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May 2016

Queen Elizabeth scholars to participate in African health improvement projects

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This article was originally posted by the University of Calgary on May 6, 2016 and is reposted with permission.

By Gillian Galambos

Excitement and nerves fill the room as the latest University of Calgary Queen Elizabeth scholars prepare to embark on an experience of a lifetime this summer.

Kevin Capuno, Sydney Krill, Sahar Khajeali and Zeeyaan Somani are the most recent recipients of the prestigious Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarship (QES). All undergraduate students from the faculties of arts and nursing, they are looking forward to having the opportunity to immerse themselves in local culture and to make a real difference in the communities they’ll be working in.

The objective of the QES program is to activate a dynamic community of young global leaders across the Commonwealth countries to create lasting impact — both locally and globally — through cross-cultural exchanges. Established in 2014, the University of Calgary sent the first group of Queen Elizabeth scholars abroad last year. The program continues to grow with the introduction of a new partnership with Aga Khan University in Uganda. These programs complement the internship opportunities available through the Study Abroad office thanks to our long-standing partnerships in the region.

Work in Africa will focus on maternal health, disabilities

Capuno and Krill are students in the Faculty of Arts, both taking combined degrees with a focus on development. They are headed to Ghana along with four other University of Calgary students funded by University of Calgary International to work with the Community Based Rehabilitation Program (CBR). They will be travelling to different rural field offices to work on improving the lives of those with disabilities. Khajeali and Somani are both in the Faculty of Nursing and are the first students to do an exchange with Aga Khan University. They’ll be working in a hospital focusing on maternal health in a developing country.

“I just want to be a sponge,” says Somani, when asked what she hopes to achieve during her internship. “I want to be immersed in the culture and learn everything I can, while developing relationships with the locals so I can relate to them on a more personal level.”

An opportunity to globalize degrees

The QES program closely aligns with the University of Calgary’s International Strategy and will have significant impact in Canada and around the world in creating a new global network of scholars. The QES program is managed through a unique partnership of Universities Canada, the Rideau Hall Foundation (RHF), Community Foundations of Canada (CFC) and Canadian universities. It’s made possible with financial support from the Government of Canada, provincial governments and the private sector.

“This program is a great opportunity for our students to gain international development experience and share knowledge between countries and institutions,” says Janaka Ruwanpura, vice-provost (international). “It really enables our students to become global citizens.”

The students will be overseas for 90 days completing their internships along with a self-directed course for academic credit. When they return home, they’ll be working to educate the campus community on their experiences and how other students can get involved.

Putting classroom theory into practice

“I want to empower people to make change,” says Krill. “I’m hoping that through this experience, I’ll learn practical skills in the field that I can bring back and use to teach others how to make the world a better place.”

Learn more about the QES program and apply for various study abroad opportunities.

Windsor Star Article: Queen Elizabeth II Scholars Program

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This article was originally posted in the Windsor Star on May 7, 2016 and is reposted with permission.

The Queen Elizabeth II Scholars (QES) Program is an innovative program for students with an interest in palliative care, and is managed through a valuable partnership between Universities Canada, the Rideau Hall Foundation (RHF), Community Foundations of Canada (CFC) and Canadian universities.

Samantha Kellam, a Masters student at the University of Windsor, was the first recipient of the scholarship and journeyed to England in January of this year to further her studies at Keele University. While at Keele, she has worked at two hospices – at Donna Louise Children’s Hospice and at Douglas Macmillan Hospice.

“Samantha was one of our undergrad students and she was also a Lancer,” says Dr. Kathy Pfa , an assistant professor in the Faculty of Nursing. “When she applied for this, it was clear she was the most stellar.”

Kellam committed to at least 90 days – a full semester – at Keele. The area of research she decided to undertake was in reflection, a practice commonly exercised in England but less frequently here.

“The health care team in hospice there fully reflect at the end of their work day,” explains assistant professor Dr. Laurie Freeman-Gibb. “She’s studying the benefi ts of reflection – how that impacts a team, or the individual.

“That’s typically not something we see here in Canada, and she wants to understand that. That’s the benefit of these programs – to learn from them what they do there that we don’t do here, and vice versa. It’s all about improving care.”

Students interested in applying for a scholarship to Keele University in England must meet the following requirements: scholars must enrolled in a Master’s or doctoral program in a health science or related field at the University of Windsor, while interns must be enrolled in an Honours undergraduate health science program at the University of Windsor and must travel to Keele University in the spring or summer between the third and fourth year of their undergraduate program. All applicants must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents and 35 years of age or under at the time of application.

All other requirements can be found at: http://www.uwindsor. ca/nursing/386/queen-elizabeth-ii-scholars-program For more information, please contact: · Dr. Kathy Pfa –519.253.3000, x4977 or kpfa @uwindsor. ca, or · Dr. Laurie Freeman-Gibb –519.253.3000, x2278 or lgibb@uwindsor.ca ILLUS: / Samantha Kellam; / Dr. Kathy Pfaff; / Dr. Laurie Freeman-Gibb;