IABC/Toronto’s Bobbie Resnick Student of the Year Award (SOTY)
IABC/Toronto offers awards to students to help accelerate their careers and support the next generation of communications professionals.
Starting in 2017, IABC/Toronto changed the name of the Student of the Year Award to the IABC/Toronto Bobbie Resnick Student of the Year Award.
Bobbie Resnick started her communications career in 1957 in the United States and later moved to Canada. In the corporate world and as an independent consultant, she worked in a variety of communications specialties. She was also a teacher sharing her skills with clients, colleagues and students. Bobbie is now retired and living in Michigan. Renaming the award in her honour is a tribute to her many years of service to IABC/Toronto as a volunteer and mentor.
Thank you to everyone who submitted entries for the 2018 IABC/Toronto Bobbie Resnick Student of the Year Award. Stay tuned for the announcement of the 2018 winner!
The IABC/Toronto Bobbie Resnick Student of the Year will be honoured at the prestigious OVATION Awards Gala on May 23, 2018 at the Arcadian Court in Toronto where he/she will rub shoulders with many of the top PR and communication professionals in the GTA. The winner will be named on IABC/Toronto’s website and its social media platforms. S/he will receive:
- A complimentary ticket to the OVATION Awards Gala
- A $500 cash prize
- A certificate recognizing them as the Bobbie Resnick Student of the Year
All entries were judged by a panel consisting of at least two members of the IABC/Toronto Board. Entries were judged on creativity, clarity, conciseness, total impact and most importantly, on how well they meet the stated objectives.
IABC student members can view past winning entries by downloading the OVATION Winning Entries Booklet.
- 2017: Bruce Chen – Humber College
- 2016: Arlette Bax – Centennial College
- 2015: Jessica Chong – Centennial College
- 2014: Megan Henry – Centennial College
- 2013: Emily Getz – Seneca College
- 2012: Bethany Curtis (Cawker) – Conestoga College
- 2011: Regis Dudley – Humber College
- 2010: Matthew J. Dudman – Sheridan College
- 2009: Jess Bennett – Seneca College
- 2008: Maricel Dicion – Centennial College
- 2007: Scott MacDonald – Humber College
- 2006: Annette Robertson (Yuen) – Humber College
- 2005: Kathryn McMullan – Humber College
Kay Staib Memorial Scholarship
Please note that this scholarship award is on hold until further notice.
Remembering Kay Staib (1926-1992)
Kay Staib ABC, MC, IABC Fellow, was a force of nature behind IABC/Toronto; a founding member and one of the cornerstones for our achievement in becoming the great, strong and ever-growing organization we are today. Throughout her career, she mentored newcomers and chapter presidents’ alike and set standards of excellence for herself, the profession, and later in her life, her students.
Kay’s commitment to communications was from the heart. She served in a countless number of positions in IABC — locally, in Canada and for the International organization — as well as on the advisory boards of at least two community colleges; as an officer of the Toronto Press Club and the Canadian Association for the Mentally Retarded, and as sponsor and advisor for such other not-for-profit groups as Caravan, Toronto’s annual multicultural celebration in the ’70s and ’80s.
Her contributions to the field and to IABC – in Canada and internationally – earned her more than 80 local, national and international awards, including a Gold Quill. An early proponent of professional accreditation, she was one of the first Canadians to earn the designation.
In return, her efforts were recognized with the highest individual honours: She was twice named Chapter Communicator of the Year, then District Master Communicator, and in 1984, IABC Fellow.
Kay was never too busy to help when she was asked (and sometimes, as she often admitted, even when she was not asked). The word “no” simply was not in her vocabulary.
During her professional career, she initiated innovative and impactful employee communication programs at Eaton’s (where she also broke the gender barrier at the management level) and American Express Canada. Later, after forming her own consultancy, she joined the Humber College Public Relations program; sharing her experience and extending her dedication to excellence to the classroom. Her students were the fortunate recipients of her generous investment in the future of communications and of IABC: she devoted two to three days each week to them, hardly a “part-time” teaching commitment.
A legacy to us all, the standard for excellence that she embraced in every venture is now inherent in the award that IABC/Toronto has established in her memory shortly after her death in 1992; a bursary presented annually to leading students from the diploma corporate communications programs in the Toronto area.