CPRSNL Social – Mar. 20

growlers-to-buy-beerJoin your fellow CPRS Northern Lights friends and colleagues for dinner and drinks and some great conversation about Public Relations and Communications. Our special guest  will be Northern Lights member Jan Enns from Kelowna! Be sure to RSVP by March 18 at the very latest, but the sooner, the better!

The event will be held on March 20 at CrossRoads Brewing House in Prince George at 5:30 p.m. Please RSVP on the Event Page of the CPRSNL Facebook page or by email by March 18.

We hope to see you there!


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Lunch & Learn: PR From a First Nations Perspective

Date: Friday, Feb. 23, 2018                                                                                                        Time: 12 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.                                                                                                    Location: Regional District of Fraser-Fort George, Boardroom, Prince George

Join current Lheidli T’enneh Band Councilor Dolleen Logan and former McLeod Lake Indian Band Chief Derek Orr in conversation with Northern Lights member Kevin Brown, APR, FCPRS about what works and what doesn’t when it comes to engagement with First Nations. Whether your PR work is Aboriginal Relations with a proposed new mine or pipeline, outreach on behalf of a government agency or consultation with First Nations on behalf of a public or private sector organization, sooner or later you will be asked to contact a First Nation.  Talk about intimidating!  Dolleen and Derek will lower your PR stress and share some of their ‘Tips and Best Practices for Successful PR With First Nations’.

The session will take place at the Regional District of Fraser Fort George in the Board Room at 12 Noon.

Live streaming is available for this event. See the Facebook event or email cprsnl@gmail.com for more information.

Please RSVP for this event no later than the end of business on Tuesday, February 20, 2018 and let us know whether you will be attending via live streaming or in person.

About the Speakers

dolleenloganDolleen Logan is in her second term on the Lheidli T’enneh Band Council. She was born and raised in Prince George and has been the Lead Executive Assistant to Chief, Council and the Executive Director for six years. In her ten years working with the Lheidli T’enneh, Dolleen has worked closely with the Lheidli T’enneh Treaty Process and has come to know most Lheidli T’enneh members living both on reserve and elsewhere.



derekorrDerek Orr started with Carrier Lumber Ltd. on June 05, 2017 as their Business Development Manager. He has extensive knowledge in First Nations Governance and Politics, Partnerships and Community Development.  Derek’s main duties at Carrier Lumber are to assist the President, CFO, and Woodlands Manager in fiber acquisition, First Nations relationship development and new business opportunities.

kevinbrownKevin Brown is the President of Kevin Brown Communications (KBC), a full-service public relations firm he started in 2003.  Prior to starting KBC, Kevin was the Communications & Community Relations Manager for the Northern Forest Products Association (NFPA). For almost 9 years Kevin guided an award-winning community relations program aimed at keeping people in Northern BC communities better informed about challenges, opportunities and key issues facing the forest industry. Kevin worked on the high-profile Mountain Pine Beetle public awareness campaign which was launched in September 1999.

Kevin began his public relations career in 1993 as a Regional Government Communications Officer for the Province of BC. Before embarking on his PR career, he spent over 9 years as a journalist for CBC Radio News. His start in radio news came in Prince George in 1983 when he joined the newsroom of CJCI.

Kevin has been a member of the Canadian Public Relations Society (CPRS) since 1999. In 2003, he received his Certificate of Accreditation in Public Relations (APR). In 2010, Kevin received the Diamond Jubilee Award as CPRS Mentor of The Year which recognized his assistance to new public relations practitioners and promotion of CPRS in Northern British Columbia.

In 2012, Kevin was inducted into the CPRS College of Fellows (FCPRS) which recognized his 20+ years in PR and for his leadership in contributing to the betterment of the profession. In May 2013, Kevin received a Life Membership in the North Central Local Government Association (NCLGA) in appreciation for his dedication and exemplary service to the association.

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Lunch & Learn: The Small Town PR Playbook

DATE: Friday, January 19
TIME: 12 p.m. -1:30 p.m.

LOCATION: Northern Development Initiative Trust (#301 1268 5th Ave, Prince George)

The idea for the Small Town P.R. Playbook was simple: create a how-to handbook for local government administrators who don’t have full-time communications staff but still need to communicate to their stakeholders. Actually creating the book, however, was anything but easy – from steering committees and detailed content plans, to project funding, mission creep, custom bindings and design issues, what was supposed to be a six-month off-the-side-of-your-desk project became an 18-month journey to showcase excellence in small town P.R. in British Columbia.

This Lunch and Learn will focus on the Playbook – what it is, why it matters and the process that ultimately led to the book receiving the Don Rennie Award for Excellence in Government Communications from the Canadian Public Relations Society. Joel McKay, CEO of Northern Development Initiative Trust and project lead and editor for the Small Town P.R. Playbook, will lead the session and share his insights on collaborative project management and the seemingly arcane process of submitting work for awards and recognition (and why it matters).

Joel McKay is the Chief Executive Officer of Northern Development Initiative Trust, a quarter billion dollar regional development corporation focused on building a stronger economy across Northern British Columbia. Joel joined Northern Development in June 2012 as Director of Communications where he led a successful communications services program for small communities across the region, and handled the Trust’s communications and marketing and economic research and analysis. Joel was previously Assignment Editor at Business in Vancouver Newspaper where he led a team of journalists and focused on in-depth coverage of the resource sector. Joel is editor of the Don Rennie award-winning Small Town P.R. Playbook, a Jack Webster award winning journalist, was named one of Prince George’s Top 40 Under 40 business leaders, an alumni of the 2015 Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference and in 2016 was honoured with a Distinguished Alumni Award from Kwantlen Polytechnic University.

Kim Hayhurst joined the Northern Development team in 2015 and handles the Trust’s marketing, communications, and digital assets. Kim is a graduate of the University of Northern B.C., and prior to joining Northern Development, Kim spent many years working at UNBC bringing experience in communications, brand development, event management, program development and project management to the Trust. Born, raised and educated in Northern B.C., Kim is passionate about the region and is the direct point of contact for media.

A livestreaming option is available. See the Facebook event or email cprsnl@gmail.com for details.

Please RSVP by the end of day Tuesday, January 16, 2018 and let us know if you will be there in person or on the livestreaming feed.

Read more about the Playbook here: www.northerndevelopment.bc.ca/small-town-p-r-playbook/
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2017 AGM Minutes

The chapter’s 2017 Annual General Meeting was held on June 22 in Prince George. Read the draft minutes from the meeting HERE. The minutes will be updated once they are approved at the 2018 AGM.

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2017 Christmas Party

Date: December 1, 2107

Location: Susan’s house – 309 Nicholson Street South

Bottle Auction: Bring a wrapped bottle that costs no more than $20 (it could be to drink or anything that comes in a bottle). The bottles will be auctioned off with the proceeds being split 50/50 between CPRSNL and a local non-profit or charity.

RSVP by November 27th, including if you’re bringing a guest and if you have any allergies.

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