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Celebrating 100 years, the Peterborough Women's Art Association presents awards to Trent students

To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Women's Art Association Peterborough Branch, the past presidents of the Association awarded two prizes to graduating women at Trent University. Lindsay Adams received the prize for excellence in Women's Studies; Hilary Wear for excellence in Canadian Studies. Both young women had excellent academic records during their honours degree studies, and made important contributions to the lives of their peers and in their local communities.

Representing the Women's Art Association at the presentation were Janice Fountain, current president, and past presidents, Margaret Fleming and Dorothy Hubbs. Professors Julia Harrison, Chair of Women's Studies, and James Struthers, Chair of Canadian Studies, expressed their appreciation to the PWAA for this opportunity to acknowledge the accomplishments of two of Trent's highest achieving female students.

Ms. Adams, in completing her honours degree in Women's Studies has taken courses in that program in addition to many others in related fields – Canadian Studies, Cultural Studies, Political Studies, and Anthropology. In the past two years, she was at the top of the class in subjects as diverse as gender and science, women and cinema, women and the law, immigrant women, gender and globalization, and feminist critical theory. According to her professors, Ms. Adams has demonstrated an open-mindedness in her interdisciplinary study of feminism and the contemporary lives and conditions of women in Canada, around the globe, and in all sectors of society.

"Lindsay is destined to make an important contribution to the lives of women and the debates of feminism," says Prof. Harrison, noting that her passion for feminist issues extends to the community through extensive volunteerism.

Ms. Wear started her university career at Trent in 1990 and has had the opportunity to study with more than 25 Trent professors in disciplines ranging through the social sciences and humanities with a particular emphasis in Canadian Studies, History, Women Studies, Cultural Studies and Native Studies. In 1992 she was the recipient of both the Donald Chase Prize and the Leslie Frost Prize for her outstanding performance in Canadian History and in 2003/04 received the Edna Manitowabi Native Studies Theatre Award. She began majoring in Canadian Studies in 1992. After a hiatus from Trent in 1993 to begin raising her sons, she returned to university on a part-time basis four years later combining work in theatre, on her farm, and in social activism, with the completion of her honours degree program in Canadian Studies.

"Hilary was one of our first students to also undertake a community research placement credit through the Trent Centre for Community Based Education, exploring Peterborough's local theatrical scene," notes Prof. Struthers, adding that she is a superb writer, an exhaustive researcher and a forceful and indeed dynamic presence in the classroom, skills which she is now conveying through her work in Trent's Instructional Development Centre.

The Women's Art Association has supported awards to local high schools, the Kiwanis Festival and the founding of the Art Gallery of Peterborough. The prizes in 2005 to outstanding women graduates at Trent are an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of women on the occasion of this special anniversary.

Photo: Award recipients and representatives from the PWAA

Posted June 23, 2005

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