Six Canberrans awarded Churchill Fellowships

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Fiona Buining was chosen to investigate urban farm ventures that provide vocational pathways for aspiring food growers.

ONE-hundred and twelve people across Australia have been awarded Churchill Fellowships, with six of them from Canberra. 

Recipient Fiona Buining, of Ainslie, was chosen to investigate urban farm ventures that provide vocational pathways for aspiring food growers in Canada, the US, the UK and the Netherlands.

Rivett’s Cara Kirkwood will explore how indigenous peoples, cultures and values are embedded throughout colonised parliaments. The fellowship will take her to New Zealand, New Caledonia, Canada, Norway and Finland.

Robyn Lewis of Chapman will explore the use of yoga within cognitive stimulation therapy for people with a diagnosis of mild to moderate dementia in New Zealand, the US and the UK.

Dickson’s Malcolm McLeod will visit leading international drug checking services to rapidly improve the analytical chemistry capabilities in Australia. The fellowship will take him to Austria, the Netherlands and Portugal.

Camille Schloeffel, of Campbell, will go to the US and the UK to explore the ways activists and universities can work together to prevent sexual violence on campus.

And Leonard Weiss, of Forrest, will go to the US and Austria to assist and observe renowned conductors with leading orchestras.

Whilst international travel is not possible at present due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Winston Churchill Trust says it’s focussed on creating excitement and forward momentum for all 112 fellowship recipients that have deservedly received this award.

“With international travel on hold for some time due to COVID-19, we will be supporting our new Churchill Fellowship recipients in making good use of this additional preparation time by connecting them with some of our highly achieved Churchill Fellows who work in similar fields or project areas via virtual networking and collaboration events,” says Churchill Trust CEO Adam Davey.

“All untravelled Churchill Fellowship recipients have been granted an extended timeline to undertake their Fellowships to allow them the opportunity to experience the real-life benefits of meeting ‘in person’ with their international counterparts.”

Other recipients were awarded in NSW – 25, Victoria saw 26 people awarded fellowships, 16 from QLD, 15 from WA, nine from SA, nine from Tasmania and sic from the NT.

“With international travel unlikely for some time, we have made the decision that we will not offer Fellowships in 2021. This will allow the Trust to focus on providing a high level of support to recipients who are yet to travel,” Mr Davey says.

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