Amanda Wilneff—Andrea and Charles R. Bronfman Award in Canadian Studies RecipientPublished on 19 February 2015 Hansard and Statements by Senator Jane Cordy
Hon. Jane Cordy:
Honourable senators, on Tuesday of this week I had the pleasure of meeting with a young student from Mount Saint Vincent University by the name of Amanda Wilneff.
Amanda is in Ottawa this week visiting Parliament and meeting with parliamentarians because she is this year’s recipient of the Andrea and Charles R. Bronfman Award in Canadian Studies. It is an award designed to promote Canadian understanding by providing the recipients with the opportunity to realize physically and academically an exposure to a wider experience and knowledge of Canadian life and then to share that knowledge with others.
Amanda is a dedicated student and has achieved a great deal in her academic life so far. In addition to the Bronfman scholarship, she has also received the Mount Saint Vincent University Presidential Scholarship each year since 2011. She has received First Class Honours and has been named to the Dean’s list. Last year, she was the recipient of the Marial Mosher Canadian Studies Scholarship. She has, for the past two years, been the president of her school’s Political Science and Economics Society. In addition, for the last academic year, Amanda acted as Speaker of the Student Representative Council for the Mount Saint Vincent University Student Union.
Her interests vary and include international politics, Canadian foreign policy and immigration, minority groups, multiculturalism, cultural awareness and intercultural communication. She has completed a summer internship with the Multicultural Association of Nova Scotia, which allowed her to help coordinate events such as the Multicultural Community Conversations Forum held in Halifax.
Honourable senators, when I met with Amanda, she showed a great knowledge and a keen interest in our institution and the direction that Parliament and, particularly, the Senate may take in the future. It was a fascinating discussion with a young woman who was knowledgeable about the Senate and Parliament overall. I am confident, when we continue to see young people as engaged as Amanda Wilneff, that our country is indeed in good hands and we are on track for great things for the next generation. It was indeed a pleasure to have met Amanda, and I wish her the very best in her future endeavours.