Anita Wasiuta Receives Canadian Public Relations Society Shield of Public Service Award

MONTREAL, June 1, 2015 /CNW/ - The Canadian Public Relations Society (CPRS) awarded Anita Wasiuta, APR, Marketing Manager, BC Transit, with the 2015 CPRS Shield of Public Service. The award is presented to a CPRS member for their distinguished and dedicated service in the public interest, entirely apart from any contribution required by client or employer. Wasiuta received the award for her ongoing volunteer commitments. Unable to attend in person, Wasiuta greeted delegates at the CPRS National Conference with a video acceptance speech.

"I'm honoured to receive this award. I remember many years ago when I first entered a CPRS Vancouver Island meeting, I felt at home; and I continue to feel at home with CPRS," said Wasiuta. "I've taken my volunteering outside of CPRS and into my community. It means so much and is so rewarding! I think we learn more in our volunteering than we ever did in school."

She is well known in western Vancouver Island for her community involvement and leadership. Outside of volunteering with the Vancouver Island Society of CPRS, Wasiuta remains actively involved in other volunteer duties, including Seedy Saturday, Farm Tours, Farm & Film Gala Evenings, Apple Fests, and as a host for local food/supper meetings.

"Anita is a modest and approachable person who enthusiastically shares her extensive knowledge with others.  By reputation Anita is renowned for her exceptional manner of public engagement that is professional, warm, inclusive and powerful," said Keeley Nixon, Director, Sooke Region Food CHI Society, one of Wasiuta's nominators. "Anita always leads by example and encourages me to be my best by deeply investing in community work with your whole heart and seeing such opportunities as chances to grow and learn."

About CPRS
Founded in 1948, the Canadian Public Relations Society (CPRS) is a not-for-profit organization whose members are engaged in the practice, management or teaching of public relations. Members work to maintain the highest standards and to share a uniquely Canadian experience in public relations. CPRS is a federation of over 1,800 members across 14 Member Societies based in major cities or organized province-wide.  For more information, visit our website: www.cprs.ca.

SOURCE Canadian Public Relations Society

For further information: MEDIA CONTACT: Bryan Sparks, Communications Specialist, 416-239-7034, bsparks@cprs.ca


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