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Gord Gillies honoured by Toastmasters with Communication and Leadership Award

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Toastmasters will raise a glass to 770 CHQR’s award-winning morning show host next month.

Toastmasters said in a statement Friday that Gord Gillies’ community work and his longstanding support of organizations like the Alberta Children’s Hospital sets him apart.

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“I was told early in my career that effective communication begins with good listening skills. If you understand what you want to talk about, the message is easy to share,” Gillies said.

“I’m thankful for such a wonderful honour.”

Gillies graduated from the Radio and Broadcasting Arts Program at Humber College in Toronto. In 1981, he got his first job as a copy boy at the Toronto Star.

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He lists the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary, along with interviews with William Shatner and six sitting prime ministers as some of the highlights of his career.

“This type of recognition for Gord doesn’t surprise me one bit,” said 770 CHQR director of talk and talent John Vos.

“Gord’s broadcasting skills and, equally important, his connection to his hometown is the real deal.”

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Last April, Gillies was honoured with the RTDNA Canada Prairie Region Lifetime Achievement Award, celebrating the more than 36 years he’s spent in broadcasting. Twenty-five of those years were spent on the Global Calgary news desk.

“Gord Gillies is someone that I have grown up watching on television for most of my life,” said Toastmaster District 42 director John Bauer.

“He has always, in my opinion, engaged the viewers in Calgary and around the world in the stories that he reports on. He is someone that I have found always looks for the best in every situation and is very community oriented.”

“No matter what Gord does, he does it with the mindset of leaving those around him with something.”

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Gillies will take home the organization’s Communication and Leadership Award on April 27.

The award is given to a non-Toastmaster that exemplifies the organization’s core values of integrity, respect, service and excellence.