Laurel C. Leduc
The A. Ross Seaman Memorial Leadership Development Fund might be the only
active scholarship at Concordia that raises funds by hosting an awards
evening with auction. The 13th annual awards evening took place March
22, and as usual, was a great success.
Ross Seaman was a member of the Departments of Applied Social Science
(APSS) and Leisure Studies. He helped shape the community leadership skills
not only of Concordia students, but also of those at Dawson College (Community
Recreation Leadership Training CRLT), the YMCA, Kamp Kanawana and
Van Kleek High School. He died in 1987.
The A. Ross Seaman Award was created to recognize students who contribute
actively to their community while maintaining high academic standards.
This years Concordia winners are:
Barbara Jack (AHSCHuman Relations) was singled out for her
enthusiasm as well as her contribution as a student facilitator, team
builder and community volunteer. She was also lucky enough to have worked
with Ross Seaman as a Camp Nurse early on in her professional career.
Elizabeth Anderson (AHSCHuman Relations) is an outstanding
student involved in a wide variety of community initiatives. She has been
involved with community projects such as Youth in Action and the Montreal
Celtic Festival. She is a member of the AHSC Student Association.
Jamie Patterson (AHSCLeisure Sciences) is currently the president
of the AHSC Student Association. He has been involved in the organization
of many student events on campus as well as within the community at large.
The other winners included Chantale Victoria Lewis (Dawson CRLT),
Farah Wikarski (YMCA) and Matthew Busbridge (Kamp Kanawana).
The event included a special tribute to Richard McDonald, who passed away
last October. A long-standing member of the Department of Applied Social
Sciences, Dick was an integral part of the merger between the APSS and
Leisure Sciences that created the Department of Applied Human Sciences.
At the time of his death, he was wholeheartedly involved in the Centre
for Human Relations and Community Studies, devoting his time to activities
both on and off campus.
All proceeds raised this year will be give to the scholarship being established
in memory of Richard D. McDonald, and in recognition of his contribution
to the A. Ross Seaman Committee.
For more information on the A. Ross Seaman Memorial Leadership Development
Fund, visit their Web site at: http://arossseaman.tripod.com/.
Laurel Leduc is a past winner of the A Ross Seaman Award. She is a
graduate of both Applied Human Sciences (1999) and the Graduate Diploma
in Journalism (2000).