Event Recap: CPRS Vancouver Annual General Meeting and Annual Summer Social a success

On Thursday, June 15th, CPRS Vancouver held its Annual General Meeting (AGM) and Summer Social. This year’s event, held at The Blackbird Public House, was a success with over 50 individuals in attendance. CPRS members ranging from students to practitioners to veterans came together to develop new relationships, share ideas and catch up with each other.

This year, Canada marks its 150th anniversary of Confederation. To celebrate this milestone, the keynote speakers Perry Boldt (Canada 150 Federal Secretariat) and Melody Maclean (Community Foundations of Canada) presented on the achievements of Canada 150 Federal Secretariat, the branding initiative and how this celebration has brought Canada, as a community, closer together.

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Special keynote speakers Perry Boldt (left) and Melody Maclean (right) provided insights into the communications highlights and challenges for Canada 150 celebrations.

After the keynote speakers, Emma Shea, Chapter President for CPRS Vancouver, officially opened the AGM portion of the event. She discussed the highlights of the past year, honoured the new fellows for the College of Fellows (FCPRS), and introduced the incoming Board.

This year, CPRS Vancouver had the honour to present two local chapter members with a Lifetime Membership in recognition of both dedication and contributions to the CPRS and to the communications and public relations fields. The two newly inducted Lifetime Members were Deborah Folka, APR, FCPRS (DLF Communications Ltd) and Peggy John, APR, FCPRS (Canadian Blood Services). Both Deborah and Peggy were honoured to get this recognition. Peggy stressed the importance of the CPRS. For her, CPRS was “not just professional support, but without a doubt, a network of support.”

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Congratulations Peggy (left) and Deborah (right) on receiving the Lifetime Members honour!

Emma Shea, while introducing the new Board, also took a moment to thank the past Board, especially outgoing Board director Rivka Parris, for their service to the CPRS. “I am super proud of the past Board. As you can see, we were able to report an increase in revenue and the highest engagement in Canada.”

Reflecting on her tenure serving on the Board of CPRS, Rivka stated that “being part of the CPRS Vancouver Board has truly been a joy. My fellow Board members have become both colleagues and friends, and I am grateful for the opportunity to work alongside so many talented, vibrant and dedicated individuals. I have been an active member of this association for many years, but my time on the CPRS Vancouver Board has been the most fulfilling, by far.”

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President Emma Shea bids farewell to outgoing Board Director of Operations, Rivka Parris.

Emma is excited for the upcoming year and said, “The fresh faces on the Board will bring new ideas and relevant leading edge pivot development for members in the upcoming year. The Board will take strategic planning to develop a plan that will elevate PR for the future of our profession.”

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The 2017-2018 Board of Directors.

This event could not happen without the organizers. This AGM and Summer Social was organized by Judy Hsu (Vancouver Aquarium) and Theodora Jean (Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada). All the attendees agreed that CPRS Vancouver had done a good job organizing this event. Suzannah Millette, BCIT Communications, said that it was “so fabulous to be in a room with so many engaged and experienced PR professionals. This event was a lot of fun!”

“Great turnout with engaged conversations, lots of proud moments recognizing the achievement of all our members,” affirmed Emma Shea. Theodora Jean, the organizer, believed that the AGM and Summer Social was a “wildly successful event with a great turnout and captivating speakers. It provided an excellent opportunity to network with other PR professionals. This event would not have been as successful without [the members’] enthusiasm and dedication to the industry.”

Special thank you to the door prize sponsors for providing great prizes for the attendees, The Printing House for printing of materials, and Munro Thompson Communications for providing event photography. The tasty food and friendly service by The Blackbird Public House staff also contributed to the success of the event.

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Finally, thank you to everyone who came out to support! CPRS Vancouver is looking forward to bring another tremendous year ahead to better serve our members and the PR community.

Other Quotes:

“Fantastic. Well organized. The food was great. Big thanks to Theodora and Judy who organized it.” – Kurt Heinrich, Simon Fraser University Communications (Past-President).

“Thought it was interesting, informative and a good opportunity to meet people and network.” “Joined CPRS to meet other PR practitioners and look for PR opportunities in my field” – Jessica

“Great. Wonderful. With an incoming Board, it’s always exciting to see how talented incoming professionals are and how well they are going to do for CPRS” – Amanda Munro.

“So excited. Excited to plan strategically with Emma. Develop a vision for CPRS. Excellent event, love the venue, great energy. Love the energy of members.” – Johanna Ward