Patricia Perkel has been appointed Executive Director of the Commonwealth Journalists Association. She replaces Bryan Cantley who has retired after five years at the post.
Patricia has 30 years experience as a freelance print and broadcast journalist. She began her career with community weekly newspapers, both as a reporter/editor and as publisher of her own paper. Later as a freelance reporter, she covered rural Ontario for community papers and for dailies in Ontario, Canada.
Patricia was an award-winning reporter for private radio and worked for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation regional service. Her beats ranged from municipal and regional government, court and education to health, features and spot news.
Since moving to Toronto in 2010, Patricia has continued freelance reporting, and has been an assistant with the National Newspaper Awards and the Ontario Press Council. She is married to award-winning Canadian Press journalist Colin Perkel.
“I’m very happy that Patricia has agreed to take on this important job,” said Bryan Cantley, departing ED. “Patricia provided amazing administrative support for the CJA conference in Malta which is where many CJA members got to meet her and appreciate her good nature and organizational skills.”
CJA president Rita Payne said she was pleased that the transition at the Executive Director level will go smoothly since both Perkel and Cantley are from Toronto.
” We are delighted to have Patricia as our new Executive Director,” said Payne. “She has proven leadership and diplomatic skills that will be of benefit to all CJA members and colleagues.”