2009 Awards for Canada's Payroll Certifications Programs Announced

    TORONTO, May 20 /CNW/ - The Canadian Payroll Association (CPA) is pleased
to announce the recipients of the 2009 Gold, Silver and Bronze Certification
Awards. These individuals have attained the highest overall marks nationwide
in the compulsory payroll courses of the CPA's Certifications Programs.
    The 2009 Regional Certification Award Winners were recognized at 16
certification recognition events held across Canada from March 31 to May 7.
The CPA congratulated these individuals along with an additional 3,000
professionals who completed their Payroll Compliance Practitioner (PCP) and
Certified Payroll Manager (CPM) certifications over the last year. They join
the thousands of certified payroll professionals throughout the country who
have completed their PCP and CPM certifications with the Association.
    "A Payroll Compliance Practitioner's body of knowledge includes all of
the legislative content required by a payroll professional to ensure the
organization is compliant for its annual payroll cycle, while a Certified
Payroll Manager can contribute a payroll perspective to any strategic
management discussion," states Richard Rousseau, CPA Chairman. "By completing
certification, these individuals have demonstrated their commitment to their
careers and exemplify the CPA's core values of 'community, professionalism and
authoritative knowledge'."

    2009 Regional Award Winners

    Atlantic Region
    -  Gold - Tina Snow, PCP, St. John's, NL
    -  Silver - Aaron Brown, PCP, Charlottetown, PE
    -  Bronze - Nadine Pridham, PCP, St. John's, NL

    Quebec Region
    -  Gold - Eleonora Matesan, PCP, Montreal, QC
    -  Silver - Annie Bourassa, PCP, Montreal, QC
    -  Bronze - Nancy Bibeau, PCP, Montreal, QC

    Ontario Region
    -  Gold - Gina Barberio, PCP, Onaping, ON
    -  Silver - Wuyuan Li, PCP, London, ON
    -  Bronze - Dejana Draskic, PCP, Mississauga, ON

    Greater Toronto Area
    -  Gold - Maria Nemeti, PCP, Toronto, ON
    -  Silver - Kostas Poularakis, PCP, Toronto, ON
    -  Bronze - Emma Stephenson, PCP, Toronto, ON

    Prairie Region
    -  Gold - Ashley Williams, PCP, Winnipeg, MB
    -  Silver - Alice Smith, PCP, Regina, SK
    -  Bronze - Robyn Griffin, PCP, Winnipeg, MB

    Pacific Region
    -  Gold - Ved Prakash Pareek, PCP, Vancouver, BC
    -  Silver - Moonsamy Chemen, PCP, Vancouver, BC
    -  Bronze - Yan Li, PCP, Vancouver, BC

    "Holding a payroll certification signifies to employers that you are
competent and knowledgeable," affirms Patrick Culhane, CPA President. "In
today's economic environment individuals are expected to keep up-to-date with
payroll legislation and best practices, and to add value to their
organizations through their payroll and related legislative knowledge. This
year's regional award winners and graduates have contributed to the
establishment of the payroll profession in Canada through their personal
commitment of energy, time and resources."

    About the Canadian Payroll Association

    The Canadian Payroll Association (CPA) has influenced the payroll
compliance practices and processes of hundreds of thousands of employers since
1978. Its mission is Payroll Leadership through Advocacy and Education.
Effective and efficient payroll administration is mission-critical given the
magnitude of the payments made by employers and the breadth of the legislative
compliance requirements. Payroll professionals, on behalf of Canada's 1.5
million employers, annually pay $730 billion in wages and salaries, $200
billion in remittances to the Canada Revenue Agency, $30 billion in
remittances to the Ministère du Revenu du Quebec, and $80 billion in health
and retirement benefits. In addition, payroll administers 25 million T4s, 8
million T4As, and 6 million RL-1s - all while complying with over 185 pieces
of federal/provincial legislation and regulatory requirements. www.payroll.ca

For further information:

For further information: Wendy McLean-Cobban, Manager, Marketing &
Communications, The Canadian Payroll Association, Tel: 1-800-387-4693 or (416)
487-3380 ext. 111, wendy@payroll.ca

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