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.”

December 27, 2008

Moose Jaw's Senate Connection

Moose Jaw’s Senate connection

The Moose Jaw Times Herald

Saskatchewan’s newest senator, Pamela Wallin, has a Moose Jaw connection.
    Wallin, known for her work as a journalist and diplomat, attended Central  Collegiate for Grades 10, 11 and 12.
From Wadena, Wallin spoke to the Times-Herald recently about her role as a senator and how Saskatchewan influenced her as a person.
    Wallin lived in Moose Jaw, Wadena, Prince Albert and Regina while growing up.
    “I think having lived in different parts of the province will make me a better person in the job,” Wallin said.
    “Knowing people from across Saskatchewan gives you a sense of how people see what’s going on in their area.”
    She said she sees the job as an opportunity to do good.
    Wallin wants to focus on the Canadian/U.S. relationship, the war in Afghanistan and Senate reform.
    “The reputation of the Senate hasn’t always been great, but I think that’s due to a small minority. A lot of good things happen there and a lot of them work very hard,” Wallin said.
    She supports Senate reform, including term limits and elected officials.
    Wallin sees her appointment to the Senate as a result of Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s push for reform. She does not support the abolition of the Senate.
    Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall recently announced his intention to go ahead with provincial Senate elections despite Harper’s choice to appoint senators.
    Wallin suggested she will wait for the province and federal government to put together a sustainable Senate reform plan.
    “I will look at the Saskatchewan legislation and talk with the premier and prime minister,” Wallin said.
    Pamela’s sister Bonnie said her family is excited for the appointment, and regard it as an achievement that rises above politics.
    “We’re really proud of her. She’s going to work so hard,” she said. “I see the appointment as one of merit, not party affiliation.”

Matthew Barton can be reached at 691-1258.


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