Volunteer Opportunities

Thank you for your interest in volunteering for CPRS National.

Click on any of the portfolios below to learn more about our open positions.

National Opportunities 

Deputy Presiding Officer, Appeals (FRENCH)

The Deputy Presiding Officer, Appeals (FRENCH) is responsible for:

  • Drawing on eligible, senior APRs to constitute an appeal panel in January;
  • Coaching the appeal panel graders on their role and guiding them toward a consensus decision;
  • The role is time-sensitive as appeal decisions must be reached by the last week in January and the appeal review takes place in January.
  • Convening the consensus teleconference call at a mutually convenient time for all graders on the panel.
  • The DPO does not make the decision on the appeal alone; rather, the DPO works with the senior grader panel to arrive at a fair and reasoned decision.
The time commitment: 6 – 10 hours from mid-December to January 31.

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APR Graders 

APR Graders will be responsible for:
  • Marking both oral and written APR exams, as well as evaluating candidate work samples; 
  • Participating in Grader Orientation Sessions in order to:
    • remain familiar with the marking process;
    • discuss current issues and new developments in the accreditation program;
    • discuss difficult scenarios along with other new or experienced graders;  
    • stay current with the views of graders across the country.
Eligibility Requirements: 
To become a CPRS grader for the Accreditation Program, one must meet the following requirements:
  1. must be a current member of CPRS
  2. must have held the APR designation for at least 5 years
  3. must not have any other role in the accreditation program that may pose a conflict of interest.  e.g. Accreditation Chairs are not eligible graders because they are involved in mentoring candidates.
The time commitment: Minimum of one year, with hours varying based on size of candidate pool. 

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If you'd like to learn more about supporting our Certifications portfolio, contact certifcation@cprs.ca or 416-239-7034 ext. 248.

Local Society Opportunities


Create a strong partnership between public relations/communications programs (in affiliate educational institutions) and CPRS Toronto
Work in partnership with the membership chair to organize membership pitches to student body
Work in tandem with SSC (Student Steering committee) and act as a representative of CPRS Toronto and seek out opportunities to engage with school curriculums
Create an annual, “Education Forum” highlighting a timely topic in Public Relations Education
Bring on a Co-chair position, as necessary
Responsible for coordination for the annual Doris Whiteside awards for students
Is active with Deans and Program heads to create a stronger pathway program for post-graduates to facilitate transition from student to workforce
Be an ambassador of the PRK program/exam
Ensure communication of exam dates, processes and applications
Host PRK information sessions, as needed
Provide hands-on guidance to the SSC team throughout the year
Ensuring programming is on track
Ensuring needs are met by the board
Ensuring succession planning year-over-year
Provide a year-end report for Education Portfolio to be included in AGM package

Please contact Janine Allen at janine.allen@kaiserpartners.com

Role Description
Sponsorship chair is responsible for procurement, maintenance and fulfilment of sponsorship for the Toronto Chapter.
Development of annual strategy to attract and retain corporate sponsorship
Maintains a co-chair and committee to support sponsorship activities, including research and execution of sponsorship agreements.
Creates and executes all sponsorship agreements working closely with the Board of Directors
Will be responsible for constantly looking for new sponsorship client opportunities
Creates all sponsorship contracts and execution
Follow up with invoicing and payment
Creation of an annual sponsorship pitch deck (includes audience, metrics, reach, benefits, and opportunities).
Keen interest in sales and client management
Attends monthly board meetings
Provides year-end report on Sponsorship portfolio to be included in AGM package

Please contact Janine Allen at janine.allen@kaiserpartners.co

For more local volunteer opportunities, please contact your nearest Local Society

If you don't see an opportunity that matches your skills, fill out our general volunteer application and we'll be in touch when a suitable role comes up.