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Love. What a great theme for the month! This February there is a lot to love at CPRS-VI.
Welcome to the CPRS-VI Family!
  • Jojo Beattie, Public Relations and Communications Coordinator at Mercy Ships Canada

  • Erin Brewer, MA in International and Intercultural Communication, Royal Roads University

  • Susan Down, self employed public relations practitioner

  • Monika Laube, MA in Professional Communications, Royal Roads University

  • Ted Olynyk, Manager, Community Relations - Vancouver Island & Sunshine Coast

Member News
Thanks Sue!

Sue Gee APR has been a strong supporter of CPRS-VI for years and is well-known for her support of APR candidates. During her term as CPRS-VI Vice President from June 1, 2016 to January 31, 2018, she served on the Executive and chaired the Web Committee.
Susan began her MBA at UVic in September. In a meeting with the board this fall, she said “despite my best intentions, I need to step away from my board position to focus all my energy on school.”
“Having Sue at my side for the majority of my term as President has been both fun and productive,” said CPRS-VI President Peggy Kulmala APR. “Sue has been instrumental in improving board governance and has played a huge role in our successes over the past two - program years. I am thankful for her guidance and support, and wish her well in her studies!”
Congratulations to New APRs!
Congratulations to CPRS-VI members Jonathon Dyck and Eric Berndt on their APR, the designation internationally recognized as the highest global standard of excellence in public relations and communications management.

"Congrats Eric and Jonathon! The process of earning your APR helps you reinforce your strengths, identify your opportunities for growth, and demonstrates to all your personal and professional commitment to excellence," said Peggy. "Well done and welcome!"

Eric and Jonathon are part of an APR cohort of 17, who will be honoured by their peers on the first day of Connexions 2018 , the CPRS National Conference in Charlottetown, P.E.I., May 27-29, 2018.
Welcome Jonathan!
Jonathon Dyck has joined the CPRS-VI Board of Directors, serving on its Executve as Governance Chair.

"We are pleased to welcome Jon," said Peggy. "His experience serving on CPRS Northern Light's Board, including as its President, will help us as we roll up our sleeves and get ready for the next board and our new website!"

CPRS-VI at RRU Career Conference
CPRS-VI was well-represented at the 5th Annual Career Conference at Royal Roads University, which was live-streamed to the university's learners around the world.

President Peggy Kulmala was on the Communications Panel representing CPRS-VI, sharing our research and advocacy insights into the local job market. She was joined by:

  • Anna King, Chief Marketing Officer, Benifactor Capital Inc., 
  • Chris Burdge, Owner, bWEST Interactive / Co-Founder, Social Media Camp / Founder, SOHO Summit, 
  • Kerry Slavens, Editor in Chief, Page One Publishing, 
  • Lia Threlfall, Communications Manager, BC Games Society, and 
  • Pablo Miranda, National Advertising Manager, Victoria Times Colonist 

Membership Engagement Director Ruth Mojeed gave the conference's keynote address , sharing her perspectives and her experiences since her 2015 arrival in Canada which - on top of working for Cabinet Priorities with the Government of B.C.- includes:

  • completing her MA in Intercultural and International Communication at Royal Roads and a learning and change management certificate from Harvard University,
  • volunteering for the Victoria Immigrant and Refugee Centre, the Victoria Foundation and CPRS-VI,
  • hosting and producing the Shaw Community Access television show “Community Connect”, and 
  • being named a Black History Month 2018 Laureate by the Victoria African Caribbean Culture Society and the BC Black History Awareness Society!
CPRS Awards of Excellence
The 2018 Awards season is in full swing and members and non-members alike can submit their best public relations and communications work from the last two years for one (or more) of our Awards of Excellence until Feb. 26 at 11:59 PM (ET). 

While you’re at it, don’t forget to show your fellow members some love by nominating them for one of our Major Awards. As always, Major Award nominations are open to members only and are free to submit. Names may be submitted for consideration until Feb. 26 at 11:59 PM (ET).

Contact Elizabeth Tang in the National Office for more information.
CPRS-VI Denis Racine Student Bursary

Deadline: Feb. 18, 2018 at midnight
Since 2001, CPRS-VI has been making it easier for Vancouver Island's aspiring public relations professionals to stay current in their field. 
In memory of the CPRS-VI past-president Denis Racine, CPRS-VI provides at least one Vancouver Island student member an annual bursary to support their educational goals. Starting 2018, the bursary has been increased to $1,000!
To be eligible for the bursary, you must:
  1. be a CPRS-VI member in good standing,
  2. be registered in a communications-related post-secondary educational program,
  3. have completed three or more communications/public relations-related courses, and
  4. be a resident of Vancouver Island or the Gulf Islands.
Make sure you submit your application form by Feb. 18! 
Pro-D and Mixers
February Communications Café
Every month, we reserve a table or two at a local eatery, and offer you a chance to drop in and simply - connect.

No tickets. No RSVPs. If you are free, just drop in! Our next one is set for Tuesday Feb. 20 between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. (or later!) at Moxies (1-1010 Yates Street).

This is your opportunity to connect and grow within Vancouver Island’s community of practice.

See you there!
Public Relations Career Fair and Mixer
Are you a junior public relations practitioner or a practitioner-to-be? Want help securing your dream job? Join us for the 2018 Public Relations Career Fair and Mingle, with a focus on global opportunities - at home and abroad.

Thursday, February 22, 2018 6-8pm
Camosun College, Interurban Campus

Learn how to go global, enjoy some pizza, meet some of Vancouver Island's most influential public relations pros - just $5 for CPRS-VI members and $10 for all others. Space is limited - don't miss out!
February Webinar

Please join us on Tuesday, Feb. 20, at 11am (PST), for our next webinar, The Promise of Practical Communications in Managing Change and Delivering Value , discussing five practical techniques to enable successful and sustainable change through practical communication. RSVP to
Connexions 2018 - CPRS National Conference
The annual CPRS National Conference is your chance to connect with members and non-members, while hearing from international thought leaders on emerging trends in our industry in some of Canada’s most popular destinations.

Don't forget to join us May 27-29 in Charlottetown, for Connexions 2018.

The Extra Early Bird offer is officially over but CPRS members will still save more than $200 on full conference passes by registering before Mar. 15.

Career Listings
Communications Officer (part-time)

Employer: Christ Church (Anglican) Cathedral
Location: Victoria
Application deadline: Friday Feb 16, 2018

If you are an experienced Communications professional seeking part-time work in a challenging and rewarding environment, with competitive remuneration, this may be the opportunity you’ve been looking for!

Christ Church (Anglican) Cathedral in Victoria, BC is currently looking for its next Communications Officer. This “Cathedral for the City” has active outreach, education and music ministries, as well as a very busy parish life and eighteen services a week (average Sunday attendance 400), all housed in a beautiful heritage building that attracts thousand of visitors each year.

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!
The Reading Room
What's Trending On Social For 2018? We've Looked Into It For You

By Coralie McLean
December 7, 2017

Change is constant in social media. Coralie McLean, the founder and director of LivelyCo., looks at what was trending in 2017 and on the horizon for 2018.

9 expert tips for writing press release headlines

By Alex Armitage
Feb 7, 2018

When writing a press release, even experienced PR pros can get tripped up.

Crafting a good headline can be a real struggle. Creating a world-class headline can feel impossible.