Theresa Rath, the Public Relations Manager at Halifax Regional Police (HRP), now shares an honour with two of her HRP colleagues. Last night she received a Canadian Progress Club Women of Excellence award in the Communication and Public Affairs category.
Superintendent Brenda Young took home the award in the Management and the Professions category in 2011, and Lana Grant of HRP Integrated Emergency Services was honoured in the Arts and Culture category in 2012.
“I’m so honoured to receive this award, especially given the caliber of past and present recipients. I’m in very good company,” Theresa says. “I wouldn’t have received this award if not for the complex, challenging and rewarding work I’ve been allowed to do at HRP.”
Theresa has been in the public relations field for more than 17 years. As the Public Relations Manager for HRP, she has evolved the communications function from tactical to strategic. She plays an integral role on the senior management team, providing advice that maintains public confidence in policing. Theresa has a Bachelor of Public Relations and a Master of Arts in Communication from Mount Saint Vincent University and maintained the highest aggregate for her class for both degrees. Additionally, she had the honour of representing her schoolmates as class valedictorian in 2013. As a volunteer, Theresa mentors PR students, advocates for organ donation and provides strategic communications advice to Shelter Nova Scotia.
“I’m very proud of Theresa, Lana and Brenda,” says Deputy Bill Moore. “They represent the many talented and esteemed women employees at HRP who work day in and day out to make our community a better place.”