CPRS announces newly Accredited Public Relations Professionals

    TORONTO, Feb. 19 /CNW/ - The Canadian Public Relations Society Inc.
(CPRS) is pleased to announce that 21 public relations professionals from
across Canada successfully completed the requirements for becoming accredited
Members of CPRS in 2008. This brings the total number of accredited Members to
492, representing 26% of the CPRS Membership.
    The APR is the highest global professional standard of excellence in
public relations. 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

    Public relations professionals who received their APR in 2008 are:

    Jeremy Berry APR - Calgary, AB       Lauren MacDougall APR - Halifax, NS
    Monique Chenier APR - Calgary, AB    Tanya MacLean APR - Halifax, NS
    Donna Christopher APR -              Sylvie Marier ARP - Montréal, QC
     Dartmouth, NS                       Michael Marini APR - Hamilton, ON
    Charles Crosby APR - Halifax, NS     Carolyn McCormack APR - Halifax, NS
    Raeann English APR - Vancouver, BC   Greg Medulun APR - Niagara Falls, ON
    Paule Genest ARP - Montréal, QC      Kathryn Osterberg APR - Calgary, AB
    Shane Gerard APR - Toronto, ON       Filomena Daniela Pizzuto APR -
    Patrick Hammond APR - Calgary, AB     Montréal, QC
    Sharmin Hislop APR -Edmonton, AB     Nicole Rizgalla APR - Vancouver, BC
    Donna Kell APR - Burlington, ON      Kim Van Bruggen APR - Victoria, BC
    Jason Locklin APR - Toronto, ON

    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.

    CPRS is the only Canadian professional public relations association whose
Members commit to following a code of professional standards. The Society
represents almost 1,900 public relations practitioners in 16 Member Societies
across Canada. 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 Membership Directory and a forum
for information sharing.

For further information:

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

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