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Dorothy Shoemaker Awards

Podcast Studio

Do you have a story to tell? Are you - or perhaps you and your friends - interested in doing podcast?

In our inaugural Dorothy Shoemaker Podcast Competition, we invited you to submit original work. Thank you to everyone who entered the contest!

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About the Judge

David T. Harmes, CD, PhD, is a Professor of Public Relations in Conestoga College’s School of Business, a Primary Reserve Army Officer with 20 years of service in the Canadian Forces, and co-founder of The Midtown Radio Project, a City of Kitchener-supported community-building initiative. His interest in digital radio stems from similar work on overseas operations where media and cultural events were used to bring people together. David’s current activities include: father, partner, leader, teacher, mentor, manager, and chief dishwasher.

About the Dorothy Shoemaker Awards

The Awards began in 1967 as a Centennial project, created by Dorothy Shoemaker, Kitchener Public Library's Chief Librarian from 1944 to 1971. In 1996, when government funding for the awards was eliminated, Ms. Shoemaker made a significant personal donation to ensure the awards would continue. In 2000, Ms. Shoemaker passed away at the age of 94; however, her legacy of support for aspiring writers continues today through her ongoing endowment. The contest is available to individuals living in Southwestern Ontario.


Kitchener Waterloo Community Foundation


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