HALIFAX, June 10 /CNW/ - General Rick Hillier, Canada's Chief of Defence
Staff was presented with the first ever President's Award for Outstanding
Public Relations and Communications Management. The General was presented with
the award by Derrick Pieters, President of the Canadian Public Relations
Society (CPRS) during its annual national conference being held here.
This public relations honour is awarded by CPRS to a Canadian who has
demonstrated exceptional competence in the practice of Public Relations and
Mr.Pieters said "General Hillier was selected for this honour for his
outstanding leadership in communications and excellence in communications
management. He has also demonstrated a commitment to two-way communication
practices and relationship management."
General Hillier was the keynote speaker at the national conference, which
attracted some 270 public relations praticitioners from across Canada. The
three day event, was designed to help public relations professionals build on
their leadership and management skills. The conference also presented the
participants with new trends in their profession..
The Canadian Public Relations Society represents more that 1800 public
relations practitioners across Canada. Members commit to following a code of
professional standards. They are dedicated to promoting professionalism in the
practice of public relations.
CPRS was founded in 1948 and this year celebrates its 60th anniversary.
Today, CPRS is a federation of 16 member societies based in major cities or
organized province-wide. The Nova Scotia Society, hosting this year's
conference, celebrated its 50th anniversary last year.
General Rick Hillier
Born in Newfoundland and Labrador, General Rick Hillier joined the
Canadian Forces as soon as he could. Having enrolled in the Canadian Forces in
1973 through the Regular Officer Training Plan program, he graduated from
Memorial University of Newfoundland in 1975 with a Bachelor of Science Degree.
After completing his armour officer classification training, he joined his
first regiment, the 8th Canadian Hussars (Princess Louise's) in Petawawa,
Ontario. Subsequently, he served with, and later commanded, the Royal Canadian
Dragoons in Canada and Germany.
In May 2003 General Hillier was appointed as Commander of the Army and
subsequently, in October 2003, he was selected as the Commander of the
NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Kabul, Afghanistan.
General Hillier was promoted to his present rank and assumed duties as
the Chief of the Defence Staff on 4 February 2005.
CPRS NATIONAL AWARDS OF EXCELLENCE
OUTSTANDING PUBLIC RELATIONS AND COMMUNICATIONS MANAGEMENT
The President's Award for Outstanding Public Relations and Communications
Management, a prestigious public relations honour, is awarded by the Canadian
Public Relations Society to a Canadian who has demonstrates exceptional
competence in the practice of Public Relations and Communications Management.
The winner of the distinguished President's Award consistently demonstrates:
- Outstanding leadership in communications, and excellence in
- Commitment to two-way communication practices and relationship
- Implementation of or advocacy for a major public relations initiative
- A leadership role
- A supportive attitude and outstanding public speaking skills
For further information:
For further information: Patrick Brownlow, (902) 430-7227