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Mature Student Wins Canada Post Aboriginal Education Incentive Award


Deanna Perrault Presented with $1,000 Scholarship at Ceremony Held at Trent University Earlier Today

Friday, November 16, 2007, Peterborough

Indigenous Studies student Deanna Perrault is a recipient of the 2007 Canada Post Aboriginal Education Incentive Award (AEIA), created to celebrate the hard work and determination of Aboriginal people who have overcome personal, economic or social adversity in their pursuit of learning.

“This award means a lot to me,” said Ms. Perrault, who in addition to completing her university degree is also raising two children. “It speaks of support, encouragement, recognition and admiration, and creates awareness of the importance of acceptance, achievement, determination and accomplishment among my fellow peers and colleagues.”

Ms. Perrault, age 31, started at Trent in 2003 and completed the Native Studies Diploma program in 2006. Accepted to the University as a mature student, it was the first time she had been enrolled in school since leaving high school in grade nine. After the birth of two children, one of whom was born with heart problems, personal health issues, and 10 years of working in temporary positions, she made the choice to upgrade her education and return to school. Currently she is pursuing an honours degree in Indigenous Studies with a specialization in Indigenous Environmental Studies. She will graduate in the spring and plans to pursue her Master’s at Trent University in the future.

“Despite my difficulties, I feel honoured that I have been given the opportunity to expand on my own personal growth and development,” Ms. Perrault wrote in her submission to Canada Post. “I have come to understand that an individual can achieve whatever they honestly put effort into accomplishing.”

In recognition of her hard work and perseverance, Ms. Perrault was presented with the $1,000 AEIA scholarship at a special ceremony held at Trent University earlier today. On hand to present the award was Gene Adamo, local area manager for Canada Post.

“I had the opportunity to read Deanna’s submission and I was inspired when I read it,” said Mr. Adamo. “She should be truly commended and congratulated for all that she has achieved.”

Originally from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Ms. Perrault is an Ojibwa woman from Nicickousemenecaning First Nation community located in the Northwestern area of Ontario.


For more information, please contact:
Deanna Perrault, (705) 748-4814