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On Thursday, December 14th, CPRS Vancouver kicked off the holiday season with a lively networking social at the Kingston Taphouse and Grille to celebrate the end of another memorable year.

The event brought together nearly 65 practitioners from various fields and organizations for an evening of mingling and sharing stories. The crowd was welcomed  by Emma Shea, APR, CPRS Vancouver President, and Theodora Jean, Director of Special Events. The great door prizes helped get everyone into the holiday spirit and excited about the event.

As part of the update on chapter activities, Emma and Theodora recapped 2017 by highlighting the many events and programs undertaken by CPRS Vancouver’s volunteers that include:

  • 8 professional development and networking events

  • Support for the 2017 National Conference in Kelowna

  • The mentorship program, matching over a dozen mentees with mentors

  • Student programming including the popular “Open Door to PR” initiative

  • Support for multiple professionals aiming to achieve their Accreditation in Public Relations

In addition, the chapter recently distributed a “B.C. Communicators Survey” and received over 100 responses that will support CPRS Vancouver’s Board of Directors with strategic planning and development of programs in 2018 and beyond. Common themes are presented throughout the survey results including a desire for more events around thought leadership, management, digital communication, and stakeholder engagement. Survey participants are encouraging CPRS Vancouver to focus on advancing communication and public relations standards, and continue to celebrate who we are and what we do.

While everyone enjoyed their appetizers and cocktails, guests were invited up to the microphone to share their best or worst PR memories of the year and the stories shared were received with bursts of laughter and clapping from the crowd. Live music provided by Patrick Gavigan carried us through to the end of the night, and as the event hashtag #MerryMemories suggests, many merry memories were made at the holiday social.

A big thank you goes out to the organizers and volunteers who made this event possible. We would also like to thank everyone who attended, and we wish our CPRS Vancouver members and friends a very happy and prosperous 2018. See you at the next event!

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