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October 24, 2002 In Brief



Matthew Buechler wins aboriginal scholarship

Congratulations to Matthew Buechler, one of two recipients of the Canadian National (CN) Aboriginal Scholarship this year. Buechler, 30, is in his second year of a master of arts in public policy and public administration.

Born in Winnipeg, Matthew earned a bachelor of commerce degree from Concordia in 1997. He’s an officer in the Canadian Armed Forces and completed an intensive French course with the Public Service Commission of Canada. He also volunteers at the YMCA.

A Métis, Matthew has a strong desire to help other aboriginals. “It’s an awesome feeling to give back to the community,” he said.

After he graduates, he will intern as a policy analyst for the federal government. “Public policy is exciting, because it impacts all of our lives. I will be able to involved in the process that develops laws to improve the standard of living for all Canadians.”

The CN Aboriginal Scholar-ship is awarded to two post-secondary aboriginal students every year, based on academic merit and financial need. Matthew will use the $5,000 scholarship to defray the costs of food and books.


Biochemistry student
Farah-Jade Dryburgh gives Zacharie Sauvé-Fleury an impromptu chemistry lesson.

Photo by Christian Fleury

White wine or grape juice?

Zacharie Sauvé-Fleury, 6, gets an impromptu chemistry lesson from second-year biochemistry student Farah-Jade Dryburgh. She works with Professor Yves Gélinas in the area of chemical oceanography. This demonstration, called White Wine or Grape Juice? focuses on colour changes resulting from metal complexation.

Young Zacharie was one of hundreds of children and their parents who enjoyed the annual Science and Technology Exhibition at Stewart Hall, the cultural centre of Pointe Claire, over the weekend of Nov. 2-3. Graduate students, technicians and faculty too many to name took part, and the exhibits ranged from live snakes to model cars, digital art to computer programs.

Congratulations to all who took part in this community outreach.


TESL teachers tell tales

Teachers of English as a second language are an adventurous bunch, and they have tales to tell from all over the world. Join some of them on Friday, Nov. 8, from 4 to 7 o’clock, in H-531. Destinations include Azerbaijan, China, Japan, South Korea, Indonesia, France, Mexico and . . . Quebec.

Information about qualifying to teach ESL will be available.



Shuffle pledges- a reminder

Six out of 10 Shuffle participants have already submitted their pledge payments, and for that, the organizers thank you. For those of you who have yet to honour your pledges, the deadline is Nov. 15 — but why wait? Mail or drop off your pledge payments today at FB-520 and help ensure the timely awarding of student scholarships and bursaries.