Hubley highlights exceptional young Islanders: Grace Marie Mccarvill

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Honourable Senators,

I rise today to tell you about another young Islander who is best known for her desire to serve others.  Grace Marie Mccarvill, of Cornwall, PEI, is a fourth-year arts student who will graduate from UPEI this May with her Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology.

Grace has demonstrated her commitment to helping others in numerous ways. As a UPEI student, she has maintained a strong academic showing while becoming involved in campus life.  She represented Arts students on the UPEI Student Union (UPEISU) in 2014–2015 and served on the UPEISU’s events and activities committee.

She was an orientation leader for UPEI New Student Orientation Week in 2014 and 2015, welcoming new students to UPEI and mentoring first-year students, among other duties.

A touchstone of Grace’s life is her involvement in the Catholic Church—on campus through the UPEI Chaplaincy Centre and the St. Dunstan’s University Centre for Christianity and Culture.  She was chair of the UPEI chapter of, and Atlantic representative of the Canadian Catholic Students’ Association.

In the broader community, she is involved in the Diocese of Charlottetown’s youth ministry, and international Catholic Christian outreach, having attended the 2016 World Youth Day in Poland and Austria.

She has also volunteered at the Upper Room Soup Kitchen, the Island Pregnancy Centre, the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, the Bluefield High School Student Council, and the Eliot River Ramblers Soccer Association.  She has been rewarded for her community service with the Duke of Edinburgh bronze and silver awards, and the Town of Cornwall’s 2010 Youth of the Year Award for volunteerism.

Grace will work toward her honours degree in psychology this summer.  In the fall of 2017, she will begin her Master of Social Work degree at the University of British Columbia.  She wants to use her gifts and abundant learning opportunities to serve others and journey alongside them.

Grace hopes to enjoy a diverse career in social work, starting in child protection services, but eventually she wants to branch out into legal/policy advisement/advocacy to craft more preventative and effective legislation and awareness to best support the vulnerable people in our society.

It is individuals like Grace who make our Island and country a better place through serving others.  Thank for your selflessness and dedication to others.  Keep it up!

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