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Student named to list of scholars

NORTH Vancouver's Gillian Edwards was one of 17 University of New Brunswick students recently inducted into the Sir Howard Douglas Society of Scholars.

NORTH Vancouver's Gillian Edwards was one of 17 University of New Brunswick students recently inducted into the Sir Howard Douglas Society of Scholars.

The award recipients volunteer their time in a number of ways, both locally and internationally, and are all dean's list students, according to a press release. Nominated by their faculties, the scholars must have completed two years of their bachelor's degree program, achieved academic excellence and actively participated in co-curricular or extracurricular activities. Edwards, a bachelor of nursing (advanced standing program), has maintained high academic standing while balancing extracurricular volunteer activities, a part-time job and training for a half marathon. She volunteers with the Fredericton Therapeutic Riding Association and Girl Guides of Canada and is a certified doula.

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As part of the Kizuna (Bond of Friendship) Project, a group of 27 West Vancouver secondary students and teachers visited Japan, March 1-13. They participated in various Japanese cultural activities and had opportunities to learn about Japan's recovery from the Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011. The Kizuna Project was established to support the reconstruction efforts following the recent earthquake. The project will conduct student exchange programs that by this month will have involved more than 10,000 youths from the Asia Pacific and North American regions. Altogether, 41 countries or regions will participate. In Canada, the project has invited 100 students and teachers to Japan from four schools. An equivalent number of Japanese participants are visiting Canada. Info: sv2.jice.org/ kizuna/e/what/about.

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West Vancouver residents Emily Chow, 14, and Lester Lee, 17, and North Vancouver resident Maryanne Wang, 10, won gold medals for scoring the top marks in the province on recent annual Royal Conservatory examinations (Grade 8 violin, Grade 9 flute and Preparatory B Piano respectively). They received their awards at a public medal ceremony at The Chan Centre for the Performing Arts March 3. Info: rcmusic.ca.

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