CCNA Honorary Life Member Kay Dills passed away earlier this year at age 87.
Dills began her journalism career at the Acton Free Press in 1950. She first worked as a reporter for the Ontario community paper and later went on to become editor. She left the Free Press in 1978 and joined the Canadian Community Newspapers Association as a volunteer editor for The Publisher. Dills served as the editor of the association’s trade publication from 1979 to 1987.
She then took on another volunteer project for the association, researching, typing and editing the CCNA Book of Honour from 1986 to 1999. A historical record of the CCNA and its predecessor, the Canadian Weekly Newspapers Association, the Book of Honour contains the names and biographies of the past presidents and honorary life members of CCNA—individuals who played a significant role in shaping the association and the industry at large.
Dills was presented with CCNA Honorary Life Membership in recognition of her work for the industry.
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