TORONTO, Sept. 15, 2011 /CNW/ - Melodie Hamel Trepanier, Danville,
Quebec, is the winner of the fifth 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
A student at Mount Saint Vincent University, Halifax, Hamel Trepanier is
entering the second year of the Bachelor of Public Relations program.
She holds a diploma in business management from CEGEP de Sherbrooke and
is fluent in English and French.
"The jury is proud to award the Torchia Scholarship to Melodie," says
jury chair Antoine Landry. "She has demonstrated a significant
commitment to the profession, a passion for public relations study, and
a strong belief in Canada's biculturalism."
In 2010, Hamel Trepanier served a three month co-op internship in
France, with Novotel's Chateau de Maffliers (Paris) where she learned
how to handle key issues related to hotel management. She has also
completed an internship with SR Forêts, Danville, Quebec, a real estate
company, where she learned all aspects of company management.
She is currently participating in an exchange program with Södertörn
University College, Stockholm, Sweden, a university known for its
emphasis on diversity, interdisciplinary exposure and critical
"Public relations practice today has an increasingly international
focus. Hamel Trepanier will be well prepared to take on the challenges
of globalization with her commitment to a multi-cultural and
internationally focused education", said Dr. Amy Thurlow, Assistant
Professor, Public Relations, Mount Saint Vincent University.
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 Melodie 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
SOURCE Communications + Public Relations Foundation
For further information:
Antoine Landry, ARP, FSCRP
Barbara Sheffield, APR, FCPRS