CPRS Vancouver Island
CPRS Vancouver Island

Meet our Board of Directors for 2015-2016

Peggy Kulmala, APR

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Peggy is the Manager of Policy and Public Affairs for the Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce, the largest business advocacy group in the region.

Peggy has deep experience in the public sector as a leader, practitioner, and educator as well as a communications consultant and contractor. She has a diverse background, from script writing for a popular children’s show to advising federal officials during the 2010 Vancouver Olympics.

Peggy has a MBA from Royal Roads University and is an Accredited, Public Relations professional. She received the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012.

Peggy joined CPRS in 2010 and has served on the CPRS-VI Board since 2014.


Susan Gee, APR

Vice President
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Susan is Director of Development for the Victoria Hospitals Foundation, one of the city’s lead fundraising organizations.

Susan has extensive experience in public sector communications, serving as the Director of Issues Management and Media Relations for the Ministry of Health, and Director of Communications for the Ministries of Education and Advanced Education, and the Ministries of Finance and Revenue. Following her time in government she worked in the private sector as Vice President of Acumen Communications.

Susan holds a Diploma of Broadcast Journalism from BCIT, a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Victoria and is an Accredited, Public Relations professional.

Susan has been a CPRS member since 2008, and joined the CPRS-VI Board in 2016.


Dan Hurley, APR

Past President
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Dan is Vice-President, Advancement and External Relations at Pearson College UWC, the United World College of the Pacific named in honour of former Canadian prime minister Lester B. Pearson, located in Metchosin near Victoria.

Dan has more than 20 years experience as a senior communications and public affairs leader with the past 10 years in post-secondary education. He is also a former broadcast journalist with CBC Radio, and political advisor to federal cabinet ministers and MPs in Ottawa.

Dan holds a Bachelor of Arts in Canadian Studies from the University of Winnipeg, a Master of Journalism from Carleton University, and is an Accredited, Public Relations professional.

Dan is an active community volunteer serving on the boards of CPRS Vancouver Island, the Vancouver Island Economic Alliance (VIEA) and the Foundation for the that supports the Forum for Young Canadians program.

Dan has been a CPRS member since 2007 and has served on the CPRS-VI Board since 2014.


Janina Stajic

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Janina Stajic is a communications professional with expertise in strategic planning; project management; media relations; event planning; publication production; writing, editing and research. She currently leads the Communications and Public Engagement team at Vancouver Island University.

Throughout her career, Janina has been an active community member serving on a number of Boards (both as a member and as Chair) and volunteering her time for non-profit organizations in the variety of communities and countries in which she’s lived. Today she is on the Executive of Equal Voice Central Vancouver Island and an active member of the Canadian Public Relations Society.

Janina holds a Master’s degree in Modern English Literature (with a focus on the writings of Indigenous women in Canada) from the University of London, England.

Janina has been a CPRS-VI member since 2015, and has served on its Board since 2016.


Marina Hawkeswood

Director and Communications Chair
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Marina is owner and operator of Mainstay Communications, where she helps clients create effective brand identities - everything from logos to website design.

With a love for all kinds of sport, Marina has worked with athletes throughout her career. She has worked as the Manager of Communications at the Canadian Sport Institute as well as with VANOC, CBC's Hockey Night in Canada, CTV Vancouver, and the BC Lions Football Club.

Marina has a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from the University of British Columbia, a diploma in Broadcast and Media Communications from BCIT and a certificate in Graphic and Digital Design from New York's Parsons Design School.

Marina has been a CPRS member since 2015, and joined the CPRS-VI Board in 2016.


Marina Jaffey

Director and Education Chair
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Marina is a marketing instructor with Camoson College, with a background in marketing and sales management with Unilever and the National Gallery of Canada

Marina holds a Bachelor of Commerce and a Master of Education degree.

In addition to serving on the Board, Marina will be leading student engagement activities.

Marina has been CPRS member since 2009, and joined the CPRS-VI Board in 2016.

Alicia Morris

Director and Events Chair
Alica is the Royal Canadian Navy’s Manager of the RAVEN Aboriginal Youth Initiative.

Alicia has been a CPRS member since 2016, and joined the CPRS-VI Board in 2016.


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.

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.

In addition to serving on the Board, Sonia will be the Board Archivist, helping preserve and share CPRS-VI vibrant history.

Sonia has been a CPRS member since 2016, and joined the CPRS-VI Board in 2016.

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