About Us

The Canadian Public Relations Society of Vancouver Island (CPRS-VI) is a vibrant and growing community of public relations practitioners, leaders and scholars.

 

We are part of a federation of 14 member societies across Canada, comprised of men and women who practice public relations in Canada and abroad. Together under the umbrella of CPRS, we work to maintain the highest standards and to share a uniquely Canadian experience in public relations.


CPRS is a member of the Global Alliance, an organization created to promote and represent national associations for public relations and communications. Over 60 countries are Global Alliance members including Canada, Great Britain, South Africa, the United States, India and New Zealand. 

 

Your Leadership Team

CATHERINE DOONER

Catherine is passionate about communications and excited to serve as chapter president. She is the Director, Internal Communications at the Ministries of Attorney General and Public Safety and Solicitor General. It is her third year on the board of CPRS-VI. Passionate about communications, she has worked in the field for two decades in a variety of organizations from the National Football League to not for profits and government. She has a degree in Business Studies and French and a Masters in Public Policy and Management.

Vice President and Treasurer

cprs.vi.treasurer@gmail.com

CELIA SOLLOWS, APR

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 committed volunteer for CPRS. She is a former Presiding Officer of CPRS Accreditation Council and a former Vice President for CPRS-NB.

MICHELLE COLLYER

Michele is a communications professional with a strategic mindset and creative heart. Michelle has a Master of Arts in Professional Communication and her research interests focused on government communications surrounding Smart Cities. Michelle is passionate about government communications and public service. She is currently employed with the Government of British Columbia in internal communications. Michelle also holds an undergraduate Bachelor of Education degree. Michelle brings with her nine years of diverse professional experience and a background ranging from public education to non-profit public healthcare. Michelle aims to serve our diverse communities through inclusive, engaging, collaborative and culturally respectful approaches.

PEGGY KULMALA, APR

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 served as CPRS-VI president from May 2016 to January 2019.

Director and Membership Chair

cprs.vi.membership@gmail.com

 GAELLE VAN ERP

Gaëlle van Erp has had many titles: communicator, public relations consultant, entrepreneur, Canada’s Next 36 member, translator and most recently – Manager of Communications for the Victoria Hospitals Foundation. She graduated with top honours from the Gustavson School of Business in 2015, after holding several marketing and communications roles with companies across the country, including Ledcor Group. Gaëlle joined the Victoria Hospitals Foundation as Manager of Communications in June 2016, where she oversees all print and digital communications, marketing, media and collateral. Originally from France, she is known for seeing the world through both a literary and visual lens, and for her passion in connecting with people in the community – on a local and global scale. In 2018, she joined the Beyond the Hype steering committee to organize a conference that brings together industry leaders in media, communications, and public relations.

Director and Education Chair

cprs.vi.education@gmail.com

JANICE LEE

Janice Lee graduated from Algonquin College's Public Relations Program in 2016. During her time in school she volunteered with various organizations, pitched to help charity groups, executed events for numerous organizations and more. 

 

Janice is a trilingual in English, French, and Korean. She is experienced in photography, graphic design, social media, and event management. With these skills she did her internship at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute as a Public Relations Intern. She then moved onto working at the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games as a Press Operations Manager.

Janice was a volunteer student leader with the Canadian Public Relations Society Ottawa - Gatineau Chapter since 2014. Throughout the years she was appointed to become the advisor for the Student Volunteer Committee, the Secretariat for the Board of Directors, and Associate Director of the CPRS Student Program.  

 

Currently Janice is enrolled in the Bachelor of Arts in Professional Communication program at Royal Roads University. Janice is determined to keep learning and to work hard. She hopes to be able to be a voice for an organization or people that need it. She hopes to work in a sector where she can keep growing and become a great PR practitioner.

Director at Large

TATIANA CHABEAUX-SMITH

Tatiana Chabeaux-Smith, Manager of Corporate Communications and Marketing for Consumer Protection BC (a provincial regulator), develops and leads the implementation of the annual communications and marketing plan, plays a pivotal role in issues management, and is the corporate media spokesperson. 

A leader on social in the regulatory world, she developed the organization’s social media identity as a trusted, responsive and empathic organization with a robust and engaged online community. Its Facebook community currently has almost 54,000 people and Consumer Protection BC won an Award of Excellence for a social page by a brand from the Communicator Awards. In 2017, Tatiana was a presenter at the annual Canadian Public Relations Society (CPRS) national conference where she shared her experience and insights in the world of social. 

Along with almost 20 years of experience in PR and communications, Tatiana holds an honours bachelor’s degree from Trent University and has a certificate in Management and Leadership Skills from Royal Roads University. 

In 2018, she was the volunteer Chair of the organizing committee for the CPRS-VI Beyond the Hype conference and is a member of the national CPRS professional development committee which created the workshop program for the 2019 national conference.

Other opportunities to volunteer!

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Interested in learning new schools and volunteering for CPRS? Contact Catherine Dooner at cprs.vi.president@gmail.com.

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