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Become a 2009 Sauve Scholar

For those who are interested, applications for Sauve Scholarships have been open for a few weeks now. The deadline is December 31st.

For those not in the know, the Sauve Program, now in its 6th year:

…exists for young leaders under the age of 30 from across the globe who want to change the world. The Scholars are chosen above all on the basis of criteria laid out by the Right Honourable Jeanne Sauvé:

  • Initiative
  • Motivation
  • Vision
  • Imagination
  • Demonstrated communication skills
  • Awareness of international and domestic issues
  • A strong desire to effect change

Each year, up to 14 remarkable young leaders are invited to come to Montreal for the academic calendar year. They live together in a beautifully restored mansion, enjoy unlimited access to McGill University’s academic programs and other resources – including lectures, conferences and events suited to the advancement of their individual professional and intellectual goals – while benefiting from the communal life and multi-faceted exchanges with their fellow Scholars.

The Sauvé experience, a period of personal and professional growth, is founded on:

  • Intense exchange of ideas and experience, supported by communal life
  • Extensive intellectual freedom, allowing each participant to develop according to his or her needs and aspirations
  • Focus on action accompanied by a clear commitment to the community —including the host community
  • Commitment to dialogue among cultures, which allows participants to understand and assimilate viewpoints built within multiple frames of reference

You can learn more about the program here and check out past scholars here.

From Consumers to Creators of their Historical Narrative

At a meeting I attended on Monday I was introduced to Robert Thompson, Secretary and Treasurer of a cool outfit called Operation Dialogue. Operation Dialogue seeks to “inspire and capture a lively and passionate dialogue among Canadians about what it is to be “Canadian.”

Their most interesting project? An online quiz on Canadian history. Anyone in high school who answers all 50 questions correctly is entered into a draw for numerous college scholarships (paid directly to the university). The best part? The site actively encourages “cheating” insofar as students are prompted – through hyperlinks – to research the correct answers. Indeed this is the whole point, to get kids to read about, look into and learn about the different aspects of Canadian history.

As a student of history, I’m a fan.

My humble suggestion, which Robert took to heart, was to hold a secondary contest with a small scholarship, that would reward the student who designed the coolest question – including links to resources and historical references – for the following year’s quiz. I mean, if you want kids to be turned on by history, why not have them help write it? Who is better positioned to know the history their peers will be most into? It felt like an easy way to make the quiz both more attractive and so help better satsify the organization’s mission.

I say make’em active historians, rather than just passive consumers. That’s what the net should be about.

Call for Applications – World Youth Fellowship

Hi friends – the Gordon Foundation (great people, great organization) have just issued a call for applications for the upcoming year’s World Youth Fellowship. I’ve posted the details below and encourage anyone interested to find out more information here.


Global Youth Fellowship – Call for Applications/Appel à candidature

The Walter and Duncan Gordon Foundation is pleased to announce the 2007 call for applications for the Global Youth Fellowship. This initiative is intended to complement the grants we award through the Foundation’s Global Citizenship Programme. The Global Youth Fellowships are targeted towards emerging, young Canadian leaders who demonstrate potential to enhance Canada’s role on the world stage. The Fellowships will provide successful candidates with a cash award of $20,000 as well as other forms of support.

To be eligible for consideration, applicants must be Canadian citizens or landed immigrants between 24 – 35 years of age with previous international experience – paid or volunteer. They also need to demonstrate a sustained commitment to international issues through studies, career choices and volunteer activities.

For bios of the 2006 Global Youth Fellows, please visit our website.

Application Deadline: Friday, April 20, 2007 by 5:00 p.m. EST

Application form and guidelines as well as more information about the eligibility criteria can be found on our website at: www.gordonfn.org.

We welcome your help in circulating this call for applications as broadly as possible.

La Fondation Walter et Duncan Gordon a le plaisir de vous annoncer l’appel à candidature pour son programme de bourse de recherche des jeunes citoyens du monde 2007. Cette initiative vient compléter les subventions que nous octroyons au travers du programme de Citoyenneté mondiale de la Fondation. La bourse de recherche des jeunes citoyens du monde s’adresse aux jeunes chefs de fil Canadiens, hommes ou femmes, possédant un potentiel pour améliorer le rôle du Canada sur la scène internationale. La bourse de recherche offrira aux candidats et candidates retenues un appui financier de 20 000 $ ainsi qu’un support logistique.
Pour être admissible, les candidats doivent posséder la citoyenneté canadienne ou le statut de résident permanent, être âgés de 24 à 35 ans, et posséder une expérience professionnelle ou bénévole internationale. En outre, ils devront pouvoir démontrer leur intérêt durable aux questions internationales par l’entremise de leurs travaux de recherche, de leur choix de carrière ou de leur engagement bénévole.

Découvrez la biographie des jeunes boursiers citoyens du monde 2006 sur notre site Internet.

Date limite de dépôt des candidatures : Le vendredi 20 avril 2007 à 17 h 00 HNE.

Visitez notre site Internet à www.gordonfn.org pour obtenir les critères d’admissibilité ou le processus de sélection.

Merci par avance de diffuser cet appel à candidature le plus largement possible.

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