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Reaume to receive Athena award
St. Anne grad founded magazine about women and politics in 2006
By Bill England
Amanda Reaume has enjoyed her Athena experience.The St. Anne High School graduate learned in March that she was one of three recipients of the Athena Scholarship Fund in Windsor.
The honour, which included a trip to Chicago to attend the 2007 Athena International Conference in April, will culminate on Nov. 16 when Reaume will be honoured at the eighth annual Athena Scholarship Luncheon.
“I’m really honoured to have been chosen,” she told Shoreline Week in a telephone interview from Vancouver on Monday. “It’s very exciting to be recognized for the work I have done in my community.”
Reaume will share the local award with University of Windsor student Catharine Dishke Hondzel and St. Clair College’s Antonietta Verardi. Selection criteria for the Athena scholarships, valued at $3,000 each, include community involvement, potential for leadership, demonstrated excellence, and academic standing.
Reaume, who completed her high school co-op program in journalism at Shoreline Week, founded Antigone Magazine in November 2006. Antigone is a semi-annual magazine focusing on women and politics. As founder and editor, Reaume has interviewed the likes of former Canadian prime minister Kim Campbell as well as federal Green Party leader Elizabeth May.
Although it was initially intended for students at University of British Columbia, where Reaume attends, the publication has expanded in its first year to include subscriptions from across Canada. Her work with Antigone has led to various activities and events in her community, including a networking luncheon this Friday at UBC.
“(It’s) all about connecting young women’s groups and causes,” she explained.“Because of funding cuts, women need to work together.”
Having graduated from the University of British Columbia with an English Honours degree, she is currently working on her Masters in English Literature. Her thesis, “Canadian Women’s Political Biographies”, will focus on the likes of Campbell, former Liberal MP Sheila Copps, and former federal NDP leader Audrey McLaughlin.
The local Athena Scholarship Luncheon will be held next Friday, Nov. 16 at St. Clair College for the Arts. A reception will begin at 11:30 a.m. The guest speaker will be former Michigan First Lady Paula Blanchard Stone.
If you are interested in attending, please call the Windsor & District Chamber of Commerce at 519-966-3696 or visit WindsorChamber.org