PROGRAM OVERVIEW

The CPRS Vancouver Mentorship Program gives practitioners a wonderful opportunity to benefit from the guidance of fellow experienced public relations professionals. Mentorship is available for all members, with opportunities for relationships based on experience, sector, specific skills, and geographic area.

VISION

The CPRS Vancouver mentorship program creates mutually beneficial relationships amongst members whereby members exchange knowledge about the profession and, ultimately, aid one another in enhancing their careers.

PROGRAMS

 Two types of mentorship are available – Formal and Group 

1. Formal mentorship

CPRS Vancouver chapter members have an opportunity to apply to be mentors and mentees, and will then be paired for a formal three-month program. There are four types of formal mentorship that mentors and mentees can apply for:

  • Novice/student and experienced member
  • A specific sector (e.g., government, hospitality, etc.)
  • Knowledge or special skills (e.g., public engagement, social media planning, etc.)
  • Accreditation support for obtaining an APR designation

The formal program requires:

  • Commit to the full three months of the mentoring relationship
  • Attend the kick-off event
  • Meet at least three times throughout the program; at least one meeting must be in person; suggestion is one meeting a month
  • Report back to CPRS about the mentoring experience; once during the three-month program and once at the end
  • Be punctual and prepared for each meeting
  • Give advanced notice if a meeting must be postponed

2. Group mentorship

CPRS Vancouver chapter members have an opportunity to apply to be mentors and mentees for casual group mentorship sessions. The number of group sessions that take place will depend on demand, but at least one session will occur. There will be three types of group mentorship that mentors and mentees can apply for:

  • A specific sector (e.g., government, hospitality, etc.)
  • Knowledge or special skills (e.g., public engagement, social media planning, etc.)
  • Geographic area mentorship “speed dating” session (e.g., North Shore, Surrey/Delta/Langley, Tri-Cities, etc.)

The group program requires:

  • Attend the kick-off event
  • Attend the group session(s) registered for
  • Attempt to connect with at least one member and exchange contact information, so that an ongoing relationship can be developed

MATCHING MENTORS & MENTEES

Mentors and mentees will be matched based on a number of factors, including experience, shared career interests (industry type, organization type, job functions) and location. 

TIMELINE

  • October 15, 2016 – Application deadline
  • November 2016 (exact date, TBA) – Kick-off event (information and networking social)
  • December 1, 2016 – formal program mentor/mentee pairings finalized and communicated to participants
  • December 1, 2016 – group session topics, locations, dates, times and participants finalized and communicated to participants
  • Jan-April, 2017 – Formal one-on-one program
  • Feb-June, 2017 – Group program sessions

QUESTIONS?

Please contact Deneka Michaud, dmichaud@sd44.ca for any comments and questions about the CPRS Vancouver Mentorship Program.