The Canadian Labour Congress and United Way are pleased to announce the 2019 winner of our annual post-secondary scholarship, Meghrig Karamanougian!
Meghrig is a student at Eastwood Collegiate Institute in Kitchener, Ontario. She is headed to Wilfred Laurier University this fall to pursue a Bachelor Degree in Mathematics. She is currently a young worker at Food Basics Pharmacy, store #960, where she is a pharmacy assistant and a member of the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 175. Her goal through the completion of her post-secondary education is to one day become a mathematics high school teacher and support her future students to pursue their ambitions in community services and human rights.
Throughout her application, Meghrig demonstrated an uncanny ability to make the links between unions, governments and individual everyday actions in order to challenge the rise of white nationalism and the alt right in Canada. In her personal essay, Meghrig connected her own experiences as an immigrant as well as the the work of her union, UFCW, to the broader mission of the labour movement to defend the human rights of all. Her deep commitment to social justice and legislative advocacy to combat discrimination and oppression in our country make her a powerful voice for the youth of today.
2018: Alexandria Masse, Windsor, ON (ETFO)
2017: Vishwaa Ramakrishnan, Mississauga, ON (OPSEU)