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A Scholarship Honouring the Legacy of Darius Maharaj Hunter

“We can’t all do great things, but we can do little things with great love.” - Mother Theresa

 

This quote, a favourite of Darius’ and evident throughout his life, was particularly apparent in his budding legal career and relationships with classmates, colleagues, and the law itself.

 

A recent graduate of the University of Manitoba Faculty of Law, Darius was passionate about the legal system and its capacity to effect positive change. He also believed that a legal education goes hand in hand with public service and good government, and that these pursuits provide an avenue to build community and improve the lives of others. In a 2018 interview with the University of Manitoba, Darius professed that “Whether as a lawyer, judge, or in a political position, I hope to inspire or create change in wherever my path in life takes me.”

 

Darius’ passion for the law, love of education, and unwavering desire to help others has inspired his family, friends, and colleagues to establish a scholarship at the University of Manitoba in his name, with the aim of providing financial assistance to students in their first, second, and final year of study at Robson Hall who have demonstrated a commitment to the legal profession, leadership and public service, and community-mindedness.

 

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At the young age of 25, Darius had already accomplished many of his goals on the path to pursuing his dreams. He graduated from the University of Manitoba as a Dean’s List student in 2018 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Studies and a minor in Religion. He then graduated with a Juris Doctor from Robson Hall in 2021, where he was awarded a distinction in research excellence. 

 

During his legal studies, Darius served on the Manitoba Law Students’ Association, sat on the Board of Governors of the University of Manitoba, studied at Oxford University on an exchange program, conducted research for Professors, competed in the Solomon Greenberg and Jessup moots, and — inspired by his grandfather — organized Movember fundraising each year. 

 

With a keen analytical mind and persuasive oratory skills, Darius’ promising legal career began as a student assistant with Manitoba Justice, a summer student with Marr Finlayson Pollock LLP, and finally, as an articling student with Phillips Aiello LLP.

 

Outside of law, Darius was proud to have served as the University of Manitoba Students’ Union Chief Returning Officer after a previous role as an UMSU Councillor. He was active in other areas of student life as well; he was a Senior Fellow for the Canadian Jewish Political Affairs Committee, a participant of the Canadian Institute for Jewish Affairs’ Israel Young Leaders Program, an ambassador for the Parliament of World Religions, and an Emerson Fellow with Stand With Us.

 

In addition to his professional career, Darius had many other passions and interests. Spirituality was central to his life, and he was thankful to have had the opportunity to found the Hindu Students’ Council at the university and take part in a religious pilgrimage to India. Darius also enjoyed travelling with friends and family, his yoga and meditative practices, playing intramural sports with friends, and coaching Tae Kwon Do as a second-degree black belt.

 

Darius will be lovingly remembered — and missed dearly — for these wonderful qualities and more. He was a husband, son, brother, and friend. He touched many lives and was a constant source of joy and inspiration for those around him. Through the establishment of this scholarship, his loved ones honour the person he was and the legacy he leaves.

 

 

Project Supporters

UMSU Endowment Fund - $25,000
David Robert Hunter - $10,000
David and Gursh Barnard - $2000
Millard Tramley at McCandless Tramley - $1500
John Kearsey - $1500
Roxann Stoski - $1000
Gladys  Robitaille - $1000
Gerard Kennedy - $1000
Anjanie Maharaj-Hunter - $1000
Zachary Fontes - $1000
Sarah Guillemard - $750
Dominic Pena - $500
Nadine and Mario Fontes - $500
Richard Jochelson - $500
Winston Maharaj - $500
Suenita & Sudhir -
Maharaj-Sandhu / Sandhu - $350
Michael Benarroch - $300
Adora Maharaj - $250
Janet Heming - $250
Gordon Chandler - $250
Kirk Knudsen - $250
Bruce Curran - $250
Brooks & Courtney Keen & Champagne - $250
Vishnu Singh - $250
Devin Wehrle - $250
Matthew Peña - $250
Zaid Shams - $250
Anjali Sandhu - $250
Tanjit Nagra - $250
Matthew Barton - $200
Ronald and Stephanie Jackson - $200
Alexandra  Brandon $200
Terry Duguid - $200
Sais Madansingh - $200
Carter Liebzeit - $200
Sukhdeep Saran - $200
Alana Robert - $200
Tamir Maharaj - $200
Jeremiah Kopp - $200
Marvin and Karen Kopp - $200
Addison Herosian - $150
Michael Akins - $150
Erin Tramley - $150
Asif Shams - $150
Maria Capozzi -$150
Maysa Zeid - $150
The Giles family - $150
Shawn Singh - $150
Adam Pawlak - $150
Zara Kadhim - $150
Coleman - $140
Aditi Singh - $125
Nada Hajjar - $100
Deborah Pearson - $105
Pio Araneta - $100
Nancy Cooke - $100
Mark and Shiree Scribner - $100
Anthony Hazzard - $100
Nick Noonan - $100
Pam Ruby - $100
Kaitlyn Inookee $100
Katherine Dobosz - $100
Andrea Doyle - $100
Kelsey Thain - $100
Nuha Iqbal - $100
Clair Cerilli - $100
Faith Daza - $100
Roshanie Balkaran - $100
Stephanie Levene - $100
Sharon Maharaj - $100
Tyler Koshowski - $100
Lane Boucher - $100
Arielle Shnaidman - $100
Marianna Pozdirca - $100
Kathleen Finlayson - $100
Loizza Aquino - $100
Madison Laval - $100
Adele Lee - $100
Vidya Maharaj-Grimsley - $100
Allan Grimsley - $100
Matthew Bzura - $100
Kadisha Bzura - $100
Mohammad Almaleki - $100
Delyar Hunter - $100
S S - $88
Aidan Prenovault - $75
Stephanie  Kalo - $75
Joshua Morry - $72
Sloane Silverberg - $54
Ankit Bahl - $51
Jordan Vander Velde - $50
Caitlin Dyck - $50
Artie Maharaj - $50
Lana  Borges - $50
Adam Dmytriw - $50
Jordan Vander Velde - $50
Taleah Taves - $50
Tache Forbister - $50
Erin Zorde - $50
Eliza Joy - $50
Melina Venuto - $50
Kira Sagan - $50
Martha Ayele - $50
Marysia Pawlak - $50
Jassmin  Dhillon - $50
Parboji - $50
Katie Olson - $50
Athulya Joseph - $50
Cindy Ye - $50
Rachael Buchwald - $50
Miled Hill - $50
Kasia Kieloch - $50
Shona Grewar - $50
Anika Alexander - $50
Michelle Falk - $45
Moira Taylor - $40
Maria James - $40
Kelly Kennedy - $40
Zoe Stevens - $30
Shalaka Godse - $30
Jillian Boersch - $30
Martin Pilomeno - $30
Grace Pagtakhan - $25
Andrew Smith - $25
Vithushsan Srikantha - $25
Franco Aiello - $25
Nicholas Fysh - $25
Ruchi Ambike - $25
Kaitlin Gonzalez - $25
Angela Cerilli - $20
Anna Siemens - $20
Nathan Gooi - $10
Martin Oshione - $5