Trudeau Foundation Awards $900,000 in Fellowship Prizes

    "Call of a Lifetime" Brings Prestigious $225,000 Fellowships to Four
    Accomplished Canadians Engaged in Reshaping our Society

    MONTREAL, May 13 /CNW/ - Four experts in the social sciences and
humanities got the call of a lifetime recently when they learned they had each
been awarded the prestigious $225,000 Trudeau Fellowship Prize from the Pierre
Elliott Trudeau Foundation. The 2009 recipients, who specialize in diverse
streams of the humanities, hail from York University, Memorial University,
Université du Québec à Montréal and University of Victoria. Trudeau
Fellowships are awarded annually through a rigorous nomination process to
highly accomplished Canadians who question society's worldviews and teach the
importance of responsible and engaged citizenship.

    The 2009 Trudeau Fellows are:

    -  Isabella C. Bakker, York University: A global intellectual leader,
       superb teacher and role model dedicated to enriching the lives of
       women around the world. Her work demonstrating the role of women in
       the economy shows a persistent engagement at the highest level of
       policy research.
    -  Beverley Diamond, Memorial University of Newfoundland: An exceptional
       leader in conserving and promoting Aboriginal and Canadian traditional
       music and exploring contemporary media, she is recognized for her
       creative approach, bringing the study and practice of music to a new
    -  Simon Harel, Université du Québec à Montréal: A thought-provoking
       pioneer working to build an account of literature influenced and
       inspired by migration. He explores ethnic and cultural diversity in
       our societies, contributing significantly to academic milieus and the
       broader public.
    -  Jeremy Webber, University of Victoria: An outstanding teacher and
       expert in Canadian constitutional politics, with a focus on Aboriginal
       rights. Webber is a brilliant communicator who applies his
       international experience to Canadian reality and explains Canada to
       international audiences.

    "These Trudeau Fellows have proven that they can imagine and promote new
solutions to contemporary issues of importance to all Canadians, relying on
the knowledge they draw from the conscientious attention they pay to the needs
of our society," announced Foundation President P.G. Forest.
    The prominent Trudeau Fellowships are awarded for a three-year period and
include an award of $150,000, in addition to a $75,000 travel, research and
dissemination allowance.

    About the Foundation

    An independent and non-partisan Canadian charity, the Pierre Elliott
Trudeau Foundation was established in 2001 as a living memorial to the former
Prime Minister by his family, friends, and colleagues. The Foundation supports
outstanding individuals who make meaningful contributions to critical social
issues. To date, the Foundation has granted close to 200 major awards to top
researchers and highly accomplished individuals, in Canada and abroad. More at

    Note to editors: Biographical information and photographs are available
for each Trudeau Fellow upon request.

For further information:

For further information: Source: Elise Comtois, The Pierre Elliott
Trudeau Foundation, (514) 938-0001 ext. 224; Media Contact (English): Josh
Cobden or Sheryl So, Environics Communications, (416) 920-9000; Media Contact
(French): Alida Alepian or Yvon Desautels, Capital-Image, (514) 739-1188 ext.
222 or 225

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