Nominations for the CPRS Hamilton Special Awards have now closed. Nominated by peers, these awards recognize exceptional leadership and action in the public relations profession. Both the nominee and the nominator must be CPRS Hamilton members in good standing unless otherwise specified. Due to the stringent criteria, some Special Awards may not be awarded annually.
Join us for our 2019 Annual General Meeting and Special Awards presentation, featuring keynote speaker Jim Letwin, Executive Chairman of Jan Kelley. Help us celebrate 30 years of CPRS Hamilton's success with your colleagues and peers, and have your voice heard in our professional community. Free for CPRS members. Light refreshments will be served. Cash bar.
Please register by May 7.
Bill Cockman Memorial Award of Excellence in PR
Named for Bill Cockman, APR, who died in October 1997, in honour of his role in founding Hamilton’s first public relations association in the 1960s. Mr. Cockman was an honorary life member of CPRS Hamilton at the time of his death. The Award of Excellence is given for distinguished and dedicated service to the Canadian Public Relations Society and/or to the advancement/betterment of the practice of public relations at large.
Awarded to a CPRS Hamilton member whose personal activities and/or leadership and commitment to the society or affairs of the public relations profession resulted in a striking demonstration of the profession’s principles, the society’s mission and/or code of professional standards or a notable advance in CPRS Hamilton’s prestige or personal activities and/or leadership that went beyond the call of duty or responsibility to employer or client and made a pronounced contribution to the status and acceptance of the public relations function.
Three nominators are required and all must be CPRS members. Nominators must include a detailed written summary no more than two pages (300 to 500 words) outlining the nominee’s demonstration of:
- Professional excellence or advancement of the practice of public relations
- Service to CPRS Hamilton, the profession of public relations, employer or client
- The nominee’s public relations-related accomplishments.
2018 recipient: Lisa Stocco, APR
Student Award of Excellence
Awarded to a CPRS Hamilton student member of a full-time public relations program. The student will have demonstrated the following:
- Clear understanding and application of the principles of public relations theory
- Actions and behaviour that reflect professionalism
- Leadership in personal and scholastic activities
- Commitment to the future of the public relations profession
- Perceived to have the ability to make future contributions to the status and acceptance of the public relations profession.
Nominators must submit a summary no more than two pages (300-500 words) outlining how the nominee fulfills the above criteria.
2018 Recipient: Kim Zarzuela
CPRS Hamilton PR Champion of the Year
Awarded to the lead manager of an organization who has demonstrated a commitment to and belief in the value of public relations as an effective business strategy. The award recipient will have established public relations as a high-level priority in creating business plans, will have empowered public relations personnel in the organization to be proactive, considers public relations a management function and a crucial organizational planning tool, uses public relations principles in making decisions and has created an environment where public relations can flourish.
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 how the nominee fulfills the above criteria.
2018 Recipient: Dr. Darin Treleaven, MD