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Biographies of The 2000 NFB:AE Scholarship Winners

Jennison Asuncion

Jennison has been involved in issues of advocacy for students with disabilities at the post secondary level for the last ten years. For the past six years, he has been a member of the National Educational Association of Disabled Students, and is completing his second two-year term as Vice President Internal and Open Representative on the NEADS Board of Directors. A 1999 Recipient of the Council of Canadians with Disabilities Award for contributions made to the lives of Canadians with disabilities, Jennison has been active at home and abroad, including representing Canada at a Mobility International USA Young Adult Leadership and Disability Rights Exchange in Eugene Oregon in 1997.

Jennison received his BA (with distinction) from Concordia University in 1997 in Political Science and is in his last year of a Masters in Educational Technology, also at Concordia.

Kimberley Brownlee

In September I will begin the last year of my undergraduate degree in philosophy (honours) and political science (minor)at McGill University. As a result of the NFB:AE scholarship, I will be able to complete my BA without taking advantage of financial assistance from my parents. I hope that when I undertake graduate studies in 2001, I will continue to fund my education through scholarships and bursaries. I intend to complete a research degree in philosophy and the history of ideas so that one day I may become a professor and an academic.

At McGill I have been active in the Philosophy Department. Currently, I am the co-ordinator and student representative of the McGill Philosophy Students Association. I have also created a national undergraduate journal of philosophy that provides a forum for talented students to share their ideas. As well, I am the editor-in-chief of an internal undergraduate journal entitled Philosophic Fragments. Beyond these activities, I have remained fit and healthy while at McGill by dancing and choreographing for the McGill Contemporary Dance Ensemble. I am also an active part of the Amnesty International McGill Executive as the Women's Action Network Co-ordinator.

This summer I have been rediscovering my artistic interests. I am now working on several pieces that I intend to submit to the Vancouver chapter of the Federation of Canadian Artists at the end of the summer. I would like to thank the NFB:AE for once again honouring me with one of their scholarships. I sincerely appreciate the continued support that I have received, and I wish the NFB:AE a very successful year.

Kristina Kolley

I am currently in my final year of high school at Don Mills Collegiate Institute in Toronto, where I have lived for the past 19 years of my life. I am a Braille user, and have always been integrated in the public school system, which has been a very positive experience.

I also feel that my interests and involvement in extracurricular activities have made me the person I am today. My interests include running, tandem cycling, swimming, and downhill skiing with the Toronto Ski Hawks. I have taken piano lessons for over ten years, have played clarinet in my schools Concert Band, and sang in the choir. I have also attended a National Music Camp for two consecutive summers and took part in the jazz piano program.

I have also participated in the Wayne Gretzky SCORE Computer Camp, have been a panel member at both a CNIB Library and RP Foundation conference, and have made numerous presentations to schools about being vision-impaired and the Braille code. For two weeks during the summer of 1997, I took part in the Leadership Development Program at the CNIB Lake Joseph Centre, which provided me with the unique experience of being able to assist others who are visually impaired.

Last summer, I participated in the Summer Language Bursary Program at Laval University, which not only gave me the opportunity to improve my French, but provided me with the first-hand experience of living independently on campus. In addition, I took a Co-Operative Education course during the first half of this year, and worked as a teaching assistant at a French Immersion elementary school.

This coming September, I will be attending Queens University, where I plan to major in French and minor in Spanish. Eventually, I hope to pursue a career in the field of education, translation, or journalism.

Kevin Shaw

Kevin Shaw is totally blind. In September, he will be entering his fourth year in the Radio and Television Arts program at Ryerson Polytechnic University in Toronto, where he is focusing on television production.

Kevin has a great love for music. During his high school days at LAmoreaux High School in Scarborough, Kevin was a member of the schools stage and concert bands. Since then, he has been a drummer in a jazz/rock band and is a mobile disk jockey.

Kevin was president of the Students Council at LAmoreau, where he still does volunteer work. Kevin intends to pursue a career in television work.

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