Dennis Chippa O.Ont. has been working in the communications field in front of and behind the scenes for over thirty years. He currently holds the position of Executive Director of The Gathering Place.
During an award winning 20 year journalism career, he has been involved in the organization of numerous fundraising and awareness events throughout the North Bay community.
As a result of his work in the non-profit field over several years, he understands the importance of your event being the event to watch and the event to cover.
He has brought his dynamic, energy driven personality to many causes, including the Ontario Special Olympics, the North Bay Gathering Place Soup Kitchen, the North Bay Fire Department, the North Bay Branch of the Canadian Red Cross, and the North Bay Warming Centre.
He has experience with Volunteer Boards of Directors and brings that experience to work with the United Way in its Leadership Trainer Series, specializing in volunteer recruitment, marketing and better communication. As such, he has become a successful facilitator for meetings, strategic planning and SWOT analysis. (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats)
He is also a published children's author, as his first book, Santa Lost His Suit, was published in November of 2015, with the second published in 2016, both as part of a fundraiser for Literacy Nipissing.
2020 - Honorary Doctorate from Nipissing University
2015 - Order of Ontario - Awarded for years of humanitarian work and volunteerism
2015 - District of Nipissing Social Services Administration Community Contribution Award - Awarded for outstanding contributions to the Nipissing Community. This was the first time the District offered an award for community contributions
2015 - United Way Outstanding Volunteer Award - Awarded for conducting presentations on behalf of the United Way to promote its fundraising efforts
2003, 2004 - Cogeco Star Award - Awarded for best English production
2000 - North Bay Sports Hall of Fame, Al Brennan Award - Awarded for dedication to sports as a Coach/Executive with the Ontario Special Olympics
1996 - MCTV Community Service Award - Awarded for dedication to community activities
1996 - Ontario Fire Marshall's Fire Safety Award - Awarded for dedication to awareness
1995/1996 - Thunder Bay Press Club - Awarded for Best Sports Feature
1995 - MCTV Community Service Award - Awarded for dedication to community safety
1993 - MCTV News Award - Awarded for Best Overall Production
1992 - MCTV News Award - Awarded for the Breaking News Award
1992 - Northern Ontario Journalism Award - Awarded for Breaking News Story and Best Video Production
1989 - Can-Pro Gold Award (National Award) - Awarded for Producer/Host of a Sports Show
1988 - Can Pro Silver Award (National Award) - Awarded for Producer/Host of a Sports Show