As published on the Hawthorn School for Girls Alumnae Blog:
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This annual award recognizes that individual or organization which best exemplifies the ideals of education and service for which Dr. Jackson dedicated his entire life. Among his many achievements, Bob was a co-founder of The Heights School in Potomac, Maryland. Recipients will receive a check for $500.
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A well-rounded native of Canada’s most multicultural city, Seanna Magee left Toronto in 2003 to obtain a Bachelor of Business Administration and Concentration in Marketing with a Minor in Studio Art from the University of St. Francis Xavier in Antigonish, N.S. Despite a busy load of extra-curricular theatre, sports, campus advocacy and writing for the school paper, Seanna began to explore how she could reach out to the less fortunate around the world. After her junior year, Seanna interned at the international office of the World Youth Alliance in New York City (www.wya.net/charter ), where she assisted the developing director with an outreach program to donors. [WYA is a coalition of youth aged 10 to 31 from around the globe who are committed to building solidarity and training youth to work regionally and internationally to impact policy and culture, and refers to the dignity of the human person as its basis on all issues]. In July, Seanna immersed herself in the heart of an impoverished region in the Philippines, to join WYA and the Nobel Prize nominated project Gawad Kalinga in working with youth and professors through educational seminars and workshops. These teaching sessions touched on the very basic, like baking and trades, to more complex projects like setting up schools for the children and providing them with a safe environment.
Seanna pioneered a Canadian WYA committee (www.catholicregister.org/ysn-news/world-youth-alliance-forms-canadian-committee ) and hosted a seminar day for its new members on the hot topics of multiculturalism and immigration (www.catholicregister.org/ysn-news/world-youth-alliance-active-and-growing-in-canada ). She now liases with youth chapters across Canada to help train and inform others on the social justice issues that plague us both at home and abroad from the perspective of human dignity – and how to make a change.
All this and more, she has done while holding full-time work – first as marketing staff for the widely distributed and non-profit boradcaster Salt + Light Television and currently as a financial advisor with London Life Insurance Company in Toronto.