The International Association of Business Communicators Canada (IABC Canada) has announced the 2011 recipient of its prestigious Master Communicator designation. Anna Marie Willey, ABC, Director of Communications and Marketing at University of Regina in Regina, Saskatchewan is Canada’s newest Master Communicator (MC).
The IABC Master Communicator designation is the association’s highest honour in Canada and recognizes outstanding career achievements; contributions to the communications profession; thought leadership, teaching and writing in communications; service and leadership in IABC; and, overall contributions to the broader community.
IABC Canada has honoured only 42 individuals with this designation since it was established in 1980. Master Communicators are nominated and selected by their peers with a maximum of two recipients selected annually, one in each of the Eastern and Western Regions.
“Anna has developed a wide and deep career in professional communications, almost all of it within the public sector in Saskatchewan. She has developed or led teams in many of Saskatchewan’s leading organizations.” says this year’s Master Communicator Selection Committee Chair, Glenna Cross, ABC, MC. “At the same time, Anna has been a long-time champion of IABC, accreditation and learning within our profession. She has mentored many young communicators and contributed to the quality of life in her home community of Regina through extensive volunteer roles.”
Anna will be honoured at the IABC Western Region conference in Whistler on November 5th.
Although there is not a Master Communicator designation being made in the Eastern Region this year, Rhonda Moore, Canada Eastern Region Board Chair says, “We’re very proud to add our congratulations to Anna Willey, ABC, MC and to acknowledge the very hard work of the nominators in both regions, as well as the Selection Committee of Master Communicators who run the program for us”.