CPRS Hamilton Volunteer Appreciation

11 April 2019

April 7-13 is National Volunteer Week in Canada. We’ve taken some time to reflect and recognize how truly fortunate we are to work with such a dedicated and generous group of professionals with the Canadian Public Relations Society’s Hamilton chapter.

Last Thursday, April 4th we hosted our fourth #ElevatePR conference. Our board members, Dr. Alex Sevigny, APR and Caroline Bourque-Wily, APR—with support from the rest of the board—poured countless hours into finding speakers, creating and printing a program, sourcing sponsors, and ensuring that the 40+ participants who attended had an exceptional day of learning and networking.

Our team consistently performs like clockwork; however, we recognize that there is no movement without the support of all the operations behind the face.

Our board members like Alex Sevigny are always ready to introduce speakers (or speak on their behalf with last minute changes!). Exceptional coverage is consistently provided by Sheri De Carlo from CPRS Toronto through her articles. And without the communications and advertising managed by Joanna Williams and Rosita Carobelli-Zukowski we would have significantly fewer people to provide programming for.

We would be remiss if we did not highlight the board members who dedicate their time and expertise in enhancing our practice and fellow members.

For well over a decade, CPRS Hamilton’s mentorship program—this year under the leadership of Shelby Riddell and Agnes Bongers—has shaped the careers of dozens of practitioners. Stalwart volunteers like David Rowney, FCPRS and Gordon Neufeld, APR, and Liliana Busnello, APR make an indelible impact on the lives and careers of many professionals and our society on both a regional and national scale.

Our esteemed colleague, Heather Pullen, FCPRS is responsible for preparing dozens of now-accredited professionals across Canada for success on their exams. A consummate professional who teaches graduate-level courses in addition to her professional duties, Heather has put together a full curriculum for the APR, spending days each week in the summer and fall ensuring her pupils are prepared.

When members are ready to earn their Fellowship certification, Brenda Sweeny, FCPRS is there to guide them through their journey. CPRS Hamilton has one of the highest ratios of FCPRS, over half of whom received mentorship from Brenda.

In the 30 years since our affiliation with the Canadian Public Relations Society, CPRS Hamilton has been recognized as one of the most influential and well-governed societies. This would not be possible without our board members, our volunteers, and our partners. While we are professional communicators, we still struggle to find the words to appropriately express our gratitude to each of you who has contributed to the development of our Chapter and colleagues.

On this National Volunteers Week and every week, we are tremendously grateful for your contributions.

Dustin Manley, APR, CMP and Dan Muys, APR