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Marilee Joy, the Georgian’s circulation manager, presents Mackenzie Blanchard with a certificate and cheque in recognition of being the Georgian’s carrier of the year. Mackenzie was also named TC Media’s provincial carrier of the year.
Every Monday afternoon Mackenzie Blanchard arrives home from school and packs a carrier bag with two-dozen copies of the Georgian.
She then heads out around her community of Shallop Cove to deliver the newspaper to friends and neighbours. It's a routine she's enjoyed for the past five years.
"This is something to do and I like talking to people," said the 15-year-old. "The customers are always to happy to see me. They tell me about their day and what they're doing."
Mackenzie also likes to watch her earnings as a Georgian carrier grow over the weeks and months.
"The money's good," she said. "I save it up and then go out with my friends to a movie or something like that."
In addition to being a carrier, Mackenzie spends her free time volunteering with the Society for the Care and Protection of Animals and the Appalachia High School chapter of Students Against Drunk Driving, as well as her school's drama club.
For her outstanding job representing the Georgian in the community of Shallop Cove over the past year, Mackenzie was recently selected as the paper's carrier of the year. She received a certificate, cheque and t-shirt from Marilee Joy, the Georgian's circulation manager.
"We're very proud of Mackenzie," said Marilee. "She's done an excellent job. It's interesting to note that her brother Michael and sister Krista have also been Georgian carriers - so the Blanchard family has been representing the Georgian here in Shallop Cove for many years."
"The customers are always to happy to see me. They tell me about their day and what they're doing." Mackenzie Blanchard
In addition to winning the local accolade, Mackenzie has also been honoured with TC Media's provincial carrier of the year award. TC Media is the publisher of 14 weekly newspapers throughout the province.
As the recipient of this award, Mackenzie will travel to St. John's in March and receive two nights accommodation in the capital, as well as four tickets to an Ice Caps hockey game. There's also a cash prize and a commemorative fleecy.
"I'm going with my parents and my friend Miranda," said Mackenzie, flashing a big smile when discussing the trip.
Mackenzie's mom, Grace, said she is pleased with her daughter's double win.
"She's doing good in school, so we don't mind her missing a day of classes," said Grace. "This is something to be proud of and to put on her resume."
If you're in Shallop Cove and would like to have Mackenzie deliver a paper to your home, call the Georgian office at 643-4531. Home delivery is also available throughout the Bay St. George area.