. In this regard he has been a model of lifelong learning,” says one letter. “He represents the soul and spirit of our program as he has done for over three decades.”
Another letter sums it up, “David always puts himself second to make sure his students and fellow faculty/staff members get what they need. And best of all, he does it with an infectious enthusiasm and zest for life. David is the type of guy you can’t help but love. He truly is an everyday hero.”
Mills says he was floored when he found out he was chosen to receive the award.
“It’s certainly very humbling,” says Mills. “I had a chance to see the nomination and letters and it’s astounding—very nice to know you are appreciated. But there are really so many other people out there that deserve this award.”
He adds that it has been a privilege to work with so many great people at Western
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