Terri-Jane Yuzda

Education and Professionalism
On a Grim Anniversary

Editor's Note: Following is the regular column of the APEGGA Education Foundation.

Education Foundation Columnist

By the time you receive this issue of The PEGG, memorials and tributes for the heroes and victims of September 11 will be the highlight of news broadcasts. Our American neighbours, and all compassionate people around the world, will grieve the loss of life and the destruction of the terrorist attack on the World Trade Centre. I am sure there will be much soul-searching about whether the right things are being done to protect us all. In a year of elections in the U.S., politicians will appeal to the needs, and, I'm afraid, play on the fears of the American voters.

I remember the difficulty I had writing a suitable Foundation column a year ago. But I remember even more strongly an interview on CBC radio, just after the event. A CBC reporter was interviewing someone who was either the author or knew the author's work well, of a study done on the effects of violence and deprivation on youth in the Middle East. The author was a woman who was an academic who went to the Middle East to do this study.

She interviewed many youths there and came to the conclusion that children growing up in this kind of chaos have their social development brought to a stop. Some never do learn now to function in society.

What I remember most clearly is that one of the persons she interviewed was later a terrorist who flew into the World Trade Centre.

Our professions have played important role in making the world a more secure place. In July/August PEGG, we read of the structural engineer from the National Research Council who has been one member of a small, select committee studying the effect of the impact, explosion and fire on the Twin Towers. I have heard of others, including APEGGA members, who have done reviews on building codes and fire regulations. I'm sure there are many others involved in security design, detection devices, safe structures, and security information systems.

Education has a role as well. We need bright, young people to enter our professions to do continuing work -- people who will get good technical training but also an introduction to social issues. Our Foundation scholarships help draw the young people needed.

Our practicing professionals are continually rounding out their education in humanities topics, and some are participating in the political process. With these skills hopefully we can help remove the conditions that breed terrorists.

Campaign Progress

Voluntary donations for the year to the end of July total $22,872. An estimate for the year using a simple straight-line projection is almost $40,000. This is nicely ahead of last year's $31,800 -- but is still short of our goal. So, currently we have enough to increase each scholarship by about $417, after allowance for campaign expense.

It's a nice start but we have further to go to get to the $2,000 increase!

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