20 March 2012: Embassy Announces Community Leadership Program Grantees
U.S. Embassy Ottawa and Fulbright Canada are pleased to announce the recipients of the 2011-2012 Community Leadership Program (CLP) grants. The CLP supports Canadian alumni of US government exchange programs who would like to make a contribution in their community. The CLP provides up to $8,000 to groups of three or more alumni who identify a need in their community and a strategy for addressing that need. The three recipients of CLP grants in 2011-12, from Ottawa, Vancouver, and Sault Ste Marie are:
Team leader Ruth Dunley (Canadian Fulbright Scholar, 2004-2005, University of Ottawa to the College of William & Mary) will be hosting a National Capital History Fair in Ottawa that hopes to excite an interest in Canadian history and culture amongst Ottawa's youth. Together with the Ottawa Citizen, the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board, the Historica-Dominion Institute, and her fellow Ottawa-based Fulbright alumni Ruby Heap, Ruth will host an event that will feature high-profile speakers, along with dynamic historical displays and activities.
Team leader Rainey Gaywish (Canadian Fulbright Student, 2005-2006, University of Manitoba to the Three Fires Society Culture & Education Center) received a CLP award to work with current Fulbright scholar Anne Dutlinger, and Singwauk Kinoomaage Gamig, the First Nation post-secondary institute in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. Rainey’s project, entitled "O'Mama Aki: Anishinabe Teachings on Clan Governance and Earth Stewardship for a Changing World", is an outreach and education initiative to share Indigenous traditions of the Midewiwin with the youth in the surrounding area.
Team leader Lyana Patrick (Canadian Fulbright Student, 2004-2005, University of Victoria to the University of Washington) will partner with her fellow West Coast Fulbright alumni Naomi Bartz and William Damon and with the NGO Safe Amplification Society. Together, this group will host a two-day Community Arts and Youth Engagement Institue in Vancouver. The event, which will be free of charge and open to the public, will include workshops on topics related to music production, event planning, and performance.
We are pleased to be supporting these important projects and look forward to sharing the results as we move ahead. The leaders of these three projects welcome the support and participation of other alumni. If you are interested in getting involved in any of these projects, please contact us at email@example.com for more information!