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Elizabeth Hibbert of Toronto is the 2010 winner of the Lou Cahill Scholarship in Communications, awarded by Brock University, St. Catharines. The Scholarship is awarded to a communications student in their final year of study for academic excellence, community involvement and participation in charitable activities.
The Scholarship 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. An icon of the Canadian public relations industry, Lou Cahill died in November 2008 at the age of 94. He held an honorary doctoral degree from Brock.
“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.”
According to Sharon Broderick, Faculty of Business, Brock University, “Elizabeth’s outstanding academic achievement, her pursuit of excellence, determined spirit and desire to make a difference will serve her well as she begins her public relations career. She seeks the best in all that surrounds her.”
A member of the Dean’s Honours List from 2007 to 2009, a finalist in the Dobson Case Competition, and the recipient of an in-course Millennium Excellence Award from the Canada Millennium Scholarship Foundation and an in-course E.S. Rogers Communications Inc. Scholarship from Rogers Communications Inc., Hibbert was also involved with the Brock Residence Action Council.
She led a team of students in transforming BrockTV.ca from a volunteer into a not-for-profit organization with a budget of $200,000 and increased traffic to its website through a strategic marketing campaign. She has also conducted media monitoring research for a number of charitable organizations.
Recently, she served as a marketing communications intern with Big Brothers Big Sisters St. Catharines - Thorold & District, where she developed business sponsorships among other assignments.
“Elizabeth’s innate sense of community responsibility, commitment, hard work and dedication to youth was a huge value-added to our organization,” said Dale Davis, executive director, Big Brother Big Sisters St. Catharines - Thorold & District. “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 has also worked as a summer student in Pensions & Benefits for METRO Canada where she improved communication channels between the pension department and company employees.
The Lou Cahill Scholarship monies are managed by the Communications + Public Relations Foundation. The Foundation promotes the advancement of communications and public relations as vital functions in society, is dedicated to the public interest, and is committed to increasing public knowledge and awareness of the role of communications and public relations in daily life. The Foundation accepts individual and corporate contributions towards research and educational initiatives nationwide.
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.
For information on the Scholarship, please visit: http://www.brocku.ca/safa/awards