The Canadian Public Relations Society

Greetings from the President

In CPRS on October 25, 2011 at 1:31 pm

On behalf of the CPRS Calgary Board of Directors, I am pleased to welcome you to our 2011 – 2012 program year. The last time I was President it was 1996, so when asked to return to the role in May 2011, I was delighted to come back. First, the Board needed someone in this position. I am semi-retired and had the time. Second, I was anxious to get back into the flow of public relations and communications here in Calgary.

I spent part of the summer getting caught up, and looking forward. We announced the Calgary Legacy Scholarship from the Communications + Public Relations Foundation. This scholarship will be given for the first time in 2012 to a post-secondary student in public relations or communications here in Calgary. Then, in conversation with our National President and the Executive Director, I heard exciting news about the progress the Pathways to the Profession program has made and the tremendous impact it will have on public relations education in Canada, and most certainly here in Calgary.

It was wonderful to see nearly 40 members attend our first program – a breakfast at the Palliser Hotel – on September 22. Our Program Committee invited all the candidates for the leadership of the Progressive Conservative Party of Alberta to speak about the role of communications in their campaigns. Alison Redford was the only candidate to accept, and as a result, we were treated to an informal, frank and very engaging 30 minute discussion with the woman who would become our premier – and, possibly, change the way many look at politics in Alberta.

I look forward to some exciting times at the Alberta Legislature and seeing as many of you as I can during another great year for CPRS Calgary. What are your plans? I’d love to hear from you. Stay in touch!

Janice Robertson, APR, LM

  1. So nice to see this first communique from you, Janice. I was also glad to read here that all of the leadership candidates had been approached to speak to us and that only Alison Redford had stepped forward. That’s different than offering a microphone to just one political candidate. Anyway, great that there was a good turn out for her and that she was able to show up as agreed to speak to our early birds. Breakfast should be a good slot for some people. I’m just back from my first event and it was also good. So CPRS is off to a flying start.– best to you and the board.

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