Amber Fletcher, JSGS post-doctoral fellow, has received the University of Regina’s Governor General’s Academic Gold Medal. Presented at convocation on June 4, this award is bestowed to a graduate student who demonstrates outstanding academic achievement.
“Amber Fletcher is a brilliant, able and ambitious new scholar and we are very proud of her and her many accomplishments,” said Kathy McNutt, director, JSGS U of R campus. “She has proven that learning is the key to success and we look forward to working with her as a colleague in the future.”
Fletcher’s research looks at the impact that policy and climate change pressures in the agricultural sector have had on farm women in Canada – economic and environmental shifts felt perhaps most keenly in Saskatchewan. In addition to her studies, she is also the chair and co-founder of the Women’s Information Network of Saskatchewan, an organization aimed at information sharing and promoting communication between rural and urban women in Saskatchewan.
Throughout her academic career, Amber has received numerous graduate awards and scholarship, including the SSHRC Joseph Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship. Fletcher was also selected as one of four Canadian women to form the official Canadian NGO delegation to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women in New York (2012). While attending the Commission, she had the opportunity to address the assembled national representatives to speak on issues affecting farm women in Saskatchewan. In 2011, Fletcher was awarded the Governor General's Award in Commemoration of the Person's Case (youth category, 15-30 years of age), which acknowledges outstanding contributions to promote the equality of girls and women in Canada.