CPRS Vancouver Island
CPRS Vancouver Island

Meet our Board of Directors for 2017/2018

Peggy Kulmala, APR

President
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Peggy has over 20 years of communications and marketing experience in the public sector - with the federal and provincial governments, a Crown corporation, a B.C. public agency – as well as in the non-profit and for-profit sector. Peggy has an MBA from Royal Roads University and the equivalent to a diploma in government communications. She received the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012 for her work in community outreach.

Peggy joined CPRS in 2010 and has served on the local board since 2013. She earned her Accredited, Public Relations designation in 2014. Peggy was first elected president in 2016. She is the Chair of the Executive Committee.

 

Vacant

Vice President
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Are you a senior practitioner who is a long-time CPRS member intimately familiar with Canada's premier association for public relations/communications?

CPRS-VI is currently seeking nominations for a Vice President.

The Vice President's responsibilities include:
  • acting is the primary point of contact for Chairs,
  • assuming the duties and exercises the authority of the President in her or his absence,
  • conducting research and/or member consultations when necessary to address arising strategic issues/opportunities facing the Board, and
  • prepare for a smooth transition to President.
All inquiries and expressions of interest can be passed to the Chair of the Nominations Committee here.
 

Jonathon Dyck, APR

Director and Governance Chair
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Jonathon is the Communications Manager for BC Transit. Jonathon has been a CPRS member since 2011. He served as the President, Vice-President, Professional Development Chair, and Education Chair with CPRS Northern Lights and on a national committee. Jonathon earned his Accredited, Public Relations designation in 2018

Jonathon has his Master of Arts in Disaster and Emergency Management from Royal Roads University, Bachelor of Arts from Simon Fraser University, and a Broadcasting Diploma from Mount Royal College.

Jonathon was appointed to the Board in 2018 and serves on the Executive Committee as Governance Chair.
 

Jason Woywada

Secretary
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Jason is a management, communications and privacy consultant always seeking to contribute to success.

A self-described pragmatist with progressive tendencies, his public relations career is rooted in full-service journalism. While his career spans the full range of the media mix, he began as a television reporter and became a producer in the 1990’s. Following this, he began his second career in government and for the legislative assembly where he served as the Director of Caucus Services for over a decade under Premiers Doer and Selinger. In 2014, he moved to Victoria. He holds a Master of Business Administration from the Australian Institute of Business in addition to his Diploma of Creative Communications from Red River College. He is also a Certified Information Privacy Professional / Canada (CIPP/C) and Certified Information Privacy Manager (CIPM) through the International Association of Privacy Professionals.

Jason has been a CPRS member since 2017 and has served on the CPRS-VI Board since April 2018.

Celia Sollows APR

Treasurer
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Celia Sollows is Principal for the Little Public Relations Company Inc.

She has more than 20 years of experience in public relations including serving as Communications Director for ATCO Gas and ATCO Electric, Senior Communications Officer for McCain Foods, and as a part-time instructor for Internal Communications and Organizational Dynamics at MacEwan University in Edmonton.

Celia is a former Presiding Officer of CPRS Accreditation Council and a former Vice President for CPRS-NB. She was served on the CPRS-VI Board since April 2018.
 

Catherine Dooner

Director and Education Chair
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Catherine Dooner is the Communications Manager at the BC Oil and Gas Commission in Victoria. Passionate about communications, she has worked for diverse organizations from the NFL and Oxfam, to UVic and now government. 

Catherine has a degree in Business Studies and French as well as a Masters in Public Policy and Management. She also holds a certificate in Change Management from Prosci.

Catherine served as Membership Director for CPRS Vancouver Island in 2012. She was re-elected to the CPRS-VI Board in June 2018.
 

Vacant

Director and Events Chair
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Effective event management means having a specific target audience in mind well before event planning starts, and needs to be aimed at delivering a clear message and a compelling call to action.

We are looking for event planners who are looking to make their mark in public relations/communications.

Contact us for more info or to apply.
 

Sonia Nicholson

Director and Archivist
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Sonia is an Archives Specialist with Saanich Archives, which collects and preserves the documentary heritage of The District of Saanich and makes it accessible in-person, online, and through public outreach. She has been a CPRS member since 2016.

With nearly a decade of experience, Sonia is an archives professional by trade and a storyteller by heart. In recent years her work has focused on public programming and school outreach, social media, web content management, and promotions.

Sonia has been a CPRS member since 2016, and has served on the CPRS-VI Board since May 2016.
 

Ruth Mojeed

Director and Membership Chair
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Ruth hosts and produces Community Connect, a talk show on Shaw TV, where she engages stakeholders on various topics around equity, diversity and inclusion for newcomers and other marginalized members of the community.

Ruth grew up in Lagos, Nigeria; she moved to Canada in 2015, and has since fallen in love with the beautiful city of Victoria, B.C. She holds a Bachelor's in Communication from Covenant University, Nigeria; a Master's in International Communication from Royal Roads University and a Certificate in Leadership & Organizing from Harvard University.

Ruth has been a CPRS member since 2017. She has served on the CPRS-VI Board since November 2017.
 

Chris Poulton

Director and Communications Chair
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Chris is the Public Affairs and Communications Manager for the Canadian Corps of Commissionaires Victoria, the Islands and Yukon. He is also a Canadian Army Reserve Public Affairs Officer with the Assistant Deputy Minister Public Affairs Branch.

Chris' career in the security industry and the military spans over 30 years with 11 of those years spent operating in military communications focused on program development and crisis communications. He was the senior army public affairs officer during the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver, B.C. and Director of New Media Communications for NATO Training Mission – Afghanistan. He has worked with journalists from the international media, communication professionals from the US and UK embassies, and has established communications programs for not-for-profit and government agencies at home and abroad.

Chris is a Certified Protection Officer through the International Foundation of Protection Officers and an accredited military public affairs officer with a certificate in crisis communications from Royal Roads University. Chris joined CPRS-VI in October 2017 after a decade of procrastination.

Chris has served on the board since February 2018.
 

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