NWAC Announces the Winners of the 2015 Helen Bassett Commemorative Student Award


NWAC Announces the Winners of the 2015 Helen Bassett Commemorative Student Award

Ottawa, ON (September 15th, 2015)—The Native Women’s Association of Canada is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2015 Helen Bassett Commemorative Student Award. This bursary assists Aboriginal women who are enrolled in post-secondary law studies. It was made available through the generous donations of Helen Bassett, who was an active supporter of equal rights for Aboriginal peoples and women. Ms. Bassett’s wish was for funds to be used for post-secondary student awards, and more specifically for Aboriginal women pursuing law careers.

This year, the Helen Bassett Commemorative Student Award Selection Committee received and reviewed over 60 applications. NWAC is pleased to announce four awards to the following outstanding women:

Nicole Iaci (WEST)
Nicole is a First Nations woman currently attending her third year of Law at the University of British Columbia. In the past, she successfully completed a Bachelor of Arts degree in history and political science. At UBC, she is very passionate about raising students’ awareness of Aboriginal women’s issues and plans to use her education to work in Aboriginal or environmental law.

Brittnee Sheridan (EAST)
Brittnee is a young First Nations woman from Newfoundland who is in her fourth year of Law & Justice and Indigenous Studies at Laurentian University in Sudbury. Brittnee is extremely active in the community where she resides and plans to use her education to improve the rights of Aboriginal women across Canada

Alyssa Flaherty-Spence (NORTH)
Alyssa is an Inuk woman who successfully completed the 8 week Legal Studies Program for Native Students and is now enrolled in her third year of the Common Law Program at the University of Ottawa. She is committed to achieving equality and aspires to one day help Aboriginal women through her career in law.

Latisha Reddick (SOUTH)
Latisha is a Metis woman who is proud of her mixed Black and Mi’kmaw ancestry. In the fall of 2015, she will be attending York University’s Osgoode Hall School of Law. She demonstrates her passion for Aboriginal women’s rights through her work with the Sisters of the Soil (SOS) program. Latisha founded the SOS program with the goal of bringing together the Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities of Toronto through knowledge sharing.

NWAC wishes to congratulate the four winners on their success and offers special thanks to all who applied. In addition, NWAC wishes success to all students as they enter into a new school year this fall.

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For more information, please contact:

Lynne Groulx
Executive Director
1 Nicholas Street, 9th Floor
Ottawa, ON K1N 7B7
Toll-free 1-800-461-4043
Tel: 613-722-3033 ext. 223
Email: lgroulx@nwac.ca