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Congratulations to Sylvia Massinon, last fall’s winner of the Les McAfee Memorial Award at the University of Manitoba !!

Sylvia is a queer settler in U of Manitoba’s Masters of Social Work based in Indigenous Knowledges program. Originally from rural MB, she now lives & works in Winnipeg. Her social work practice ranges from being a crisis worker to working in the school system, & she is currently works at Klinic Community Health as an educator and social worker. Supporting 2SLGBTQ+ people has long been an important value of Sylvia’s, & she is also involved with the Rainbow Resource Centre’s youth programs as a volunteer.

Her masters research explores how 2SLGBTQIA+ youth in Manitobia experience the child welfare system. The main research questions ask these youth about their experiences & how the system could change to better serve these youth. The research centres the voices of 2SLGBTQIA+ people ages 18-30, who have lived experience of being in care. As of April 2019, this masters research is ongoing.

Congrats again, Sylvia !


The Lambda Foundation is ready to receive applications for the Lambda Tuition Award in STEM Studies at the University of Alberta! The deadline is 15 August 2019.

This is annual tuition award for an openly LGBT person who has contributed to this community and has been accepted into their 1st year of undergraduate studies in science, technology, engineering or math (STEM) at the University of Alberta.

The successful applicant will receive $2500 each year for four years of study, starting September 2019.

To submit your application, or for copies by email or any questions about this award, please email us at