2015-2016 Scholarship Winners

In yesterday’s post, we shared a note about two of our scholarship winners, Safiyya and Afia. Today, we’d like to congratulate all eight of our 2015-2016 scholarship winners and their volunteer mentors!

The other six scholarship winners:

Chrisaanth in grade 6 was awarded the Arthur and Catherine Worth Memorial Scholarship for a project on The World of Chemistry

Hamza in grade 5 was awarded the Urban Joseph Scholarship for a project on Genetics for Grade 5

Jessica in grade 8 was awarded the Conchita Tan-Willman Scholarship for a project on Developed vs. Undeveloped Countries

Pam in grade 8 was awarded the Siu Pui and Tai Hing Hung Memorial Scholarship for a project on Cultural Differences between Cartoons in the East and in the West

Samuel in grade 5 was awarded the Joseph Sheehan Scholarship for a project on Ethiopia

Shrika in grade 5 was awarded the James Moto Scholarship for a project on Neurons

Thank you to our kind scholarship donors!

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Afia and Safiyya

In this post, longtime Prime Mentors of Canada volunteer mentor, Guy Hamel, shares a note about his 2015-2016 protégés Afia and Safiyya from Thorncliffe Junior Public School.

Originally, I met with each of the girls separately to discuss possible topics and approaches to the research that would be involved. I knew that the two were classmates and close friends. I met with the two together with the notion that each could, once the separate presentations were close to completion, step in as an assistant. I had worked with such arrangements a few times in the past. However, during that initial meeting I realized that the two were extremely congenial, worked together intimately as a team, offered advice, challenged suggestions, were remarkably creative. Their enthusiasm as workmates was an irresistible asset; and I recognized that we should meet together, each of the girls taking a turn as presenter and assistant.

The topics chosen—Safiyya on The Human Brain and Afia on The Human Immune System—were extremely challenging. The presenters realized that they had to demonstrate rather than relate the information they wished to share with their audience. Thy found ways to involve their listeners. They invented what they called “skits”—dramatic interchanges between the two of them—to make certain points, as in demonstrating the cognitive process in decision making from prefrontal cortex to the amygdala and back to the reasoning function to invoke rationalization. They were clever, engaging, and successful.

The result of the project for me was an extremely happy association with my young colleagues; the result for them was to receive scholarships for the outstanding quality of their presentation.

Guy Hamel
Mentor, PMC

Congratulations to Afia and Safiyya and Guy on a job well done!

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Prime Mentors of Canada 2015-2016 Scholarship Winners Afia A. and Safiyya I.

We Asked Our Scholarship Winners: How could schools assist young people in becoming active in their communities?

Since the 2000/2001 school year, Prime Mentor of Canada has awarded scholarships to the most outstanding students upon the completion of their PMC project. Over the years, we’ve checked in with scholarship winners at different stages of their education and careers. In this post, we share their answers to the question: How could schools assist young people in becoming active in their communities?

Glothen, 2006/2007 scholarship winner: Young people become active when they are enjoying what they are doing. So, in order for them to contribute to the community, I think we should get them occupied in various activities such as fundraisers, fairs, etc. Also, we can start up clubs in which they can try and get them active within their communities in a way that seems appealing to them (e.g. different sports clubs).

Samantha, 2001/2002 scholarship winner: Schools could help youth in becoming more active in their communities by announcing various events and activities that are available for participation. – Samantha participated in community events with her fellow classmates such as the Angel Foundation for Learning Fun Walk.

Jamuna, 2006/2007 scholarship winner: I think schools should focus less on the number of hours students need to volunteer but more so the impact the volunteering has had on the student. Quality of the time spent volunteering should be weighed more than the quantity. Inspire students to do more meaningful volunteering.

Priyanga, 2003/2004 scholarship winner: The most important aspect needed for schools to assist young people in becoming active in their communities is encouragement. Young people should become aware that they will have the support of their schools in whatever endeavours they take part in.

Glothen, 2006/2007 scholarship winner: Young people become active when they are enjoying what they are doing. So, in order for them to contribute to the community, I think we should get them occupied in various activities such as fundraisers, fairs, etc. Also, we can start up clubs in which they can try and get them active within their communities in a way that seems appealing to them (e.g. different sports clubs).

Nasif, 2006/2007 scholarship winner: Schools should have programmes that involve kids and the community. The community and the school can work together to create programmes that kids will be interested in and will also be food for the community. Programmes such as gardening in the community, cleaning the community, help plan community events and help around the community.


To learn more about our scholarship winners, sponsor or donate towards a scholarship, or learn more about our program, please visit the Prime Mentors of Canada website. To read more from our scholarship winners, please subscribe to this blog!

PMC Alumni Season’s Get Together

 

Right before the first winter storm of the season, Prime Mentors of Canada alumni gathered to explore the topic of mentorship, discuss the future of PMC, catch up on life, and share some sweet treats! A great time for everyone who could make it!

Are you a PMC alumni? Please contact PMC anytime to connect with fellow alumni and to learn more about what is happening with PMC now!

PMC Season's Greetings

We Asked Our Scholarship Winners: What was the impact of receiving the PMC scholarship on you and/or your family?

Since the 2000/2001 school year, Prime Mentor of Canada has awarded scholarships to the most outstanding students upon the completion of their PMC project. Over the years, we’ve checked in with a few scholarship winners to ask them the question: What was the impact of receiving the PMC scholarship on you and/or your family?

Nasif, 2006/2007 scholarship winner: Receiving the PMC scholarship gave me confidence and encouragement so I could achieve this kind of achievement again… For my family and me it was a happy moment that I got the scholarship. It was also a sign for my family that I am capable of doing good. I am looking forward to achieve more goals.

Carly, 2001/2002 scholarship winner: I received the PMC scholarship when I was graduating from elementary school. At the time, I wasn’t the top student in my grade and lacked the confidence to believe that I could excel in high school. The scholarship encouraged me and provided the motivation to do well in high school… Furthermore, the PMC scholarship provided me with the reassurance that there would be a way to fund my post-secondary education… The generosity of the donors allowed me to witness firsthand a society giving back to younger generations… I would be honoured to sponsor a PMC scholarship for a student in the future.

Jannie, 2002/2003 scholarship winner: Receiving the PMC scholarship taught me that hard work and determination are important qualities to recognize in the process of obtaining a goal even though it may seem impossible to achieve. It has encouraged me to mentor and tutor others with the purpose of sharing the invaluable knowledge, which I have gained through the PMC mentoring program.

Jamuna, 2006/2007 scholarship winner: The PMC scholarship encouraged and motivated me to pursue post-secondary education.

Menal, 2006/2007 scholarship winner: The impact of receiving the PMC scholarship on me has been so amazing. It’s given me the confidence and encouragement to strive for more and work my best. It has been a huge financial help as secondary education can cost a lot of money.

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Throwback Thursday! Toronto Star features PMC in 1988

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From the Toronto Star Tuesday, December 6, 1988: The Hon. Pauline McGibbons and Professor Conchita Tan-Willman with volunteer mentor Jack Jacobs and protégé Curtis Chambers on the cover of section SS.
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From the Toronto Star Tuesday, December 6, 1988: Mentors come to classroom

Nearly 27 years ago Prime Mentors of Canada was featured for the first time (but not the last) in the Toronto Star. Although PMC has come a long way since the article was published, and a lot has changed in education through the years, one thing that remains the same is the need to match volunteer mentors with students. These matches produce a “creative symbiosis” that benefit the young students and the talented volunteers.

To volunteer or learn more, please visit the Prime Mentors of Canada website.