Pieters honoured as 2013 CPRS Philip A. Novikoff Memorial Award recipient

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 Gatineau, QC.

"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 peers.

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 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.

Image with caption: "Derrick Pieters APR, FCPRS LM (CNW Group/Canadian Public Relations Society)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20130619_C9663_PHOTO_EN_28271.jpg

SOURCE: Canadian Public Relations Society

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Bryan Sparks
Communications Co-ordinator


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