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Diamonds Do Good Scholarship Program Announce 2023 Winners Of Northwest Territories Scholarships August 29, 2023 (0 comments)


Northwest Territories, Canada--Amidst wildfire and mass evacuation, the Mine Training Society and Diamonds Do Good announced that five students from Canada's Northwest Territories were selected to receive 2023 scholarships. At the time of notification, all scholarship winners were safe in other parts of Canada after having had to evacuate out of the territory due to the extreme conditions caused by the wildfires.

The scholarships from the non-profit Diamonds Do Good to advance their chosen career paths.

[Monique Chapman, one of five winners of the Diamonds Do Good Scholarships]

The Diamonds Do Good Scholarship program is the result of a partnership started in 2018 between the international Diamonds Do Good organization and the Mine Training Society. The scholarship program was established to support youth living in the region of the Northwest Territories diamond mines, to pursue either trades training or post-secondary education in business, management, STEM, health care, or mental health fields. Canada is the third largest producer of natural diamonds in the world.

“We are supported by the natural diamond industry to give back to the very areas where natural diamonds are found,” said Nancy Orem Lyman, Executive Director of Diamonds Do Good. “We are thrilled to have identified young scholarship recipients who exemplify our mission, especially during this difficult time brought on by the wildfires.”  

Diamonds Do Good led the selection process with the following five youth receiving scholarships each worth $5,000:

Monique Chapman

Monique has worked in the Environment Department at the Ekati Diamond mine and now is pursuing a specialized master’s degree in science communication and public engagement. This will help her serve as an interface between scientific results and Indigenous communities. 

Max Dragon

Max, who is a member of the Smith's Landing First Nation, is pursuing a Bachelor of Commerce degree with a specialization in Finance and Entrepreneurship. His goal is to use his education and training to nurture fellow entrepreneurs to build a vibrant local business environment that offers sustainable solutions to socio-economic challenges faced by the community.  

Christopher Mathison

Christopher is a biomedical engineer student who is combining engineering, biology, and medicine to improve healthcare in the NWT.  He plans on getting his medical degree and becoming a pediatrician or emergency doctor, two specialties considered a priority for PracticeNWT.  

Johanna Stewart

Johanna’s work with climate change and wildlife is meaningful and important in promoting sustainable use of the NWT's natural resources, including diamonds. She received a stellar recommendation for her work from the Manager of the Wildlife Management Division of the Government of the Northwest Territories.

Hayley Tait

Hayley’s master’s degree in public health with a concentration in Indigenous People's Health is a much-needed field given the shortage of qualified public health professionals in this area and in particular those who share the northern experience of being born and raised in the North. This is especially important for the NWT communities that surround the Ekati, Diavik and Gaucho Kué diamond mines.

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