City of Guelph named 2015 CPRS Don Rennie Memorial Award winner

MONTREAL, June 3, 2015 /CNW/ - The Canadian Public Relations Society (CPRS) named the City of Guelph as the recipient of the 2015 Don Rennie Memorial Award. Michelle Rickard, a member of the City of Guelph's corporate communications department, accepted a framed certificate and cash award during the joint CPRS-SQPRP Awards Gala at the Marché Bonsecours in Montreal on June 2.

The City of Guelph was recognized for its communications strategy created for the development of the Jubilee Park Master Plan. This strategy helped create a unified vision for the neighbourhood park by engaging with the citizens of Guelph through in-person and online opportunities. Receiving the public's input on this project was integral to the City of Guelph meeting the short- and long-term needs of the community through an ongoing collaborative process.

"The City of Guelph is committed to communications excellence and two-way communications with its citizens. It is a great honour for the City to receive this prestigious award of excellence in government public relations," said Michelle Rickard, communications practitioner, City of Guelph.

The Award is presented annually in memory of Don Rennie, a CPRS member who helped change the face of government communications in Canada through his pivotal role in developing and introducing a new communications policy that would span all departments of the Federal Government.

The Don Rennie Memorial Award was one of several noteworthy Major Awards presented over the course of the three-day CPRS National Conference. The Major Awards recognize exceptional involvement in the public relations profession.

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:

SOURCE Canadian Public Relations Society

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