Torchia Scholarship in Public Relations/Communications
Inspired by the career of Armand Torchia, Montreal, and established by his family, the Scholarship is awarded to a student entering second year of a public relations/communications program, who best exemplifies the spirit and practice of bilingualism and is studying in one of Canada’s two official languages that is not his/her mother tongue.
Laura Saicane Named the 2014 Torchia Scholarship in Communications Winner
Laura Saicane, Calgary,
Alberta, is the winner of the 2014 Torchia Scholarship in Public Relations/
Communications, awarded by the Communications + Public Relations
Foundation. The $1,500 annual Scholarship was established to recognize a
student who best exemplifies the spirit and practice of bilingualism in the
Canadian communications and public relations profession.
A student at Mount Royal University, Saicane is entering second year of
a Bachelor of Communications degree with emphasis in public relations.
She is fluent in Latvian, Russian and English and studied Communications
Science at the University of Latvia before coming to Canada.
“Having come to Canada to further her education and communications
career, Laura has a world perspective of public relations, and is aware of the
cultural nuances of practice,” said Bruce MacLellan, chair of the
Foundation. “Her accomplishments speak for themselves and the jury was
most impressed with her ability, maturity and commitment to the
A CPRS (Calgary) student member, Saicane believes in the importance of
multiculturalism in the practice of public relations and the opportunities that
it provides. She pointed out how important it is to understand humour,
metaphor and translation interpretation in any culture to avoid
misunderstanding in communication. She has also participated in
discussions with faculty about public relations practice in a post-communist
Saicane has been a volunteer instructor in small group sessions of adult ESL
learners at Bow College helping them to improve their language skills and
has also helped newcomers to learn English that will prepare them for
employment through the Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada
According to Sandra Braun, PhD, Assistant Professor, Public Relations,
Mount Royal University, “Laura has shown herself to be an all-round
dedicated learner, achieving academic excellence inside the classroom and
also taking the initiative to learn outside the classroom. She is also a
reflection of Canada’s growing multiculturalism and diversity, which will
increasingly require the skills of public relations practitioners with crosscultural
knowledge. She will be an outstanding young professional and
valuable asset to the public relations community and those whom it serves."
The Torchia Scholarship is awarded to a communications student who has
chosen to study public relations/communications in one of Canada’s two
official languages that is not his/her first language or mother tongue, and
who is entering the second year of study in a Canadian university degree
program or multi-year certificate or diploma program that meets
recognized standards of education.
“Speaking multiple languages enriches students, gives them a competitive
edge and a greater appreciation for other cultures and ways of thinking, which
often leads to exciting career opportunities,” said Jean-Claude Torchia, CEO
and Co-Founder of Torchia Communications. “Torchia Communications is
very proud to support this Scholarship and what it stands for. We extend our
congratulations to Laura as she embarks on what promises to be an outstanding
The Torchia 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.
To contact the Communications + Public Relations Foundation for more information:
Karen Dalton, APR, FCPRS(H), CAE
Communications + Public Relations Foundation
4195 Dundas Street West, Suite 346
Phone: (416) 239 7034
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