Thank you for your 2018 Special Award nominations. Nominated by peers, these awards recognize exceptional leadership and action in the public relations profession. Due to the stringent criteria, some Special Awards may not be awarded annually.
All awards will be presented at a special event on Tuesday, May 8 at the Scottish Rite Club of Hamilton starting at 6 p.m. Keynote speaker Stephen Murdoch, Vice President, Public Relations for Enterprise Canada will close the evening by sharing his experiences as a celebrated PR leader and mentor.
Special Award Categories
Bill Cockman Memorial Award of Excellence in PR
Named for Bill Cockman, APR, who died in October 1997, in honour of his role in founding Hamilton’s first public relations association in the 1960s. Mr. Cockman was an honorary life member of CPRS Hamilton at the time of his death. The Award of Excellence is given for distinguished and dedicated service to the Canadian Public Relations Society and/or to the advancement/ betterment of the practice of public relations at large.
Awarded to a CPRS Hamilton member whose personal activities and/or leadership and commitment to the society or affairs of the public relations profession resulted in a striking demonstration of the profession’s principles, the society’s mission and/or code of professional standards or a notable advance in CPRS Hamilton’s prestige or personal activities and/or leadership that went beyond the call of duty or responsibility to employer or client and made a pronounced contribution to the status and acceptance of the public relations function.
2018 Recipient: Lisa Stocco, APR
The Student Award of Excellence
Awarded to a CPRS Hamilton student member of a full-time public relations program. The student will have demonstrated the following:
- Clear understanding and application of the principles of public relations theory
- Actions and behaviour that reflect professionalism
- Leadership in personal and scholastic activities
- Commitment to the future of the public relations profession
- Perceived to have the ability to make future contributions to the status and acceptance of the public relations profession.
2018 Recipient: Kim Zarzuela
CPRS Hamilton PR Champion of the Year
Awarded to the lead manager of an organization who has demonstrated a commitment to and belief in the value of public relations as an effective business strategy. The award recipient will have established public relations as a high-level priority in creating business plans, will have empowered public relations personnel in the organization to be proactive, considers public relations a management function and a crucial organizational planning tool, uses public relations principles in making decisions and has created an environment where public relations can flourish.
2018 Recipient: Dr. Darin Treleaven, MD
Bob Deans, APR Mentorship Award
The mentorship award will be presented to a senior public relations practitioner who has demonstrated a commitment to and belief in the value of mentoring both those who are new to the profession and those who are committed to the practice of public relations. The award recipient will have demonstrated a commitment to speaking to post-secondary students, encouraging internships in the workplace, fostering exemplary relationships in the profession and serving the profession.
2018 Recipient: Darrell Neufeld, APR
Dr. Louis J. Cahill Distinguished Service Award
This award is given whenever the CPRS Hamilton Board of Directors believes it is warranted. Presented to a member who has demonstrated a commitment to CPRS Hamilton in an exemplary way over the course of his or her membership.
Sharon Little APR Legacy Fund Scholar Award
In honour of our colleague and friend Sharon Little APR, who passed away November 6, 2014 after a courageous battle with Acute Myeloid Leukemia. Sharon was a member of CPRS since 2009 and was a 15-year employee at Halton Region where she was the Manager of Communications. Sharon served as Treasurer of the Hamilton chapter from 2010 to 2012 and as Vice-President from 2012 to 2013. Her insight, calm demeanour, wit, professionalism and positive approach to life and work made Sharon a valued member of the society and the communications community. The award was renamed in her honour and is now called, the “Sharon Little APR Legacy Fund Scholarship Award”.
2018 Recipient: Caroline Bourque-Wiley, MCM