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2020 Recipients


Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research:

Ahrthyh Arumugam

Ahrthyh Arumugam is an international graduate student from Malaysia, in the Department of Women and Gender Studies. Her/their research centres on the housing rights of racialized international students in K’jipuktuk. She/they is the graduate and international student representative of Racialized Student Academic Network (RSAN) as well as a board member of Nova Scotia Public Interest Research Group (NSPIRG). She/they encourages re-envisioning the relations between international students, African Nova Scotians, immigrants, and Indigenous peoples, especially through grassroots movements within academic institutions and in the communities. Ahrthyh is dedicated to nurturing respectful communities with an emphasis on reciprocity and sustainable future. She/they seeks to uphold the works of many past and current organizers while envisioning new emphatic and ethical relations.


 Faculty of Arts:

Yingjun Chen

Yingjun Chen is a Third-Year Arts student majoring in French with a minor in International Development Studies. In 2019-2020, She became the Logistics Director of TEDxSaintMarysU society and helped organize the event. Yingjun is also a mentor of Peer Mentor Program of Faculty of Arts and Residence Arrival Team, providing advice on life and study and helping students get used to their university life. As a student ambassador during Welcome Week Service Expo, she actively helps students and their supporters to learn various campus resources. In the summer of 2019, Yingjun was a language partner of the Conversation Partner Program at Language Centre, who tried her best to help ESL students improve their language skill. What's more, Yingjun cares about community development. She volunteered with various organizations, such as Alliance Française, International Film Festival, Halifax Buster Festival as well as Immigration Francophone Nouvelle-Ecosse to promote cultural diversity.


Xiaoting Liu

Xiaoting Liu is a BNUZ 2+2 student in the fourth year of the International Development Studies in the Factory of Arts. She has served as secretary-general in the SMU Chinese Students Association (SMUCSA), one of the pack leaders in both the Fall and Winter Welcome Week, a teaching assistant for Chinese 2200 and POLI 3314 on campus. Although all of these roles come with many responsibilities, they have given her great satisfaction to see Canadian and Chinese students come together in the spirit of interculturalism. Building on this ethos, Xiaoting participated in the local community. She has served as a Teaching Assistant in Halifax Chinese Language School, and was the recipient of the “Excellent Volunteer Service”; She has lead and joined the following volunteer activities: Halifax Chinese Festival, Chinese New Year Gala Dinner etc. After graduation, Xiaoting will continue her research in graduate school and maintain her enthusiasm for student affairs and multiculturalism.


Faculty of Science:

Amanda Lee

Amanda is a third-year Biology and Forensic Science Student. She has been a Dean’s List Honouree for the past two years. Throughout her time at SMU, Amanda has been an active member of the Residence Community. For the past two years, Amanda has been a Residence Assistant. Amanda, also, currently serves as a Programming Assistant in the Res Life Office and as the Residence Wellness Team Coordinator. As the Res Wellness Team Coordinator, Amanda oversees the organization and planning of educational workshops to enhance the knowledge of our residence students. Amanda has coordinated many residence wide events. These events include Battle of the Floors, an Escape Room, and the Residence Banquet. Amanda is dedicated to improving the wellbeing of residence students through engagement and education. Amanda's leadership skills have been formally recognized through the Residence Assistant Award of Excellence. After graduation, Amanda plans to pursue a master's in forensic science.


Makadunyiswe Ngulube

Makadunyiswe Ngulube is a 4th year Honours in Environmental Science student, who is passionate about leading and initiating positive change in her community.  She is a member of the Global Shapers Halifax Hub, whose focus is to tackle various world issues. She is also passionate about climate change, sustainable development and promoting environmental stewardship and conservation. In Zimbabwe, she runs a project which raises biodiversity awareness amongst young people and another one where books are donated to rural schools. Maka has been involved with Student Services, organizing Welcome Weeks events. She recently served as the Delegates Director for TEDxSaintMaryU and currently works as a Coastal Wetland Research Technician in SMUs In_CoaST lab. In 2019, she co-founded Masja Leadership and Empowerment Inc., a business that focuses on motivational and personal development workshops. Maka believes in a cultural revolution that empowers individuals to lead lives of greater meaning, purpose and joy.


Sare Ozbek

Sare is a fourth-year biology honours student, with minors in sociology. Sare is the president of the SMU Children’s Wish Foundation and member of the SMU Medical Campus response team. In 2019, Sare and her team represented SMU in the Atlantic Canada Campus Response Conference and took home the win. Same year, she went on a journey to Turkey to help with the refugee crisis. She is the driving force in bringing a refugee to Canada through Group of Five Canadian sponsorship program. She has secured a job opportunity to work with the Orthopedics research department in the IWK. Sare is also a varsity and club rower and was awarded the AUS championships in 2019. Sare volunteers with programs such as Adult literacy, Bluenose, and Feed Nova Scotia. Sare hopes to continue her research and write her MCATs this summer and contribute to her community as a medical practitioner.


Alexa Tymkiw

Alexa is a fourth-year biology and psychology major. She is currently conducting research in biology for her honours thesis and has been awarded Dean’s List and Academic All-Canadian recognition for her outstanding academic performance. She is captain of the Saint Mary’s University women’s varsity soccer team, and an important advocate for mental health of both athletes and students across campus as a co-lead of the Student Mental Health Initiative and a trained peer supporter working with the Stay Connected Mental Health Project and SMU Counselling Centre. Alexa loves to work with children in the community and does so through volunteering with the Huskies Move for Inclusion program and the Ronald McDonald House Family Room at the IWK, as well as assisting in organizing the motionballU Marathon of Sport held annually at SMU. Alexa hopes to attend medical school after graduation this year continue working with children upon graduation as a paediatrician.


Faculty of Sobey School of Business:

Leena Roy Chowdhury

Leena is a 4th year student, majoring in Finance. She moved to Canada in 2016 to begin her schooling at Saint Mary’s University. She has been very involved within the Halifax community in various capacities. She is well-known for her community service as the co-President of Enactus SMU. One of the popular projects that Leena leads is Square Roots- a social enterprise that tackles food insecurity by reducing food waste. Along with her volunteer work, she has also held many other positions on campus within Athletics and Recreation, Student Services, Financial Services and the Entrepreneurship Centre. Leena loves to network so she can be found at different events happening in the city. She is very passionate about advocating for human rights and mental health. Leena aspires to be an entrepreneur and lend a helping hand to Halifax’s growth in the coming years. 


Salman Islam Sadib

Salman is a 4th-year student studying Accounting. He is passionate about student issues & campus-involvement. He aspires to be an all-rounder and hopefully a top CEO of Canada. Last year, Salman has volunteered for over 960-hours. He received “The Most Active Volunteer” award from Speak-Up Society for greatest contribution to extra-curricular activities. Salman currently serves as an Airport Greeter, Project Assistant of Residence Consent-Committee, Sexual Violence Prevention Trainer, SMUSA-Tutor & Student Caller. He is devoted to improving overall student experience at Saint Mary’s. Salman has been visiting schools in Northern-Ireland to teach peace education since last year. He has helped to expand “Peaceful Schools International” program with the purpose of envisioning a better life for future generations. Looking forward Salman hopes to develop his interest in student advocacy & engagement throughout the rest of his degree at Saint Mary’s and will continue the spirit of being an outstanding Santamarian.


Rami Zokari

Rami, an international student from Yemen, is pursuing a Bachelor of Commerce degree with a double major in Finance and Marketing. In 2017, Rami founded the SMU Arab Society with a membership of over 150 students. The Arab society is aimed at promoting Arabic culture and traditions through various events including the Arab Gala.  Rami is very involved in student life, serving in multiple leadership roles on and off-campus. He currently serves as the Vice-Chair of SMUSA’s Board of Directors. In his role as the Student Life Coordinator with Student Affairs and Services, Rami organized and executed the Student Leadership Conference. Additionally, he is serving as the Engagement Advisor where he helps students get involve with on and off-campus opportunities. In 2018, Rami was a group leader in the Northern Ireland Conflict Resolution Program. Rami is passionate about improving student life on campus and supporting his peers.