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May 20, 2004
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Nurturing a national leader

By Kristine Hamlyn
Graduate student Craig Cameron is one of only 20 candidates selected from across the country for the Action Canada Fellowship, a program focused on leadership development and public policy projects of significance to Canada.

“This is a very prestigious award, with a very intense selection process,” said Dr. Colin Higgs, director of Memorial’s School of Human Kinetics and Recreation, who nominated Mr. Cameron. “To be nominated is itself an honour, and to be selected for an interview is a remarkable achievement. That Craig won a fellowship means that he is among the brightest and best of Canada’s future leaders.”

“He is among the brightest and best of Canada’s future leaders.”
As an Action Canada Fellow, Mr. Cameron receives $20,000 for the year of the fellowship, beginning in September 2004, in addition to travel and meeting expenses. The program includes intensive working conferences, investigation of public policy issues, ongoing interaction among Action Canada Fellows, as well as mentoring by current leaders in government and business. Mr. Cameron says he is not sure how he plans to use the money for sure but will most likely put it to good use in promoting his master’s research or pursuing his PhD. Mr. Cameron is currently doing his master’s in physical education at Memorial, focusing on the use of sport as a third world development tool, looking specifically at Canada’s role in that development.

Dr. Higgs says it is Mr. Cameron’s concern for doing what is right, ethical and in the best interest of everyone concerned that impresses him most. And above this, it is Mr. Cameron’s ability to come up with the novel solutions to difficult problems that he thought was a great fit with the objectives of Action Canada. “I’m very proud that one of our students has been recognized as one of the outstanding future leaders in Canada,” he said. “It is just one more way that we are making a mark on the national scene.”

Each year Action Canada seeks up to 20 young Canadians who are in the early years of their careers or following a course of graduate studies (not specific to a particular discipline) who have the promise to be future Canadian leaders and who will benefit by the study of leadership and public policy issues. To learn more about the program and the selection criteria visit


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