High honors for BU student
Jason Earl, a third-year student at Bishop’s University, has earned a 3M National Student Fellowship, one of Canada’s highest honours for university students. The award is given to full-time undergraduate college and undergraduate university students at Canadian institutions who have demonstrated outstanding leadership in their lives and at their college or university. This is the first time a Bishop’s student has received this award.
‘‘We are very proud of Jason. From his service on student government and his volunteer work both on and off campus, to his deep commitment to learning to be an educator, Jason is a wonderful example of the way in which we hope students will immerse themselves in the opportunities at Bishop’s,’’ said Michael Goldbloom, C.M., Principal and ViceChancellor.
Jason, a student in Social Studies and Secondary Education, is very proud to receive the fellowship. ‘‘I am truly honoured and humbled to join the 3M fellowship. I sincerely appreciate everyone who has been part of my journey, helping me find my calling as an advocate for social justice and the celebration of difference, especially the always wonderful, supportive and generous students, faculty, and staff at Bishop’s University. I plan on continuing my work in educational leadership, championing equity and inclusion to facilitate positive change toward a more healthy, just, and sustainable world.’’
‘‘Jason has demonstrated remarkable leadership qualities at Bishop’s,’’ said Dr. Jackie Bailey, Dean of Student Affairs. “He truly stands out in everything he undertakes.’’
In Jason’s second year at Bishop’s (2013-14), he was Vice President Student Affairs for the student government. That year he received the Joseph E. Cassar Award for being the most dedicated member to the student government. In March 2014 he received the Rising Star Leadership Award, which recognized both his past contributions and future leadership potential. Jason has continued to shine in his third year, being co-facilitator of the University’s Leadership Café, co-facilitator of the University’s Leadership Dinner, and a peer-presenter on topics of heteronormativity, sexuality, and gender diversity. In the upcoming academic year, Jason will be a member of the University’s annual Leadership Retreat organizing committee, and will pursue independent studies on queer pedagogies and student voice in education.
This announcement comes just weeks after a Bishop’s University professor, Dr. Jessica Riddell, received her 3M National Teaching Fellowship.
Bishop’s University student Jason Earl received a 3M National Student Fellowship, one of Canada’s highest honours for university students.