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Knocking on leadership doors

September 4, 2013

Knocking on leadership doors
Student award recipient Connor Scott: "I appreciate Western's donors for their support and how they encourage me -- and other students -- to pursue excellence."

Public service seems to be part of Connor Scott’s DNA.

For two summers, the third-year political science student served as a student intern at Queen’s Park in Toronto.

Walking the halls of provincial politics and rubbing shoulders with power brokers has taught Connor a few things. One is the key role of effective communications.

“Working on a project for cities and towns in northern Ontario, I learned the importance of community engagement, of informing people how government services will improve local communities and affect their lives,” says Connor, recipient of The Parents’ Fund Award in Social Science.

That lesson – of listening and responding to others – has served Connor well.

He is the student leader of the Western delegation to the Model NATO Conference at Carleton University, where Canadian university students gather to represent NATO countries in a simulation.

“It is a great opportunity to hear arguments from different sides and to negotiate with others, putting into practice what I’m learning,” says Connor, who hopes to attend law school next year.

Last year, he also volunteered as a mentor for first-year students, offering them tips on how to navigate university life.

“When I first arrived at Western, I had no idea what to expect, but I had a mentor who helped me a lot. Now I want to provide that same benefit to new students, giving them the support to be successful,” says Connor, who will be a mentor again this year.

He will also continue with his charitable work, namely raising funds for the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto.

“My younger sister is a cancer survivor, so I want to do all I can to give back to a place that I feel indebted to,” he adds.

For the success that Connor has achieved, he was named as a 2013 recipient of the “Honour W” award – a recognition given by students to honour those who make valuable contributions on and off campus.

“To be found deserving among my peers is an incredible honour,” says the 20-year-old from Toronto.

That gratitude is echoed when Connor speaks of his award from The Parents’ Fund. “This award has encouraged me to work harder at my studies and take on leadership roles, both on campus and in the local community,” adds Connor.

“I appreciate Western’s donors for their support and how they encourage me – and other students – to pursue excellence.”

This article appeared in the 2013 edition of Western's Parent Connection
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