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Engineering student chosen for national conference

Engineering student Julie Hedderson plans to get the most out of her time at Memorial, just one of the reasons she applied to attend Withinsight 2006, a bilingual, non-profit, interactive conference for post-secondary students from across Canada.

About 150 post-secondary students were selected to attend the conference, which takes place from Jan. 25-28 in Ottawa. The theme of Withinsight 2006 is “Leadership in Motion,” focusing on the challenges facing the next generation of Canadian leaders and engaging youth in the policy-making process.

“The decision to apply for this conference was not hard because I love taking part in leadership conferences,” said Ms. Hedderson. “Personally, this conference will be a great opportunity to grow as a leader and share my ideas with this country's youth and our government leaders.”

Withinsight was created by a Queen's University student in 1997 and is completely organized by students. From energy and the environment, to corporate social responsibility, the conference seeks to empower students to develop innovative solutions today for the problems of tomorrow. Speakers from various fields will address these challenges in relation to the Canadian private, public and non-profit sectors. Delegates also have the opportunity to enhance their personal, professional and leadership skills, which they can bring back in their communities to make a difference at home.

The end result of the conference will be a report that details the discussions of the nation's current leaders and the delegates of the conference, to be distributed to various governmental departments and agencies, including the Privy Council Office, as well as the conference's corporate contributors.

The Withinsight conference is political in nature and Ms. Hedderson says it will allow her to step outside the classroom and unite with other Canadians of different disciplines to help “shape Canada.”

Ms. Hedderson says she's also looking forward to meeting new people and intends to learn as much as she can from the guest speakers and other delegates. “From past experience as a delegate for conferences I have realized that you get out of conferences what you put in, and I intend to contribute 100 per cent.

“I know the Withinsight conference will help contribute to my success as an engineer. Being involved in leadership conferences such as this, have made me well rounded, outgoing and confident. These characteristics help make my life as an engineering student far more enjoyable.”

Seven Memorial students have been chosen to attend. Ms. Hedderson, who is a work Term 2 student, has been corresponding with the other MUN students to talk about travel and funding and says she's looking forward to getting to know them better in Ottawa. The other Memorial students who attend the Withinsight conference were Kate Boland, Angela Wareham, Keith White, Allison Tucker, Danielle DuChene, Trevor Hickey and Zoiey Cobb.

(Originally posted on today.mun.ca on Jan 24, 2006)