Professional Achievement Awards2018-10-19T22:40:43+00:00

Professional Achievement Awards

MPRC President’s Award

Shane Perry, web content administrator at EMHS, received the MPRC President’s Award. Perry was chosen for the award by MPRC President Linda Varrell as a member who has shown a commitment to MPRC, along with leadership and excellence in the field of public relations.

Award night Emcee Erin Ovalle from #MaineLife and award winner Shane Perry (Board Member)

Rising Star Award

The annual Rising Star Award by the Maine Public Relations Council (MPRC) recognizes a young public relations professional who has exhibited extraordinary achievement and outstanding work in the public relations profession. Nominees must be a member in good standing of MPRC and must have at least two years of experience in the public relations/communications profession. Any individual is invited to submit a nomination. Current MPRC members can nominate another member or self-nominate.

Rinck Advertising Content Producer Veronica Dubois was the recipient of the Rising Star Award.

New Online Nomination Form

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION: Nomination forms must be received by Friday, November 2. Nominations received after that date will not be considered. If a nominee is not selected, they will be eligible in future years, but their nomination must be resubmitted.

Edward L. Bernays Award

The annual Bernays Award is the highest honor bestowed by MPRC to a single practitioner. An honorary member of MPRC until his death, Edward Bernays is recognized as the “father of public relations” for a lifetime of work integral to the recognition of public relations as a profession with scientific grounding. In his spirit, this award recognizes a public relations professional who has exhibited extraordinary achievement and outstanding leadership in the public relations profession, along with community service and unmatched professional integrity and ethical behavior in their practice of public relations.

New Online Nomination Form

Maine Public Relations Council President, Linda Varrell, left, is joined by Nancy Roberts, marketing communications program coordinator at the New England School of Communications at Husson University recipient of the Edward Bernays Award, which is the MPRC’s highest honor.

PAST WINNERS

2017 – Nancy Robert, APR

2016 – John Lamb, APR

2015 – Linda Varrell, APR

2014 – No submissions received

2013 – No submissions received

2012 – Susan Tompkins

2011 – Nancy Marshall

2010 – Jon Paradis

2009 – John Diamond

2008 – Russ Donahue

2007 – Wayne Clark

2006 – Dan Marois

2005 – Midge Vreeland, APR

2004 – Michael Bourque, APR

2003 – Tony Payne

2002 – Kathleen Duris Tarbox, APR

2001 – Linda Frechette

2000 – Judy Katzel, APR

1999 – Stephen H. McCausland

1998 – Mark Ishkanian, APR

1997 – Dick Dyer, APR

1996 – Meredith Strang Burgess

1995 – Deborah Hammond

1994 – Susan Swain

1993 – Edward O’Meara

1992 – Leslie Gall

1991 – Shelley Dunn

1990 – Robert Caswell

1988 – Dan Davidson, APR

1987 – Chip Carey

1986 – James Harnar, APR

1985 – John McCatherin

1984 – Bill Harkins & Kate Perry

1983 – Ron Palmquist

Professional Achievement Awards

Rising Star Award

The annual Rising Star Award by the Maine Public Relations Council (MPRC) recognizes a young public relations professional who has exhibited extraordinary achievement and outstanding work in the public relations profession. Nominees must be a member in good standing of MPRC and must have at least two years of experience in the public relations/communications profession. Any individual is invited to submit a nomination. Current MPRC members can nominate another member or self-nominate.

Rinck Advertising Content Producer Veronica Dubois was the recipient of the 2017 Rising Star Award. 

Edward L. Bernays Award

The annual Bernays Award is the highest honor bestowed by MPRC to a single practitioner. An honorary member of MPRC until his death, Edward Bernays is recognized as the “father of public relations” for a lifetime of work integral to the recognition of public relations as a profession with scientific grounding. In his spirit, this award recognizes a public relations professional who has exhibited extraordinary achievement and outstanding leadership in the public relations profession, along with community service and unmatched professional integrity and ethical behavior in their practice of public relations.

2017  WINNER

Nancy Roberts, APR

Maine Public Relations Council President, Linda Varrell, left, congratulates Nancy Roberts, marketing communications program coordinator at the New England School of Communications at Husson University, recipient of the 2017 Edward Bernays Award.

PAST WINNERS

2016 – John Lamb, APR
2015 – Linda Varrell, APR
2014 – No submissions received
2013 – No submissions received
2012 – Susan Tompkins
2011 – Nancy Marshall
2010 – Jon Paradis
2009 – John Diamond
2008 – Russ Donahue
2007 – Wayne Clark
2006 – Dan Marois
2005 – Midge Vreeland, APR
2004 – Michael Bourque, APR
2003 – Tony Payne
2002 – Kathleen Duris Tarbox, APR
2001 – Linda Frechette
2000 – Judy Katzel, APR
1999 – Stephen H. McCausland
1998 – Mark Ishkanian, APR
1997 – Dick Dyer, APR
1996 – Meredith Strang Burgess
1995 – Deborah Hammond
1994 – Susan Swain
1993 – Edward O’Meara
1992 – Leslie Gall
1991 – Shelley Dunn
1990 – Robert Caswell
1988 – Dan Davidson, APR
1987 – Chip Carey
1986 – James Harnar, APR
1985 – John McCatherin
1984 – Bill Harkins & Kate Perry
1983 – Ron Palmquist