Liv Erickson Wins Top
Scholarship To U of S

Written by Ryan Vincent
Monday, Mar 20 2023
Discover Moose Jaw

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.”

July 25, 2009

Local poet Robert Currie to receive Lifetime Achievement Award

Robert Currie, Saskatchewan’s poet laureate and a resident of Moose Jaw, has been selected as the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award with the 2009 Lieutenant Governor’s Arts Awards.
    Currie is a writer of poetry, fiction and radio plays whose work has appeared in literary magazines and more than 40 anthologies. He has published six books of poetry, (his latest is Witness), and three works of fiction.
    As well, he has taught creative writing, and he taught English at Central Collegiate in Moose Jaw for 30 years.
    He was one of the first presidents of the Saskatchewan Writers Guild and is one of the co-founders of the Thunder Creek Publishing Co-operative/Coteau Books. He is still on the board of Coteau Books.
    According to a press release from the Saskatchewan Arts Board, Currie “has been central to the development of the literary arts in Saskatchewan . . . (His) own published works, and the promotion he has done in support of the literary community, have had a great impact on the province.
    “In 2007, he became Saskatchewan’s poet laureate and continues his work as an ambassador for the merits of literary art the works of Saskatchewan writers.”
    Currie will be given the award on Sept. 9 in Saskatoon.

- Moose Jaw Times Herald


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