CPRS announces newly Accredited Public Relations Professionals

TORONTO, March 22 /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 2009. This brings the total number of accredited Members to 476, representing 28% 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 ethics.

    Public relations professionals who received their APR in 2009 are:

    Jim Armour APR - Ottawa, ON
    Natalie Bovair APR - Toronto, ON
    Sylvie Castonguay APR - Montréal, QC
    Graham Currie APR - Victoria, BC
    Mark Dottori APR - Stouffville, ON
    Brenda Jones APR - Burnaby, BC
    Julie Lepsetz APR - Montréal, ON
    Melissa Macdonald APR - St. Catharines, ON
    Kimberly Mason APR - Vancouver, BC
    Jeff Meerman APR - Vancouver, BC
    Holli Moncrieff APR - Winnipeg, MB
    Elizabeth Netto APR - Oakville, ON
    Lindsay Peterson APR - Toronto, ON
    Alyson Queen APR - Halifax, NS
    Jeffrey Rohrer APR - Toronto, ON
    Carolyn Van der Veen APR - Saint John, NB
    Andrew Wagar 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.

The Canadian Public Relations Society (CPRS) is the only Canadian professional association representing almost 1,800 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.

SOURCE Canadian Public Relations Society

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

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