Liv Erickson Wins Top
Scholarship To U of S

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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.”

November 5, 2009

Robin Boadway to receive Order of Canada

Prof. Robin Boadway, with the department of economics at Queen's University, will receive the Order of Canada, the
Prof. Robin Boadway, with the department of economics at Queen's University, will receive the Order of Canada, the country's highest civilian decoration. - Michael Lea
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Kingston Whig Standard

November 4, 2009

Robin Boadway [CCI Graduate Class of 1960 / Rhodes Scholar 1964] says he's humbled by the roster of accomplished Canadians with whom he'll rub shoulders tomorrow in Ottawa.

"It's really quite intimidating to be there with them," Boadway said yesterday.

There's legendary TV broadcaster Peter Mansbridge, noted philanthropist Stephen Jarislowsky and accomplished pro golfer Mike Weir.

Boadway, a 36-year veteran of Queen's University -- and one of the country's most sought after and respected public finance economists -- is tickled that he'll be at Rideau Hall alongside Weir to receive the Order of Canada, the country's highest civilian decoration.

"He's a tremendous speaker for the sport," said Boadway, 66, who is clearly at the top of his game.

Boadway will be invested as an Officer of the Order of Canada. The honour recognizes his "significant impact" on public policy through more than three decades of research, writing and consulting on federal transfer payments and the federal equalization policy.

"I've been involved in researching this area, but also in the international context I've done a lot of work for international organizations and ... countries," Boadway said, "sort of looking at how to structure their fiscal systems, their federal systems, very much using Canada as a model.

"Canada actually has, contrary to what people might think, quite a model system of federal-provincial arrangements that is sometimes advocated in other countries."

This honour is different from Boadway's many academic achievements.

"It is one of the highest (honours)," he said, noting that it recognizes lasting contribution to society, rather than any singular achievement.

Boadway has consulted with officials in South Africa, Sweden, Japan and Iraq and with many international organizations, including the World Bank and the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development.

He's recently been to Dubai in the United Arab and Emirates and Cyprus, where public officials hope to learn from Canada's admired economic system of wealth redistribution and decentralization.

"It's got a lot of integrity," said Boadway, who concedes it might be fair to label him a prosletyzer who travels the globe preaching the value of Canada's system.

He concedes it's far from perfect and is often fraught with tensions and conflicts.

"We've always got this tension sort of running horizontally in Canada," said Boadway, who now considers himself an adoptive Old Stone of Kingston.

Born in Regina, Sask., he grew up in Moose Jaw and ended up studying at Royal Military College.

After a prestigious Rhodes Scholarship to Oxford, he found himself posted to Kingston while completing his military service. While at RMC in the economics department, he also completed a PhD thesis at Queen's. In 1973, he joined the university faculty.

He currently holds the David Chadwick Smith chair in economics, a newly created five-year position that honours the former principal for whom it is named.

Boadway has two sons and a Prince Edward Island-born wife, whose roots lure the family east for several months each year.

The Order of Canada investiture ceremony begins at 10 a.m. EDT, Thursday, November 5th.


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Sandra Donnelly Vanderwell on November 5, 2009 5:31 PM
BRAVO for Robin !!!

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