• 2019 award finalist in the culinary history category at the Gourmand International Culinary Awards for Nova Scotia Cookery – Then and Now
  • 2013 President’s Award for Voluntary Service, Editors Canada
  • Best Atlantic Documentary at the 2014 Atlantic Film Festival and Best Documentary 2015 Screen Nova Scotia for Bounty: Into the Hurricane. I was one of the researchers
  • 2013 One World Award, presented by the International Quorum of Motion Picture Producers, silver medal at New York Film Festival, and the Jury Award at the World Festival Huston for Counterfeit Culture. I was the researcher.
  • 2012 Amsterdam International Documentary Festival and the Festival des Libertés ZagrebDox in Brussels official selections for Facebook Follies. I was one of the researchers.
  • 2012 Best Documentary Feature at Atlantic Horror Film Festival and Best Documentary at Rhode Island International Film Festival (and many more) for Nightmare Factory, produced by Ruby Tree Films. I was the content and visual researcher.
  • 2003 Certificate for Excellence at the US International Film and Video Festival and The Gold Special Jury Award at The World Fest in Houston for Childhood Lost: The Story of Canada’s Home Children. I was visual researcher.
  • James Beard Foundation award for best TV cooking show or special aired in 2001 for Saturday Night: A Day in the Life of Chef Michael Smith. I was researcher and production manager.
  • 2000 Gemini Award for Foodessence as “Best Lifestyles Series.” I researched and wrote several episodes that season.
  • 1998 Chris Award for my “Feasts” episode for the television series Foodessence.
  • 1992 Award for Journalists from the Montreal-based International Centre for Human Rights and Democratic Development. This $10,000 grant was to report on human rights in Guatemala, including the return of thousands of indigenous Guatemalans after ten years of exile in Mexico. I published 10 articles, with photographs, in Canadian magazines and newspapers.


From the acknowledgements of Drone Nation: The Political Economy of America’s New Way of War by Mount Allison University professors Geoff Martin and Erin Steuter: “We are very grateful to Valerie Mansour for collaborating with us in editing this book and preparing it for the publisher’s consideration, making the text more accessible, clear, and concise.”

From the book’s back cover: “The authors write with clarity and insight that bring alive the complex issues technologies pose.”

“A very readable critical account of the political and economic issues surrounding drones and their impact on future warfare.”