Rick Mercer To Receive Woodrow Wilson Award For Public Service

CBC figure will be recognized for making the world a better place through thoughtful discussion, philanthropy and selfless service.

Jennifer Coxby Jennifer Cox

Rick Mercer

Everyone's favourite ranter, CBC's Rick Mercer of "The Rick Mercer Report," will be receiving the prestigious Woodrow Wilson Award for public service.

According to a press release, Mercer was chosen for his steadfast commitment to creating social change and for empowering audiences in Canada and beyond. He’s been recognized for bringing global awareness to numerous issues, including malaria prevention and treatment his position as co-chair of Plan Canada’s Spread the Net campaign, refugee relief through the New Hope Foundation, partnering with March of Dimes and the It Gets Better Project to aid children’s health advancements and bring awareness to the effects of bullying, and for preserving and furthering Canada’s cultural identity by supporting The Victoria Foundation and the Historica-Dominion Institute.

St. John’s native Rick Mercer hosts the critically-acclaimed CBC series "The Rick Mercer Report," a half-hour topical comedy series currently in its 11th season. Mercer began his career in comedy performing and writing a series of one-man stage shows. In 1993 he launched his television career as one of the creators, performers, and writers on the hit CBC series "This Hour Has 22 Minutes." Since then, Mercer has received more than 25 Gemini Awards, Mercer received the Sir Peter Ustinov Award at the Banff Television Festival, was named Journalist of the Year at the Atlantic Journalism Awards, named Artist of the Year from the Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council, and has received a number of Canadian Comedy Awards.

Mercer will receive the award on October 16th.

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