National Union scholarship winners for 2009 | National Union of Public and General Employees

National Union scholarship winners for 2009

Offered to children of NUPGE's 340,000 members who are starting a post-secondary education.

Ottawa (25 Sept. 2009) – Each year the National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) offers four scholarships that reflect its pursuit of equal opportunity for all workers.

The scholarships are made available to children of the union's 340,000 members who are starting a post-secondary education. NUPGE is pleased to announce the winners of these awards:

Tommy Douglas Scholarship

Monique Elizabeth Reiswig – Monique’s mother, Joan Elizabeth Reiswig, is a member of the BC Government and Service Employees’ Union (BCGEU/NUPGE). In her essay, Monique capitalized on Canada’s greatest turn of events as a result of Tommy Douglas’s work – equality for all Canadians. As Monique points out:

“The circumstances and events of Tommy Douglas’s life moved him on the path of social justice.  Despite the many challenges, he remained undeterred. As a consequence of his determination, drive, and life long fight, Canada is indeed a more just and equitable society."

Terry Fox Memorial Scholarship

Makrina Morozowski – Makrina’s mother is Debbie Morozowski, a member of the Health Sciences Association of Alberta (HSAA/NUPGE). It’s hard to dispute Makrina’s logic when reading her essay. Following is an excerpt:

“As there are members of a society that have a physical disability or impairment, the individual may not be able to help themselves. Therefore, they are supported through public health services and public assistance to allow the individual to become a functioning member of society to the best of their ability.”

Scholarship for Aboriginal Canadians

Laura Chartrand – Laura is the daughter of Patricia Chartrand, a member of the Manitoba Government and General Employees’ Union (MGEU/NUPGE). In her essay, Laura argues for the importance of the public service sector to promote self-determination for Aboriginal people. Following is an excerpt:

“If we can reduce the racism by education of the non-native population and instil some good life moving forward skills, I think Aboriginal people are going to move forward leaps and bounds.”

Scholarship for Visible Minorities

Quintin White is the son of the Nova Scotia Government and General Employees Union (NSGEU/NUPGE) member Muriel White. Following is an excerpt from Quintin’s essay:

“It is important that the quality of public services enhances the quality of life of visible minorities. One reason it is important is because although a high percentage of visible minorities have formal education levels today they still face barriers to employment because of racism which in turn affects their quality of life.”

Further information:

Lisa Bullée: (613) 228-9800.


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