Bob Deans, APR Mentorship Award
The mentorship award will be presented to a senior public relations practitioner who has demonstrated a commitment to and belief in the value of mentoring both those who are new to the profession and those who are committed to the practice of public relations. The award recipient will have demonstrated a commitment to speaking to post-secondary students, encouraging internships in the workplace, fostering exemplary relationships in the profession and serving the profession.
Nominators must be members in good standing of CPRS Hamilton and should submit a summary of no more than two pages (300-500 words) outlining who they nominate and how this individual fulfills the above criteria and exemplifies the attributes of this Mentorship Award.
Dr. Louis J. Cahill Distinguished Service Award
Louis J. Cahill, Canada’s “Dean of Public Relations”, was a true pioneer in the field. His unmatched achievements spanned a 70-year career.
He co-founded the Niagara News Bureau in 1936 supplying news and photographs to newspapers and magazines throughout Canada and the U.S. It grew into one of the oldest and largest privately-owned public relations consultancies in Ontario, possibly Canada.
Lou, who worked to age 92, pioneered countless public relations precepts that guide the profession today. Many in Ontario’s public relations industry gained their expertise with advice and counsel from Lou.
A Life Member of the Canadian Public Relations Society, Lou received their numerous honours and awards including the inaugural award of CPRS “Fellow”. CPRS Hamilton’s Distinguished Service Award was named in Lou’s honour after he won the award in the early 2000s.
While the issuance of this award is at the discretion of the CPRS Hamilton Board of Directors, members may submit nominations for consideration. Nominators should submit a written summary (300-500 words) to email@example.com the member's service to CPRS Hamilton and industry accomplishments. While we appreciate all nominations, the award may not always be issued each year.
Sharon Little, APR Legacy Fund Scholar Award
In honour of our colleague and friend Sharon Little, APR, who passed away November 6, 2014 after a courageous battle with Acute Myeloid Leukemia. Sharon was a member of CPRS since 2009 and was a 15-year employee at Halton Region where she was the Manager of Communications. Sharon served as Treasurer of the Hamilton chapter from 2010 to 2012 and as Vice-President from 2012 to 2013. Her insight, calm demeanour, wit, professionalism and positive approach to life and work made Sharon a valued member of the society and the communications community. The award was renamed in her honour and is now called, the “Sharon Little APR Legacy Fund Scholar Award”.
Call for Applications
CPRS Hamilton is calling for applications for the Sharon Little, APR Legacy Fund Scholar Award. If you have completed a graduate level program between September 2021-December 2022 with a minimum overall standing of a 3.5 grade point average on a 4.0 scale (i.e. at the Master’s level, Ph.D. or MBA in public relations or communications) and are a member in good standing of CPRS Hamilton for at least two years (at the time the award is presented), you could be eligible to receive a scholar award in the amount of $1,000.
The objective of the award is to promote the importance of continuous learning and professionalism in the field of public relations. Selection will be based on the submission that best meets the objective and criteria mentioned, including the highest marks among applicants. The Sharon Little, APR Legacy Fund Scholar Award, which is administered by the Hamilton Community Foundation, is a permanent endowment fund established by CPRS Hamilton. This award was funded through the exceptional efforts of a committed group of members, led by Kimberlee Lambe, APR that hosted a CPRS National conference in Niagara Falls.
If you qualify, please send a letter to firstname.lastname@example.org c/o Sharon Little, APR Legacy Fund Scholar Award member-jury outlining your eligibility in meeting the objectives of the award and include your transcript (in a sealed envelope from Office of the Registrar).
2020 Recipient: Kim Sweeney, MEd, MCM, APR—District School Board of Niagara, McMaster-Syracuse Masters of Communication Management Program (MCM)
Heather J. Pullen Memorial Award
Named in memory of Heather J. Pullen, MCM, APR, FCPRS, a valued member of CPRS Hamilton who served as Accreditation Chair from 2014 to 2019. Heather passed away on September 15, 2020, following a three-year battle with cancer; however, her indelible impact on CPRS Hamilton and her students—APRs, undergraduates, and graduates—continues to live on.
Recognizing her commitment to lifelong learning, the Heather J. Pullen Memorial Award will fund a current CPRS Hamilton Student Member’s transition to Affiliate Member status.
Application Requirements: Applicants must be a CPRS Hamilton student member graduating by June of the award year from a college diploma, undergraduate, or post-graduate certification program in public relations, communications, or a related field with a minimum 3.5 grade point average on a 4.0 scale.
To apply, please send a letter to email@example.com with the subject line: Heather J. Pullen Memorial Award, including:
- A 300-500 word letter outlining your eligibility and what lifelong learning means to you, and
- a PDF of your current academic transcript