Manitoba Communicators of the Year Awards Nominations

The CPRS Manitoba Communicators of the Year Awards celebrates achievements in communications from here in Manitoba over the past year. The awards recognize individuals and organizations whose work in communications has made a significant impact.

 

Who Can Enter?

All award categories are open to Manitoba practitioners in business, government, non-profit and community organizations located and operating the majority of their organizations in Manitoba. Entrants do not have to be professional communicators or CPRS members to be eligible for an award. Individuals may enter themselves or be nominated by others (excluding self-nomination of Mentor of the Year). For all award categories, submissions must include two letters of support and an executive summary. Work samples are encouraged to strengthen submissions but are not required.

 

Award Categories

COMMUNICATOR OF THE YEAR
Open to individuals who have demonstrated substantial leadership in the field of public relations or communications through years of experience, academic knowledge and/or professional practice certification. The individual has showcased their expertise in providing strategic communications guidance through an ethical framework while embedding it into their organization. They’ve made a meaningful contribution to the public relations profession through volunteerism and/or thought leadership.

EMERGING COMMUNICATIONS LEADER
Open to individuals with up to five years experience in the field of public relations or communications, including students, who have demonstrated a strategic mindset and innovation approach above and beyond what’s normally expected at this level. They have demonstrated study or certification in the field of communications management (e.g. change management, brand/strategy, reputation management, media relations, corporate communications, etc.). Their work showcases high impact over a short period of time and as such will be asked to provide three examples, with measurable outcomes, to demonstrate their results. This individual embraces a growth mindset and demonstrates a desire for continuous improvement.

MENTOR OF THE YEAR
An individual can be nominated for demonstrating an exceptional commitment to formal or informal mentorship in the field of public relations or communications. Through their mentorship, this individual leverages their years of experience and academic knowledge to make an impact on the next generation of communications professionals, thereby contributing to credibility and ethical practice in the field. The nominator must articulate how the person has demonstrated mentorship through leadership, communication, accessibility and networking. The mentorship must have occurred within the past two years.

OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION – RECONCILIATION, EQUITY, DIVERSITY, AND INCLUSION
An individual or team can be nominated for demonstrating an outstanding contribution to advancing an organization’s reconciliation or EDI initiatives through strategic communications. The submission must show alignment with the organization’s strategic objectives in relation to reconciliation or EDI contributions and demonstrate cross-functional collaboration. It must also articulate how public relations or communications efforts directly or indirectly contributed to the advancement of an organization’s reconciliation and/or EDI strategy and showcase the communications approach and methodology used to evaluate results.

OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION – ENGAGEMENT
An individual or team can be nominated for demonstrating an outstanding contribution to advancing an organization’s engagement initiatives through strategic communications. It’s expected that the submitter will define the audience that they have engaged (e.g. employees, a specific segment of the community, government, etc). The submission must show alignment with the organization’s strategic objectives as it relates to engagement contributions and demonstrate cross-functional collaboration. It must also articulate how public relations or communications efforts directly or indirectly contributed to the advancement of an organization’s engagement strategy and could include areas such as reputation, innovation, technology, change/transformation and/or public participation. The submission must showcase the communications approach and methodology used to evaluate results (e.g. IAP2).

OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION – CHANGE MANAGEMENT
An individual or team can be nominated for demonstrating an outstanding contribution to advancing an organization’s change management through effective change communications. The submission must define the audience and the change expected of that audience, show alignment with the organization’s strategic objectives as it relates to change, and demonstrate cross-functional collaboration. It must also articulate how change communications efforts directly or indirectly contributed to the advancement of an organization’s change and/or transformation agenda, showcase the communications approach and methodology used to evaluate results, and demonstrate the application of change methodology (e.g. ADKAR).

Submission Requirements

  1. Nomination Form
  2. Executive Summary 
  3. Two Letters of Support from Clients, Constituents, or Peers

Work samples are appreciated, but not mandatory.

Nominations will be reviewed and selected by an adjudication panel of communications professionals.

The winners will be presented at CPRS Manitoba’s 2024 Manitoba Communicators of the Year Awards on Thursday, April 4. Stay tuned for more information on how to purchase tickets.