Many congratulations to Nicholas Hrynyk, the most recent recipient of the Gary Sealey Friends of Lambda Award, from Carleton University.
Many congratulations to Valérie Lapointe, the most recent winner of the Nicole LaViolette Friends of Lambda Prize, at the University of Ottawa!
Congratulations to Luke MacNeill, University of New Brunswick
Luke MacNeill is a PhD student in Experimental Psychology at the University of New Brunswick in Saint John. His current research is looking at how LGBTI portrayals in the media affect viewers’ attitudes and prejudice. Past research has shown that watching positive portrayals of gay male television characters can reduce viewers’ prejudice toward actual gay males. Luke’s current study extends this research by assessing changes in prejudice after viewers watch negative portrayals of such characters. Given the increasing number of LGBTI figures in the media, this study has important implications in terms of how people perceive actual LGBTI individuals.
Congratulations to our Jack Hallam Human Rights Award Winner, Gulf Island Secondary School, 20l6.
Taryn Muldoon has been very active is LGBTQ issues on Salt Spring Island as Member at Large and the youth voice on the Board of the Gay and Lesbian Organization of Salt Spring Island (GLOSSI). In that capacity, Taryn, an advocate for visibility and outreach, has staffed tables at community events, has started several youth initiatives, and has been a speaker and/or co-facilitator at several workshops, for both parents and young people, centering on sexuality and gender. The Jack Hallam Human Rights Award is presented annually to students who most effectively work to improve LGBTQ and other human rights in the school and their community.
The winner of the Grant Halle Lambda Award this year is Christine Gonsalves, a graduate student in Interdisciplinary Human Studies who is doing her PhD dissertation research on comparative death-causing heart problems among women, including lesbians and bisexual women, to find out how much gender identity and sexual orientation have to do with how these conditions are understood by the medical profession and the public.
Congratulations to Tyler Valiquette from the University of Guelph, who's our most recent Lambda winner!
Tyler Valiquette is a MA student in International Development and Political Science at the University of Guelph. Tyler has worked at every level of politics: student, municipal, provincial and federal. He is also the co-founder of the national non-profit, Vote Savvy, which seeks to advocate for, and enrage youth in the world of Canadian Politics.
Additionally, Tyler worked as an executive at the Central Student Association.. His work focused on social issues, with special attention to campaigns based on sexual assault awareness, equity, anti-homophobia and anti-transphobia. He also sat as a member of the Human Rights Advisory Group, was a member of the Canadian Federation of Students queer constituency group, and was recently elected CUPE 3913’s Queer Executive Chair.
Tyler’s passion for pursuing research in LGBT Rights was solidified through personal experience and travel. Hearing and witnessing discrimination and prejudice, and seeing how it impacted his friends and loved ones abroad triggered his background in social justice to study LGBT rights from an academic perspective.
Lambda Scholarship Foundation Canada, a non-profit LGBTI foundation, is looking for a committed and energetic team player to lead our fundraising efforts. S/he/they will engage in personal outreach to individual, corporate and group donors as well as organize fundraising events. This position would be ideal for a recent graduate with a degree or diploma in marketing, business or communications and some experience in fundraising; a more experienced fundraiser with volunteer time to spare; or a retired person with recent experience in the field.
Congratulations to Marina Rountree-James, a third year medical student at the University of Manitoba, who is working on trans health needs in Winnipeg. Marina is the latest winner of our Les McAfee Award. Before she entered medical school, she worked as a health educator on topics that included body image, sexual and reproductive health, diversity and healthy relationships through community health clinics. She holds a MA in Political Studies (University of Manitoba, 2005) and a BA with double major in Conflict Resolution Studies and Kinesiology (University of Winnipeg, 2000).