Seema Sidhu is an undergraduate student at Queen’s University where she is pursuing a degree in political studies. She graduated from St. Maurice School in Winnipeg, Manitoba in 2015 after serving widely within the school. Most notably, she was president of the Social Justice Committee and captain of the Debate Society in her final year. Seema organized two Mini We Days at St. Maurice and pioneered the school’s Women’s Empowerment Night. At Queen’s, she is serving as Deputy Commissioner in the Judicial Affairs Office of Non Academic Discipline, where she previously served as the office intern. Alongside. Seema is a part of the Model United Nations Team. Over the summer, Seema will serve as the CMHR Intern. She plans to pursue a career in human rights law.
Anne is going into grade 12 at Balmoral Hall School. She is an active member in her school community; participating in clubs such as, Girls for the World (Social Justice Group),Youth in Philanthropy, Student Council and multiple sports teams. She is excited to take on a leadership role at her school next year as she will be the Head Girl (Class President). Through her school, she was chosen to attend a national leadership conference in Halifax in 2015. Anne has also participated in Model United Nations for two years. She is very excited to be The Winnipeg Foundation Intern this year and looks forward to working in the Human Rights UniverCity at the Global College this summer.
Teruni is going into her final year of her undergraduate study in Human Rights and Conflict Resolution Studies at the University of Winnipeg. She is the Co-Chair of the Global College Student Advisory Council (GCSAC) and the Events Coordinator of the Menno Simons College Students Association (MSCSA) for 2016/2017. She has been volunteering at the UWSA Food Bank since 2013 and enjoys interacting with the participants. Teruni completed her practicum in Thailand during the summer of 2015 where she taught Conversational English to the Royal Thai Military and three primary schools in rural, low income areas. Participating in the Human Rights, Human Security and the UN field course in October 2015 was a highlight where she was a rapporteur for the Prelude to the Peace Forum at the UN Church Centre organized by the Women’s International League for Peace & Freedom (WILPF) and the Global Network of Women Peacebuilders (GNWP). She was also able to sit in on a high level discussion regarding women’s involvement in peace building efforts in Syria at the Swedish Mission. This Spring, she participated in the Human and Indigenous Rights in Latin America field course where she visited Colombia and was able to share her knowledge of some Indigenous struggles in Canada with the Wayuu Community in La Guajira, Colombia. Teruni has taken many courses with Prof. McPhedran and is delighted to be her Teaching Assistant to this course and a Student Intern for the Canadian Museum for Human Rights this summer.
Chelsea Nicole Bannatyne
Chelsea Nicole Bannatyne – a new mother and a proud Winnipeg native – was born and raised in the inner-city. In 2010 while attending Hugh John MacDonald High School, she was chosen as a recipient for a full four-year scholarship to the University of Winnipeg Collegiate, from where she graduated in 2015. Chelsea has always been passionate about her community. She loves to volunteer at the Siloam Mission, favouring the kitchen/serving duties. Chelsea is an ‘alum’ of the 2015 Human Rights UniverCity summer intensive (HR2600) at Global College. After completing first year here at the University of Winnipeg, she has developed a new interest in Human Rights and Social Policy that fits well with her responsibilities as a CMHR Intern for 2016. Chelsea plans to return to university next fall to further her studies in a double major in Sociology with Urban and Inner-city Studies, with plans to become a policy maker.