On Tuesday June 7th, CPRS Vancouver held its AGM and Summer Social. With over 75 individuals registered, this year’s event was held at Steamworks Brew Pub in Gastown, and brought together an array of CPRS members, students, and PR practitioners from various sectors. Attendees had the opportunity to network, socialize, and hear from three amazing individuals: Amanda Munro (Munro Thompson Communications), Jeff Meerman (TD Bank Group), and Marcelo Dominguez (Canadian Blood Services) as they opened up to the crowd about their most inspiring moments in public relations in the past year.
Amanda encouraged attendees to do what you love and what you’re passionate about. Don’t be afraid to move on if you discover your passion lies somewhere else. It was primarily this advice that resulted in Amanda and her colleague opening their own communications firm, Munro Thompson Communications.
Jeff spoke about finding inspiration at TD Bank, where employees are encouraged (as he encouraged attendees) to “bring yourself to work”. By being yourself and being genuine, true inspiration will shine through in what you do each day. Jeff spoke about TD's national Pride festivals and LGBT market strategy, and how these initiatives have fundamentally changed TD’s brand and business.
Finally, Marcelo talked about the inspiration he gets from helping Canadians through his work with Canadian Blood Services. Without strong communications and public relations work, Canadian Blood Services would not have the strong donor base that it has today.
The Society also presented Ingrid Cheung with the prestigious CPRS Vancouver Student Scholarship, a $2000 prize for a student demonstrating excellence in PR who provides high quality project work to a real world client. Special recognition was also given to new APRs Patricia MacNeil and Clay Adams, as well as recent inductee into the CPRS College of Fellows, Victor Vsrnik.
The CPRS’s successes and opportunities over the past year were discussed by outgoing President, and now Past President, Kurt Heinrich. Incoming President Emma Shea, APR left members with a few challenges for the upcoming year to stay engaged with the Society.
The event concluded with the opportunity to network and meet other attendees. Individuals shared their experiences and were able to talk about what they find inspiring in their own PR journeys. “I’m glad I went to the AGM,” one individual said. “I’m a little shy, so it’s good to push my comfort zone as I always meet some awesome people." Indeed, meeting awesome people and sharing awesome experiences was definitely the trend of the evening.
CPRS Vancouver would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the following sponsors who provided the door prizes or in-kind sponsorship for the event: BC Lions, Vancouver Whitecaps FC, Philippe Dandurand Wines, Seacity Fitness, Kwantlen Polytechnic University and The Bar Method.