The Health Care Public Relations Association (HCPRA) has officially integrated with the Canadian Public Relations Society on November 2, 2015. This announcement was shared with our local Vancouver members at the CPRS Beers N’ Networking event as well as in a message from the CPRS National President, Renee McCloskey.
Read her message below for the details of this big milestone:
On behalf of the Board of the Canadian Public Relations Society, I'm delighted to announce that the Health Care Public Relations Association (HCPRA) will be integrating with CPRS effective November 2.
We are pleased to welcome nearly 200 members of HCPRA into CPRS. The addition of these members add strength and diversity to our membership and bolsters our ability to support and represent the public relations profession in Canada. We are excited to welcome this new family of public relations professionals who share our belief that the ethical and strategic practice of public relations and communications management makes a positive contribution to the profession, our employers and to the communities we serve.
The integration means HCPRA members will become full national members of CPRS and enjoy the many benefits that come with membership. These new members will be encouraged to join one of 14 local member societies to take full advantage of local professional development and networking opportunities.
The addition of these members with a specialty in healthcare communications provides CPRS the unique opportunity to examine our professional development program and how we can offer programs and learning opportunities specific to the health care sector.
To help ensure a smooth transition, HCPRA Chair Judy Brown has been appointed to the CPRS National Board for a seven month term.
We believe this integration further strengthens CPRS' position as the association of choice for professional public relations practitioners in Canada.
Please join me in extending a warm welcome to our new members.
Renee McCloskey, APR
CPRS National President