TORONTO, June 7, 2012 /CNW/ - The Canadian Public Relations Society (CPRS) and CNW Group proudly name
Ryan McBride, who graduates today from Red River College, as the 2012
CPRS/CNW Group Student Award of Excellence winner. McBride will be
mentioned as the winner during the CPRS National Awards of Excellence
gala on June 12 at the Victoria Conference Centre in Victoria, B.C.
McBride maintained the highest grade-point average every semester during
his two-year public relations program at Red River College. While
excelling in the classroom as a full-time student, McBride was also
undertaking freelance public relations work for the University of
Manitoba, the Asper School of Business and the not-for-profit, Osborne
"Ryan embodies the characteristics of an excellent PR professional,"
wrote Melanie Lee Lockhart, Public Relations Instructor, Red River
College and McBride's nominator for the award. "If Ryan McBride's work
ethic and skills are any indication of what the next generation of
Canadian PR has to offer, our profession's future is bright."
"I'm still stunned that I've been honoured with this incredible award.
It's taken me a long time to find my way to a career that lets me do
everything I love and make a difference at the same time," said
McBride. "Over the past two years I've met so many brilliant and
creative PR students, teachers and professionals, and I can't wait to
work with them and continue learning."
Established jointly by CPRS and CNW Group, the award recognizes student
excellence in the public relations (PR) field. Program co-ordinators or
instructors from public relations programs across Canada nominate
candidates by submitting a 300-500 word summary about the nominee.
Eligible students had to be currently enrolled in their final year (or
equivalent) of a recognized, full-time PR program, instructed in a
Canadian post-secondary institution. Students must have been studying
at an undergraduate, diploma or certificate level. Winners receive a
certificate and $1,000 cash award from CNW Group. CPRS will provide
McBride with a complimentary Affiliate Membership. The Affiliate
Membership is a new category designed specifically for new
practitioners entering the profession following the completion of
post-secondary public relations studies.
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 2,000 members
across 14 Member Societies based in major cities or organized province-wide. For more
information, visit our website: cprs.ca.
SOURCE Canadian Public Relations Society
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