OTTAWA-GATINEAU, June 19, 2013 /CNW/ - The Canadian Public Relations
Society (CPRS) named Derrick Pieters APR, FCPRS LM, Director of
Communications, Prairie Region, Department of Justice Canada, as the
recipient of the 2013 Philip A. Novikoff Memorial Award. Pieters was
recognized for superior and outstanding service over time as a public
relations professional. He received a certificate and cash award
amongst his peers at the CPRS 2013 National Awards Gala on June 11 in
"I see this award not only as a testimony to my achievements, but as an
acknowledgement that I have been able to function according to the code
of ethics and professional standards of the Canadian Public Relations
Society - something that is the responsibility of all its members,"
said Pieters during his acceptance speech at the gala.
Established in 1989 in memory of the longtime CPRS member, the late
Philip A. Novikoff, the award is given to an accredited CPRS member who
has furthered the standing of the public relations profession in
Canada. The recipient contributes to the enhancement of CPRS and the
betterment of the community.
"His polished personal behaviour, sense of decorum, linguistic mastery
and articulateness have made him an excellent ambassador for the
profession and a source of inspiration for all PR practitioners in
Canada," said Daniel Granger APR, FCPRS, president of ACJ Communication
and one of Pieters' nominators. "With remarkable skill, he combines the
refinement of a diplomat with the leadership qualities and conviction
of a man of action."
Pieters has almost 50 years of experience in the industry gained through
the variety of roles he held over the course of his career. He has been
a member of CPRS since the mid-'70s and has been actively involved with
the Society at both the national and local levels, including his
current role as Presiding Officer of the CPRS College of Fellows.
The Philip A. Novikoff Memorial Award was one of six Major Awards
presented this year. The Major Awards recognize exceptional involvement
in the public relations profession and candidates are nominated by
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 more than 1,800 members
across 14 Member Societies based in major cities or organized province-wide. For more
information, visit our website: cprs.ca.
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SOURCE: Canadian Public Relations Society
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