Dec. 16, 2015

Implementation begins on new Ontario college public relations program standards

Blair Peberdy APR, FCPRS LM, CPRS National Council on Education

The Canadian Public Relations Society (CPRS) has been pleased to contribute to the development of the Ontario public relations program standards for colleges and was gratified to note that when the government standards were published in 2014, they aligned with the outcomes-based approach pioneered by CPRS in the Pathways to the Profession (published March 2011). The Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities is now starting implementation of these public relations program standards and CPRS is gratified by the Ministry’s decision to recognize the indispensable elements of public relations education: maintaining ethical standards; serving the public interest; and realizing organizational goals. These have long been recognized by CPRS to be key objectives of public relations practice¹.

The development of program standards generally was initiated by the Government of Ontario in 1993 with the objective of bringing consistency to college programming offered across the province. The Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities has responsibility for the development, review and approval of system-wide standards for programs and instruction at the colleges and it does so through extensive consultation with a broad base of internal and external stakeholders.

CPRS actively supported the development and growth of Canadian post-secondary Public Relations programs for decades and welcomed the news in 2012 that the Ministry was, as part of its ongoing mandate, launching an exhaustive and inclusive process to review the vocational standards for Ontario College Public Relations Diploma, Advanced Diploma and Graduate Certificate programs. The process involved convening focus group sessions with Deans, Directors, Program Coordinators and faculty members; broad-based surveys of employers, advisory committee members, professional associations, and graduates; and consultation on the validity and appropriateness of the review process with College Vice-Presidents, Academic.

Four regional focus groups were held beginning in the Fall of 2012 and representatives from CPRS National were invited to attend and participate in all of them. The sessions included a total of 83 French and English participants evenly distributed between internal (academics, graduates, etc.) and external (employers, professional associations, etc.) stakeholders. Follow-up consultation, analysis, college review and validation was carried out in 2013.

The Ministry approved and published the updated program standards in February, 2014 and released them to the colleges for implementation in September, 2015. The Ministry is now consulting with the various college Vice-Presidents, Academic to determine which specific college public relations programs will be reviewed over the next three years.

“The consultation process was thorough, ensuring a broad range of stakeholders, from college faculty and administrators, to employers and recent graduates, all had the opportunity to provide input to the new standards,” says Barry Waite, Chair, School of Communications, Media & Design, Centennial College. “During each of the four sessions participants were given the opportunity to dig deep into the standards and identify the changes needed to ensure Ontario colleges continue to be leaders in PR education in Canada.”

The new standards, available for review on the Ministry’s website at edu.gov.on.ca provide a detailed and impressive framework for the development and delivery of college public relations programs in Ontario. These outcomes-based standards place renewed emphasis on stakeholder relations and writing skills, although the full range of communications skills required by today’s practitioners is covered. Of particular note is the focus on: strategy development and execution in support of organizational objectives; teamwork; ongoing career development; and ethical behaviour.

Jeff Roach, Coordinator of Seneca’s post–grad certificate programs in Corporate Communications and Investor Relations noted: “The new standards reflect a lot of thoughtful input from everyone involved including the Society. It was great to see so many proven professionals included in the process. The entry-level training available for people who want careers in the business keeps getting better because of this.”

At all diploma levels, government standards dictate that graduates will reliably demonstrate the ability to “comply with and support others to work in accordance with relevant professional association and industry codes of ethics, public relations professional standards and practices, and legal obligations, protocols and policies.”

Karen Dalton APR, CAE LM, Executive Director of the Canadian Public Relations Society commented: “It has been rewarding to see that ethical practice in the public interest, which for years has been a foundation of the Canadian Public Relations Society values and principles, has been recognized in these standards as an integral part of a reputable public relations program of studies.”

Echoing these sentiments, Heather Pullen, APR, Presiding Officer of the National Council on Education, remarked: “The new standards are consistent with the CPRS National Council on Education’s Pathways to the Profession initiative in a way that shows CPRS was truly at the forefront in recognizing the importance of outcomes-based standards for public relations programs.”

The detailed program standards are available online for the following public relations programs:

Ontario College Diploma
Ontario College Advanced Diploma
Ontario Graduate Certificate

¹CPRS definition of public relations: Public relations is the strategic management of relationships between an organization and its diverse publics, through the use of communication, to achieve mutual understanding, realize organizational goals, and serve the public interest. (Flynn, Gregory, & Valin, 2009)


Dec. 2, 2015
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Six Public Relations Professionals to be Inducted into CPRS College of Fellows

TORONTO - The Canadian Public Relations Society (CPRS) welcomes six seasoned communications professionals to the Society's College of Fellows. The newly appointed Fellows will be honoured for their professional achievement at the annual College of Fellows Luncheon during the upcoming World Public Relations Forum, Communication Across Cultures, in Toronto, ON, May 29-31, 2016.
Fran Gregory
APR, FCPRS, MSc
Hamilton, ON
Maryjane Martin
APR, FCPRS LM
Toronto, ON

Krys Potapczyk
APR, FCPRS
Toronto, ON
Brenda Sweeney
APR, FCPRS
Hamilton, ON
Deborah Trouten
APR, ICD.D, FCPRS
Toronto, ON
Victor Vrsnik
MCM, APR, FCPRS
Vancouver, B.C.

 

"The CPRS National Board, as well as the membership at large, joins me in welcoming six inductees into the CPRS College of Fellows," said Renee McCloskey, APR, National President, CPRS. "Earning Fellowship with the Canadian Public Relations Society is a career milestone, one that requires significant contributions to the profession and the highest degree of professionalism. Congratulations to our newest Fellows!"

Since 2000, the College of Fellows has recognized CPRS members who are proven leaders in their communities and the public relations and communications profession. There are currently 115 members in the College of Fellows, including this year's inductees, and 17 Honorary Fellows.

"The Fellows inducted into the College embody all of the characteristics of passionate public relations and communications professionals who are committed to advancing the profession and the Canadian Public Relations Society. These exceptional individuals have displayed their professional skills as leaders in the PR community," added Daniel Granger, L.LL., MBA, APR, FCPRS, Presiding Officer, CPRS College of Fellows. "The College of Fellows Luncheon at the World Public Relations Forum in Toronto will be the ideal venue to recognize these outstanding Canadian public relations practitioners."

In order to attain Fellowship status with CPRS, a public relations professional must be a member with the Society for at least 10 years, have a minimum of 20 years of experience within the profession, and be accredited in public relations (APR). Successful Fellows have demonstrated a significant contribution to the public relations profession and to the CPRS community.

About CPRS Founded in 1948, the Canadian Public Relations Society (CPRS) is a not-for-profit organization whose members are engaged in the practice, management or teaching of public relations. Members work to maintain the highest standards and to share a uniquely Canadian experience in public relations. CPRS is a federation of over 1,800 members across 14 Member Societies based in major cities or organized province-wide.

November 24, 2015
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2015 Ruth Hammond Scholarship Winner Announced

TORONTO - Katherine Baird, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, is the 2015 winner of the $1,000 Ruth Hammond Scholarship, awarded annually to a public relations student in his/her final year of the Bachelor of Public Relations program at Mount Saint Vincent University (The Mount), Halifax. She has been on the Dean's List since 2013. She was nominated for the 2014 Co-Op Student of the Year by Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC)

The Ruth Hammond Scholarship was established by Hammond's friends and colleagues in the Canadian Public Relations Society (Toronto) to honour her lifetime commitment to public relations education in Canada. The Scholarship recognizes a student who has completed at least two public relations co-op work terms and who has demonstrated outstanding academic achievement, leadership abilities and dedication to establishing a career in the public relations field.

Baird's first public relations co-op placement in 2014 was with Public Works and Government Services Canada, Halifax, where she maintained and edited its intranet site, developing content and creating visuals as well as distributing the weekly electronic newsletter. She was also involved in event planning, photography and the development of communications plans for a variety of programs and initiatives.

Her second co-op placement, completed in May 2015, was with the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) PEI & Tourism, Charlottetown. There she planned, organized and implemented Ministerial events including the funding announcements for various projects. She wrote media relations materials, provided copy for the intranet site, created and distributed weekly newsletters as well as working with the Wellness Committee where she developed a quarterly newsletter including research, writing, editing and design.

"Katherine was a productive member of our communications team, demonstrating abilities that will make her a valued asset within any organization who hires her," said Christopher Brooks, Acting Director, Communications, ACOA PEI & Tourism.

Baird has also worked part-time at the Food Action Research Centre (FoodARC), a research centre at the Mount, where she assisted with social media promotion, copy editing, web site management and development of a variety of communications materials. She is currently completing her final co-op placement at the Greater Charlottetown Area Chamber of Commerce, where she is responsible for communications planning, social media, event planning and media relations.

She is a member of the Canadian Public Relations Society.

Recognized as a leader in distance and experiential learning, and based on a strong tradition of social responsibility, Mount Saint Vincent University takes a personalized approach to education to nurture socially responsible global citizens. Founded in 1873, the Mount has been nationally recognized for having one of the lowest student-to-professor ratios, for providing students early access to valuable research opportunities, for its legacy in the advancement of women, and for facilitating critical advancements in food security, healthy aging, literacy, and childhood development.

The Ruth Hammond Scholarship funds are managed by the Communications + Public Relations Foundation. The Foundation promotes the advancement of communications and public relations as vital functions in society, is dedicated to the public interest, and is committed to increasing public knowledge and awareness of the role of communications and public relations in daily life. The Foundation accepts individual and corporate contributions towards research and educational initiatives nationwide.

About the CPRF
The Communications + Public Relations Foundation is a not-for-profit charitable organization that is committed to increasing public knowledge and awareness of the role of communications and public relations by providing support to educational initiatives that advance the profession. It promotes an advancement of communications and public relations as a vital function in society and is dedicated to the public interest. For more information, visit the Foundation web site: CPRFoundation.ca

For further information please contact:
Barbara Sheffield, APR, FCPRS
Executive Director
Phone: 416 242-6146
Email: foundation@prmediaconnection.com


November 18, 2015
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Ashley Haraburda Wins the David Milliken Media Communications Award

TORONTO - Ashley Haraburda, a fourth year Bachelor of Public Relations (BPR) student at Humber College, Toronto, is the winner of the second $1,000 David Milliken Media Communications Award. Established by CNW to celebrate senior vice-president Milliken's thirty years' service to the company, the Award recognizes his commitment to the important relationship between journalism and public relations. Milliken served as chair of the BPR development committee at Humber.

"It is an honour to present this award to Ashley, an exceptional student who has demonstrated a thorough understanding of best practices in media relations," said Nicole Guillot, CNW president and CEO.

Haraburda completed her internship with the Canadian Hearing Society (CHS) where she worked on communications and events. She focused her 750-word submission to the award competition on educating journalists about the appropriate way to refer to the Deaf and hard of hearing. She applied what she learned to the development of a social media strategy promoting campaigns using a number of social media channels. She highlighted, through a special event that connected guests through social media, technologies that have broken down barriers to re-connect Deaf and hard of hearing individuals with the world around them.

The jury, comprising both journalists and senior public relations practitioners, was impressed with the depth of Haraburda's understanding of her role in facilitating media stories that demonstrated not only respect for her community but also education around important issues.

According to Marie-Lauren Gregoire, Communications Manager at the Canadian Hearing Society, "A very professional communicator, Ashley was able to guide our organization's growth on social media and multiple channels. It is increasingly important for us to increase participation and audience engagement on social media."

Dr. Gordon McIvor, Chair of the award jury this year, said that "While all of the submissions were of high quality, Haraburda's was creative, well written and clearly demonstrated her understanding of the important relationship that must be established between PR professionals and members of the media, including influencers on social media sites."

In addition to her 2015 CHS intern placement, Haraburda also served in 2014 as a public relations co-ordinator with CDS Studios, Toronto, where she developed strategic social media plans from ideation through execution to measurement.

The David Milliken Media Communications Award funds are managed by the Communications + Public Relations Foundation. The Foundation promotes the advancement of communications and public relations as vital functions in society, is dedicated to the public interest, and is committed to increasing public knowledge and awareness of the role of communications and public relations in daily life. The Foundation accepts individual and corporate contributions towards research and educational initiatives nationwide.

About the CPRF
The Communications + Public Relations Foundation is a not-for-profit charitable organization that is committed to increasing public knowledge and awareness of the role of communications and public relations by providing support to educational initiatives that advance the profession. It promotes an advancement of communications and public relations as a vital function in society and is dedicated to the public interest. For more information, visit the Foundation web site: CPRFoundation.ca

For further information please contact:
Barbara Sheffield, APR, FCPRS
Executive Director
Phone: 416 242-6146
Email: foundation@prmediaconnection.com


June 29, 2015
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Communications + Public Relations Foundation Announces New Board Members

The Communications + Public Relations Foundation (CPRF), Canada’s leading charitable organization that unites business, academic and public relations leaders in the advancement of public relations education and research, has elected its new board members and officers for the 2015/2016 term. The CPRF will be governed by:

Officers

  • Chair - Robert Paddon, APR, MA, MBA; Executive Vice President Strategic Planning and Stakeholder Relations, Translink, Vancouver
  • 1st Vice-Chair - Marlene Klassen, APR, FLMI; Assistant Vice President, Great-West Life, Winnipeg
  • 2nd Vice-Chair – Yanik Deschênes, LLB, ARP, Independent Public Relations Consultant, Montreal
  • Secretary-Treasurer, Laura Balbinot, CPA, CMA, B.Com, Financial Management Accountant, Toronto

Directors

  • Nancy Arab, APR, ABC, FCPRS, Vice President, NATIONAL Public Relations, Calgary
  • Robert Batherson, BPR, Sr. Vice-President, Colour, Halifax
  • Lydia Boyko, APR, PhD, Professor, Bachelor of Public Relations program, School of Media Studies and Information Technology, Humber College Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning, Toronto
  • Steve Crombie, Vice President, Corporate & Stakeholder Governance, Insurance Corporation of British Columbia, North Vancouver
  • Ken Evans, Managing Partner, APEX Public Relations Inc., Toronto
  • Bruce MacLellan, MA, APR, FCPRS, CEO and Chair, Environics Communications Inc., Toronto
  • David Milliken, Retired Vice President, CNW Group, Toronto
  • Andrew Molson, BA, MSc., Chairman, RES PUBLICA, Montreal
  • Blair Peberdy, BA, APR, FCPRS, Associate, Corporate Practice, Weber Shandwick, Toronto
  • Mark Seland, APR, Government & Public Affairs Advisor, Calgary
  • Jean-Claude Torchia, President and CEO, Torchia Communications, Montreal

In addition, the Foundation has established an Advisory Council to the Board to be chaired by Gordon K. McIvor, PhD, APR, FCPRS, Cambridge, independent public relations consultant, and current President of the Empire Club of Canada.

"For more than three and a half decades, the Communications + Public Relations Foundation has played an important role supporting our industry through original academic research and supporting the endeavors of young people, through scholarships and awards, as they prepare to enter the profession", said Robert Paddon. "Now more than ever, as technology is changing our world and our practice, we need to understand what is driving change.  I am looking forward to engaging in a new dialogue with the people in our practice and ensuring that the research we support is of value to the next generation of communications professionals."

The Foundation supports the funding of a variety of scholarships, awards, and prizes for undergraduate public relations students at colleges and universities across Canada as well as supporting an annual lecture in partnership with the Canadian Public Relations Society at its national conference.  The Foundation also grants funds to the conduct of original communications and public relations research by academics and graduate students, and currently is funding a project conducted by Mount Saint Vincent University, Halifax, around measurement and evaluation of social media tools, to be completed in late 2015.

Major corporate donors include Environics Communications Inc., Great West Life Assurance Company, NATIONAL Public Relations, CP Rail, Tim Hortons, Imperial Tobacco Canada, APEX Public Relations, TD Financial, Weber Shandwick, Argyle Communications, J.D. Irving Ltd, Cameco Corporation, Morin relations publiques, Leger Marketing, Teck Resources Ltd, CN, Desjardins, Molson Coors Canada, among others.  In addition, the Foundation is funded by the gifts of public relations practitioners across Canada.

About the CPRF
The Communications + Public Relations Foundation is a not-for-profit charitable organization that is committed to increasing public knowledge and awareness of the role of communications and public relations by providing support to educational initiatives that advance the profession. It promotes an advancement of communications and public relations as a vital function in society and is dedicated to the public interest. For more information, visit the Foundation web site: CPRFoundation.ca

For further information please contact:
Barbara Sheffield, APR, FCPRS
Executive Director
Phone: 416 242-6146
Email: foundation@prmediaconnection.com


The Canadian Public Relations Society Elects New National President

The Canadian Public Relations Society (CPRS) is pleased to announce that Renee McCloskey, APR, Manager of External Relations, Regional District of Fraser-Fort George (Prince George, B.C.), became national president of CPRS during the Society’s 2015 Annual General Meeting in Montreal, QC on May 31.

Kim Blanchette, APR, Vice-President, Public Affairs, Alberta Energy Regulator (Calgary, AB) steps into the vice-president and treasurer position.

Newly elected to the CPRS Board of Directors this year are Louis Moubarak, APR (Montreal, QC), Alexandre Sevigny, PhD, APR (Hamilton, ON) and Natalie Tomczak (Regina, SK). Carol Panasiuk, APR, FCPRS LM (Toronto, ON) was re-elected to the Board to serve a second three-year term.

Returning members of the board include: Dana Dean, APR, FCPRS (Toronto, ON), Robert W. Ellis APR, FCPRS, L.M (Regina, SK), Everett Martin (Montreal, QC), Sarah Milner, MBA, APR (Victoria, B.C.), Angela Murray (Halifax, N.S.) and Rashpal Rai, APR (Burnaby, B.C.).

Stepping down from the Board after two consecutive three-year terms are past president Sean Kelly, MA, APR, FCPRS (St. John’s, NL) and former national president Richard Truscott, MBA, APR (Calgary, AB). Leaving the CPRS Board after one three-year term is Joanne H. Fortin, APR, FCPRS (Montreal, QC).

For full biographies and additional information about the CPRS Board of Directors, please visit: cprs.ca/board.


2015 CPRS Major Awards

Philip A. Novikoff Award:
Terence (Terry) Flynn, PhD, APR, FCPRS

Don Rennie Memorial Award
City of Guelph - Michelle Rickard

Mentor of the Year Diamond Jubilee Award
Charlene Gaudet, APR

Award of Attainment
Janet E. MacMillan, APR, FCPRS LM,

Shield of Public Service
Anita Wasiuta, APR

President's Award
Dr. Joanne Liu

Lamp of Service
Bill Carney

2015 CPRS Awards of Excellence

(News Release May 4, 2015)
Public Relations and Communications Management Industry Recognizes Canadian Achievement with 2015 CPRS National Awards of Excellence

Canadian Marketing Communications Campaign of the Year
GOLD: Paradigm Public Relations: "Join the Panty Party and retire those granny panties for good"
SILVER: Citizen Relations: "ASPIRIN 81mg Acute MI Campaign"
& Paradigm Public Relations: "Schick Hydro "Becoming My Dad"
BRONZE: City of Vancouver: "2014 Vancouver Municipal Election"
& DDB Public Relations: "CIL Décor Experts on the Road"

Canadian Community Relations Campaign of the Year
GOLD: Ford of Canada / NATIONAL Public Relations: "Ford Driving Skills for Life"
SILVER: City of Guelph: "Jubilee Park Master Plan"
BRONZE: North Strategic: "Jumpstart Charities Red Ball Campaign"

Canadian Advocacy and Social Marketing Campaign of the Year
GOLD: Argyle Communications: "A Breath of Fresh Air – Cystic Fibrosis Awareness Month 2014"
SILVER: Manifest Communications: "Dare2Give"
BRONZE: Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan: "Defined Benefit Pension Evolution Thought Leadership Program"

Canadian Media Relations Agency Campaign of the Year
SILVER: Edelman: "AMD #2BetterThan1 Campaign"
BRONZE: Edelman: "Symantec Canada Honey Stick Project"

Canadian Media Relations Non- Agency Campaign of the Year
GOLD: Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada: "SOCAN – Jingle all the Way to the Cash Register: Impact of Holiday Music on the Shopping Experience"

Canadian Issues/Crisis Management Campaign of the Year
GOLD: ATCO Gas: "Carbon Monoxide Awareness Campaign & Week"
SILVER: NATIONAL Public Relations: "Obed Mountain Mine Crisis Response"

Canadian Government Relations Campaign of the Year
SILVER: North Strategic: "Active at School"

Canadian Internal Communications Campaign of the Year
GOLD: Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan: "Engaging Teacher’s Employees in Mission, Vision and Values Development"
SILVER: Agence métropolitaine de transport (AMT): "Faire du Train de l'Est un succès"
BRONZE: City of Vaughan: "City of Vaughan Internal Communications Strategy"

COMMUNICATION PROJECTS (INTERNAL AND EXTERNAL COMMUNICATIONS)

Best Special Events Projects
GOLD: Northern Health: "Northern Health Preparedness for the 2015 Canada Winter Games Project"
SILVER: University of Calgary: "Celebration of Life"
BRONZE: Ford of Canada/ NATIONAL Public Relations: "Mustang 50th Anniversary Celebration"

Best Multi-Media Projects
GOLD: Citizen Relations: "WestJet and Ronald McDonald House Charities Canada 'Father's Day Surprise'"

Best Print Projects
GOLD: Canadian Patient Safety Institute: "Hands in Healthcare magazine"
SILVER: Alberta Energy Regulator: "Alberta Energy Regulator Annual Report"
BRONZE: Canadian Patient Safety Institute: "Canadian Patient Safety Institute Annual Overview"
& Manulife: "Manulife Securities’ Horizons magazine: connecting independent advisors from coast to coast"

Best Electronic and Social Media Projects
GOLD: Keurig Canada /NATIONAL Public Relations: "Keurig 2.0 Launch - Digital Strategy"
SILVER: Service de police de la Ville de Gatineau: "SEXTORSION : de la séduction à l’extorsion!"
BRONZE: 2015 Canada Winter Games: "2015 Canada Winter Games Website"
& North Strategic: "Sport Chek #MyNorth"

Best Writing Projects
SILVER: Fédération des médecins spécialistes du Québec: "Le Mémento"
BRONZE: Fédération des médecins spécialistes du Québec: "Commotions cérébrales"

2015 CPRS/CNW Public Relations Student Award of Excellence Winner

Katie Stewart Named 2015 CPRS/CNW Public Relations Student Award of Excellence Winner


Feb. 25, 2015
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Fourteen Public Relations Professionals Attain Industry Accreditation

TORONTO - The Canadian Public Relations Society Inc. (CPRS) is pleased to introduce Canada's newest accredited in public relations (APR) professionals. Fourteen CPRS members from across Canada successfully completed the requirements to become accredited members of the Society in 2014. The newly accredited professionals will be recognized in front of industry peers on the first day of the annual Canadian Public Relations Conference in Montreal, Quebec May 31- June 2, 2015.

To become accredited and earn the Accredited in Public Relations (APR) designation, a candidate must engage in specialized studies, pass rigorous written and oral examinations, and submit a detailed work sample. To qualify for the accreditation process, a candidate must have earned a solid reputation of integrity and high ethical standards while completing a minimum of five years of full-time employment in public relations and communications management.

"Fourteen members of CPRS achieved an important professional milestone in the public relations field by becoming the newest accredited professionals in Canada," said Nancy Hutton, APR, Presiding Officer of the CPRS National Council on Accreditation. "On behalf of CPRS and all members of the Society, I applaud our newest APRs for making such a significant commitment to themselves and to the profession! Earning the Accreditation designation proves that these 14 practitioners have met the highest standards within the public relations profession. I look forward to recognizing them on stage at the National Conference in Montreal."

The APR, the highest global professional standard of excellence in public relations, has been recognized around the world for more than 50 years. Employers and clients hiring public relations practitioners with an APR can be confident they are getting leaders in public relations who are recognized in and outside of the profession for their knowledge, experience, expertise and ethics.

CPRS Members who received their APR designation in 2014 are:

Daryl Barnhart, APR
Niagara Region
(Thorold, ON)
Member of CPRS Hamilton
Deborah Bowers, APR
Folklorama
(Winnipeg, MB)
Member of CPRS Manitoba
Ashley Brown, APR
ABCD - Ashley Brown Communications + Design
(Toronto, ON)
Member of CPRS Toronto
Pereina Choudhury, APR
Faye Clack Communications Inc.
(Toronto, ON)
Member of CPRS Toronto
Katia Collette, APR
Education Quality and Accountability Office
(Toronto, ON)
Member of CPRS Toronto
(formerly of SQPRP)
Heather Follis, APR
City of Victoria
(Victoria, BC)
Member of CPRS Vancouver Island
Mark Ingram, APR
Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs
(Toronto, ON)
Member of CPRS Toronto
Janine Ivings, APR
Town of Oakville
(Oakville, ON)
Member of CPRS Hamilton
Miriam Lauzon, APR
Capital Image, Inc.
(Montréal, QC)
Member of SQPRP / Québec
Mike Lupien, APR
Unrestricted Public Relations
(Edmonton, AB)
Member of CPRS Edmonton
Petronilla Ndebele, APR
Waterloo Wellington Local
Health Integration Network
(Kitchener, ON)
Member of CPRS National
Marc Poisson, APR
Le Cabinet de relations publiques
NATIONAL inc.
(Montréal, QC)
Member of SQPRP / Québec
Jaclyn Spurrell, APR
Alberta Blue Cross
(Edmonton, AB)
Member of CPRS Edmonton
Kari Veno, APR
Milton Public Library
(Milton, ON)
Member of CPRS National
 
 
About CPRS Founded in 1948, the Canadian Public Relations Society (CPRS) is a not-for-profit organization whose members are engaged in the practice, management or teaching of public relations. Members work to maintain the highest standards and to share a uniquely Canadian experience in public relations. CPRS is a federation of over 1,800 members across 14 Member Societies based in major cities or organized province-wide.

Feb. 11, 2015

Celebration of Life: Bob Deans, APR

Dear Communicators,

It is with great sadness and a heavy heart that I inform you of the passing of my wonderful CPRS Hamilton Co-President, Bob Deans. Bob passed away peacefully on Tuesday, January 27, 2015 after a six and a half year battle with Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis.

Bob was a man of extraordinary kindness and decency. He was a wonderful person to work with as co-president, and continues to be an inspiration on how to act in both life and business. Bob's battle with Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis never held him back or slowed him down. In 2014 Bob became the co-president of CPRS Hamilton; he was a very devoted board member and a regular attendee at Society events. Bob's signature charismatic sense of joy and kindness elevated and humanized every meeting and event he participated in, ensuring that everybody always felt they belonged. Bob always had kind and encouraging words and sage advice for everyone he met - especially junior practitioners and students.

Bob was a generous mentor to many, myself included. He gave a great deal to our community, as well as the entire community of Canadian of public relations and communication professionals. I think everyone who met Bob knew the amount of happiness and fulfillment CPRS Hamilton brought to him, and the solace he took in giving back. Bob had a lifelong commitment to professional development and education, earning his APR designation and actively participating on the CPRS Hamilton Board while living with Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis. We are very grateful for the fact that he gave so much of the short time he had left to the profession he loved and believed in so strongly.

Truly, with Bob's passing, a great light has been left our community; however, that light has not been extinguished. The light of Bob's example will shine on in our hearts and memories.

Please find the details for his celebration of life below.

Alex Sévigny, PhD, APR
Co-President (with Bob Deans),
CPRS Hamilton

A Celebration of Life, "Bob Style" will be held on Sunday, February 15, 2015, from 1-4 p.m., at the Grand Olympia, 660 Barton St., Stoney Creek, ON. In lieu of flowers, we know Bob would appreciate donations to Emily's university education so she can continue to make him proud. Please email emilyeducation2015@gmail.com for details OR to Shalom Village where the most kind and compassionate people provide care for our parents and loved ones.