Finucane and Cassidy get Life

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WELLINGTON, Friday: The Public Relations Institute (PRINZ) awarded Life membership to Lisa Finucane and Fiona Cassidy at its annual awards ceremony in the Beehive Wellington on Thursday.

Both strong advocates for the PR sector, the award recognises their significant service to PRINZ over a long period.

Finucane has remained involved with PRINZ for more than 30 years. She became an accredited member of the PR Institute in 1987 and was elected a Fellow in 2001. 

Cassidy has held senior executive appointments on the PRINZ National Council including national president and chair of the College of Fellows.

Life membership is the highest accolade from PRINZ, previously awarded to 14 recipients and last presented in 2018.

At the awards ceremony, PRINZ also inducted four new Fellows: Adelle Keely (Acumen Republic), Sarah Fraser (NIWA), Sarah Williams (Porter Novelli), and Simon Roche (High Performance Sport NZ).

The Sarah Williams appointment was announced Friday (

Global appointment
Meanwhile, in Brasilia (Brazil), Fiona Cassidy has been appointed a board member of the Global Alliance for Public Relations & Communications Management.

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