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Hudson memorial scholarship will benefit Inuit students

Hudson memorial scholarship will benefit Inuit students

The parents of Lindsay Dale Hudson, BA’97, MIR’99, have launched a commemorative scholarship in hopes that some good can come out of their daughter's tragic death.
[Lindsay Hudson]Lindsay Hudson was just 37 when she died on the snowy tundra
new Iqaluit. (Photo courtesy of Nicole Florent)

The parents of Lindsay Dale Hudson, BA ’97, MIR’99, acting on behalf of their extended family – which includes brother Graham Hudson, LLM’05, sisters Danielle Sullivan and Nadine Legare, Arsci/PHE’01 as well as step-siblings Patty Moore and Jeff Moore – have launched a commemorative scholarship in the hope that some good can come out of Lindsay’s tragic death .

She was just 37 when she went for a walk on the snowy tundra near Iqaluit , and failed to return. Searchers found her body the next day, December 12, 2009. She had died of hypothermia.

Lindsay’s father, Dr. Robert Hudson, a professor in the Department of Medicine, Division of Endocrinology, Faculty of Health Sciences, and her stepmother Nicole Florent, Artsci’88, MPA’01, LLM’06, have provided the first $25,000 of the $50,000 target for the establishment of the Lindsay Dale Hudson Scholarship, and have started publicity to stimulate interest from potential recipients. Lindsay’s other set of parents, Sharon Hudson Moore and Dr. Nick Moore are providing support for the Toronto connection.

The initial signs are encouraging. Florent has had some preliminary discussions with officials from both the federal and territorial governments of Nunavut. Lindsay’s classmates, other Queen’s friends, as well as friends or work colleagues from Iqaluit, also have indicated their interest; two of Lindsay’s Iqaluit friends made donations to the fund before it was even established formally. The scholarship is designed to provide $2,000 per year to a deserving Inuit student, or alternately a resident of Nunavut, Yukon or Northwest Territories. If there are no qualified applicants, then the money would go to an aboriginal student from elsewhere in Canada. The scholarship will target either full-time or part-time students in the School of Industrial Relations, the School of Public Administration, the School of Urban Planning, or the Faculty of Law at Queen's University.

“What I’ve explained to people is that there are three reasons we have launched this scholarship in Lindsay’s memory,” says her stepmother Nicole Florent.”

“First is the fact that she died at such a young age. Second is that throughout her life, Lindsay devoted much of her time and energy to helping and defending others. Therefore, this scholarship is an initiative that I think is fitting. And third, hopefully this is something that will benefit Inuit and aboriginal people, and that is also a goal that Lindsay would have approved of, since she lived in Iqaluit for over ten years.

Immediately following her graduation from Queen’s, Lindsay moved to the Arctic in order to take a job with the Nunavut government, working on labour relations matters in Canada’s newest territory. At the same time, she developed an affinity for the Inuit and aboriginal peoples with whom she worked so closely.

“ I understand that there are a number of new initiatives underway at Queen’s to improve understanding of native culture and provide educational opportunities for native people, such as Queen’s program for graduate studies in indigenous public administration and policy through the School of Policy Studies. This scholarship in Lindsay’s memory will be a wonderful complement to those efforts,” says Florent.

For more information about the Lindsay Dale Hudson scholarship, or to lend your support, please contact Patty McHenry, Director, Major Gifts, at 1-800-267-7837, ext. 74001, or email patty.mchenry@queensu.ca.

[Queen's Alumni Review 2010-3 cover]