High hon­ors for BU stu­dent

Stanstead Journal - - FRONT PAGE - Chan­tal Sneath, Spe­cial col­lab­o­ra­tion Lennoxville, Sher­brooke

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.

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Bishop’s Uni­ver­sity stu­dent Ja­son Earl re­ceived a 3M Na­tional Stu­dent Fel­low­ship, one of Canada’s high­est honours for uni­ver­sity stu­dents.

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