Twenty-one PR Professionals Achieve Accredited in Public Relations (APR) Designation from Canadian Public Relations Society

TORONTO - The Canadian Public Relations Society (CPRS) is pleased to introduce Canada's newest accredited public relations professionals! Twenty-one CPRS members from across Canada successfully completed the requirements to become accredited in public relations (APR) members of the Society in 2015. The newly accredited professionals will be recognized in front of industry peers and an international audience on the first day of the World PR Forum in Toronto, Ontario May 29-31, 2016.

The accredited in public relations (APR) designation is a voluntary certification program for public relations professionals. It identifies practitioners who have depth of experience and competence in the professional practice of public relations. The program involves a rigorous evaluation of the skills needed to practice public relations and measures experience and strategic thinking. CPRS members must also demonstrate an understanding of the ethical practice of public relations and adhere to the CPRS Code of Professional Standards.

"The APR designation is a mark of professional achievement and the individuals who receive the APR have validated their expertise and knowledge with their peers," said Celia Sollows, APR, Presiding Officer of the CPRS National Council on Accreditation. "We are proud to have these great communicators join the growing ranks of accredited professionals who demonstrate a commitment to the ethical and expert practice of public relations in Canada."

The APR, the highest global professional standard of excellence in public relations, has been recognized around the world for more than 50 years. Once earned, the APR designation distinguishes professionals as leaders in the industry who are committed to the highest professional standards.
Join us in congratulating the CPRS Members who received their APR designation in 2015:

Clay Adams, APR
Vancouver Coastal Health Authority  
(Vancouver, BC)
CPRS Vancouver 

Elizabeth Anne Bak, APR 
Equion Marketing Ltd. 
(Mississauga, ON) 
CPRS Toronto

Tracy Bell, APR
Ambulance New Brunswick
(Moncton, NB)
CPRS New Brunswick

Eloi Courchesne, APR
Eloi Courchesne, Commun. et relations publiques 
(Montréal, QC)
SQPRP / Québec

Chris Forrest, APR
(Calgary, AB)
CPRS Calgary

Ariane Gauthier, APR
NATIONAL Public Relations
(Montréal, QC)
SQPRP / Québec

Stacey Hunter, APR
Halton Region
(Hamilton, ON)
CPRS Hamilton     

Kimberlee Jones, APR
KJM Marketing
(Calgary, AB)
CPRS Calgary    

Nikki Luscombe, APR
(Toronto, ON)
CPRS Toronto

Andrea MacLean, APR
Bruyère Foundation
(Ottawa, ON)
CPRS Ottawa-Gatineau     

Patricia MacNeil, APR
Provincial Health Services Authority
(Vancouver, BC)
CPRS Vancouver    

Kyle Marr, APR
City of Calgary
(Calgary, AB)
CPRS Calgary

Anne McInerney, APR
Revolution Strategy 
(Saint John, NB)
CPRS New Brunswick    

Hélène Perrault, APR
Hydro-Québec Équipement et services partagés
(Montréal, QC)
SQPRP / Québec    

Vel Snoukphonh, APR
Hamilton Health Sciences
(Ancaster, ON)
CPRS Hamilton

Tara Sprigg, APR
City of Guelph
(Guelph, ON)
CPRS Hamilton    

Myrna Stark Leader, APR
City of Regina 
(Regina, SK) 
CPRS Regina    

Christine Szustaczek, APR
Sheridan College
(Oakville, ON)
CPRS Hamilton 

Carrie Trembinski, APR
Revera Inc.
(Burlington, ON)
CPRS Hamilton
Dan VanKeeken, APR
The King's University
(Edmonton, AB)
CPRS Edmonton (President)    

Sarah Zimmerman, APR
Northwest Community College
(Terrace, BC)
CPRS Northern Lights 

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.