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


President and Chair of Communications & Board Culture

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 over 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.


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. Catherine 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


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.


Director and Membership Chair 


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.


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.


Other opportunities to volunteer!

Interested in volunteering for CPRS? Contact Tatiana at cprs.vi.president@gmail.com.

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