Essayists win Belcarz-Zeidler memorial scholarships


Jenifer Norwell Jenifer Norwell wrote about why the Canadian labour movement is important in this day and age. (Ranj Woods photo)

Essay writers Jenifer Norwell and Ntawnis Piapot are this year’s winners of the $1,000 John Belcarz & Dan Zeidler Memorial Scholarships.

Due to a large number of entries, the judges decided to award three Honorable Mentions, which went to Juan Pablo Muñoz, Una Crawley (for essays) and Sacha Christensen for a video.

All five are either related to or members of the Canadian Media Guild (CMG), CWA Canada’s largest Local.

Norwell, an employee of CBC and a student at the University of Victoria, is also a member of the local CMG executive in Kamloops, B.C. She chose to write on the topic of why the labour movement is important to Canadians in this day and age.

Piapot, the daughter of Richard Agecoutay, a videographer at CBC Toronto, is pursuing a Master’s degree in journalism at the University of Regina. The Cree woman draws on her experience as the only Indigenous student enrolled in the school of journalism in writing about what social justice means to her.

Christensen is attending Camosun College in Victoria, B.C. Crawley is in the Cinema and Media Studies program at York University in Toronto. Pablo Muñoz is attending OCAD University in Toronto. Here is his video:

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