CPRS announces newly Accredited Public Relations Professionals

    TORONTO, Jan. 24 /CNW/ - The Canadian Public Relations Society Inc.
(CPRS) is pleased to announce that 17 public relations professionals from
across Canada successfully completed the requirements for becoming accredited
Members of CPRS in 2007. This brings the total number of accredited Members to
487, representing 27% of the CPRS Membership.
    "The APR is the highest global professional standard of excellence in
public relations," said the National Accreditation Council's presiding officer
Sharlene Smith, APR, FCPRS. "Employers and clients hiring public relations
practitioners with an APR are getting leaders in public relations that are
recognized in and outside of the profession for their knowledge, experience,
expertise and ethics."

    Public relations professionals who received their APR in 2007 are:

    Marc Angers APR - Bathurst, NB       Nadia Hinds APR - Halifax, NS
    Catherine Bianco APR - Dundas, ON    Melinda Jolley APR - Victoria, BC
    Mark Buzan APR - Gatineau, ON        Louis Moubarak APR - Montréal, QC
    Caroline Emond APR - Montréal, QC    Ian Ross APR - Toronto, ON
    Vanessa Greebe APR - Victoria, BC    François Taschereau APR -
                                          Montréal, QC
    Fran Gregory APR - Kitchener, ON     Isabelle Thellen APR - Montréal, QC
    Gregory Harris APR - Winnipeg, MB    Richard Truscott APR - Calgary, AB
    Julia Harvie-Shemko APR -            Léa Werthman APR - Ottawa, ON
     Red Deer, AB
    Sharon Hawrelak APR - Edmonton, AB

    To become accredited and earn the Accredited Public Relations (APR)
designation, a candidate must engage in specialized studies, pass rigorous
written and oral examinations, and submit a detailed work sample. To even
qualify to take the CPRS accreditation examination, a candidate must have
earned a solid reputation of integrity and high ethical standards while
completing a minimum of five years of full-time employment in the field of
public relations.

    The Canadian Public Relations Society (CPRS) is the only Canadian
professional association representing more than 1,700 public relations
practitioners in 16 Member Societies across Canada who commit to following a
Code of Professional Standards. The Society offers a program of professional
accreditation in public relations (APR), professional development and
education programs affiliated with various colleges and universities, a job
registry, networking opportunities, annual National Conference, a directory of
all Members and a forum for information sharing.

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For further information:

For further information: Karen Dalton, APR, Executive Director, CPRS at
(416) 239-7034 or kdalton@cprs.ca

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