The Word Guild Awards – Various Book and Column Writing Categories
- 2015 – Winner for “Of lions, children, and innocence of lives given” and “Life is in the small pleasures, the simple moments” (Hamilton Spectator)
- 2015 – Winner for (blog) “Fear and childbirth in Uganda” (The Daily Dad)
- 2014 – Shortlisted five times, including for “25 years after the Wall fell” (Hamilton Spectator)
- 2012 – Winner for “Judgment is good – Indeed, is needed” (Hamilton Spectator)
- 2011 – Winner for “It’s not about me” (Christian Week)
- 2011 – Award of Merit for “Living in God’s mercy” (Christian Week)
- 2011 – Award of Merit for “And Lo! A child is saved from a brutal death” (Hamilton Spectator)
- 2010 – Winner for “There’s lots to learn about life, death, from developing world” (Hamilton Spectator)
- 2010 – Award of Merit for “By losing fun we risk much more” (Hamilton Spectator)
- 2010 – Shortlisted for “There is no us versus them” (Christian Week)
- 2009 – Winner for Best Book – Culture, “Ninety-Nine Windows, Reflections of a Reporter from Arabia to Africa and other Roads Less Travelled.”
- 2009 – Shortlisted twice in book categories Life Stories and General Readership – “Ninety-Nine Windows”
- 2009 – Winner for “He Shoots! He Scores! — Ugandan Style” (Hamilton Spectator)
- 2008 – Winner for “‘God is not a black woman.’ Is She?” (Christian Week)
- 2007 – Short-listed five times for various columns, including “Dead religion simply needs to be renewed” (New Vision)
- 2006 – Winner for “Where is African Spirituality Heading?” & “Doomsday Diversions” (Christian Week)
- 2006 – Award of Merit for “Christmas: the luxury to pick and choose” (Christian Week)
- 2005 – Winner for “Life is like a Hazy Mirror” (The Hamilton Spectator)
- 2004 – Salzburg Global Seminar: Trade, Aid, and Development: Policy Tools for Poverty Reduction, in Salzburg Austria. See 2004 column “Doh, o doh, some tourist dough” (Hamilton Spectator).
- 1998 to 2001 – One of five Canadians awarded scholarships by Washington-based Gegrapha, a fellowship of journalists to discuss media ethics and standards worldwide – 2001 in Washington D.C., 1999 in Chichester, UK, 1998 in London, UK
Previous Awards (for work published in the St. Thomas Times-Journal)
Canadian Association of Journalists
- 1999 nomination in investigative reporting category for “Bound by Faith,” a series on global persecution of various faith groups.
Sun Media Edward Dunlop Awards of Excellence
- 1997 Honourable Mention for “Will the Real Mr. Christmas Stand Up?” a Christmas commentary.
- 1994 Winner for “Blood wins over Call for Native Rights,” a series on a native children custody battle.
- 1993 Winner for “Looking for LEM,” a humorous look at the mythical ‘Lake Erie Monster.’
Canadian Press, Ontario News Awards
- 1996 Winner for a series on the plight of disabled Ontario Provincial Police officer Mike Irwin.
- 1995 Honourable Mention for a series relating to False Memory Syndrome and charges of sex crimes within a St. Thomas family.
Thomas Froese is a storyteller and veteran journalist of 30 years. The Canadian author and columnist writes about news, travel and life, often from his experiences in the Arab Word and Africa, where he lived for 15 years and where he still returns to teach literature. Thomas also writes about fatherhood and family life as The Daily Dad. Contact Thomas.