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University of Regina President's Messagel and Video on Sustainability

Members of the University community --

In two days, the world will come together to participate in the largest, most celebrated environmental event on the planet - Earth Day.

Earth Day is a fitting occasion to renew and celebrate the University of Regina's commitment to environmental and fiscal sustainability. As outlined in our strategic plan, one of the University's goals is to be a leader in environmental responsibility. That's why we are putting sustainability at the heart of our teaching, research and campus life.

Discover for yourself how the University of Regina is committed to a sustainable future by viewing our new video, entitled "Realize. The place for sustainability." at http://www.uregina.ca/community-report/sustainability-place.html. This video is part of the President's Community Report, a series of videos highlighting the University of Regina's story.

After you have viewed the video, please send the link to others who would be interested in learning more about this and other important initiatives at the University of Regina.  

Sincerely,

Vianne Timmons
President and Vice-Chancellor

Graduate Student, Postdoctoral Fellow, and Project Manager Recruitment: Sustainability Education Research

Graduate Student, Postdoctoral Fellow, and Project Manager Recruitment

Sustainability Education Research 

The University of Saskatchewan in conjunction with partner institutions and organizations is now recruiting four Master’s students and and five Doctoral students, one Postdoctoral Fellow, and one Project Manager to join a national research team studying sustainability policy and practice in K-12 and post-secondary education in Canada. Additional graduate students and fellows will be recruited in subsequent years.

Graduate Students: Master’s and Doctoral students are being recruited to focus their thesis research on document and data set analysis of sustainability policy in K-12 or post-secondary education in Canada. Several students are also being recruited to work on the development and administration of a national survey on sustainability policy and practice in K-12 and post-secondary education. Some students will be paired to work closely with partner organizations including the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education, and the David Suzuki Foundation. Graduate student researchers will receive stipends of $15,000 (Master’s) and $18,000 (PhD) plus benefits, for two years of Master’s study and three years of PhD study. Graduate students will be housed at the University of Saskatchewan, Lakehead University, York University, or Dalhousie University. For further details on the University of Saskatchewan positions please see: www.usask.ca/hrd/work/Research_Grad_Student_Educ.pdf

Postdoctoral Fellows: A Postdoctoral Fellow is being recruited for 2012-2014 to take a lead role in document and data set analysis of sustainability policy in K-12 and post-secondary education in Canada. The fellow will be based at the University of Saskatchewan, with a salary of $35,000-48,000/year plus benefits, depending on level of experience. Applicants should have a Doctoral degree in Policy Studies, Educational Studies, or a related field, and preferably experience doing critical policy analysis research. For further details: www.usask.ca/hrd/work/Research_Postdoc_Educ.pdf

Project Manager: A Project Manager is being recruited for the duration of the six year project to be housed at the University of Saskatchewan. The Project Manager will organize project meetings, arrange for data collection site visits and other travel, oversee media communications, manage the financial aspects of the project, and otherwise coordinate activities of the research project. The Project Manager will be instrumental in facilitating connection and collaboration among research team members. The Project Manager will be hired as Research-Administrative Staff, with the a salary of up to $56,000/year. For further details: www.usask.ca/hrd/work/Research_Project_Manager_Educ.pdf

Applications accepted until May 15, 2012 or until positions are filled.

For the Project Manager, Postdoctoral Fellow, and Graduate Student positions at the University of Saskatchewan, please send a cover letter, Curriculum Vitae, and three references electronically to Dr. Marcia McKenzie at marcia.mckenzie@usask.ca. For more information on the University of Saskatchewan visit www.usask.ca/, and for more information on Saskatoon, Canada, visit www.tourismsaskatoon.com/

For Graduate Student positions at Lakehead, York, or Dalhousie Universities, please send a cover letter and detailed Curriculum Vitae electronically to Dr. David Greenwood at greenwooddavida@gmail.com, Dr. Steve Alsop at SAlsop@edu.yorku.ca, or Dr. Tarah Wright at tarah.wright@dal.ca.

RCE Luncheon with Charles Hopkins (March 20, 2012): Outcomes Document

Please find attached the outcomes document from the RCE luncheon with Professor Charles Hopkins along with business and other community leaders held at the Saskatchewan Science Centre on March 20, 2012. Thank you to Garth Pickard for his role in preparation of the final version of this document and all those who made the event a great success!--Roger

Video of Habitat for Humanity Sod Turning in Nipawin (April 13, 2012)

Please see the following wonderful video on the good work being done by Nipawin in building its first Habitat for Humanity house. I will also post Lyle's congratulatory comments to the Nipawin team. Here is the Link to the video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PfDoLnxVR38

Congratulatory E-mail from Lyle Benko to Chris Hudyma:

Congratulations Chris and of course also the warmest regards to the family, and recognition to the community of Nipawin and the rest of our partners; for truly being a "living laboratory" for our U.N.U. Regional Centre of Expertise (RCE) Saskatchewan and our global RCE's now numbering 100 worldwide.

I will make sure that this "amazing" celebration and benchmark event is posted on our global U.N.U.. and RCE global websites. The world is truly learning about "Well Being for ALL" from your good work and partnership model with RCE Saskatchewan.
All the best.

Lyle Benko
Co-Coordinator
RCE Saskatchewan

Changemakers Summit: Inspiring Approaches to First Nations, Métis and Inuit Learning, April 16-18, Gatineau, Quebec

Dear Friends,

As you know, the Changemakers Summit for our initiative, Inspiring
Approaches to First Nations, Métis and Inuit Learning is around the corner,
April 16-18 in Gatineau, QB. Please see the media alert below and attached.

If we don't see you there, please join the awards ceremony via livestream:
http://www.ustream.tv/channel/inspring-approaches-to-fnmi-learning-summit

Best wishes,
The Ashoka Canada Team

MEDIA ALERT
April 12, 2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Aboriginal Education Initiatives Receive Awards in Gatineau --Ashoka Canada
hosts first ever Changemakers Summit--

What: An outreach program in the Far North that helps youth to discover
science, technology, engineering and math careers; and a project that links
musicians and artists with Aboriginal youth at risk are among the award
winners from across the country that will be honoured at the Summit.

Manon Barbeau, founder of Wapikoni Mobile, and Jennifer Flanagan from Actua
in the North and 28 other award winners will be there.

Over $90,000 will be awarded to innovators and leaders in recognition of
their work in First Nations, Métis and Inuit education and learning, at the
Ashoka Canada Changemakers Summit to be held April 16-18, 2012 in Gatineau,
Quebec.  A first in Canada, the online initiative “Inspiring Approaches to
First Nations, Métis and Inuit Learning” received over 266 entries – thirty
of which have been selected for awards.

Event Highlights:  Day 2, April 17th

9:00-9:20 – Keynote: The Right Honourable Paul Martin will speak about his
focus on Aboriginal education and the importance of partnerships within this
context.  
9:20  - 10:35: Panel on First Nations Métis and Inuit Strategies featuring
President Mary Simon of Inuit Tapiirit Kanatami,  President  Clement
Chartiér of  the Métis Council of Canada and Chief Morley Googoo of the
Assembly of First Nations
12:30  Keynote:  Phil Fontaine, Special Advisor, RBC and Former National
Chief, AFN

1:45pm – 3:30pm  -- Awards Presentation featuring the 30 award winners from
coast to coast to coast interspersed  with Traditional First Nation, Métis
and Inuit entertainment
7:30 pm  Keynote: Commissioner Wilton Littlechild from The Truth and
Reconciliation Commission of Canada

To register please call: (416) 646-2333 or register online at:
http://ashokafnmisummit.eventbrite.ca/

Who: Ashoka Canada is hosting the event.

Featured Speakers and Honourable Guests:  
•   The Right Honourable Paul Martin
•   Mary Simon, President, Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami
•   Clément Chartier, President, Métis National Council
•   Commissioner Wilton Littlechild,  Truth and Reconciliation
Commission
•   Chief Googoo, Assembly of First Nations
•   Former National Chief Phil Fontaine
•   Stephen Huddart, CEO, J. W. McConnell Family Foundation
•   Bruce Lawson, Executive Director, The Counselling Foundation of
Canada
•   Lucie Santoro, Director of Administration, Martin Aboriginal
Education Initiative

Why: Ashoka Canada believes there is a tremendous and urgent opportunity to
embrace innovative initiatives that support First Nations, Métis and Inuit
learners to succeed in education and lifelong learning.
For the first time in Canada, philanthropic organizations including
Community Foundations, private foundations and corporate funders, have come
together to begin a new and more comprehensive conversation to develop
strategies urgently needed to improve education outcomes for First Nations,
Métis and Inuit Peoples.
Ashoka Canada engaged with leading philanthropic and citizen sector
organizations, both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal, to launch and guide the
Inspiring Approaches Initiative.

The Counselling Foundation of Canada, Lucie and André Chagnon Foundation,
The J.W. McConnell Family Foundation, RBC Foundation, Lawson Foundation,
Margaret and Wallace McCain Family Foundation

Who Should Attend: Aboriginal leaders, innovators, educators, award winners,
philanthropic organizations, funders

When:   April 16 – 18, 2012

Where:
Chateau Cartier, Gatineau, Quebec
Address: 1170 Aylmer Road
Telephone: (819) 778-0000
Toll-free: 1-800-807-1088

More details at: www.changemakers.com/fnmi-learning
Contact:Elisha Muskat
Executive Director
Ashoka Changemakers
Tel: 416-646-2333
Email: fnmi-learning@ashoka.org

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