Deep Dive – Nov. 2

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Join us online on Friday, November 1 from 12-1 p.m. for our next Deep Dive phone/webinar facilitated discussion. These events allow us to dig deep on a specific topic and learn from each other in a short 1-hour lunchbreak session.

Our topic will be “PR Under Fire” with CPRSNL members, Fran Haughian, Julie Rogers and Emily Epp. They’ll start off the conversation with some examples of times when they, as a professional communicator, were under attack or undermined by their Board/Council, executive staff, or community.

Then we’ll have a facilitated discussion about strategies we can take in the moment, strategies to raise the profile of the PR profession, and strategies to manage the physical and emotional repercussions of the hostile situations.

Please RSVP by Wednesday, October 30. The event is for CPRS members only and is free.

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When you register, you can submit questions or examples related to the topic that you would like to discuss.

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Once you register, you will receive the call-in/ webinar details.

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CPRSNL Members Survey

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CPRSNL members are invited to take our 2019 membership survey. Share your feedback with the CPRS Northern Lights Board as we plan professional development and social events for the upcoming year.

Your input will help us improve our communication, events and professional development opportunities.

The survey should take about 10 minutes to complete; the deadline is Nov. 1, 2019. Thanks in advance for your participation.

Take the survey:

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Fall Social – Oct. 2

Join us for a social event at Twisted Cork in Prince George on Oct. 2. Our friend Dr. Virginia McKendry is joining us from Royal Roads University. Come hear about the research she’s doing on PR in Northern BC and consider joining her study.

It will be an informal evening, so drop by after work!

Date: Wednesday, Oct. 2
Time: Starting at 4:30 p.m.
Location: Twisted Cork (1157 5th Ave, Prince George)

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Speaker Series: Foot in Both Worlds

Join the CPRS Northern Lights for our next Speaker Series topic – Foot in Both Worlds – with special guests Marlaena Mann and Robert Doane from the Carrier Sekani Family Services Communications on Friday, September 20 starting at noon at the Regional District of Fraser-Fort George Boardroom or online via a webinar.

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Learn about the “Foot in Both Worlds” Carrier Competency Training program delivered by Marlaena Mann. In addition to showcasing this cultural program, Marlaena will be sharing her experience of working with many elders and knowledge holders to research, write, and publish the Nowa Guna “Our Way” Carrier Culture book which accompanies the training.

Attend for free, thanks to our sponsor, Kevin Brown Communications. Remote livestreaming is available (RSVP for details).

RSVP by emailing by Wednesday, September 18. Please bring a lunch.

Speaker Profiles

Marlaena Mann

Marlaena is passionate about social justice, communications, leadership development, and wellness education. Some of her career highlights include acquiring funding and conducting program development for numerous holistic wellness initiatives including the Burns Lake Women’s Safe House, and the Burns Lake Bridging to Employment Program.

She has spoken at numerous conferences including the World Indigenous Peoples Conference on Education and the National Indigenous Child Welfare Association Annual Conference.

Marlaena’s educational background is in social work, and she also holds a Life Coach Certification through the International Coach Academy. Most recently, Marlaena has attained a master’s degree in educational leadership through Simon Fraser University, and earned an Indigenous Governance Certificate through the University of Arizona.

Robert Doane

Robert is former award-winning journalist, host and producer – now working in communications for Carrier Sekani Family Services.

Media achievements include a number of RTDNA awards (provincially and nationally) for his work on a number of radio series specials, a Jack Webster Fellowship at the Poynters Institute in Florida and was one of the first people to be accepted into CBC’s Developing Diverse Emerging Leaders Program in 2017, in Toronto.

Robert produced CBC’s National Indigenous Peoples Day event in Toronto, in 2017 and was instrumental in developing a national resource group for Indigenous staff members working across Canada, for CBC.

Robert’s educational background includes a degree in Communications, but most recently finished his Masters in Business Administration with a specialization in leadership at Royal Roads University, in 2017.

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Meet your 2019/2020 Board

Meet your Board of Directors for the 2019/2020 term! We are looking forward to serving the Northern Lights Chapter this year and facilitating professional development, events and networking.

You’ll notice we have some vacancies on the Board this year (Pro-D, Events & Education Chairs). The current Board members will help fill those gaps, but if you are interested in helping in any of these areas, even if it is in a small capacity like helping with a specific event, let us know!

CPRSNL 2019/2020 Board of Directors

President: Annie DoranAnnie Doran
About Annie
Manager, Marketing & Communications @ Tourism Prince George

About the Position
Oversees the direction of the Chapter for the year; coordinates regular Board meetings; sits on the CPRS National Presidents’ Council.

Eryn CollinsVice President: Eryn Collins
About Eryn
Regional Manager, Public Affairs & Media Relations @ Northern Health

About the Position
Provides support to the President in fulfilling Board duties.



Past President: Christina DollChristina Doll
About Christina
Workforce Development Officer @ City of Prince George

About the Position
As per our bylaws, the Past Presidents sits on the Board to provide advice and support to the current Board.


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Secretary Treasurer: Susan Clarke
About Susan
Self-employed Consultant

About the Position
Organizes the Annual General Meeting; oversees the nomination process for Board members; responsible for the Chapter’s financial reporting, budget management, bookkeeping and chapter bylaws.


Communications Co-chairs: Emily Epp & Chandra Matlock
Manager of Communications @ Cariboo Regional District

Chandra MatlockAbout Chandra
Digital Communications Coordinator @ City of Prince George

About the Position
The Communications Co-Chairs split the following duties: managing the Chapter’s email account, Facebook page and group, Twitter account and website; promote Chapter events; coordinate all member/non-member communications and Chapter surveys.

Kim HayhurstMembership Chair: Kim Hayhurst
About Kim
Head Honcho @ Hey K Marketing

About the Position
Welcomes new members and responds to membership inquiries; maintains Chapter contact lists and coordinates the promotion of Membership Month with the Communication Co-Chairs.

Julie Rogers .Accreditation Chair: Julie Rogers
About Julie
Communications Manager @ District of Sechelt

About the Position
Promotes the APR process to CPRSNL members; mentors Chapter members entering the APR process; sits on the National Accreditation Committee.

Pro-D Chair: Vacant
Organizes lunch and learn events; leads or assists with coordinating Building Blocks; coordinate event promotion with the Communications Co-Chairs.

Events Chair: Vacant
Organizes social events for the Chapter and catering for any major events like Building Blocks.

Education Chair: Vacant
Coordinates promotion of National education initiatives with Communication Co-Chairs; conducts outreach among post-secondary students to raise awareness about PR as a profession; sits on the National Education Committee.

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