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Student Leadership Recognition Award

Winter 2017 Student Leadership Recognition Award Recipients

 

Recipients pictured seated (left to right): Collette Robert, Chandika Ramful, John-Paul Nwaezigwe, Benjamin Gaunce, Boyce Campbell, Hannah Stienburg, Lindsay Vandewater, Lukundo Nakazwe, and Tessa O’Donnell. Back row: Kevin Vessey, Margaret MacDonald, Patricia Bradshaw, Blair Jones, Donnie Jeffrey, Robert Summerby-Murray, Kazi Rahman, Cathie Ross, Tom Brophy, Alex Krimer, and Kathy Singfield.  Recipient not pictured: Aleka MacLellan. 

 

Collette Robert is a second year Masters of Applied Science candidate. Collette is currently the Vice President of Equity and Wellness for the Students’ Association, a Peer Supporter through the Stay Connected Mental Health Project, a Teaching Assistant, Chair of Students Nova Scotia, a member of Andy Fillmore’s Halifax Youth Council and Chair of the Mental Health Committee at SMU. Recently, Collette travelled to South Carolina to assist in building houses with Habitat for Humanity. She received the “Golden M” at Charter Day, SMUSA’s award ceremony, which is the highest award granted to those graduating or graduate students who have given outstanding contributions and have excelled in extra-curricular activities in the area of student affairs during their time at SMU. She was also awarded the Rice Family Award for Excellence in Student Advocacy. In the future, Collette plans to pursue Medicine, Politics, or Law (or possibly a combination of the three).

Chandika Devi Ramful is a third year international student from Mauritius, pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree and majoring in Biology and Chemistry. She is currently volunteering at the Camp Hill Veterans' Memorial Hospital where she offers assistance weekly during recreational activities. She has also been deeply involved with the Oxfam society which supports women empowerment and addresses contemporary issues such as poverty. Chandika has also been the volunteer coordinator for Oxfam Halifax when the society transitioned from the university to the community level. For the past two years, she has also been both a LEAP and a PEER One Mentor with the objective of helping new science undergraduates through their transition to university. Chandika has been actively involved in Chemistry research for the past two years in the fields of Organometallic and Computational Chemistry. She was also the winner of the best poster at the CIC Chemical Conference in 2016 and has co-authored two peer-reviewed articles. Chandika's future goal is to attend medical school since her aim is to become a doctor, and she believes that she has something to offer as a medical researcher.

John-Paul Nwaezeigwe is a fourth-year student pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science (Honors) and Economics. He has been involved in the Political Science Department’s Model United Nations program – an experiential learning program where students have the opportunity to debate pressing international issues with other student-delegates from around the world. John-Paul was an executive member of the Model United Nations Society delegation that went on to gain a Distinguished Delegation certificate at the 2016 edition of the National Model United Conference (NMUN) in New York. John-Paul has been actively engaged in student support programs such as LEAP and the pilot phase of the SMARTS Advantage Peer Mentoring program, a peer-based resource tailored for students within the Arts faculty to provide advice on the academic aspects of university life. He is currently planning for studies at the Master’s level and firmly believes that the leadership positions held while here at Saint Mary’s has helped him to continually achieve his mantra of being found worthy both in personal character and academic learning.

Ben Gaunce is in the fourth and final year of his Bachelor of Arts degree. He will be graduating in May with an Honours in Psychology; Major in Spanish and a Minor in Religious Studies. During his time at Saint Mary's, he has exemplified what it means to be a Santamarian. He has shown his leadership abilities through two years of being a Residence Assistant, sitting on SMUSA's Board of Directors, serving as the Vice President of University Affairs with the Students’ Association and, most recently, travelling to Belfast, Northern Ireland, to teach peace education and conflict resolution to youth. This year, he was awarded the “Golden M” from SMUSA in recognition of the outstanding contributions he has made to the University community over his four years. He was recently offered positions at both Dalhousie University and McGill University in their graduate Speech-Language Pathology programs. 

John-Paul Nwaezeigwe is a fourth-year student pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science (Honors) and Economics. He has been involved in the Political Science Department’s Model United Nations program – an experiential learning program where students have the opportunity to debate pressing international issues with other student-delegates from around the world. John-Paul was an executive member of the Model United Nations Society delegation that went on to gain a Distinguished Delegation certificate at the 2016 edition of the National Model United Conference (NMUN) in New York. John-Paul has been actively engaged in student support programs such as LEAP and the pilot phase of the SMARTS Advantage Peer Mentoring program, a peer-based resource tailored for students within the Arts faculty to provide advice on the academic aspects of university life. He is currently planning for studies at the Master’s level and firmly believes that the leadership positions held while here at Saint Mary’s has helped him to continually achieve his mantra of being found worthy both in personal character and academic learning.

Boyce Campbell left Labrador when he was 18 years old and joined the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN). He credits the camaraderie, sense of community, and perseverance that is at the core of the Canadian Armed Forces’ values, for giving him a strong foundation to build himself up. After nine years of travelling to six out of seven of the earth’s continents (someday, Antarctica), including two tours overseas, Boyce completed his contract with the RCN. He is now a full-time Dean’s list Bachelor of Commerce student in his second year, completing a double major in Economics (Honours) and Finance at the Sobey School of Business.  He is the Co-President of the Indigenous Students Society, and a member of the Indigenous Student Advisory Committee – a committee formed under the President’s Council Action Team. Boyce has not lost his love for travel since retiring from the RCN, as just this past summer he completed the equivalent of a full semester’s course load during an exchange trip to Zhuhai, China, and a French-immersion program at the University of Victoria, British Columbia. He plans to use the knowledge he’s gathered from travelling the world, and the leadership skills he’s gained from being a student at Saint Mary’s, to help others identify their skills, realize their potential, and help them shatter personal and social barriers.

Hannah Stienburg is in her second year majoring in Management and Marketing. As a student athlete, Hannah has involved herself in many programs and groups around SMU and in the community. With a passion for inclusion, this year Hannah co-created “Huskies Move for Inclusion,” a free sports program offered to kids in the community with intellectual and physically exceptionalities. Along with “Huskies Move for Inclusion,” Hannah is involved in the Athletic Council, where she has helped organize fundraisers year round for the Ronald McDonald House, Cystic Fibrosis and Feed Nova Scotia; she is also a peer mentor in the “Here for Peers” program on campus. In the community, Hannah is a volleyball coach for a junior high and local club team. After her time at Saint Mary’s, Hannah is interested in pursing a law degree and studying to become a corporate lawyer.

Lindsay Vandewater is in her final year pursuing a Bachelor of Science Honours Degree in Psychology and Biology. As passionate as she is about school, Lindsay is also dedicated to working for the SMU community. Starting as a Poll Clerk in Student Elections, then working for the Information Desk, and eventually being promoted to Information Desk manager, Lindsay has spent four years assisting students. Additionally, as SMUSA’s Chief Returning Officer (CRO) for the Student Elections, she facilitated the 2017/2018 student elections. Lindsay has also been a leader on campus through her volunteer work, leading Saint Mary’s 2016 Shinerama Campaign. As a Shinerama Coordinator, she pushed herself to advertise, organize and execute fundraising activities, including Shine Day, an event that raised $18,000 for Cystic Fibrosis Canada. Lindsay is looking forward to starting her Master’s degree, and continuing her work for SMUSA and Shinerama.

Lukundo Nakazwe (Lu) is a graduating student in the Bachelor of Commerce program, with a major in Global Business Management. Lukundo has developed as a student leader on campus and demonstrated her passion for helping others through her roles on campus. For 3 years, Lu worked as a Residence Assistant and Residence Services Officer, and in her final year, she worked as a Career Assistant and Student Ambassador. She has been a member of the Commerce, African, Speak Up! and Habitat for Humanity societies. She also served at the Vice President of World University Service of Canada (WUSC) society last summer. During Reading Week this February, she visited South Carolina to assist in building a home for an economically disadvantaged family. Additionally, as a Safe @SMU Senior Student Leader, she was part of a team of student leaders that pioneered the Cultural Awareness Workshops held at Saint Mary’s through the Centre of the Study of Sport and Health. Lukundo was also heavily involved at the International Centre as a SAGA (Students Acting for Global Awareness) Volunteer for 2 years, where she co-hosted the 19th Annual International Night and helped organize on- and off-campus events that promote cultural awareness at Saint Mary’s. This year she served as the secretary of the graduating class of 2017 and she is looking forward to being one of May 2017 Commerce valedictorians at convocation.

Tessa O’Donnell is in her fourth year of study and will graduate in winter 2018 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. Tessa is a hard working and passionate student who has used her time at Saint Mary’s to lead and inspire others. As a member of the Varsity Women’s Rugby team, Tessa was selected as team captain in 2015 for her ability to connect with and motivate her fellow teammates, a position she is proud to hold to this day. Her love for sport has translated into community involvement where she has held a coaching position at Charles P. Allen high school for two years and contributes to the HRFC Mini Rugby program in the summer. Along with her sports commitments, Tessa is also a part of the SMU Healthy Minds Team which is dedicated to reducing stigma surrounding mental illness and improving the wellbeing of students on campus. After graduation Tessa hopes to continue her education and become a clinical psychologist.

Aleka MacLellan, a PhD Candidate in Industrial/Organizational Psychology, contributes to the Saint Mary’s University Community through volunteering with Cystic Fibrosis Canada, the Canadian Cancer Society, and Fusion Halifax. As the Shinerama National Chair, Aleka leads a team of leaders running fundraising campaigns across Canada. Inspired by Shinerama, her award-winning PhD research on leading and motivating individuals in the non-profit sector has been supported by over 20 funding awards. Additionally, Aleka has delivered over 10 presentations at professional conferences throughout North America and Europe, six of which she received awards for best presentation. Aleka has also been recognized as the Top Fundraiser for consecutive years with the Canadian Cancer Society’s Relay For Life events. Through Fusion Halifax, Aleka helps young professionals from Saint Mary’s and the broader Halifax community build connections, skills and careers in Nova Scotia. Following her PhD defense and graduation, Aleka plans to help companies utilize best practices to improve employee, team, and organizational functioning.


 

The Student Leadership Recognition Award (SLRA), formally recognizes students that possess, display, and apply leadership qualities and skills within the classroom, the Saint Mary’s University community and beyond. 

Semi-annually, the SLRA recognizes up-to three students from each Faculty (Arts, Graduate Studies, Science, and Sobey School of Business). The award can only be received once in an academic year.

How to Apply:

Student Leadership Recognition Form Application

Enrolment Requirement:

Requirement Undergraduate Students Graduate Students
Enrolment Status Completed at least 15 credit hours Full time status

Non-Academic Requirements 

  • Must currently be volunteering OR must have accumulated over 60 hours of volunteer service in the past 12 months
  • Must have assisted or organized at least two (2) significant on-campus events in the past 12 months 

Demonstration of Leadership Qualities

Must be actively involved at Saint Mary's University and or the greater community. See examples below: 

  • An active member of a student-run society
  • A teaching assistant, a Residence Assistant or a LEAP Peer Mentor
  • An athlete
  • An active off-campus volunteer / leader