The HIMAs (AKA “The Maggies”) is committed to supporting the Hamilton community of independent journalists by hosting a yearly awards celebration. Through the awards the HIMAs seeks to promote critical independent journalism in the City of Hamilton and beyond.

The HIMAs Board

Kevin MacKay

Kevin MacKay is a professor of social science at Mohawk College. He is also executive director of the Sky Dragon Cooperative, a sustainable community development organization that owns and operates a community centre in downtown Hamilton. Kevin has worked in independent media as the publisher of Mayday Magazine for six years, and as course leader for Studies in Contemporary Popular Culture in the General Arts and Science program at Mohawk.

Sherri Hewitt-Currie

Sherri Currie, Maggie’s niece. Currently working in the health care field. Enjoys the great outdoors, misses walks/hikes with Maggie. Loves to take pictures of nature, mostly flowers. Pleased to have Maggie’s name carried on with the HIMA’s and the award winners. She would be most proud! She was a talented woman who knew how to get a message out/across.

Amanda Stewart

Amanda Stewart is a grassroots activist for multiple causes. She is the creator and sole administrator of Activism Hamilton Ontario, a platform for sharing activism-related events within the GHA. Amanda is also a member of the Council of Canadians, the historic Sanctuary City Coalition of Hamilton and the co-founder of the local chapter of the Occupy Movement, which elevated and brought awareness of the importance of Independent Media, around the globe. She is a 2014 Community Builder nominee.”

Kurt Muller

Kurt Muller has worked in television news since graduating with an MA in Journalism from the University of Western Ontario in 1993. He was a reporter with CFTO News in Toronto from 1994 to 1997 and he has spent seven years as a writer for CTV News with Lloyd Robertson and CTVNews.com. He has also worked as a freelance reporter for CHCH News in Hamilton. Kurt began his career as a general assignment reporter at the Opasquia Times, a community newspaper in The Pas, Manitoba. Kurt is currently the Associate Dean of Communication Arts at Mohawk College.

Lyla Miklos

Lyla Miklos is an award winning activist, administrator, broadcaster, community organizer, education worker, lay chaplain, performer, public speaker, publicist, vocalist, and writer. A Mohawk College Radio Broadcasting (1997) and Broadcast Journalism (1998) graduate, she was named an Alumni of Distinction in 2003. Lyla is a Hamilton Woman of the Year in Communications (2003) and a Hamilton Pride Citizen of the Year (2007). Lyla hosts Centre Stage on 101.5 FM The Hawk and owns Lyla-The Publicist.  In 2016 Lyla won a Maggie for Best Arts & Culture Journalist.

Paige Petrovsky

Paige Petrovsky is currently a Mohawk College journalism student (she will be graduating in 2018) and has a passion for pop culture, hiking, literature, music, reading and writing. She was an intern with CBC Books in Toronto at the beginning of 2017 and previously was the social media coordinator for the Never Sleeps Network podcast company. She currently contributes to GIGsoup –  a website dedicated to music.

Tracee Lee-Holloway

Tracee Lee-Holloway is an arts advocate and creative community builder here in Hamilton.
A 2015 Hamilton Arts nominee for Arts Innovation, Tracee is also the founder of Think Tank Tuesday with Tracee (a 50 weeks a year meetup now in it’s 6th year.) A fervent supporter of the grassroots arts and music scene, she can be found every month documenting Artcrawl and everyday on all the usual social media channels.

Maggie Hughes

Why are they called “The Maggies”? Maggie Hughes (born Margaret Hewitt) was a well-known Hamilton independent journalist who produced and hosted a weekly radio show on CFMU called The Other Side. Maggie was an indelible fixture in the Hamilton activist community, and a tireless advocate for peace, social justice, the environment, and the rights of workers, women, indigenous peoples, and people with disabilities. She used her skills as a journalist to raise awareness of these important issues, and to shine a critical light onto stories overlooked by corporate media.Sadly, Maggie died on Nov. 4th, 2012, after a long battle with multiple sclerosis. Following her passing, members of the activist community wanted to create a sustaining legacy to honour Maggie and her life’s work. As a result, The Hamilton Independent Media Awards / “The Maggies” was born.

Videos from past Awards


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