Nominations Open for Manitoba Communicator of the Year

The Canadian Public Relations Society Manitoba Chapter is pleased to open up nominations for the eighth annual Manitoba Communicator of the Year (MCOY) award. CPRS Manitoba celebrates excellence in public communications, and developed the MCOY award in 2008 to honour individuals and organizations whose work in public relations or communications has had a significant impact. The award will be presented at a gala luncheon on May 7 at the Manitoba Club in Winnipeg.

The MCOY award is open to Manitoba practitioners in business, government, non-profit and community organizations whose efforts in the past two years (2013 or 2014) have resulted in greater understanding of a specific issue, successful promotion of a cause, expert management of a crisis, or the public’s acceptance of an organization’s mandate. Nominees must have demonstrated creativity, solid communication strategies, and outstanding skills in communicating with the public at large or with specific stakeholder groups. It is not the nominee’s body of work as a whole that qualifies, but rather a specific initiative where communications played a vital and measurable role in a desired outcome.

Note that each application will be assessed for achievement of goals irrespective of budget, as budgets can and do range extensively. Nominees do not have to be professional communicators to be eligible for MCOY. However, CPRS members will automatically earn five percentage points toward the total weight of their application. And yes, you may nominate yourself!

Previous award recipients include Jason Syvixay of Downtown Winnipeg BIZ (2014); Bill Peters of St-Boniface Hospital Research Centre (2013); Scott Brown of True North Sports and Entertainment (2012); Kevin Walters of Manitoba Homecoming (2011); Clare MacKay of The Forks North Portage Partnership (2010); and Heather Plett of the Canadian Foodgrains Bank (2009). Inaugural MCOY winners were Gail Asper and Kim Jasper of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights (2008).

Nominations are now closed. Thank you to all applicants.


2015 Torchia Scholarship

The Communications + Public Relations Foundation, in partnership with Torchia Communications, announces the 2015 Torchia Scholarship for  students studying in public relations/communications programs across Canada.  The scholarship celebrates Canada’s history of bilingualism and multiculturalism.

Established in 2007, this national Scholarship is awarded annually to the student who best exemplifies the spirit and practice of bilingualism in the Canadian communications and public relations profession. It is inspired by the career of Armand Torchia, who cofounded The Houston Group with Stan Houston, and Torchia Communications with his son Jean-Claude. The Scholarship adheres to the values espoused by Torchia Communications in providing quality services in both of Canada’s official languages.

Eligible students are those who have chosen to study public relations or communications in one of Canada’s two official languages that is not his/her first language or mother tongue. Past recipients include winners with a variety of language and cultural backgrounds—English studying in French, French studying in English, and a number of winners whose first language is neither English nor French and who have facility in three or more languages.

The Scholarship demonstrates a commitment to breaking down barriers, and to creating an understanding about cultural differences within the country so that we might create a stronger shared identity. Speaking multiple languages enriches students, gives them a competitive edge and a greater appreciation for other cultures and ways of thinking, which often leads to exciting career opportunities.

Submission deadline is April 30, 2015 for students who will finish their first year of study in Spring 2015 and be entering a second year of public relations and communications study in September 2015, in a degree program, a multi-year diploma or a certification program that meets recognized standards of education.  The Scholarship is valued at $1,500 and is for the winner’s second year of academic study.

For more information about the Torchia Scholarship, or to apply for this scholarship please visit our student scholarship information page: