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108 ideaspace & Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board receive 2014 NSPRA Award of Merit

NSPRA-award108 ideaspace and the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board received national recognition for the website from the National School Public Relations Association (NSPRA). This association recognizes colleagues and supporters whose efforts and expertise have had a positive and lasting impact on school public relations and education.

The following press release was used to announce this achievement:

Toronto, ON, July 17, 2014 – 4,000 hours, 200 days, 15 people and lots of coffee. This is what it took to create an award-winning website that enhanced connections between a school board and its community. Last month, 108 ideaspace and Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board, received a 2014 Award of Merit from the National School Public Relations Association (NSPRA).

“This new site is a central hub for the board’s stakeholders: from parents to students; from vendors to job seekers; and for the general public and the Catholic community,” says Randall Craig, president of 108 ideaspace. “It’s a privilege to receive this recognition.”

This North American awards recognizes outstanding publications and marketing materials produced for school districts.

The website’s responsive design was developed with the needs of today’s parents and students in mind. Visitors can access the site on desktop and mobile devices without compromising the layout, features, or overall function. This site is also accessible for individuals with disabilities.

The new site features:

  • Bright pop-up announcement/alerts (i.e. school closures, weather conditions)
  • Current school board information
  • Impactful photographs of Dufferin-Peel students
  • Information for newcomer families (translations also available in four languages)
  • Multi-navigation access points to information
  • School spotlight section
  • In addition, 149 individual school sites were redesigned with the new look and capability of the board’s site

The National School Public Relations Association (NSPRA) has been providing school communication training and services to school leaders throughout the United States and Canada.

The Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board is one of the largest and most diverse school boards in Ontario. It currently serves approximately 84,000 students in 149 schools located throughout Mississauga, Brampton, Bolton, Caledon, and Orangeville. It is the goal of the board to provide quality education to students in a setting, which fosters Catholic values and beliefs. More: www.dpcdsb.org

108 ideaspace is dedicated to helping clients engage their stakeholders by innovating in strategy, technology, and design. 108 ideaspace develops web, social media, and mobile solutions that leverage and extend strategy. More: ideas108.wpengine.com

Danielle Norris is the Marketing Services Specialist at 108 ideaspace inc. – a consulting firm that extends business strategies by innovating in strategy, technology, and design. To learn more about 108 ideaspace, visit ideas108.wpengine.com.