Elizabeth Hibbert of Toronto is the 2010 winner of the Lou Cahill Scholarship in Communications.
The communications student was the successful candidate for the annual scholarship, which honours one of Canada’s premier public relations personalities. Hibbert has a long list of accomplishments so far, including being a finalist in the Dobson Case Competition, a member of the Dean’s Honours List from 2007 to 2009 and a marketing executive with BrockTV.ca.
She has also served as a marketing communications intern with Big Brothers Big Sisters St. Catharines – Thorold & District, where she developed business sponsorships among other assignments.
“We are delighted that Elizabeth Hibbert has received the Lou Cahill Scholarship in Communications,” said Barbara Fox, OEB Enterprise President and Chief Executive Officer. “Lou Cahill would have been proud of her community involvement and commitment to charitable service.”
At Big Brothers Big Sisters St. Catharines – Thorold & District, Hibbert had “an innate sense of community responsibility, commitment, hard work and dedication to youth was a huge value-added to our organization,” executive director Dale Davis said. “Her due diligence, understanding of teamwork and ability to consistently go the ‘extra mile’ will contribute to the success of her career in public relations/communications.”
Hibbert’s other achievements include:
- receiving an in-course Millennium Excellence Award from the Canada Millennium Scholarship Foundation
- receiving an in-course E.S. Rogers Communications Inc. Scholarship from Rogers Communications Inc.
- involvement with the Brock Residence Action Council
- working as a summer student in Pensions and Benefits for METRO Canada
- conducting media monitoring research for a number of charitable organizations
The Cahill scholarship is awarded annually to a communications student in their final year of study for academic excellence, community involvement and participation in charitable activities. It was established by OEB Enterprise Toronto to honour Lou Cahill, the founder of OEB International, Canada’s longest-operating public relations firm and a subsidiary of the Enterprise Canada Group. Cahill died in November 2008 at the age of 94. He held an honorary doctoral degree from Brock.
The scholarship monies are managed by the Communications + Public Relations Foundation.
Applications for the annual Lou Cahill Scholarship in Communications, valued at $1,250 for eligible graduating students from the Department of Communications, Popular Culture and Film at Brock University, are available from the university’s Student Awards and Financial Aid Office. Scholarship winners have an opportunity to participate in a four-month internship with OEB Enterprise following graduation.