On May 11, The Salvation Army’s territorial magazines, website and digital media won 15 awards from the Canadian Christian Communicators Association (formerly Canadian Church Press) in a virtual ceremony. 

Overall, Salvationist took home seven awards, Faith & Friends received five, and public relations and digital media garnered three. Magazine award categories ranged from Photo Essay to Feature (Non-Fiction) to Social Media Post.

The territorial headquarters’ marketing and communications department took home 1st place in the Marketing Campaign category for their 2021 Christmas campaign. Also highlighted was the editorial department’s Salvationist Podcast in 1st place for interview, and social media, which earned a 1st place award. The awards were given for work published in the 2021 calendar year.

Geoff Moulton, director of internal communications and editor-in-chief, notes, “A hearty congratulations to all the winners. In addition to the editorial department, it was great to see marketing and communications, international development, Indigenous ministries and front-line ministry teams represented. We are thankful for all of our writers, editors, designers and digital specialists who keep our territorial communications top-notch.”

The Canadian Christian Communicators Association includes representatives from approximately 50 member publications, including mainline, Catholic and evangelical churches. Member publications were invited to enter in more than 30 categories. The awards were judged by accomplished journalists and academics from both the religious and secular media.

Here is a full list of the awards:


1st placePhoto Essay (Magazine)The Spirit of Zambia—Photographer: Mark Yan

2nd placeBest PhotoEvery Child Matters—Photographer: Becken Photography

3rd placeFeature (Non-Fiction)Serpents and Saints—Author: Kristin Ostensen

3rd placeFirst-Person AccountBlack Son, White Mom—Author: Captain Colleen Gleadall

3rd placeBiographical ProfileBig Little Miracles—Author: Kristin Ostensen

3rd placeInterviewGood MedicineInterviewer: Brandon Laird with Captain Crystal Porter

3rd placeFeature Layout and Design (Magazine)Every Child Matters—Designer: Brandon Laird 

Faith & Friends 

2nd placeBiographical ProfileCoffee Conversations—Author: Giselle Randall

2nd placeFeature Layout and Design (Magazine)Faith on the Menu—Designer: Brandon Laird 

3rd placeNews StoryRoadside Assistance—Author: Angela Rafuse

3rd placeOriginal ArtworkABBA, You and Me—Illustrator: Dennis Jones

3rd placeFront CoverFaith on the Menu—Designer: Brandon Laird

Public Relations and Digital Media

1st placeMarketing CampaignSalvation Army 2021 Christmas Campaign—Creators: Marketing and Communications Team; Grey Canada

1st placeAudio or Video InterviewSalvationist Podcast—Host: Brandon Laird; interviewee: Captain Crystal Porter

1st placeSocial Media PostAnniversary of the Sinking of the Empress of Ireland—Author: Kristin Ostensen

Territorial Editorial Department and Marketing and Communications Team

Editors: Geoff Moulton; Abbigail Oliver; Kristin Ostensen; Ken Ramstead; Giselle Randall; Pamela Richardson

Designers: Brandon Laird; Rivonny Luchas; Lisa Suroso; Hannah Saley

Marketing and Communications: Neil Leduke; Angela Rafuse; and team; Grey Canada

Circulation and Administrative Support: Ada Leung


On Monday, May 16, 2022, Ron Millar said:

Congratulations to the team, and to the Editor-in-Chief for this significant and well-deserved recognition

On Saturday, May 14, 2022, Mark Stanley said:

Well done! Great to see the internal-coms team's efforts, quality, and creativity recognized!

On Friday, May 13, 2022, Sue Derby said:

Congratulations on these recognitions!

On Thursday, May 12, 2022, James Read said:

Congratulations all. Thank you for making excellence in communication a goal to pursue. Praying that this recognition builds your readership and audiences, and therefore your impact.

On Thursday, May 12, 2022, Jean Moulton said:

Congratulations to the whole team. So good to see your topics, methods, and approaches address current and ever-changing audiences.

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