As in-coming President of CPRS Vancouver, I’m privileged to introduce our new Board of Directors for 2020-2021. They are all leaders in the public relations and communications industry who volunteer their time and expertise to ensure CPRS Vancouver is well-run, serves our members, and delivers high-quality programming and services. I’m proud to serve alongside them.
As we transition into the 2020-2021 season, I want to thank our Past President, Theodora Jean, for her leadership this past year. She has created great opportunities for additional member benefits and brought forward fresh new ideas for our board over the past year. I can’t thank her enough for her leadership.
As she passes on the torch in these strange pandemic times and we adjust to our new normal with COVID-19, things will continue to look a little different for us. But one thing I can guarantee won’t change is the dedication of your CPRS Vancouver board of your directors. We’re having more conversations about how we can adapt as a society to ensure we’re supporting all of you through these challenging times. How can we come together in unique ways to connect, to share, to learn, and to provide value to all of you?
Our latest blog series ‘Crisis Communications & Pandemic PR’ is a great example of how we’re being responsive to your needs during these times. These blogs include tips from our Leaders Network, many of whom are working in healthcare, like myself. We also heard from Laurie Dawkins, Vice President, Communications & Stakeholder Engagement at the Provincial Health Services Authority at our recent Annual General Meeting, who shared invaluable insights on how her team pivoted to support their organization through this challenging time. These are just some examples of the experts you’ll be hearing from in the future as we plan virtual events and professional development opportunities in the coming year.
I strongly believe that in times like this, connection is one of the most powerful tools we have. Let’s rely on each other, share best practices, learn from each other's successes, and where we could have done better. I look forward to connecting with you over the next year. If you have any feedback or ideas for the Board, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me at any time. I can be reached by email at [email protected]
Tanya Colledge, APR
Communications Leader, Vancouver Coastal Health
Owner, Coldwater Communications
Partner, Munro Thompson Communications Inc.
Principal, Spotlight West Communications
Director of Operations
Director of Accreditation
Patricia MacNeil, APR
Director, Communications, Vancouver School Board
Scott Jackson, APR
Manager, Communications, Co-operative Housing Federation of Canada
Director of Communications
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada
Director of Students/ Education
Director of Communications, BC Chamber of Commerce
Director of Membership
Communications Manager, Tourism Richmond
Director of Mentorship
Owner, Apostrophe PR
Director of Senior-Level Professional Development
Rashpal Rai, APR
Manager, Communications Planning, ICBC
Co-Director, Professional Development
Public Relations Specialist, United Way Lower Mainland
Hannah B. Foley
Director of Speaker Series
Kristine Sostar McLellan
Manager of Corporate Communications, Concert Properties
Director of Special Events
Account Manager, Munro Thompson Communications
Director of Sponsorship & Partnerships
Director, Public Relations & Communications, Fairmont Pacific Rim
Director of Research and Data
Vice President, Strategy & Partnerships, Rival Technologies
Thank you to our new and continuing Directors!
As President, I’m looking forward to working with everyone on this years’ Board of Directors. We’re here to be of service to our members, so if you want to get involved, I encourage you to become a member of CPRS Vancouver. You can find a job, post a job, share your ideas for new programming, write a guest post, become a volunteer, and more. Contact CPRS Vancouver if you would like to direct any questions or comments to myself or any of our Directors. We’re here for you and we’re listening!