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Ryan and Leanne Clarke Prizes in Advocacy and Active Citizenship

Social Psychology student Richard Vacca-Pierkarczyk (pictured on the far left) has won third place in the Clarke Prize competition held on April 27, 2017. The Clarke Prizes in Advocacy and Active Citizenship were established in 2014 by Ryan Clarke and his wife Leanne to reward distinguished advocacy demonstrated by students who are advocating or wish to advocate for some type of meaningful social and/or political change.

May 11, 2017

Richard was awarded the prize for his initiative to provide assistance and support to released (or releasing) members of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) who wish to pursue post-secondary education. As a former member of the CAF himself, Richard knows well what is involved in making this decision. His initiative would do more than provide information about policies and programs. He hopes to develop a system for providing the kind of one-on-one support that recognizes the unique challenges these individuals face and is geared towards ensuring their academic success.

In addition to providing prize recipients with financial assistance to implement their ideas, the Clarke Prizes gives recipients an opportunity to receive professional feedback from Advocacy Solutions about their advocacy campaign.

For more information about the Clarke Prizes, see:

https://experiential-ed.mcmaster.ca/students/grants-awards/clarke-prize