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2005 Lewis Memorial Award Recognizes Willy C. Wilkins

Friday, March 03, 2006

Press release from the issuing company

Sewickley, Pa., March 2, 2006 -- Printing Industries of America/Graphic Arts Technical Foundation (PIA/GATF) is pleased to announce that Willy C. Wilkins of WebCom Limited, Toronto, Canada, is the recipient of the 2005 Lewis Memorial Lifetime Achievement Award. The award, established in 1950, is recognized throughout the graphic arts industry as the highest honor awarded to any individual in the business. Named for Abraham Lewis, founder of Graphic Arts Monthly, and his sons Louis and Myron, the award honors the business leaders who have gone far beyond the standard obligations to become a significant force in shaping the business of producing printed communications. Willy entered the printing industry in 1981 when she became regional manager for Graphic Arts Industries Association (GAIA). Three years later she became president of GAIA. She also led a committee for the Canadian Chamber of Commerce and was on the board of directors for the Canadian Society of Association Executives. Wilkins retired in 1992, but found herself working on other issues such as the international trade issues, which led to an appointed position on the sectoral advisory committee for International Trade, working directly with the Ministry of International Trade and Foreign Affairs, Government of Canada. During this period she organized talks with the Printing Industries of America in the development of a printing trade agreement creating stronger trade relations between Canada and the Unites States. She served chairman as of the board for WebCom Limited and today still is an advisor to the board. Inducted into the Ash Khan Society in 1997, Wilkins is co-founder of The Honorary Society of the Wayzgoose. Not only is she an advisor/researcher for the Mackenzie Printery & Newspaper Museum, but she is currently working on the development of a public exhibit depicting the history of pioneers and printing “firsts” in Canada. Wilkins will be honored, Tuesday, March 14, 2006, at Executive Leadership Conference, Kapolei, Oahu, Hawaii.




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