Each year, one recipient is chosen from all applicants for the Denis Racine Bursary. This year, Charles Ross, has been awarded the $1,000 bursary towards his education. He tells us what this means to him:
I am writing to thank you for the financial support and the boost of confidence that accompanies such generosity.
From what I have read about Denis, he was generous with his time mentoring future PR practitioners. He was a marvellous person to have helped so many during his lifetime. His integrity, intellect and passion made him a leader. This bursary is a fitting part of his legacy and it’s an honour to feel Denis’s influence.
It was a challenge for me to make a career change. However, as certain aspects have aligned (such as applying for this bursary and receiving it), it feels like the challenge is worth it.
I never knew how much communications and public relations were a natural part of my former freelancing. Working in the arts was my business for twenty years. I have discovered that there is an artfulness and creativity inherent to PR work—I am happy to have broadened my horizons.
When I talk to my children about change—the trepidation that accompanies travelling into the unknown— I now have a simple incite to share: making a change may seem difficult, but you never know what ally or help you might find along your journey.
I never knew Denis, but his positivity and light help to drive away some of my fears of the unknown. I will try my best to be worthy of this.
My most humble thanks,