Student civic responsibility awards

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Snipped from Press Release Entitled: Student civic responsibility awards for 2008 recognize work with immigrant women and at-risk youth dated Tuesday May 13, 2008

The Queen’s students receiving this year’s civic responsibility awards were recognized for initiatives ranging from fundraising and volunteer recruitment to work with immigrant women and at-risk youth. This year’s recipients, all Queen’s masters students, are Karen McNeil, Charlene Cooper and Cheryl Sutherland. The Student Civic Responsibility Award was founded last year as a means to celebrate exceptional students for initiatives that strengthen relationships between the city and the university. Nominations for this year’s recipients came from both the University and the community. The $2,500 award aims to highlight and reinforce the heightened sense of community responsibility many Queen’s students show each year in their work with community initiatives and local charities. "One effect of the Civic Responsibility Award has been to highlight the extraordinary range of community-minded initiatives in which Queen's students are involved, year after year,” says Patrick Deane, Vice Principal (Academic). “This year's winners testify to that range once again. As a group, our students are most admirable; as individuals, this year's winners are a great cause for pride."

Masters student Karen McNeil is being recognized for her involvement with the Kingston Aboriginal community and with AKWE: GO, an after-school program for at-risk youth at the Katarokwi Native Friendship Centre. In an effort to initiate an “AKWE:GO Buddies” program at the centre, she helped organize a volunteer recruitment campaign by advertising on the Queen’s, St. Lawrence and RMC campuses. Ms. McNeil also co-wrote a successful proposal for a Heart & Stroke Foundation of Ontario (HSFO) Advocacy Planning Grant for the AKWE:GO program and, as co-chair of the Diversity Portfolio for the HSFO Kingston area Mission Committee, she is attempting to document the diversity profile of Kingston and surrounding areas to ensure that community outreach strategies are meeting the specific needs of various cultural groups. END EXCERPT

Student civic responsibility winner Karen McNeil Student civic responsibility awards for 2008 recognize work with immigrant women and at-risk youth Tuesday May 13, 2008. The Queen’s students receiving this year’s civic responsibility awards were recognized for initiatives ranging from fundraising and volunteer recruitment to work with immigrant women and...more details