CPRS Announces Newly Accredited Public Relations Professionals


TORONTO, Feb. 2, 2012 /CNW/ - The Canadian Public Relations Society Inc. (CPRS) is pleased to announce that seven public relations professionals from across Canada successfully completed the requirements for becoming accredited Members of CPRS in 2011. This brings the total number of accredited Members to 474, representing 30 per cent of the CPRS Membership. 

"It's a meaningful step for public relations professionals to go through the Accreditation process. It displays the commitment these individuals have made to the profession and their careers," said Richard Sparkes APR, FCPRS, Presiding Officer of the National Council on Accreditation. "I would like to congratulate the seven CPRS members that successfully earned their Accreditation in Public Relations this past year. Earning an APR displays professionalism within the individual and the profession as a whole. It is a mark of leadership in the industry and identifies a practitioner of the highest standards."

The APR is the highest global professional standard of excellence in public relations.  Employers and clients hiring public relations practitioners with an APR are getting leaders in public relations that are recognized in and outside of the profession for their knowledge, experience, expertise and ethics.

Public relations professionals who received their APR in 2011 are:

Kim Blanchette, APR - Calgary
Catherine Downey, APR - Calgary
Susan Gee, APR - Vancouver Island
Charlene Lo, APR - Toronto
Marie Rochon, APR - Ottawa
Lisa Stocco, APR - Hamilton
Caroline Tessier, APR - Quebec

To become accredited and earn the Accredited Public Relations (APR) designation, a candidate must engage in specialized studies, pass rigorous written and oral examinations, and submit a detailed work sample. To qualify for the accreditation process, a candidate must have earned a solid reputation of integrity and high ethical standards while completing a minimum of five years of full-time employment in public relations.



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 and communications. Members work to maintain the highest standards and 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 cprs.ca.



  • CPRS
  • Accreditation in Public Relations
  • APR
  • Richard Sparkes APR, FCPRS
  • Caroline Tessier, APR
  • Catherine Downey, APR
  • Kim Blanchette, APR
  • Marie Rochon, APR
  • Susan Gee, APR
  • CPRS Vancouver Island  
  • CPRS Calgary
  • CPRS Ottawa / Gatineau
  • Public Relations in Canada
  • Canadian Public Relations Society

Image with caption: "Kim Blanchette, APR (CNW Group/Canadian Public Relations Society)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20120202_C7171_PHOTO_EN_9319.jpg

Image with caption: "Catherine Downey, APR (CNW Group/Canadian Public Relations Society)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20120202_C7171_PHOTO_EN_9317.jpg

Image with caption: "Susan Gee, APR (CNW Group/Canadian Public Relations Society)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20120202_C7171_PHOTO_EN_9321.jpg

Image with caption: "Charlene Lo, APR (CNW Group/Canadian Public Relations Society)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20120202_C7171_PHOTO_EN_9475.jpg

Image with caption: "Marie Rochon, APR (CNW Group/Canadian Public Relations Society)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20120202_C7171_PHOTO_EN_9320.jpg

Image with caption: "Lisa Stocco, APR (CNW Group/Canadian Public Relations Society)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20120202_C7171_PHOTO_EN_9477.jpg

Image with caption: "Caroline Tessier, APR (CNW Group/Canadian Public Relations Society)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20120202_C7171_PHOTO_EN_9473.jpg

Image with caption: " Accredited in Public Relations (CNW Group/Canadian Public Relations Society)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20120202_C7171_PHOTO_EN_9316.jpg

SOURCE Canadian Public Relations Society

For further information:

Karen Dalton APR
Executive Director


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