In this February 2016 Newsletter get ready for the Provincial Interview Committee and learn more about our alumni who are involved with the Program
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It's that time of year when we begin to assemble our Provincial Interview Committees (PICs) across Canada! For many reasons, those who serve on these committees find it to be a highly rewarding experience. Volunteers spend one Saturday (and a Sunday in Ontario) meeting the year's shortlisted candidates and lunching with 1-4 fellow Terry Fox Scholars who comprise the rest of the committee. On a personal level - and I hear this consistently - our alumni find they leave the interviews touched and inspired by the candidates. They also often find it reinvigorates and reinforces their own commitment to humanitarianism and the Program as a whole. I highly encourage you to get involved. Follow the link below for more information.
Paulina Chow-White     
Susan Christoffersen still remembers the moment that she became a Terry Fox Scholar, even after 30 years. Living in Kamloops, BC, Susan had just returned home from school at Kamloops Senior Secondary when she received a phone call from the Program. Standing in her family’s kitchen, she clutched the phone tight as she was welcomed into the Terry Fox family. This moment that Susan recalls so vividly marked the point in her life that would see her become forever tied to the Terry Fox Humanitarian Award, both as a scholar and an alumnus. At the time, Susan was an active volunteer in various capacities, giving her time to the Special Olympics, providing aid to an Ethiopian Relief Fund, and also tutoring her peers in school. Having to balance her interests and the affordability of post-secondary schooling, Susan was unsure if and where she would be able to go. Her family was not in a position to financially support her ambitions but, having received the Award, Susan was granted the opportunity to expand her horizons and move to Ontario so she could attend Queens University where she later completed her bachelor’s degree in economics. Now the Vice-Dean at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management, Susan also sits on the Board of Directors for the Terry Fox Humanitarian Award.

Part of what made this award so special for Susan was that it allowed her to see more of the world and appreciate the diversity that Canada has to offer. Although Kamloops is not necessarily a small place, moving across the country to Kingston opened Susan up to new sights, experiences, and to a more global way of thinking. This new insight saw Susan realign her academic goals, choosing to pursue economics instead of law. Susan went on to receive her Masters from UBC, her PhD from Wharton, University of Pennsylvania, and today sits as the Vice-Dean at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management where she continues to teach and mentors students. In this role, Susan is able to carry on her desire to help students learn and succeed, a desire that was first fostered decades earlier in Kamloops.

Susan’s caring and passion for those she aids is implicit in all that she does. This mindset is based in a keen awareness that her actions have consequences and that people are influenced by their interactions and decisions made around them. Particularly when it comes to mentoring and providing guidance for her students, Susan is aware that she is helping students make decisions that will influence the rest of their lives, and she holds this responsibility with immeasurable respect and dignity. This same understanding comes through in the philanthropic deeds that she and her husband engage in, be it through involvement with or donations to organizations such as the Ride for the Cure, the Kidney Foundation, and the Terry Fox Humanitarian Award.  All of this is centered around a belief in providing holistic, caring, and personal attention to whatever cause Susan becomes involved in. This personal connection and the awareness of one’s actions speaks to Susan’s keen understanding of what being a humanitarian means.

On top of all the work she does for her students and her school, Susan plays a vital role in the Award Program. Joining the Terry Fox Humanitarian Award Board of Directors in 2003, she became its official treasurer in 2008. Using her financial expertise, Susan makes sure that the Program can continue to support its scholars for years to come and is always thinking about the long-term benefits that can be given to its recipients. As this award was so special to Susan, she always does whatever she can to make sure it can have the same kind of impact on the lives of the next generation of Terry Fox Scholars that it had on hers. It is also Susan’s dream that the Terry Fox Humanitarian Award become a premier national scholarship. To her, one of the first things that can be done for that is re-engaging our community of scholars and alumni and motivating everyone to reconnect and give back to the Program that means so much to her and so many others.
Margaret Anteros: Burnaby Now’s Person of the Year
Current Recipient Margaret Anteros was interviewed by Burnaby Now back in June 2015 but was recently recognized as a winner of the 'if everyone were more like them, the world would be a better place' award. Read the full story!
Hieu van Ngo:
Syrian Refugee Parallels

Alumni Dr. Ngo spoke to CBC back in December regarding Syrian refugees coming to Canada and how it paralleled his experience as a refugee from Vitenam.
Read the full article!
The sheer volume of causes that Carolyn Chin gives her time to would overwhelm the best of us. Yet she is able to keep up with various athletic activities – ranging from field hockey, to yoga, and even participating in triathlons – as well as various community commitments, such as establishing a Spanish Science charter school, on top of her work and raising three children. Even with all these commitments demanding so much in so many ways, Carolyn flourishes and maintains her indomitable pace and does so with humility and grace. This workload is not unusual for Carolyn though as ever since she was in high school at Burnaby North Secondary she has given her time to a myriad of different activities, including sports, student leadership, and as a hospital volunteer among other things. Working now as a relocation specialist for persons moving to Calgary, Carolyn previously worked as the director of communications at the Canadian Cancer Society for Alberta and Northwest Territories. She has also maintained consistent involvement with the Terry Fox Humanitarian Award over the years and is especially passionate about volunteering with the Provincial Interview Committee.

Since finishing her post-secondary education, Carolyn has worked in a number of different capacities and locales. After university, Carolyn began working in Northern British Columbia for the Canadian Red Cross as a volunteer resources and community development coordinator. This work took her to Angola where she coordinated rehabilitation grants for the region through CREA Angola. Working here had a profound impact on Carolyn as she came face-to-face with what she felt were the values embodied in Terry Fox; the courage, compassion, and tenacity in the face of adversity that she witnessed filled her with hope and inspiration and reminded her of the impact helping others can have. Having to return to Canada due to the civil war, Carolyn became the director of communications at the Alberta/Northwest Territories division of the Canadian Cancer Society before later taking up the position she holds now as a relocation specialist, connecting new residents to the services they need and making sure they are able to access schooling for themselves and their families, medical care, and anything else they might require assistance with. Wanting to lead by example, Carolyn hopes that her children will be inspired to help others and work hard to achieve this. This desire to help new generations is carried through in Carolyn’s wishes for the Award Program and its alumni.

Since becoming a Terry Fox Scholar, the honour and reverence Carolyn holds for the Award has not faded. In a state of disbelief when she first received the call congratulating her, Carolyn counts that moment as the one that changed her life forever. In addition to providing the financial support she needed so that she could attend Carleton University and go to school away from home, Carolyn grew tremendously from the support and camaraderie she received from annual regional meetings for the Terry Fox Scholars. At these events, scholars were able to share their stories and develop connections with those who shared the same humanitarian values. As a peer of Carolyn’s put it, this support network was like a “vitamin pill” that galvanized the still burgeoning group to work harder and aspire to even greater heights. As Carolyn still keeps in touch with many of her friends that she made in the Terry Fox Humanitarian Award, she hopes deeply that such meetings can be hosted again so that the newer generations of scholars can reap the same benefits that she did.

On top of giving back so much to her community and those around her, Carolyn has remained an active contributor to the Award Program for many years.  One way she gives back is by providing invaluable financial support to help fund our family of scholars. In addition to this, Carolyn is a consistent presence in the Provincial Interview Committees every year. A highlight of her year, Carolyn draws incredible inspiration from speaking to these young humanitarians and future leaders. Even if the applicants are not selected in the end, bearing witness to their accomplishments and contributions renews Carolyn’s faith in younger generations and promises a bright future for her family, her friends, and others around the world. As the Terry Fox Humanitarian Award made such a difference in her life, Carolyn wants to do all that she can to ensure that it can continue to make a difference in the lives of future Terry Fox Scholars.
Volunteer Opportunity: PIC
It’s that time of the year again when we receive thousands of applications from hopeful students wanting to join the Terry Fox Humanitarian Family. If you have the time and are interested in helping us find this year's batch of young scholars, consider volunteering to interview potential applicants! If you would like to get involved, send us to the email!
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With each passing year, the cost of post-secondary education increases and it becomes harder for students to financially support themselves. The Terry Fox Humanitarian Award does its best to its award winners but We cannot do so alone. Start the year off by making it your New Years resolution to give back! 
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