Kendra Cheesman / Peter Klynstra Memorial Scholarship and LACF University of Guelph Scholarhip_ MLA
Congratulations to Kendra Cheesman who received two scholarships in 2019. The Klynstra Memorial Scholarship is awarded to a student from Atlantic region entering the second or later year of landscape architectural study in a recognized LA program in Canada. Kendra was recognized for her excellent grades, her active interest in professional activities and her expressed intention to practice in Atlantic Canada.
KC / "I am honoured to receive this Scholarship dedicated to the scholarly and community engaged work of Atlantic Canadian landscape architect, Peter Klynstra. As I enter a field that works at the intersections of design, health, reconciliation, and mitigating climate crisis impacts, I promise to centre the experiences and elevate the voices of communities that are too often pushed out of decision making processes."
She also received the 2019 LACF University of Guelph Scholarship. An engaged student in the MLA program and on campus, Kendra has demonstrated a high level of scholarship. Currently, she is managing a post-occupancy evaluation of the Guelph Enabling Garden for the University’s Community Engaged Scholarship Institute. Kendra is a student member of the OALA and CIP and is a board member for the Ontario Public Health Association. Her MLA research is on understanding the experience of urban landscape for people with Dysautonomia, with the goal of making recommendations to landscape architects when designing for disabilities. Kendra demonstrates skill and rigour in research while communicating outcomes in a creative manner.
KC / "Design is personal. As a disabled designer, the built environment acts as either a barrier or connection to my community and to people and places I care about. Landscape architects have the privilege and duty to lead our communities at the intersections of health, climate crisis, and design. Leadership means equity in representation. It means listening and following through on promises. I am filled with gratitude to the MLA Committee, my mentor Dr. Karen Landman, family, friends, and my partner. Your support is everything."