THE pinnacle of the Isle of Man Newspapers Awards for Excellence is the awarding of the prestigious Freedom to Flourish Award.
The award is sponsored by the Isle of Man Government and presented on the night by the Chief Minister.
‘This highly-valued prize is an outcome of government’s Freedom to Flourish strategy,’ said Carol Hunter, who is head of communications in the chief secretary’s office.
‘The Freedom to Flourish strategy was developed after extensive research involving our community and government, as well as our businesses and international customers. Tynwald gave its approval to the strategy in 2006, the year the Awards for Excellence were launched.’
Carol explained: ‘The strategy’s goals are as relevant to the Isle of Man today as they were then – to ensure we continue to have a strong economy by raising awareness of the island internationally, to protect our unique heritage and culture, and to create the right environment to support people in reaching their potential.
‘The research also confirmed that at the heart of the Isle of Man are the values of resilience, resourcefulness, an independent spirit and community loyalty. Recognising this, the Awards for Excellence application forms asks applicants in every category to explain how their success relates to these values.’
The Freedom to Flourish Award, itself, is given to the organisation with the best interpretation and delivery of the strategy.
Worthy winners have included, for example, the Isle of Man Aerospace Cluster (a joint effort of government and the private sector), Isle of Man Advertising and Public Relations and Manx Telecom.
‘I have always been quite touched by the Awards evening,’ said Carol. ‘When you listen to people accepting their awards they are consistently echoing the themes of Freedom to Flourish.
‘They are demonstrating how they help to promote awareness of the island and how they have been able to reach their potential or helped others to do so.
‘We see it every day in those who coach sporting activities, who mentor people in the arts, and who work in so many ways to make the Isle of Man a success,’ she said. ‘It is inspiring to see what we can accomplish.
‘The Freedom to Flourish Award provides a much welcomed opportunity to celebrate our achievements.’
This year’s Isle of Man Newspapers Awards for Excellence, in association with RBS International, will be held on November 15.
Application forms are available at www.iomtoday.co.im or in our reception at Publishing House, in Peel Road, Douglas.
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