On June 8, 2011, communicators, marketers, public relations professionals and business professionals got together to award those in the Ottawa communications, marketing and creative design community. The International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) Ottawa chapter hosted the 2011 Excel Awards program to promote winners in a variety of ways to professionals across the National Capital Region, including publication on our website, and inviting local media to the Excel Awards Gala.
During the Excel Awards, IABC not only recognized the highly talented professionals from local communications, marketing and design companies, but also the students who have shown leadership and have excelled in the communications world.
Every year, one student who has made a significant contribution to IABC Ottawa is honored with the Rick Green Award. Rick Green was an active IABC member for 25 years. He served on the IABC Ottawa board for 12 years, during which he was president twice. He also served on the district board of IABC Canada and even at the international level where he served on the accreditation committee.
Mr. Green believed IABC members should do more than just serve, but develop their leadership abilities. So he came up with a leadership weekend to help IABC board members develop their leadership abilities. The concept has been refined and continues today in the form of the annual IABC Leadership Institute which attracts IABC board members from across the world.
Mr. Green liked to get things done, he loved to get people involved, and he believed in volunteerism. He left behind a vast legacy that you should always be developing yourself and expanding your horizon.
The Rick Green award not only honors the legacy of this great man, but it was developed to encourage young people to take leadership roles very early in their career.
The award is given to one student each year who:
- excels in their studies of communications;
- shows their interest and commitment to volunteering; and,
- is determined to make a difference.
This year, IABC Ottawa is pleased to honor Kristine Simpson with the Rick Green award for her significant contribution to the IABC Ottawa chapter and her service and dedication to the communications profession.
Over the past two years, Kristine has made a significant contribution in her volunteer role of Director, Email Marketing and Jobline Manager, two key roles
Congratulations Kristine Simpson!
This video was produced by r+d creative, a video production and live event company. r+d creative was one of the sponsors for the IABC Ottawa 2011 Excel Awards.
Kristine Simpson is an Account Coordinator at Thornley Fallis & 76design.
Kristine has always had a passion for Canada’s Parliament. When asked which job was her favourite student job, she says Parliamentary tour guide. She enjoyed learning how to adapt to different groups of people from across World and having the chance to perfect all four of her spoken languages: English, French, Spanish and Chinese (mandarin).
Kristine received her Bachelor of Honours in language and linguistics at Queen’s University and she received a diploma in public relations at Algonquin College.
Simpson believes in giving back to her community. As a volunteer publicist, Kristine assisted in gaining media coverage for Kevin Frost, a blind-deaf speed skater. She has managed to gain coverage in many local and national media outlets, such as Global News in Calgary, the Orleans Star, the Orleans EMC, CBC radio Ottawa and Calgary and more.
Kristine is a public relations enthusiast and enjoys expanding her knowledge in the communications industry. She attends professional development events on a regular basis and is active in the social media world. You can see her tweeting at @kristinesimpson or catch her blogging on Running a PR life.