By Andru McCracken

Despite a new judging and ranking system, Valemount’s own community television station has won a Tuned-In Canada’s award for best content. The award comes with accolades for VCTV and a boost for a local nonprofit. It means that two local nonprofits will receive $500 a piece to help their causes.

VCTV won the prize with a 55-minute show covering the opening ceremony of the Ancient Forest – Chun T’oh Whudujut Park. It was a hit with the jury. It can be viewed on Youtube. It’s also broadcast on local television and across Canada on some satellite networks.

Michael Peters, Manager of the Valemount Entertainment Society and VCTV said that there were two winners in his category, one station won with the highest ranking over all, and VCTV won with the highest ranking per capita.

“It’s great,” said Peters in a sit down interview with the Rocky Mountain Goat. “I’m really honoured to have been nominated and win in a category that’s been adjudicated by a jury of our industry peers. We‘re really proud of the story we did, and hope it brings additional visitors to the area.”

Peters is hoping to pick up the award at the prestigious Canadian Communication Systems Alliance award ceremony in Kelowna in September.

Jay Thomson, CEO of the CCSA said the submissions were awesome.

“This year’s group of winners represent members large and small – who told us inspiring stories, introduced us to great people and showed us wonderful images of their businesses and their communities,” said Thomson. “As always we are left inspired by our members and proud to be Canadian.”

As for the non-profits who will receive the two $500 cheques, the lucky winners will be drawn at the Canada Day ceremony at the Valemount Museum July 1st at 1:30 pm.

You can check and see if your favourite nonprofit is entered by calling Peters at 566-8288.