Every year, CPRS Vancouver has the opportunity to honour local chapter members with a Lifetime Membership in recognition of both dedication and contributions to CPRS and to the communications and public relations field.
This year, it’s our pleasure to present Deborah Folka, APR, FCPRS and Peggy John, APR, with this acknowledgment.
Deborah L. Folka, APR, FCPRS
Deborah Folka, APR, FCPRS, has been the principal of DLF Communications Ltd., an independent public relations consultancy, since 1993. She has developed a specialty in issues and crisis communications management and has provided these services to a broad range of clients in both the private and public sectors.
Deborah graduated summa cum laude in communications from the University of Washington and earned a graduate degree in journalism from the University of Arizona. She has taught communications at Douglas College, Vancouver Community College, Kwantlen University College and at the University of Arizona.
Deborah has been a national board member for CPRS, a board member and president of the local Vancouver chapter, regional accreditation chair for Alberta and BC and continues to be a national accreditation exam grader and examiner. Last year, she created “No Good Deed”, a column for CPRS- Vancouver, which examines ethical issues members of our profession may face. She was the recipient of the Pat Monk Award for leadership in the profession in 2000 and last month was inducted into CPRS’s College of Fellows.
In the community, Deborah has volunteered for a variety of organizations over the years including the Yoga Association of BC, the Family Council of the George Derby Centre, Royal Roads University’s MBA Community Advisory Board, KCTS-TV, the Legal Marketing Association’s awards program and she is currently on the Compassionate Communities Advisory Board for the BC Centre for Palliative Care. From 2008 to 2014, she provided pro bono communications counsel to the 15 elite women ski jumpers who sued to earn their place in the Olympic Winter Games.
“I’m surprised and delighted to be honoured with Life Membership in CPRS- Vancouver,” says Deborah. “I first became a PRSA member in Cincinnati in 1978 and have always been grateful for the support, socializing and professional development our association has provided. And I’m amazed at how quickly 30 years has passed.”
Peggy John, APR
Peggy John, APR is a strategic and connected communications professional, with over 25 years of experience in public and private organizations. From health care and education, to associations and publishing, Peggy’s commendable career also includes many highlights of giving back to her community.
Joining CPRS at the beginning of her career, she has served in many roles within the organization, including President of the Vancouver chapter, National Conference Committee Chair (1995), National Director, Task Force Chair, Advisory Board member and is a recipient of the Pat Monk Award for contributions to the profession. The year she lead a team of colleagues in organizing the national conference was also the most successful conference the society has seen in over a decade.
In addition to her significant contributions to CPRS, Peggy has also had many career highlights including creating ‘48in48’ – BC Transplant and Canada’s 1st national organ donor registration drive in partnership with Global TV, CBS, and national donation agencies; and establishing the first formal Public Relations function at the Justice Institute of BC.
“I first joined CPRS because I thought it was something I was supposed to do as a communications professional, but throughout my career it has become so much more than a professional association” says Peggy. “The friendships, the connections, and the opportunities that have come my way have been nothing short of amazing. It’s such a supportive community—one that I’ve relied upon professionally and personally and one I have really enjoyed giving back to over the years.”
On June 15, CPRS Vancouver will present Peggy and Deborah with their Life Member certificates at the AGM. Please join us to congratulate Peggy and Deborah in person, as well as honour CPRS Vancouver’s newest APRs, on their amazing accomplishments! Register here!