Every year, CPRS Manitoba recognizes and celebrates excellence in public communications with the Manitoba Communicator of the Year Award (MCOY).

The MCOY Award is CPRS Manitoba’s most prestigious public relations and communications award and honours practitioners, teams and organizations that lead the way in innovation, resourcefulness and creativity. It celebrates Manitoba businesses, government, non-profits and community organizations whose efforts within the previous year or two have resulted in greater understanding of a specific issue, successful promotion of a cause, expert management of a crisis, or public’s acceptance of an organization’s mandate.

Nominations for the 2019 Manitoba Communicator of the Year Awards will open on January 1, 2019.

2019 Awards Celebration

Save the date for the 12th annual Manitoba Communicator of the Year (MCOY) Awards Celebration – Friday, April 26, 2019!

About the Awards

Celebrating excellence in communications, the Manitoba Communicator of the Year (MCOY) awards honour individuals and organizations whose work in public relations or communications has had a significant impact in the community.

There are three MCOY Award categories:

  • Small Campaign Award (Budgets less than $20,000)
  • Large Campaign Award (Budgets greater than $20,000)
  • Crowning Achievement Award

All award categories are open to Manitoba practitioners in business, government, non-profit and community organizations. Entrants do not have to be professional communicators or CPRS members to be eligible for a MCOY award. Individuals may enter themselves or be nominated by others.

SMALL CAMPAIGN AWARD: Open to Manitoba practitioners whose efforts in the past two years (January 1, 2017 – December 31, 2018) have resulted in a 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 for a total budget of $20,000 or less.

LARGE CAMPAIGN AWARD: Open to Manitoba practitioners whose efforts in the past two years (January 1, 2017 – December 31, 2018) have resulted in a 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 for a total budget greater than $20,000.

Nominees in both of the above categories must have demonstrated creativity, solid communication strategies, and outstanding skills in communicating with the public at large or with specific stakeholder groups. Please note that 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.

CROWNING ACHIEVEMENT AWARD: Open to Manitoba practitioners who have made substantial contributions to or outstanding achievements in the field of public relations or communications over the course of their career.

Past MCOY Award Recipients

CPRS Manitoba introduced the MCOY award in 2008 to honour individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to the PR and communications community.

2017 Manitoba Communicator of the Year award recipients
2017 Manitoba Communicator of the Year recipients (from left): Susan Olynik, Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries (Crowning Achievement); Chris Albi, Jennifer Doerksen, Sarah Henry, Colleen McVarish, Winnipeg Harvest (Small Campaign); and Laura Curtis, Assiniboine Park Conservancy (Large Campaign)
  • Susan Olynik, Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries (retired), Crowning Achievement, (2017)
  • Chris Albi, Jennifer Doerksen, Sarah Henry & Colleen McVarish, Winnipeg Harvest, Small Campaign (2017)
  • Laura Curtis, Assiniboine Park Conservancy, Large Campaign (2017)
  • Maureen Fitzhenry & Angela Cassie, Canadian Museum for Human Rights, Small Campaign (2016)
  • Bill Acheson & Christian Robin, Red River College, Large Campaign (2016)
  • Jane Puchniak, Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet (RWB) (2015)
  • Jason Syvixay, Downtown Winnipeg BIZ (2014)
  • Bill Peters, St-Boniface Hospital Research Centre (2013)
  • Scott Brown, True North Sports and Entertainment (2012)
  • Kevin Walters, Manitoba Homecoming (2011)
  • Clare MacKay, The Forks North Portage Partnership (2010)
  • Heather Plett, Canadian Foodgrains Bank (2009)
  • Gail Asper and Kim Jasper, Canadian Museum for Human Rights (2008)