"I'm honoured by this award. As a 30-year plus member of CPRS, I have always felt a duty to give back and help to share with others the lessons I have learned over my career," said Flynn. "From my days as a consultant to my current role as a university professor, I have felt that one of the most important things that membership and involvement in CPRS does is allow all of us to connect with one another; to help us advance as professionals and as a result, help the profession advance in its contribution to society. I want to thank my wonderful nominators from CPRS Northern Lights and the national board for bestowing this award on me — it is truly a humbling experience."
Flynn was praised by his three nominators for being the embodiment of what it means to be a mentor, as well as for being an approachable and available 'cheerleader' to those moving up in the profession. He was further described as being 'composed, informed, strategic and kind' and applauded for making new practitioners feel welcome, included and respected.
Currently an Associate Professor at McMaster University, Flynn has an extensive history of being of service to his fellow practitioners, including acting as the Society's 55th National president. He was previously awarded the 2015 Philip A. Novikoff Memorial Award for his countless, significant contributions to the Canadian public relations profession. He was presented with this year's award in front of a roomful of colleagues and mentees at Charlottetown's Delta Prince Edward Hotel.
Established to celebrate the Society's 60th anniversary, the Mentor of the Year Diamond Jubilee Award recognizes the outstanding effort of a public relations practitioner who has consistently and actively mentored practitioners to advance in their careers. It was one of 10 Major and Special Awards presented this year to recognize exceptional involvement and commitment 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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