Eastern Canada Wins Three Major 2009 International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) Chapter Management Awards

    IABC Newfoundland and Labrador and IABC/Toronto honoured in worldwide

    HALIFAX, Feb. 17 /CNW/ - Newfoundland and Labrador and Toronto chapters
of the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) took home
three 'Chapter of the Year' 2009 Chapter Management Awards from among 100
chapters in 70 countries worldwide at IABC's recently held 2009 Leadership
Institute in Orlando, Florida.
    IABC Newfoundland and Labrador was recognized as the 2009 International
Chapter of the Year and 2009 Small Chapter of the Year - marking the third
consecutive year it has won the Small Chapter of the Year Award. IABC/Toronto
was recognized as the 2009 Large Chapter of the Year.
    "Today, IABC's role in supporting its members and providing resources to
help them navigate the current economic environment, is more important than
ever before. It is thanks to the dedication, commitment and creativity of our
volunteer leaders that IABC can stay strong and serve our member needs," says
IABC President Julie Freeman, ABC, APR. "This year, two of our Canadian
chapters have been recognized with top awards. The awards are a testament to
their outstanding chapter management and ability to connect with their
members. They serve as best practices and benchmarks for other IABC chapters
around the world."
    IABC's Chapter Management Awards (CMAs) recognize the leadership
abilities, creativity and teamwork of volunteer chapter leaders worldwide.
Awards are presented in three divisions - small, medium and large chapters.
Within each division, there are eight categories: branding, membership
marketing, professional development, financial management, leadership
development, communication, community involvement and student involvement.
    "We're so honoured to be recognized by our peers from around the world.
With 20 percent of IABC's worldwide membership, Canada East is proud to play
such a strong leadership role in our profession in Canada. Our volunteers work
tirelessly to provide learning and networking opportunities for our members
who provide communications counsel to some of the top business leaders in
Canada," says Jeff Bishop, Chair, Canada East.
    For a social media release listing 2009 CMA details, visit:

    About IABC Newfoundland and Labrador

    IABC Newfoundland and Labrador offers opportunities to network and to
share information locally, nationally and internationally. The chapter's 75
members work in government, private industry, institutions, agencies, and in
private practice, and represent a broad range of interests and experiences in
communications. Website: www.iabc.nf.ca.

    About IABC Toronto

    With more than 1,650 members, IABC/Toronto is the largest IABC chapter in
the world. Established in 1970, the chapter offers its diverse membership
multidisciplinary resources, varied professional development events, an annual
awards program, an exclusive job board and networking opportunities, to
identify, share and apply best communications practices. Website:

    About IABC

    The International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) is a
global network of communication professionals committed to improving
organizational effectiveness through strategic communication. Established in
1970, IABC serves more than 16,000 members in 70 countries. IABC members
practice the disciplines of corporate communication, public relations,
employee communication, marketing communication, media relations, community
relations, public affairs, investor relations and government relations. For
more information, visit www.iabc.com.

For further information:

For further information: Jeff Bishop, IABC Canada East Region President,
Email: jbishop@fpans.ca, Tel: (902) 899-8890; Martha Muzychka, President, IABC
Newfoundland and Labrador, Email: martha.muzychka@gmail.com, Tel: (709)
691-0645; Mark Nusca, Director, Marketing Communications, IABC/Toronto, Email:
mark.nusca@porternovelli.com, Tel: (416) 422-7179

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