A Million Futures: The Remarkable Legacy of the Canada Millennium Scholarship Foundation

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Greystone Books, Aug 15, 2010 - Education - 224 pages
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In 1998, hoping to leave a legacy for the new millennium, the federal government created the Canada Millennium Scholarship Foundation, which has since funded and empowered more than a million young Canadians. The Foundation itself has been a remarkable success story, a model of efficiency and political manoeuvring. The essential feature of the program was its innovative partnering with the provinces, recognizing different approaches to the issue - a stellar example of asymmetrical federalism.

A brilliant, funny and highly entertaining storyteller, Silver Donald Cameron tells the inside story of the Foundation’s life, which serves as a case study in astute management practice in the face of serious challenges. Woven into the narrative are the stories of individuals whose lives were affected by the Foundation’s programs. Inspiring, funny, heart-breaking and surprising, these tales form the heart of the book. A Million Futures is the definitive testament to a unique, ground-breaking and transformative institution, abounding with useful lessons for organizations of all kinds, and anyone interested in innovative public policy.

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About the author (2010)

In a diverse career, Silver Donald Cameron has written plays, films, radio and TV scripts, an extensive body of corporate and governmental writing, hundreds of magazine articles and newspaper columns, and seventeen books, including two novels.

Dr. Cameron is also a distinguished educator who holds degrees from the University of British Columbia, the University of California, and the University of London, England. He has been a high-school teacher and principal, and has served either as a professor or a writer-in-residence at six Canadian universities. From 1994 to 1997 he was the founding Dean of Community Studies at Cape Breton University.

Silver Donald Cameron is currently a weekly columnist for the Halifax Sunday Herald, and the executive producer and host of the environmental web-site, TheGreenInterview.com. He is also an extremely popular public speaker. He lives in Halifax with his wife, Marjorie Simmins, also an award-winning writer. His most recent book, Sailing Away from Winter (2007) is the story of their cruise from Nova Scotia to the Bahamas on a 31-foot sailboat.

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