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Dicion & Fallis step into the winner’s circle

Posted by Gary Schlee on May 16, 2008

Maricel DicionMaricel Dicion, of Centennial’s Corporate Communications & Public Relations program, is this year’s Maverick Student of the Year. The award is sponsored by Maverick PR and presented by IABC/Toronto. It recognizes a PR student each year who exhibits leadership and excellence in communication. The awards competition is open to IABC student members studying PR in any of the programs in the Greater Toronto Area.

Maricel worked at 680 News Radio in Toronto while attending the Centennial program and is currently interning at the Ontario Science Centre. Well done, Maricel!

The Best Laid PlansTerry Fallis, a member of the Centennial program’s Advisory Committee, is this year’s winner of the Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour. The story behind his accomplishment is a fascinating one. Unable to find a publisher for his book, The Best Laid Plans, Terry decided to podcast it one chapter at a time. He followed that up by self-publishing the book. Since winning the award (the stiff competition included well-known Canadian writers Douglas Coupland and Will Ferguson), Terry has not only secured a literary agent (Beverley Slopen), but also book deal (McClelland & Stewart).

As president of the PR firm Thornley Fallis, Terry shares his PR management and social media expertise as a member of the Centennial advisory committee. He also co-hosts Canada’s top PR podcast, Inside PR. His win certainly demonstrates the waves social media are starting to make in communications!


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