The Canadian Public Relations Society

Thanks CPRS Calgary and Public Relations Foundation!

In CPRS, Students on December 19, 2012 at 4:29 pm

By Sanita Dhillon

Thank you CPRS Calgary and Public Relations Foundation for the Susan Francis Prize in Public Relations! I wanted to share how both the CPRS and scholarship have helped me start my career.

I am a fourth year Communications student at the University of Calgary. A few years ago, I started to feel uneasy about getting into the workforce. I didn’t really know what it would be like or if any employer would want to hire me. But I started to do some research and through a career event at school, I heard about the CPRS. A career advisor said that joining as a student member would be a good way to network with professionals in the field. At the time, I didn’t even really know what that meant, but joining was a great decision.

I attended a few student events, including a tour of several workplaces with PR professionals, and a resume and interview workshop. The events clarified what a career in PR would be like and what employers are looking for. It helped me set goals to work towards and know what to expect for my co-op placements. Now that I am near the completion of my degree and preparing for a study exchange in New Zealand, the CPRS has supported me again.

When I heard about the Susan Francis Prize in Public Relations, I was hopeful that it might help me financially for my exchange. After reading about Susan and the values she exhibited in her work, I began to feel that the scholarship was meaningful because Susan was a role model to aspire to. As I approach the transition from student to professional, I constantly reflect on the values I have developed and how I want to demonstrate them in my work. By providing the opportunity to learn about role models like Susan, the CPRS and Public Relations Foundation is supporting me become the type of leader I hope to be.

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  1. Susan was a member of CPRS Calgary from 1998 to her untimely passing in 2001. I think she would have been proud that a woman of Sanita’s calibre was the first to receive the Prize established in her name.

    Here is a link to the news release about the prize and a little bit about the background of both remarkable women
    http://www.cprscalgary.com/data/9/rec_docs/3545_2012_Susan_Francis.pdf

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