Liv Erickson Wins Top
Scholarship To U of S

Written by Ryan Vincent
Monday, Mar 20 2023
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Central Collegiate senior, Liv Erickson, has been awarded one of the Best and Brightest Entrance Scholarships to the University of Saskatchewan. 

The George and Marsha Ivany President's First and Best Scholarship is awarded based on academics, leadership and contributions to the school and community, to a student from a Canadian high school with a 95 per cent average or higher.  

Erickson is one of five students to be awarded the scholarship and will receive $40,000 towards her schooling over the course of four years at the U of S. 

“I feel amazing,” she says. “I always felt really drawn to U of S for so many reasons, and it really felt like [the scholarship] solidified my decision clearly, and it’s gotten me really excited about going to university... I’m really pumped about it, it’s an awesome thing to receive.” 

She currently has a 96 per cent average and has made numerous contributions to the community. 

“In my written application, I talked about starting an environmental club at my high school, as well as getting involved in some other youth climate activism groups in Regina. Also, I spoke about my executive role in SLC (Student Leadership Council). I’m the Head of Fundraising so I plan a lot of fundraisers for our school.” 

Erickson is the Central Collegiate representative on the Youth Advisory Committee for the Moose Jaw City Council. The Youth Advisory Committee speaks about situations and issues in Moose Jaw that youth face and tries to come up with solutions to present to the city council. 

She also volunteered as a coach for the “Girls in the Game” organization. 

“They focus on encouraging young girls to stay in sports and encouraging self-confidence and strength, both mentally and physically,” she adds. 

Erickson plans on going into the Faculty of Arts and Science for a degree in the Environment and Society program with a certificate in sustainability. 

“I’m just passionate about climate action and I think that having an education in that field is what's going to make you a better leader. If you know what you’re talking about, you can act properly and be fit for any role, whether that's in politics or in any other sort of policy-making area. Even if that’s working on projects in sustainability, or research, or education, I think you really need to know what you’re talking about to be able to make a greater impact.”

January 14, 2015

Ken Braaten Passes

Passed on: January 12th, 2015

Kenneth Orville (KO) Braaten, 88, of Saskatoon SK, passed away peacefully at St. Paul’s Hospital on Monday January 12th, 2015. Born in Moose Jaw, SK to Hagbart (Bert) and Borghild Braaten, he lived most of his life in Moose Jaw before moving to Saskatoon in 2004. It was in Saskatoon that 51 years previously, he had fallen in love with and married his wife, Mona Joy (nee Johnsrude).

Kenneth completed his Bachelor of Education at the University of Saskatchewan and his Masters of Education at the University of British Columbia. He started his 37 year educational career in British Columbia in a one room school house where he was both teacher and principal. He was a lifelong educator in the Moose Jaw school system, including principalships at both Central Collegiate and Riverview Collegiate, retiring in 1983. Ken was an active Rotarian for many years, as well as sang in the Male Choir at Zion United Church. Kenneth was passionate about many things, including art, music, sports and spending time with friends and family.

Ken’s three children, son Stephen (wife Dana), daughter Cheryl (husband Owen) and daughter Melanie (husband Stephen) will always think of him as the quintessential teacher, confidante and their number one fan. His grandchildren Lauren and Eric Fowler, and Ehvan and Julia Parrott have many treasured moments by which to remember Papa. Preceded by oldest brother Harry, and brother William, he is survived by older brother Art of Burnaby B.C. and sister Pearl Brown of Victoria B.C. as well as many wonderful nieces and nephews.

Kenneth’s family would like to extend a warm invitation to friends and family to assist them in celebrating this incredible man’s life, on Friday, January 16th , from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. at W.A. Edwards Family Centre, 333 4th Ave N Saskatoon. Complimentary parking will be provided at the Saskatoon Funeral Home which is located directly across 4th Ave. Arrangements are entrusted to Saskatoon Funeral Home (306) 244-5577.
Memorial donations may be made in Kenneth’s name to the charity of your choice.

- Moose Jaw Times Herald


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