Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarship: 2018-2019 Recipients

CCDS QE scholars

QES 2018-2019 Scholarship Recipients

The Centre for Critical Development Studies is pleased to announce this year’s Canadian Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarship (QES) As part of their award, their award, each student will be partaking in a short term (3-4 months) or a long-term (8-12 months) IDS Co-op work placement in a global south context.

Follow the students on their placements through their blogs on the CCDS QES website

Short-term Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarship Awards Recipients

  • Julio Oliveros is in Tanzania volunteering through WUSC with the Tanzanian Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture.  Julio’s role involves working with staff to development strategic interventions to engage youth along with supporting the research and design of innovative activities to build entrepreneurial skills of youth. 
  • Rayna Sutherland is in Tanzania volunteering through WUSC with the MVIWATA-Manyara regional network of farmer groups.  Rayna will be working as a women’s economic empowerment office to support smallholder farmers and engage more women in the service delivery as beneficiaries. 
  • Valerie Gilchrist is in Malawi volunteering through WUSC with CISANET. CISANET is a policy advocacy organization working on agriculture and food security.  Valerie will maintain their knowledge management system, develop and implement a filing system, as well as provide training on effective data management and analysis. 

Long-term placements

  • Christiana Augustin will be in Thailand working with the Center for Forest and Peoples (RECOFTC).  Through this role, Christiana will be supporting program units and country program office in updating the quantitative and qualitative data to report against RECOFTC outputs and project indicators. 
  • Fathima (Ayesha) Azad is working with The Centre for Research and Education for Social Transformation (CREST).  Through this role, Ayesha will support faculty in conducting post-graduate certificate courses that focus on enhancing employability outcomes of students. 
  • Fathima (Bushra) Zaheer will be based in Cape Town, South Africa where she will work with Natural Justice and contribute to the Governance of Land and Natural Resources Program and the Traditional Knowledge and Benefit Sharing Program. Bushra will help to address gaps in the publication of project results by exploring new interactive ways of sharing stories, such as annotated mapping techniques.
  • Ghazal Farkhari, is working with The Centre for Research and Education for Social Transformation (CREST).  Through this role, Ghazal will support faculty in conducting post-graduate certificate courses that focus on enhancing employability outcomes of students. 
  • Kaytlyn Newby is working through the Canadian African Business Women’s Association in Swaziland where she will contribute her skills to Swazi Fair Trade and Trade + Impact.  She will support Swaziland Fair Trade (SWIFT) with marketing & communications and work with Trade+Impact (T+I) Association on marketing & communications and event management support leading up to the T+I Summit & Trade Expo.
  • Lily Lam will be with CUSO International and RISE Life Service Management as a Youth Program Advisor. In this capacity, she will contribute RISE by documenting youth program implementation, designing guidelines for tracking program participants, design report templates, contribute to its annual report, and participate in developing a community engagement strategy. 
  • Luisa Maria Gragirena-Husbands will be working with Alianza Cacao Perú through WUSC in Peru.  She will be support the development of activities to enhance participation of women in cocoa cooperatives. 
  • Olivia Dymek will be working with the Centre for sustainable Rural Development through WUSC in Vietnam.  In this role, Olivia will be supporting the project by writing field reports, developing monitoring and evaluation tools, along with facilitating communication and website workshops. 
  • Rosemary Gagliardi will be in Ghana with World Vision.  She will be developing studies and research documentation on the Education, Water & Sanitation, and Child Protection programs as part of World Vision’s exit strategy from Ghana.  Sana Najafi will be working with the Aga Khan University in Kenya.  Sana will be a Communications Intern with the Education in the Networks of Teaching and Learning (TL) and Quality Assurance and Improvement (QAI), which aim to foster excellence in academic programs at the university. Sana’s role will include aspects of website development, faculty development and research.  Sylwia Pucek will embark on an 11-month long placement to Hanoi, Vietnam, through WUSC (World University Service of Canada), where she will work as a Program Support Officer with the Centre for Marine Life Conservation and Community Development.  Through this role, Sylwia will undertake literature reviews and documentation of climate change vulnerability perceived by selected community-based businesses (CBB) in coastal areas of Vietnam and conduct a Participatory Community Vulnerability Assessment (PCVA) for CBBs in select coastal areas. 
  • Tanya Saini is heading to Bolivia where she will work with Flor de Lèche through WUSC.  There, Tanya will focus on building the communications and marketing strategy for Flor de Lèche.
  • Taraneh Vejdani is traveling to Kingston Jamaica to work with Junior Achievement Jamaica (AJA) as the Youth Program Advisor. She will support and strengthen JAJ’s aim to empower Jamaica’s youth in business and financial independence.
  • Vincent Constantino is joining the Legumes Development Trust (LDT) through WUSC in Malawi.  Through his role as a Youth Engagement and Entrepreneurship Advisor, Vincent will collaborate with LDT partners to build entrepreneurship ventures for youth. 

“The Canadian Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarships (QES) is managed through a unique partnership of Universities Canada, the Rideau Hall Foundation (RHF), Community Foundations of Canada (CFC) and Canadian universities. This program is made possible with financial support from the Government of Canada, provincial governments and the private sector.”