Vicky Banas, a Killam Fellow from SUNY Plattsburgh to Mount Allison University, is a member of her campus’ Club Canada, a group which was recently profiled in The Walrus.
Each September, with the support of the United States Department of State, the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada, and the American Killam Trusts, the Foundation for Educational Exchange between Canada and the United States of America hosts the incoming cohort of American Fulbright Scholars and the entire incoming class of Killam Fellows. Orientation, which is designed to provide an introduction to Canada and an opportunity to meet with management and staff at the Foundation, is critical to the overall exchange experience. This year, Orientation took place from September 15th through the 17th.
The Killam Community Action Initiative (KCAI) is a pilot project that offers Killam Fellowship grantees and alumni a unique opportunity to take action, to get involved, and to help make the world a better place, starting in their own communities. The mandate of the Foundation for Education Exchange between Canada and the United States of America is to foster mutual understanding between the people of Canada and the United States. The KCAI offers Killam Fellows and alumni, who are natural leaders in their respective fields, the opportunity to demonstrate leadership in their communities. The KCAI is designed to support a number of community action initiatives through direct financial support, on a competitive basis, for creative projects which involve the volunteer efforts of current Killam grantees and Killam alumni, in Canada and the United States, that promote the values of understanding and awareness that are central to the Foundation’s mandate. This new program will allow Killam Fellows and alumni to engage with the broader community, and find new and innovative ways to get involved in environmental and social justice issues.
The 9th annual Elizabeth Rodgers Killam and Constance Killam distinguished public lecture in Ottawa is scheduled for Thursday September 15, 2011 from 5:30pm – 7:00pm. This year, the renowned Canadian economist Thomas Courchene will deliver a lecture entitled “Rekindling the American Dream.” The lecture builds on Dr. Courchene’s recent IRPP article of the same title. The lecture, which normally attracts about 150 guests, is scheduled to take place in the Cadieux Auditorium at the Pearson Building (Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada) at 150 Sussex Drive in Ottawa. If you are going to be in the Ottawa area mark your calendars as more details on this exciting Fulbright Canada event are to follow.
Fulbright Canada is pleased to announce the creation of its new Advisory Committee on Alumni Activities, which will engage with our Board of Directors and consult with the Secretariat on alumni engagement. It will provide a unique opportunity to involve our alumni and to promote their continued participation in the program. This body, comprised of six individuals who represent Fulbright Canada’s diverse alumni, is tasked with finding creative ways to enhance our existing activities, to develop new initiatives, and to support and engage our extraordinary alumni group.. During the group’s inaugural meeting in Ottawa this spring, Fulbright Canada conducted short interviews with Michael Reading, the Chair of the Committee, and Reggie Singletary, the committee’s Killam Fellowships Representative.