Cheryll Ann Duquette

Posted on Friday, November 27, 2015

Cheryll Duquette

“At the time I created the scholarship, most of the students in the uOttawa Aboriginal Teacher Education Program were single mothers with children. I was deeply impressed with their determination to complete the program and commitment to be positive role models for their own children and their communities.

“Two years ago, at a graduation ceremony in Walpole Island, one of the recipients came to thank me three times and said that she was going to use the award to buy groceries for her family. From my visits to many of the fly-in communities in Northwestern Ontario, I knew that providing for their families must have been a challenge. That’s why the scholarship is awarded upon graduation: to help them through until they can get a job.

“As professors, we provide academic and emotional support to our students, but we can also provide financial support. It’s a priority for me. It seems like a natural thing to do.”

Cheryll Duquette, retired Faculty of Education professor, established the Irene and William Duquette Aboriginal Teacher Education Scholarship in honour of her parents, in addition to contributing to other University initiatives. Dr. Duquette is recognized nationally and internationally for her work on fetal alcohol spectrum disorder and inclusion.

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