1998 • Communication and Film Award
Born in South Africa and having lived in Canada since the early sixties, Wilhelmina Fredericks has a personality that is larger than life.
may be due to her proud heritage and the fifteen mixed bloods that course
through her veins. As a 15 year old, Wilhelmina was working in a
local factory which offered its employees a safari expedition. On
this trip, her partner was a 65-year-old Canadian professor from Saskatchewan
who was so taken with
her that he offered to sponsor her to finish her education in Canada.
had visited the New Hope Center in Worcester, South Africa to find
that 25 mute and hearing-impaired children were expected to share one
to her personality, she lobbied various companies and was given 50 computers,
printers, fax machines and telephones, secured free shipping for the equipment
and collected used clothing and educational books for the school.
the mainstream media tends to concentrate on violence in the country,
Wilhelmina hopes that her students will allow the world to see and share
in the cultural aspects and beauty of her country.
Having traveled widely, Wilhelmina has immersed herself in many cultures and communities and even in her home town of Montreal she spends many hours helping those less fortunate, collecting clothes and food.
Whether in her neighborhood or several thousand miles away, her profound sense of giving back to the community drives her to help those who can benefit from her zeal and drive.