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Help people check you out


Did you know that as a CPRS Toronto member (including students and associates) you’re automatically part of our online directory?

Here’s how you can customize your profile so that people get to know you better!

  1. Login in the top right corner of the CPRS homepage (hint: your user name is your email address; reset your password here)
  2. Click on “Membership Details” in top right corner
  3. Make changes to your profile and click “Update Profile” on bottom
    NOTE: Only your name, email, phone and biographical info appears to others in the directory. 

Of course, we’d rather see your smiling face instead of this guy. 

So, if you also want to add a profile picture, make sure your Gravatar account is up to date (meaning it must include the email address in the CPRS Toronto member directory). No Gravatar account? Start here

That’s it. Now anyone who is a member can see your smiling face in the members’ only directory.

Heard about the member benefit that pays?


Our member referral program pays $100 for new Full members that join CPRS Toronto on the strength of recommendations from members like you.

Here’s how it works:

Tell a colleague about how CPRS membership has helped you professionally and suggest that they check out the benefits of belonging.

If you are named on this application form as our referring member, you’ll be informed by the CPRS National office that you’ve earned a $100 credit, as soon as the new Full member is confirmed, up to a maximum of $800 per year.

Need to know more? Drop us a line.

Member appreciation event nets largest turnout in recent memory


How to capture the energy of the 160 CPRS Toronto members who attended our season opener at the historic Enoch Turner Schoolhouse on September 27? Perhaps a few of your stories will do the trick.

CPRS Toronto hosted 160 Members at the Enoch Turner Schoolhouse for it’s season opener on September 27, 2012.

In her follow-up note to the event, Carol Panasiuk, APR, LM, says that she appreciated the opportunity to get together with the senior practice group at our private reception, which took place just prior to the main event with all CPRS Toronto members. She found the reception to be a great opportunity to catch up with her peers and has suggested that CPRS Toronto get the senior practice group together a couple of times each year. We’re planning on it, Carol!

Bruce Stock, APR, FCPRS, dropped in on Kathleen Garrett, APR, and the APR study group that had hived themselves off for some exam preparations. He told our APR candidates of his experience as an Oral Examiner in the CPRS Accreditation Program several years ago, revealing that he and the other two examiners had given a perfect score to a candidate. Bruce wanted to impress upon our candidates that, a) it could be done, and b) the key was that the successful candidate was concise with her answers. This APR candidate had spoken succinctly and with purpose and when she was done, she was done. It was great to be in on this particular interaction that will hopefully serve as some inspiration for the CPRS Toronto candidates who are now into an extremely intense part of the accreditation process.

The members heard brief updates from their Board members, learning about our current priorities and numerous upcoming events. These Board reports generated great follow-up discussions with our members and sponsors. I spoke with Emmanuel Caisse with CEDROM-SNi on his way out, for example. He had already connected with our Board liaison to sponsors, Laurie Smith, and was deeply engaged in exploring ways to meet our members’ professional needs.

This event has also jump-started our member volunteer network once again, to the delight of Board members Parm Chohan, who is coordinating volunteer placements with the Board’s working committees, and Jenn Heyes, who heads up our student leadership team.

CPRS Toronto President Vincent Power, APR, had a lively chat with a group of student members who were amused when he told them to be sure to pull their weight in group assignments at school. Vincent advised the students that PR school stories travel far and wide and could ultimately affect their employment. Our new student members were shocked and somewhat horrified to hear this but soon realized that they could relate. According to the students, the time spent on group assignments is the hardest time to like your fellow PR students.

We also heard from members who were unable to attend. Perhaps my favourite exchange was with Andrew Clarke who sent his regrets but didn’t forgo his opportunity to network. Andrew asked us for some support to get in touch with members who, like him, are giving leadership to social media and community relations strategies. We have since offered Andrew some contacts to get started.

Judging by what you said, I think we were successful in providing an appropriate and meaningful networking opportunity for our members at this event. I hope we also adequately conveyed our appreciation for your continuing member support of CPRS Toronto.

The final word here goes out to CPRS Toronto members Amie Zimon, Jessica Delaney and Jenn Heyes who answered our call for volunteer support at this event. Given the number of members who attended, they certainly had their hands full in terms of handling the social graces while also helping to ease our new members into the CPRS family. You did a truly admirable job. Thank you.

Chance to win: Call for professional development topic suggestions


Attention CPRS Toronto members! We would much appreciate your feedback about topics of interest for professional development this year.

CPRS Toronto is offering members an exclusive chance to win one free pass to the next CPRS Toronto PD event for those who submit their suggestions to the following questions:

1. Which professional development topics are of most interest to you?
2. Do you have any recommendations for esteemed public relations/communications practitioners located in the Toronto-area to lead a PD event this fall?

Please submit your suggestions to Christina Stefanski, CPRS Toronto Professional Development Chair at christina_stefanski@sony.ca by July 31, 2012 to be entered for your chance to win one free pass to the next CPRS Toronto PD event in the fall.

Do you ever question the value of your membership?


If you’re like most members of voluntary professional associations, you question the value of your membership when you get your annual renewal notice. You also take some measure of value every time you interact with the association.

This is all well and good since the volunteer leaders of CPRS Toronto are accountable to the members for responding to your expressed needs and interests, delivering relevant programs and services, and advancing the profession of public relations.

Another fundamental fact about associations is that members derive more value by getting involved than they do by being passive.

Our member surveys show time and again that individuals who take advantage of networking, professional development programs, awards, accreditation, volunteer opportunities, etc. are much more satisfied with the value of their association than those who do not.

This fact will come as no surprise to public relations practitioners who communicate daily with active and latent publics. This widely-cited article describes the multiple stages of latency, Inactive Publics: The Forgotten Publics in Public Relations, finding among other things that there is a direct correlation between an individual’s perception of an organization’s relevance and their degree of personal involvement.

If you are not involved or you need a reason to re-engage, here are a few ideas to get you started:

New professionals

Intermediate practitioners

Senior practitioners

  • Help us to shore up the public relations brand by bringing slander to our attention – both CPRS Toronto and CPRS National are engaging media and other stakeholders who make inappropriate references to public relations practice.
  • Lead the way by volunteering for local, national or international initiatives.
  • Share your experience and knowledge as a guest lecturer at a public relations degree-granting institution in the GTA.
All members
  • Consume every free professional development program that we offer and attend in person those PD events that are relevant to your practice.
  • Read the annual report to the members and exercise your member vote.
  • Come out to our celebrations. Never miss a free event!

Please also give us feedback. Be specific about what’s working and what’s not. Contact any of your volunteer board members directly or write to our helpful staff.

CPRS Toronto welcomes its newest members


Nine communications and public relations professionals and seven students have made the strategic decision to become a member of the Canadian Public Relations Society.

National members

  • Geraldine Anderson, Counsel Public Affairs
  • Gary Buffett, South East Community Care Access Centre
  • Catherine Cano, NATIONAL Public Relations
  • Derek Johnstone, UFCW Canada
  • Lisa Lamm, CNW Group
  • Matt Matheson, Movember Canada
  • Marcel Wieder, Aurora Strategy Group
  • Evelyn Yallen, Barrick Gold

Affiliate members

  • Rafay Agha, Conservation Halton

Student members

  • Nadia Franceschetti, Humber College
  • Shawn Galey, Sault College
  • Alexa MacDonald, Humber College
  • Beth McSherry, Humber College
  • Nii Sackey Sackeyfio, McMaster University
  • Lisa Sanzo, University of Toronto
  • Austina Tarvydas, Humber College