CSGW Earns CSI Awards for TV, Radio

Crime Stoppers Guelph Wellington (CSGW) earned two more awards from Crime Stoppers International during the annual conference held this fall in Singapore.

The CSI awards, all in the Under 300,000 population category included, Best Media Television – Special Report/Feature with Wightman TV and Best Media Radio Feature with The Grand at 101’s Swap Talk.

“It’s exciting to bring these awards home to Guelph-Wellington and to highlight the amazing work of our local media, specifically Wightman TV and The Grand at 101,” said Sarah Bowers-Peter, Program Coordinator for CSGW.

“Crime Stoppers was founded on the premise of support from the police the public and the media. We could not do what we do without the support of the media, and these awards reinforce the tremendous support we receive.”

The Wightman TV episode featured the 30th Anniversary celebration held in Mount Forest in August 2018. The broadcast included the flag raising downtown, followed by the public barbecue and recognition of CSGW’s supporters. The founding members of the program were also recognized at this time. Wightman TV is a division of Wightman Telecom and is located in Clifford, Ontario.

Hope Reidt, Marketing Manager with Wightman Telecom looks on as CSGW Vice Chair Deryck West presents a copy of the Crime Stoppers International Award for Best Media Television (Population Up to 300,000) to Adam Olivero, local TV content producer and camera operator for the winning segment – the 30th Anniversary Flag Raising while Program Coordinator Sarah Bowers-Peter looks on. The awards were announced in Singapore during the annual conference.

The May 2018 episode of Swap Talk, a live community talk show on Tuesday nights, covered a wide variety of topics when CSGW arrived for its monthly chat. Not only did the segment include an explanation of how important fundraising is for the program, but other awareness initiatives such as human trafficking. Swap Talk is featured on The Grand at 101, a community radio station located in Fergus, Ontario.


Swap Talk producer and co-host McKim Ecclestone, left, and Swap Talk host Rob Dutton were presented with their copy of the Crime Stoppers International award for Best Media Radio – Special Feature for the May 2018 episode. The presentation took place at the December 10 Swap Talk broadcast. The awards were announced in Singapore during the annual conference.

This is the third consecutive year that CSGW has been recognized at the International level with CSI awards.

“It is exciting to be recognized for the work we are doing in the City of Guelph and the County of Wellington,” said Bowers-Peter. “These awards are to reinforce with our communities that we strive to be the best possible program for them and give them the confidence to report crime safely and anonymously.”

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