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CPRS-VI mentorship event

On Nov. 1, 2021, six members of CPRS Vancouver Island met approximately 20 Royal Roads University students in the Bachelor of Arts in Professional Communications program in a speed mentoring event.

Student mentees received access to insights from six different professionals from the Greater Victoria area. The session allowed mentors to share career advice, discuss industry trends and speak to the value of the CPRS-VI family and its goal to strengthen the Island’s public relations community through advocacy, networking events, mentorship opportunities, professional development activities and other unique programming.

We want to extend a thank you to the mentors for their time - they included Susan Gee, Acting Vice President, Communications and Advancement, Royal Roads University; Maggie Kerr-Southin, Former President, Artemis PR + Design, Community Engagement and Strategic Communications Professional/Communications Consultant; Tara Zajac, Manager of Communications, Township of Esquimalt; and three CPRS-VI board members—president Tatiana Chabeaux-Smith, Director of Communications & External Engagement, Consumer Protection BC; Hannah Mashon, Communications Officer, First Peoples’ Cultural Council; and Andy Watson, Manager of Government and Media Relations, WorkSafeBC.

CPRS-VI is now looking to partner with other post-secondary institutions to seek other mentoring opportunities and will be leveraging the CPRS National mentoring system in months to come. For questions or to learn more, or if you’re interested in participating in future sessions, please email Andy at

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