The Canadian Community Newspaper Awards were announced Sept. 18 with Highlander editor, Lisa Gervais, being recognized.

In the best news story category for papers with a circulation of up to 9,999, Gervais placed third for her story ‘Devastating call inspired better policing.’

The story was about Haliburton Highlands OPP police officer Paul McDonald receiving a Police Association of Ontario award. In it, McDonald opened up about how his sister’s near strangulation by an intimate partner, and the aftermath, led to him wanting to become a cop.

News Media Canada said the “prestigious” annual awards program features 27 categories honouring outstanding editorial, photography, multimedia and overall excellence in community newspaper publishing.

The 2023 winners were selected from 798 entries for work published in 2022.

You can read Gervais’ story at