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Portage student selected for SHAD program
Yasi Shahidian, 16, of Portage la Prairie was selected to participate in the annual SHAD program this July.
The Grade 11 student, who attends École Gilbert-Rosset Communautaire in St, Claude, Man., will be part of a group of SHAD participants living in residence at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon, Sask. where they will complete a project involving innovation in science, technology, engineering or math.
According to information on its website, SHAD is a registered Canadian charity that empowers exceptional high school students to recognize their own capabilities and envision their extraordinary potential as tomorrow’s leaders and change makers.
Shahidian said she’s pleased to be selected for the program.
"I’m always looking for opportunities to expand my knowledge. The promise of a month filled with ‘(an) immersive program of lectures, workshops, projects and activities’ centered on STEM fields and business certainly intrigued me," she wrote in an email message.
"I hope to be inspired by the environment provided by this program and come home with new ideas."
She plans to enter the University of Manitoba’s Faculty of Science following her graduation, and feels that her experience in the SHAD program will help her choose her future career direction.
Local blooms help raise money
The Portage and District Arts Centre is hosting its Artful Garden fundraising event on Sat., July 16 from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. rain or shine.
Eight private gardens in Portage la Prairie are on this year’s tour and the event includes a light lunch at the gallery and chance to win door prizes.
Tickets are $25 each and are available at PDAC (11-2nd St. NE). For more information call 204-239-6029 or visit www.portageartscentre.ca
Seeking volunteers to help Portage seniors
Portage Service for Seniors needs volunteers for their Meals on Wheels and Friendly Visitor programs.
Resource co-ordinator Kathryn Duffield said the Meals on Wheels volunteers deliver hot lunches to seniors on weekdays, excluding holidays. The time commitment is about one hour and tax receipts are issued.
She said that drivers can commit to regular volunteer shifts or be available on an occasional basis.
The Friendly Visitor program connects seniors with volunteers who visit in the seniors’ homes or can take them on outings.
"We’re looking for people who have a genuine interest in helping seniors and who are good listeners," Duffield said. "There are people who are waiting for someone to visit them."
All of the Service for Seniors volunteers must pass criminal record and abuse registry checks and provide references. They will be recognized at an annual volunteer appreciation event.
For more information, call Portage Service for Seniors at 204-239-6312.