Submitted by Saode Savary, UWCM President
Montreal, March 12, 2018 – Today, The University Women’s Club of Montreal (UWCM) is proud to announce the winners of its first North American school competition called Olympes de la Parole. This year’s theme was: How access to information technology can help empower indigenous girls and women in Canada. The following three Montreal high schools; The Study, the Sacred Heart of Montreal and Villa Maria College, agreed to participate. Their projects were evaluated by a review panel of seven members.
The first prize is awarded to Villa Maria Collège for the project on Using Raspberry Pi Technology to Disseminate Mental Health Information Amongst Nunavummiut Girls and Women.
The second prize is awarded ex-aequo to The Sacred Heart School of Montreal for the project on Aboriginal women and empowerment via technology and to The Study for the project on Université du Nord.
The third prize is awarded to The Study for the project on The Importance of Education for Ikaluit Youth.
Ms. Deidre Kahwinehtha Diome, Chairperson for Kahnawake Combined School Committee (KCSC), and panel member commented: “When I hear what these young girls have to propose, I see a model of how to reconcile relationships between Canadians and the original people of this land.”
The UWCM launched the first edition of this competition on November 15, 2107, by highlighting the relationships between the competition and the themes that will be debated at the Sixty-Second Session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women in New York from March 12-23, 2018. This competition offers a unique opportunity for Montreal secondary school girls to engage in the global conversation on gender equality and learn how to influence policies that foster a gender-equal society.
Come celebrate our winners at a Scholarship Award Ceremony on April 6, 2018, starting at 7:15 pm, at the Atwater Library located at 1200 Atwater Ave., Westmount. Light snacks will be served.
ABOUT THE UNIVERSITY WOMEN’S CLUB OF MONTREAL Founded in 1927, in Montreal, by women university graduates involved in the promotion of quality education of girls and women, the UWCM grants annual scholarships to deserving candidates. UWCM is a member of the Canadian Federation of University Women (CFUW), a non-partisan, voluntary, self-funded organization with over 100 Clubs and 8,400 members across Canada. The CFUW holds special consultative status at the United Nations Economic and Social Council and serves on the Education Committee of the Canadian Sub Commission to UNESCO.
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Savary, Chemist, Ph.D.
University Women’s Club of Montreal