Welcome to New Members!

- Ruth Mojeed, Communications Coordinator (Cabinet Priorities) at Government Communication and Public Engagement
- John Nethercott, S enior Canadian Armed Forces Public Affairs Officer, west coast of Canada
- Jennifer Parisi, Communications Advisor, Vancouver Island Health Authority

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!  


Introducing Michelle Harris, APR!
Please join us in welcoming Michelle Harris, the City of Victoria's Strategic Planning and Communications Advisor to the CPRS-VI Board of Directors!
Michelle works in local government as the City of Victoria's Strategic Planning and Communications Advisor. She provides strategic communications support to Council initiatives, and a range of department portfolios. Michelle joined CPRS in 2011, achieving her international APR designation through CPRS in 2013.
Learn more about Michelle and the CPRS-VI Board here
Nanaimo Fall Mixer with Dan Tisch 
Mid-Island CPRS members! Hear what your colleagues have been up, ways to help build our growing communityof practice mid-Island, and meet our special guest, Daniel Tisch, APR FCPRS in Nanaimo on the evening of Tues, Oct 24.  
Daniel is widely known as an international public relations professional, speaker, writer and industry leader. He is the CEO of Argyle Public Relationships, one of Canada's largest independent public relations firms. Dan is a member of CPRS, has his APR, and is a CPRS Fellow.
Have some fun, nibble on some appies, meet new people - all for just $5! Space is limited - register soon to reserve your seat. For more info, please email event organizer, Marina Hawkeswood! 
  • The City of Victoria recognized Michelle Harris' 10 years of service on Sept. 29.
CPRS-VI members! Have important news to share with the growing CPRS-VI community? Promotions, retirements, successes, opportunities - contact our Membership Engagement Team for submission info.
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.
President's Update

In this Oct. post, The Power of Belonging, CPRS-VI President Peggy Kulmala, APR updates you on the first annual Blue Ocean Retreat.

"The retreat identified our shared beliefs and values," said Peggy. "We will now use this information to best tailor CPRS-VI local programming and engagement with our members."

Support to Our Newest Practitioners
Know any new practitioners who might benefit from joining our powerful community of practice?

Talk to them - let them know of the CPRS Affiliate membership category, open to any practitioner with less than two years experience in public relations/communications.

"I understand - and remember - what was like to be a new practitioner. Confusing. At times lonely. Today's practitioner has even more challenges - high cost of living, an underground job market, a rapidly shifting landscape," said CPRS-VI President, Peggy Kulmala APR. "The Affiliate membership is a great place for new practitioners to begin - half the normal dues for two years, giving them time to get established before ascending to Full membership."

CPRS has a number of flexible options for its members, from unique membership categories to payment plans. Contact the CPRS-VI Membership Engagement Team for more info.
Member Pro-D Exclusive: Building Trust with a New Government
Join your host, Heather Young of Mitacs, for the the webinar, "Building Trust with a New Government" TTues, Oct 24 at 11 a.m. PST. 

"For those who heard Heather at Illuminate 2017 or our 2017 AGM, you'd know she is a speak well worth listening to," said CPRS-VI President, Peggy Kulmala, APR. "This is a topic of significant interest to us all - I hope to see you in the webinar!"

Simply email Dan Labelle at CPRS to register.