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Ooops!

Bad blogger! I wrote that Jeff Molik’s interview on All in a Weekend would be on Sunday and it was on Saturday.  We’ll try and get a podcast of the interview that we can post here. for those who missed it.

Congrats, Stephanie

Recent news from Stephanie Lyttle (certificate ’05), founding president of the Public Relations Student & Alumni Network: she’s just been promoted to Senior Consultant at NATIONAL Public Relations. It’s a title she now shares with NATIONAL colleague Chantal Benoit (certificate “04).  

If you are a grad who has recently landed a new job or been promoted, please let us know.

Compelling story on addiction

Recent certificate graduate Jeffrey Molik is known to a number of  McGill PR students for his powerful presentations on his successful struggle against alcohol and drug addiction.  Now running a successful business of his own, Jeff is making a point of giving back to people who need the kind of help he got by sharing his challenges and his secrets with wider audiences.  You can hear him again — or catch him for the first time — on CBC’s All In A Weekend this Sunday. He gives a frank interview to host Dave Bronstetter, who is (full disclosure) married to your blog moderator (no bias here!)

Happy New Year!

And welcome back to the blog dedicated to news, views and opportunities for students, alumni and instructors in McGill’s public relations programs. Your blog moderator hopes to be more assiduous in making regular postings.

Welcome especially to the new students who are joining us in the winter term. Be sure to keep in touch with your student representatives about any questions or concern you may have about your courses and program. (For names and contact info see page titled “Student reps”.)

Finally, our family is growing. Those who enjoy baby pictures may want to check out our photo gallery to see what our students, grads and teachers have been producing lately!

Buzz Gibbs and wife Anne with their first grandchild, Alex Liam Loiselle


William (known as Wills) with his parents, instructor Elaine Depow and husband Jeremy. Taken in July 2009 -- he's a lot bigger now.

Recent grad Jasmine Sharma with Saniya Khatri, the newest addition to her family.

Cat Cunningham's baby, Dylan, plays Santa

Saniya Khatri is greeted by her big sister Sahana. Their mother is recent grad Jasmine Sharma.

Toronto PR firm job opening

Recent grad Adrienne Foster reports that her employer TSA (Temple Scott Associates) has an opening in their Toronto office for an intermediate PR consultant. Would another recent grad be interested?

A quote from Adrienne’s note: 

“I completed my MA in Art History a year ago and got a job at TSA, a lobbying firm in Ottawa. I love lobbying! It is such a great mix of communications and politics – never a dull moment around here. Of course, my new industry means I have been thrust full-force into the world of politics and am helping out on some campaigns for local MPPs and MPs. I am also volunteering with the Ottawa chapter of IABC and am serving on their board as VP Industry Relations.

“Again, thanks for such a great program – I am grateful for all the skills I gained at McGill.”

Using what she learned

Recent certificate grad Neil Varaden recently contacted instructor Yvonne Callaway-Smith to give her an update (and both gave their permission to share this message on the blog).

Reports Neila: “I’m doing the Certificate in Law the University of Montreal, and I’m working at the ING Bank downtown. . . My job at the bank in very PR-oriented. We are very involved in the community. Since I started working here I

  • ran 5 kilometres for the brain tumour foundation of Montreal,
  • dragon boated for the missing children’s organization, Enfant- retour Québec, and
  • helped the Otis Grant Foundation… amongst other foundations…

So all this fits so well with everything I learned in the PR certificate. I’m really glad I did it and it’s helping me a lot now.”

We welcome all news from recent grads.  Please stay in touch, everyone!

Great win – even better follow-up!

As noted a couple of posts ago, Alexa Azran and Florence Petit-Gagnon won the Prix Paul Dumont Frenette this year.  Sometimes, it’s not just what you achieve but what you do with your achievement that counts. At the SQPRP’s awards gala, both recent grads passed out their newly printed business cards. One person they met was Serge Vallières, himself a recent grad of the certificate program. He invited Alexa to visit AGC Communications, the consulting firm he works at, and apparently she made a good impression.  She started work at AGC last week. So, students, if you are wondering about the value of networking . . .

NATIONAL appreciates our grads

Alumni Chantal Benoit and Stephanie Lyttle were awarded two of only four awards presented annually to consultants at NATIONAL Public Relations.  Both are based in NATIONAL’s Montreal office. Stephanie graduated in 2005 and Chantal in 2003. BTW, the consulting firm always hires summer interns, so send in your CVs.Alumni Chantal Benoit and Stephanie Lyttle were awarded two of only four awards presented annually to consultants at NATIONAL Public Relations.  Both are based in NATIONAL’s Montreal office. Stephanie graduated in 2005 and Chantal in 2003. BTW, the consulting firm always hires summer interns, so send in your CVs.Alumni Chantal Benoit and Stephanie Lyttle were awarded two of only four awards presented annually to consultants at NATIONAL Public Relations.  Both are based in NATIONAL’s Montreal office. Stephanie graduated in 2005 and Chantal in 2003. BTW, the consulting firm always hires summer interns, so send in your CVs.

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