CHARLOTTETOWN, May 28, 2018 /CNW/ - The Canadian Public Relations Society (CPRS) revealed the co-chairs of the Future of CPRS Committee, Kim Blanchette, APR, FCPRS and Colleen Killingsworth, APR, FCPRS, as the recipients of the 2018 CPRS Lamp of Service.
The duo was presented the Award in recognition of their commitment and leadership over the past year in shaping the future of the Society. By leading a national discussion regarding the needs of CPRS, its members and Canadian practitioners as a whole, Blanchette and Killingsworth led a team of volunteers to propose a new strategic framework for CPRS. Both were on hand to accept the award in person, May 28, in Charlottetown, during Connexions 2018, the CPRS National conference.
"We are honoured and pleased to be recognized for our work in helping to define the future of CPRS and a solid Strategic Framework that provides the organization with more than a guide for how the CPRS will provide member value and advocate for our profession," said Blanchette and Killingsworth in a joint statement. "The Strategic Framework is a collective commitment to creating a community of public relations professionals dedicated to professional development, delivering strategic value to our organizations and supporting and promoting ethical public relations in Canada and around the world. This work signifies our commitment to advancing the profession, professional and CPRS."
Released in January, the Proposed Strategic Framework presented a new vision for the Society, which sees the Canadian Public Relations Society and its members as champions for ethical and strategic public relations and communications management. The framework also presented a new mission for CPRS; pursuing the building of a national public relations community through professional development and accreditation, collaboration with thought leaders, professional standards and a code of ethics, advocating for the profession, and supporting members at every stage of their careers.
Both former National Society presidents and members of the CPRS College of Fellows, Blanchette and Killingsworth are respected accredited communicators with long histories of leadership. Killingsworth is president of CKCommunications Strategies and was previously awarded the 2011 Philip A. Novikoff Memorial award. Blanchette is Vice President, Communications and International Relations, for the Alberta Energy Regulator.
The CPRS Lamp of Service is awarded to CPRS members whose leadership and dedication have resulted in the advancement of the Society. It was one of 10 Major and Special Awards presented this year to recognize exceptional involvement in the public relations profession.
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 2,500 members across 14 Member Societies based in major cities or organized province-wide.
SOURCE Canadian Public Relations Society
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