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Memorial honorary graduate Misel Joe, the Newfoundland district chief for the Mi’kmaq Grand Council, was among 10 new 2009 Trudeau Mentors announced by the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation in January. He is a member of the Atlantic Policy Congress, the First Nations Trust Fund, Newfoundland Museum Advisory Committee and the Aboriginal Capacity and Development Research Centre. He also holds a community seat at the United Nations (Human Rights). The mentors were chosen from thousands of Canadians for the great work that they do. They hail from a variety of professional, academic, business, arts and Aboriginal affairs backgrounds, and each will be linked with an exceptional doctoral student who has been awarded a Trudeau Scholarship. The new pairs met for the first time at a Mentor-Scholar Retreat in St. John’s, NL, on Jan. 27–28. At the retreat topics such as Canada’s role in the world, responsible citizenship and human rights were discussed.