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December 8, 2016
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Laurier wins six Prix D’Excellence awards from CCAE

Jun 5/12| For Immediate Release


Rob Donelson, Vice-President
Development & Alumni Relations
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Kevin Crowley, Director
Communications & Public Affairs
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WATERLOO – Wilfrid Laurier University has won six awards from the Canadian Council for the Advancement of Education’s (CCAE) annual Prix D’Excellence program. The awards were announced Sunday, June 3 at CCAE’s national conference in Toronto.

The Prix D’Excellence awards program recognizes outstanding achievements in alumni affairs, public affairs, communications, marketing, development, advancement services, stewardship, student recruitment and overall institutional Advancement.

Laurier won two gold awards: one for the 100 Alumni of Achievement program in the category of Best Alumni Initiative, and one for the Inspiring Lives advertising campaign in the Best Print Ad or Poster category.

Laurier also won one silver award for the university’s centennial alumni celebration (Best Alumni Event), and three bronze awards: the centennial Sir Wilfrid Laurier statue campaign (Best Annual Fund Initiative), the 100 Hours for 100 years volunteer program (Best Community Outreach) and the GRADitude graduating class gift program (Best New Idea on a Shoestring).

Additionally, Tania John, Laurier’s associate director, Annual Giving, received one of only two CCAE Rising Star Awards for demonstrating success in and commitment to the advancement field. John received a $2,000 Presidents’ Scholarship to support her professional development for the following year.

"Tania has taken new and creative initiatives in our annual giving area and is truly an emerging leader in the field of advancement,” said Rob Donelson, Laurier’s vice-president, Development & Alumni Relations. "Laurier punched above its weight in this year's competition."

This year, Laurier has taken home many awards for its marketing and advancement initiatives, including two golds in the AVA awards, six medals in the 27th Annual Educational Advertising Awards, and 11 top awards for from the international Hermes Creative Awards.

“The continued recognition that Laurier has received for its communications and marketing programs and materials is a testament to the creativity and teamwork of all the departments involved,” said Jacqui Tam, Laurier’s assistant vice-president, Communications, Public Affairs & Marketing. “It also speaks to the power of the Laurier ‘Inspiring Lives’ story.”


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