Campbell River Mirror graphic designer Michelle Hueller received a Silver Quill Award at the Ma Murray Awards in Richmond, B.C. on Saturday.
The Silver Quill Award recognizes service of 25 years or more. The purpose of the honour is to pay tribute to those who have served Canada’s newspaper industry regardless of position or title for a minimum 25 years.
Hueller began her career in the newspaper industry in 1990 with the Smithers Interior News. During her tenure with The News, she completed a five year apprenticeship as a compositor. She was involved in all aspects of newspaper production.
During the “cut and paste” days, Hueller was responsible for the design and layout of advertisements, darkroom work (from rolling and developing film to photo mechanical transfers) as well as the physical task of cutting and flowing editorial stories and photos.
In 1996 Hueller transferred to the Parksville/Qualicum Beach News where she spent nine years. She began with ad design and copy paste up and as technology moved forward, her skills as a graphic designer continued to strengthen. In 2004 she won a Black Press award for Ad Design and Concept.
During 2005, Hueller transferred to Campbell River where she joined the Mirror staff. During her time in Campbell River, she had the opportunity to work within her community. In 2008, she was a finalist in the logo design contest for the Strathcona Regional District. In 2010, she worked with the John Howard Society starting their “Imagine Campbell River” project (now called R Life). The program revolved around creating preventative strategies for substance misuse and to promote mental health. She was responsible for all of the initial branding (logo, letterheads, brochures and posters). Also in 2010, she worked with the RCMP D.A.R.E. program to design posters for an anti-drug campaign.
In 2015, she won a CCNA Best Ideas Award for Promotional Campaign and recently, she won silver at the 2016 Ma Murray Newspaper Awards for Best Special Section (Remembrance Day).
n Meanwhile, at the Ma Murray Awards, the Campbell River Mirror won two Silver Awards, one for General Excellence and one for Special Section Award (for our Remembrance Day section) and third place in the Classified Award for our classified ad section.