The 2018 winner of the $2000.00, Dave Greber Freelance Writers Magazine Award for Social
Justice Writing is Angela Mombourquette from Halifax, Nova Scotia for her article "Island Access"
which was published in the May 2018 edition of the United Church Observer.
The article is about how abortion rights advocates in P.E.I. ultimately won a decades-long battle
to bring abortions back to the province.
The Dave Greber Freelance Writers Awards were established to honour Dave Greber of Calgary,
a long- time freelance writer, and they are unique in two ways: they empower working Canadian
freelance writers when they most need it in their work cycle; and they give special regard to those
working in the area of social justice. Excellence in writing, research and storytelling are hallmarks
of the awards. Note that no Book Award was given this year.
In the early 1980s, Prince Edward Islanders lost on-island access to abortion when a vocal antiabortion
lobby successfully pushed for the elimination of the island’s last Therapeutic Abortion Committees.
Abortion rights activists fought for decades with little effect until in 2011, when UPEI psychology
professor Colleen MacQuarrie launched a study that showed how Island women had been
affected by the province’s abortion policies. Her study propelled another wave of pro-choice
activism – and, in 2016, a legal challenge – that would ultimately force legislators to back down.
Angela Mombourquette is a freelance writer and editor, and the author of 25 Years of 22 Minutes:
An Unauthorized Oral History of This Hour Has 22 Minutes, published by Nimbus Publishing. She
is the former editor of Atlantic Books Today and former associate editor at Saltscapes magazine.
In 2012 she was awarded the George Cadogan Memorial Outstanding Columnist Award at the
Canadian Community Newspaper Awards for her weekly column in the Halifax Community
Herald. Her writing and photos have appeared in numerous print and web publications, including
The Walrus. In 2007 her short film, Vet Bill, won the Linda Joy Media Arts Post Award. She has a
Master of Journalism degree from the University of King's College.
The United Church Observer is a Canadian magazine, reporting on national and international
issues of faith, justice, ethics, daily living and pop culture. . It has won international acclaim for
journalistic excellence and garnered more awards for writing than any other Canadian religious
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