Autumn convocation touts talent
On Oct. 16., U of W’s fall grads share the stage with some smart souls. Environmentalist David Suzuki will receive an honorary doctor of science and entertainment industry vet Gilles Paquin will pick up a Distinguished Alumni Award. Two exceptional faculty members, Dr. Roewan Crowe and Anna Stokke, will be honoured for their community service. Convocation happens from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Duckworth Centre.
Celebrating citizen journalism
Community News Commons, a local news website with content generated by citizen journalists, is hosting fall workshops to help contributors improve their skills. From Oct. 20 to Nov. 26, sign up for Tuesday or Thursday classes led by professional journalists on topics like advanced writing, photography or videography. All lessons happen at the Winnipeg Free Press News Café and the Millenium Library. For more info, visit communitynewscommons.org.
October is seniors’ month
A local filmmaking project is hoping to help bridge the generational communication gap. The Revera and Reel Youth Age is More Film Project paired young filmmakers with senior citizens to create 10 short films to help dispel myths about seniors. The one-day short film fest starts with screenings at 7 p.m. on Oct. 15 at The Wellington (3161 Grant Ave.), followed by a Q&A session with the filmmakers and subjects at 8:30 p.m.
Help Syrian refugees
It’s easy to feel helpless with a refugee crisis happening overseas. But an open house could help Winnipeggers take action. On Oct. 20 at the Millenium Library, local non-profits involved in refugee resettlement will meet up and provide info about how to help Syrian refugees. Find them in the Carol Shields Auditorium on the second floor of the library from 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Hear ye, hear ye! Trimbee talks
The annual State of the University address happens Oct. 21 from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. U of W president and vice-chancellor Annette Trimbee will share the university’s plans for the year ahead in Wesley Hall (on the second floor of Convocation Hall).
A changing of the guard?
According to Elections Canada, about 2.4 million Canadians already voted in advanced polls from Oct. 9-12- that’s 16 per cent more than in the 2011 election’s advanced polls. To vote on E-Day, check elections.ca for your nearest poll and identification requirements, then visit the polls between 8:30 a.m. and 8:30 p.m. Voting should only take about 20 minutes.
Published in Volume 70, Number 6 of The Uniter (October 15, 2015)