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  • Kitchener-Waterloo, ON

Desire2Learn Award for Student Innovation Bestowed Upon Conestoga College Public Relations Student

Press Release

Graduand Audrey Carter is recipient of inaugural award for demonstrated creativity, leadership and professionalism

Desire2Learn Incorporated (Desire2Learn) a leading provider of mission-critical enterprise eLearning solutions, is pleased to announce the recipient of the first annual Desire2Learn Award for Student Innovation. Audrey Carter, of Guelph, Ontario, is the 2009 award winner.

The Desire2Learn Award for Student Innovation is presented to a Conestoga College Public Relations diploma student with a strong curiosity for learning in school, work and life. This student, chosen by Public Relations Program faculty, is committed to learning, has shown leadership in class and the workplace, exemplifies professionalism and has demonstrated significant academic and professional growth during the two-year diploma program.

“We are very pleased to honour Audrey with this award, and appreciative of Desire2Learn providing sponsorship,” said Paula Hendsbee, Professor, Public Relations, Conestoga College. “Audrey is a natural communicator and has strong interest and skill in media relations. She’s high energy, positive and creative.”

Carter, who has a background in broadcasting, excelled in her studies and completed her six-week work placement at Wings of Paradise in Cambridge, Ontario. There she was responsible for the media relations campaign and promotional work for their annual BugFeast.

“It is an honor to be the first recipient of this award and I cannot thank Desire2Learn and my professors enough for recognizing my achievements in the Public Relations program at Conestoga College,” commented award recipient Audrey Carter. “During my two years in the program I have really been able to utilize my strengths as a communicator. Post-Secondary education is a valuable experience that I urge everyone to attempt. Whether you’re coming right out of high school, or going back for additional education, it is a great way to broaden your mind, your skills and your passions. I have learned so much and I cannot thank my professors and mentors enough for the experiences they have provided. I hope to continue to aspire to these standards well into my public relations career.”

“It is a real pleasure to be able to acknowledge the academic and leadership capabilities of a young person like Audrey,” stated John McLeod, Director of Marketing, Desire2Learn. “The initiative, innovation, collaboration and passionate spirit that Audrey has shown during her program is very much in keeping with the values of Desire2Learn. We wish her every success in her public relations career.”

Audrey Carter, Melanie Desjardins
Audrey Carter (L), recipient of the 2009 Desire2Learn Student Innovation Award, is shown here with classmate Melanie Desjardins, recipient of this year’s Conestoga College Public Relations Program Ethics award.

About Desire2Learn Incorporated

Desire2Learn Incorporated is a world-leading provider of enterprise eLearning solutions that enable institutions and other organizations to create teaching and learning environments that reflect their vision, values, goals, pedagogical approaches and branding. Desire2Learn and its subsidiaries support more than five million learners worldwide and clients include higher education, K-12, as well as associations, government and other leading organizations. Founded in 1999, Desire2Learn is headquartered in Kitchener, ON, Canada with personnel located in North America, the U.K. and Australia. For more information, visit:, call 1.888.772.0325 or 1.519.772.0325.

About the Public Relations Program, Conestoga College

The Public Relations diploma program is part of the School of Media & Design at Conestoga College in Kitchener, Ontario. Begun in September 2003, it consistently earns top ratings in the College for student satisfaction. Faculty and industry professionals guide students through public relations campaigns and case studies and teach them to apply public relation principles and theories. Students benefit from small class sizes and a hands-on, student-centered learning model. For further information, visit the program site or call 1.519.748.5220 ext. 3656.


John McLeod
Director of Marketing
Desire2Learn Incorporated
519.772.0325 ext. 378