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Student Leadership Recognition Award

Fall 2017 Student Leadership Recognition Award Recipients


 Recipients pictured seated (left to right): Maeve Mulroy, Amy Heim, Beatrice Harrietha, Meredith Drost, Valerie Caswell, Sehmat Suri, Annika Benson

Back row: Adam Sarty, Lori Francis, Robert Summerby-Murray, Denis Amirault, Tom Brophy, Donnie Jeffrey, Malcolm Bulter, Margaret MacDonald, Patricia Bradshaw

Maeve Mulroy is an honors psychology student with a minor in philosophy. She is currently employed as a Career Services Assistant and SMUSA Board Secretary at Saint Mary’s. She enjoys participating in a variety of groups and activities at SMU, and has previously volunteered at the QEII Health Sciences Centre. Maeve has been president of the SMU Drama Society for two years, and has been involved with the society in various roles since first joining the Saint Mary’s community. She has participated in and helped to organize eight theatrical productions, as well as theatre workshops for the SMU Language Centre, and more. She has been a member of the SMU Healthy Minds Team for two years, organizing events and campaigns to promote mental health awareness and reduce stigma.  Maeve hopes to pursue graduate studies and a career in psychology, and aspires never to stop learning.

Amy Heim is a plant community ecologist who is currently pursuing her PhD in Applied Science. 2017 was a unique year for Amy. In the past, her leadership experience involved working on or expanding ongoing projects. She has engaged in both academic and applied endeavors, from managing a lab to leading a habitat restoration team. These previous experiences are in part why she was awarded the 2017 Vanier and Clean Foundation Scholarships. Starting in 2017, Amy chose to draw on her previous leadership experience to create something new, resulting in the establishment of a statistics tutoring position for research purposes, the formation of a new student group, and curating the Saint Mary’s teaching herbarium. Each of these endeavours came about due to a perceived gap that Amy felt could be filled to serve the Saint Mary’s community. Upon completing her PhD Amy hopes to remain in academia. 

Beatrice Harrietha is in her fourth year of study pursing a Bachelor of Science degree majoring in Biology. Beatrice is a member of the varsity women’s hockey team and as a student-athlete has contributed her time to many initiatives on campus as well as in the community. She is in her second year of being Athletic Council President where she leads a group of 22 student-athletes to organize fundraisers and events for Saint Mary’s and the greater community. Beatrice is also involved as a peer mentor in the “Here for Peers” program and is a member of "SAMHI" and “Huskies Move for Inclusion.” In the community, Beatrice is an avid volunteer at the Ronald McDonald House as well as the “Out of the Cold” last resort homeless shelter. As a current medical school candidate, Beatrice hopes to continue her education with the goal of becoming a family physician.

Meredith Drost is a third-year Marketing and Global Business Management student at Saint Mary’s University. Since transferring to Saint Mary's in 2014, she has dedicated her focus to social, environmental, and economic changes around the world through social enterprise. As a passionate leader, Meredith has committed countless hours of volunteering with the Enactus Saint Mary’s society on campus. Through her 3 year involvement with Enactus, she has transitioned from a general member, to managing a project focused on educating incarcerated women to become leaders in their community upon release, and is now currently the Co-president of Enactus Saint Mary’s. Beyond her studies and involvement with on campus societies, she has found employment with the Spark Zone at the Sobey School Business Development Centre, working with student entrepreneurs throughout Nova Scotia as they pursue the development of their business aspirations. Upon graduation in October 2019, Meredith intends to use the leadership skills gained during her time at Saint Mary's University to become an entrepreneur, focused on making a positive impact on the world and working towards the achievement of the UN 17 sustainable development goals.

Valerie Caswell is a fourth year Commerce student pursuing a double major in Entrepreneurship and Marketing and a Minor in Psychology. Involved in the Enactus society for three years, she’s worked with a team to solve environmental, social, and economic issues through entrepreneurial action. Valerie is currently the Co President of the Enactus team which is made up over 100 students working on 8 projects including one process and one social enterprise. She recently traveled to the Enactus World Cup in London England, where Enactus Saint Mary’s was recognized for it’s social enterprise Square Roots that aims to reduce food insecurity and food waste in Nova Scotia. Valerie sits on the Board of Directors for the Student Association, where she is part of the HR & Governance committee, and is a Student Senator on the Academic Senate. She is committed to helping others find their passion and grow as leaders. Valerie’s goal is to help grow local businesses in an ethical and cost-efficient manner.

Sehmat Kaur Suri is a fourth year Dean’s List student, pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Bachelor of Commerce in Marketing. She is currently a Senior Residence Assistant, and has been involved with Enactus Saint Mary’s since 2015. She is currently Head of Communications for the team, and has worked on various projects, including OPtions International, where she travelled to Kenya to teach a group of 29 women how to make reusable feminine hygiene products. She has been a National Presenter at the Enactus Canada National Exposition twice, and was the Captain of the National Presentation Team this past year. In September, she also presented at the Enactus World Cup in London, England. Additionally, Sehmat founded the SMU Tennis Team in 2015 and has played for the university for the last two years. This summer, she worked as the Transitions Support Coordinator where she assisted with the planning of Welcome Weeks 2017, and the New Student and Family Summer Kickoff in July. After completing her degrees at Saint Mary’s, Sehmat hopes to pursue either fashion marketing, or business consulting.

Annika Benson is a third year engineering student with an interest in bioelectronics. She is currently the Vice President of the Engineering Society, Captain of the university’s competitive Re-Engineering team, and has been working to establish a student branch of the Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers for which she will also be a chairperson. During her time at Saint Mary’s, Annika has worked as a LEAP Peer Mentor, a Chemistry Teaching Assistant and was recently the recipient of an Undergraduate Student Research Award from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council supporting her involvement with nuclear physics research at a particle acceleration facility in Mainz, Germany. Annika has been volunteering with Girl Guides of Canada since 2012, and in her current role as Unit Guider, facilitates activities focused on personal development, global awareness and female empowerment, for a group of high-school aged girls in her community.


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