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Michaela Wipond reads the citation for honorary degree recipient and president emeritus Dr. Betsy Epperly at Convocation 2017.In L.M. Montgomery’s beloved Anne of Green Gables, the Avery Scholarship was an object of fierce competition between Anne Shirley and Gilbert Blythe.

The Avery Award is a very real, new award at UPEI, established in appreciation of the legacy of Montgomery, and its very first recipient is Michaela Wipond, a third-year English major from Calgary, Alberta.

Wipond first fell in love with the writings of Montgomery as a lonely 11-year-old at summer camp, when a copy of Anne became her closest companion. She spent the next six years devouring every title of PEI’s most famous literary icon she could put her hands on. Indeed, it was her love of Montgomery which brought her to UPEI.

The Avery Award comes with a $1000 cash prize, and an opportunity to work with mentor Melanie Fishbane. Fishbane is the social media coordinator and member of the management committee of the L.M. Montgomery Institute (LMMI). She is also the author of the critically acclaimed novel Maud, inspired by the life of L.M. Montgomery. Fishbane will mentor Wipond in social media initiatives of the LMMI and help her connect with a passionate international community of scholars and readers.

The Avery Scholarship (now the Avery Award) was originally established by Jeannette Arsenault and Don Maxfield, the owners Cavendish Figurines Ltd. (now Shop & Play), and their staff. The award was created in appreciation of the legacy of L.M. Montgomery on PEI and in tribute to the “spirit of Anne.” The award supports UPEI students with an interest in Montgomery and a desire to pursue excellence in writing.

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