TORONTO, Sept. 13, 2012 /CNW/ - Zulfar Azimi, Gatineau, Quebec, is the
winner of the sixth annual Torchia Scholarship in Public Relations/
Communications, awarded by the Communications + Public Relations
Foundation. The $1,500 annual Scholarship was established to recognize
a student who best exemplifies the spirit and practice of bilingualism
in the Canadian communications and public relations profession.
A student at Algonquin College, Ottawa, Azimi is entering her second
year of the Public Relations Certificate program. Fluent in four
languages [English, French, Hindi and Persian], she also holds a
certificate in General Arts & Science Media & Communications from
"Born in Afghanistan, raised in India, living in a French city and
studying at an English college, Zulfar exemplifies the richness of
Canadian culture", said jury chair Antoine Landry. "She is persuasive
and affirmative and is at ease outside of her comfort zone and is
committed to becoming an excellent public relations practitioner."
A member of the Dean's list at Algonquin, Azimi has served as a media
office assistant for the 2012 JUNO Awards, gained knowledge and
experience in accounting practices with Hari-Road in Tokyo and was
event co-ordinator for the Media & Communications Movie Night where she
was responsible for planning and promoting the event.
She has experience in developing communications strategy, has worked on
an anti-bullying campaign and understands how to create strategies
around multiple channels such as Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and
According to Stephen Heckbert, Professor and Co-ordinator of the program
at Algonquin, "Zulfar is the living embodiment of Canadian bilingualism
and diversity; she is an outstanding young professional who will make a
difference in public relations in Canada".
The Torchia Scholarship is awarded to a communications student who has
chosen to study public relations/communications in one of Canada's two
official languages that is not his/her first language or mother tongue,
and who is entering the second year of study in a Canadian university
degree program or multi-year certificate or diploma program that meets
recognized standards of education.
"Speaking multiple languages enriches students, gives them a competitive
edge and a greater appreciation for other cultures and ways of
thinking, which often leads to exciting career opportunities," said
Jean-Claude Torchia, President and CEO of Torchia Communications.
"Torchia Communications is very proud to support this Scholarship and
what it stands for. We extend our congratulations to Zulfar as she
embarks on what promises to be an outstanding career."
The Torchia Scholarship monies are managed by the Communications +
Public Relations Foundation. The Foundation promotes the advancement of
communications and public relations as vital functions in society, is
dedicated to the public interest, and is committed to increasing
public knowledge and awareness of the role of communications and public
relations in daily life. The Foundation accepts individual and
corporate contributions towards research and educational initiatives
For more information about the Foundation and its public relations
educational initiatives, contact Barbara Sheffield, Executive Director,
Communications + Public Relations Foundation, Suite 1515, 73 Widdicombe
Hill Blvd., Toronto, Ontario, M9R 4B3, or phone 416 242-6146 or email email@example.com.
SOURCE: Communications + Public Relations Foundation
For further information:
Hélène Gagné, MBA, ARP [jury member]
(514) 286-3100, x 2330
Cell: (514) 916-0829
Barbara Sheffield, BA, APR, FCPRS