Welcome to New Members!

Our newest member is Nicole Sendey, Marketing and Public Relations Consultant.

Have you heard about our Membership Referral Program? Earn $100 credit towards membership fees or conferences for each new referral.  
Senior PR Leadership Forum with Mark Ragan

The Canadian Public Relations Society invites you to an interactive forum for senior public relations/communications leaders!
 
This is no ordinary workshop. Instead, you'll sit at a roundtable with 30 of your peers, led by PR Daily publisher and Ragan Communications CEO Mark Ragan. You'll exchange ideas, solve problems, benchmark, network and brainstorm.
 

Potential topics include: 

  • increase reliably-measured ROI for your public relations/communications and media relations programs,
  • improve reputation, increase brand recognition and earn bigger budgets,
  • harness brand journalism to get credibility, coverage and social media buzz, find-and pitch-influential journalists on social media, and
  • reinvent campaigns and careers with amazing public relations/communications "experiences".
PLUS! Be one of the first 25 CPRS-VI members in good standing to register, and you will receive $200 discount over and above the already discounted CPRS member rate!
 
Space is limited so register early to ensure a spot!  
 
 

 

Winter is Coming! 
  
Like it or not, we're only seven weeks away from yet from another Canadian winter, but what's even worse is that we're just over six weeks away from another Extra Early Bird Deadline! So, remind your members to register for Connexions 2018 by Dec. 15 to save more than $300 on full conference passes. Programming details coming soon!

Each year, the CPRS National Conference welcomes hundreds of delegates from across Canada. Featuring a combination of keynote speakers, parallel workshops, panel discussions and evening celebrations, its primary goal is to further professional development in the field of public relations, and provide networking opportunities with many top Canadian practitioners.
CPRS-VI's newest Board Director,
Ruth Mojeed
 
A community organizer, strategist and connector, Ruth seeks to contribute to creating a more inclusive community where people find a sense of belonging. Her career in Communications, Public Relations and Project Management spans over six years in the non-profit sector, with a current progression in Strategic Communications (Cabinet Priorities) with the B.C. government. She hosts and produces Community Connect, a talk show on Shaw TV, where she engages stakeholders on various topics around equity, diversity and inclusion for newcomers and other marginalized members of the community. She has shared her thoughts, passion and experiences on many platforms including the Vancouver Island Economic Alliance "State of the Island" summit; Ryerson University International Student symposium; Royal Roads University annual EDTalk among others. She also connects with the community through her articles and columns in local magazines and newspapers;

Ruth grew up in Lagos, Nigeria; she moved to Canada in 2015, and has since fallen in love with the beautiful city of Victoria, B.C. She holds a Bachelor's in Communication from Covenant University, Nigeria; a Master's in International Communication from Royal Roads University and a Certificate in Leadership & Organizing from Harvard University. 

View episodes of Ruth's Shaw TV program, Community Connect, here , here and here :

Learn more about Ruth and the CPRS-VI Board  here
Congratulations
Accreditation deadline APRoaching
 
 
Interested in earning your internationally-recognized Accredited, Public Relations (APR) designation through CPRS? The next APR cycle begins Dec. 1, with applications due to the National Office by 5 p.m. ET. Don't wait until the last minute.  
 
Download the self-assessment tool here to see if you are read or contact Lorianne Weston for more details.
Holiday Drink
CPRS-VI Holiday Mixer 

Join us on Wed, Dec 6 for our annual holiday mixer at The Guild, where we join together to celebrate 2017, ring in 2018 and thank all those who make CPRS-VI a success, our incredible volunteers and members!  

Appies, networking, fun - and a free drink on us! Bring a special friend and don't miss out!

Register Now!
CPRS-VI Turns 35!
  
November 4th was a special day for the Vancouver Island chapter of CPRS - we celebrated our 35th birthday! 

To commemorate the big occasion, we are hosting a call for donations of any old photos and documents from our early years. We would love to be able to share them with our members!

Thank you to all of our members, volunteers, and Board of Directors for your support throughout the years. 

The Vancouver Island chapter of the Canadian Public Relations Society (CPRS-VI) is vibrant and growing community of Vancouver Island professionals who work/have an interest in public relations, communications, and marketing. 

Careers  

October was a great month for our career listing service, four organizations came to us for to share their job opportunity within our community, to ensure they get the best qualified applicants!. 

"Thanks to Capital Regional District, BC Oil and Gas Commission, BC Pensions Corporation, the United Way of Greater Victoria and ZINC Strategies for listing their opportunities with us over the past month," said CPRS President Peggy Kulmala, APR. "Listing through us helps ensure you get the best candidates while supporting  public relations on Vancouver Island." 

For those who want to know more about this service, each posting brings in $100 to our coffers, 100% of which goes to support society operations, helping to keep event registrations affordable.

Within 24 hours of receipt, the posting is live on our website, and CPRS-VI members receive the posting directly in their in-box, providing them first opportunity to share or access the opportunity. The posting is then shared via social media and in the monthly newsletters.

Providing employer access to well-connected network of Vancouver Island public relations, communications, and marketing practitioners at a competitive rate is proving increasingly popular - our career listing service is growing. With an average of 24 listings yearly between 2013/2014 and 2015/2016, CPRS-VI received 29 in 2016/2017.

Looking to share an opportunity? CPRS-VI offers a direct link to a well-connected network of public relations, communications and marketing practitioners across Vancouver Island. Check out what we offer here! Looking for one? CPRS-VI members receive career and volunteer notices directly in their in-box, and we share what comes our way via Twitter via #PRJobsVI. Contact our membership team for more info!
Reading Room

The CPRS has released a new white paper, The elevation of public relations: A discussion paper on a profession's present - and its possible future. Written by Dan Tisch, APR, FCPRS in collaboration with senior public relations professionals from across the country, the paper examines the 'megatrends' prevalent in public relations today and discusses the role public relations can play in helping organizations build better relationships with consumers, audiences and stakeholders.

Don't forget to catch up on CPRS news coast-to-coast in the Nov Communique here

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