2019 Graduate Award Recipients

Elizabeth Paradis (Arthur Pigott Award)

Elizabeth Paradis (Arthur Pigott Award) - Elizabeth was born in Quebec City and recently graduated from the University of Ottawa with a joint Baccalaureate degree in Law (Summa Cum Laude) and a Bachelor of Social Sciences specialised in international development and globalization (Magna Cum Laude). Her passion for theatre and active participation in arts committees through high school and Cégep led her to pursue projects where she could display her keen interest in writing and public speaking. While completing her collegiate studies in Cégep Garneau’s IB program, her involvement in Model UN sparked her interest for international law.

Throughout her degree, Elizabeth took great pleasure in embarking upon various projects linking her predilection towards academic research with her commitment to social justice. Recipient of the Borden Ladner Gervais grant for professional excellence during her first year, she was a contestant in the 2017 Jessup Moot Court Competition, for which her team won two awards for their written submissions during the Canadian rounds. While making the Dean’s List each year, Elizabeth pursued a drafting project on international guidelines against sexual violence, provided pro bono assistance to refugee applications and interned at the War Crimes and Crimes Against Humanity Section of the Justice Department. Her summer job as a host in a library’s reading club also sensitized her to the needs of children and the importance of education. She was a research assistant to Me Marie-Ève Sylvestre on topics of criminal and constitutional law, while simultaneously researching and organizing a workshop on the UN’s Sustainable Goal 16 on Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions. Elizabeth also received the award for Best Oralist and Best Team for the Moot Court organized by the Siracusa International Institute during its 18th Specialization Course in International Criminal Law. Driven by her interest in post-conflict justice, she recently interned at the Extraordinary Chambers to the Courts of Cambodia.

Currently undertaking preparations for the Bar exam, starting from August 2020, she will assume the position of law clerk to the Honourable Sébastien Grammond, judge at the Federal Court. Elizabeth hopes to eventually combine her passion for criminal justice with her interest for longstanding societal issues.

Julia Sebastien (Arthur Pigott Award)

Julia Sebastien (Arthur Pigott Award) - Julia Alexandra Sebastien was born in Montréal, Québec, and raised in Toronto, Ontario. She has always had diverse passions and interests, spanning art, music, athletics and academics. This eclecticism, which helped her secure the Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award, Model UN prizes, and top average awards in high school, led her to pursue an interdisciplinary double major in Media Information and Technoculture (MIT) and the School for Advanced Studies in the Arts and Humanities (SASAH) at Western University. Julia received many merit-based awards and scholarships upon entering Western University including the Faculty of Arts and Humanities Entrance Scholarship of Excellence, the Four Year continuing Admission scholarship, and the School for Advanced Studies in the Arts and Humanities (SASAH) Entrance Scholarship.

At Western, Julia took every opportunity to explore diverse forms of creation and performance. In addition to sampling a myriad of electives from philosophy to computer science, Julia edited the Arts and humanities Student Council journals, interned at the Western Gazette newspaper, fulfilled two research assistantships in her field, and published and presented her creative and academic works. Julia also served as Theatre Critic Commissioner on the Arts and Humanities Student Council (AHSC) and then as the AHSC’s Play Coordinator in her final year, directing five powerful performances of the historical courtroom drama, The Interrogation of Baruch de Spinoza at Talmud Torah Congregation: Amsterdam, July 27, 1656 by David Ives. Alongside these commitments, Julia performed in community theatre, sang the Anthem at Western sporting events, competed in the top ten in “The Western Voice” contest and modelled in charity dance fashion shows for the Children’s Health foundation and the Canadian Cancer society. Julia also developed her digital communication skills; she designed and ran both SASAH’s and the Western Scholar’s official blogs, and she helped integrate reflective blogging into SASAH’s core curriculum. Julia’s drive to conquer new media platforms drove her to experiment with radio broadcasting, podcasting, digital music production, filmmaking, YouTube video-making, and social media marketing. All the while, Julia continued to make the Dean’s Honor List and win additional academic awards such as the Scholar’s Electives and Western Scholar’s Scholarship, Western’s Faculty Association scholarship, and more. She graduated with honour and distinction, winning The University of Western Ontario Gold Medal in Media Studies.

In her third year at Western, Julia took an introductory psychology course that unified her passions for performance, art, and digital communication. She realized she wanted to deepen her understanding of how different forms of communication influence and shape the human mind. For this reason, Julia is pursuing a second Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at York University and plans to obtain an interdisciplinary Doctoral Degree afterwards where she can explore exciting connections between media and psychology.

Jacky Deng (Rowland Lloyd Award)

Jacky Deng (Rowland Lloyd Award) - Jacky was born and raised in Surrey, British Columbia by immigrant parents from rural China. Due to their lack of a formal education, Jacky’s parents worked in humble jobs for years to support Jacky’s schooling. With their support, Jacky is the first of his siblings to attend and graduate from university, having received a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Chemistry, minoring in Psychology, from the University of British Columbia’s Okanagan (UBCO) campus. Reflective of his academic performance at UBCO, Jacky consistently made the Dean’s List and received the Deputy Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarship for Continuing Students each year.

Jacky has great appreciation for the value of education and the doors it can open for the less fortunate. Having witnessed firsthand how immigrants can struggle to adapt to Western society, Jacky has consistently sought opportunities to leverage his own skills in education and video production to create tools that make science education more relevant, impactful, and accessible. During his time at UBCO, Jacky served as a Supplemental Learning Leader and Chemistry Teaching Assistant, two positions which allowed him to teach and mentor his peers through interactive and creative pedagogy. For his success in these positions, Jacky was awarded the Judit Moldovan Chemistry Teaching Assistant Award in 2018. Jacky also served as the Vice-President of UBCO’s Chemistry Course Union; in this position, Jacky spearheaded the implementation of undergraduate teaching awards and a video series highlighting student researchers. From this work, Jacky became acquainted with Dr. W. Stephen McNeil at UBCO. With Dr. McNeil, Jacky served as the chief animator in the creation of an interactive, educational video series for general chemistry at UBCO. Jacky also completed his honours thesis in chemistry education research under the supervision of Dr. McNeil.

Jacky is also deeply involved in the arts. He writes music for film and theatre and has written music for productions in Kelowna, BC; Toronto, ON; and New York City, NY. He has also given a TEDx Talk titled “The Art of Science”. He hopes to write his first independent album this year.

Jacky is currently pursuing a Master of Science in Chemistry Education at the University of Ottawa under the supervision of Dr. Alison B. Flynn. His current work focuses on how science education can better teach students how to use scientific data to make important decisions about complex global issues, like climate change and vaccination. During his time at uOttawa, Jacky has received a National Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), an Ontario Graduate Scholarship, and a uOttawa Excellence Scholarship. He intends to transfer into a Doctoral program, allowing him to pursue his dream of becoming a chemistry instructor and professor. Lastly, appreciating the hardships experienced by his immigrant parents, Jacky hopes to be a lifelong advocate and activist for Asian-American rights and issues.

Rawaan Elsawi (Rowland Lloyd Award)

Rawaan Elsawi (Rowland Lloyd Award) - Rawaan was born in Toronto. After completing high school in the French Immersion Advanced Placement program, Rawaan graduated with distinction, receiving an Honours Bachelor of Health Sciences degree from McMaster University (Hamilton, Ontario). During her time at McMaster, Rawaan was on the Dean’s List every year. She is currently a first-year medical student at the University of Toronto. Rawaan is passionate about clinical research in the healthcare field, focusing on quality-based systematic review research. Rawaan’s work has been published in high-impact journals and has received acknowledgement at international and local conferences.

In addition to her academic accomplishments, Rawaan was involved with many extra-curricular activities throughout her undergraduate career. She served as a coordinator for her program-based Charity Fashion Show, which would fundraise annually for Camp Trillium, a childhood cancer support centre. She also co-founded and helps run Share Your Knowledge, an organization which provides children living in underprivileged countries with educational resources. Throughout her medical career, Rawaan hopes to increase the accessibility, inclusivity, and quality of healthcare services.

Zoe Clarke (Gladys Neale Award)

Zoe Clarke (Gladys Neale Award) - A recent graduate from a degree in biology and music from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, Zoe is now passionately pursuing her PhD in the Computational Biology specialization in the department of Molecular Genetics at the University of Toronto. She was drawn to this area of study after exploring the phylogeography of a South American sparrow for her undergraduate thesis. Having always been drawn to anything mathematical, Zoe now transitions into the world of medical research and is incredibly excited to be contributing to the development of new technologies in genetics and genomics.

Although she devotes much of her energy to research, Zoe is also an avid freelance musician having studied both tuba performance and opera at Queen’s and having just participated in two opera intensives this past summer. She is a huge fan of new music and has already begun exploring the vibrant indie opera scene that exists in Toronto. Her love for performing and telling stories to an audience has contributed quite significantly to her scientific career, as it has helped her figure out how to best connect with an audience when presenting her research contributions. Opera has also allowed her to discover the beauty of languages which eventually led to a fluency in German that she determinedly picked up while doing stem cell research in southern Germany. When she is not involved in her research or practicing her instruments, Zoe spends her time long-distance running and baking for her friends (or potential friends!).

Shawna Narayan (Gladys Neale Award)

Shawna Narayan (Gladys Neale Award) - As a 23-year-old youth leader, Shawna Narayan is most passionate about (1) Mental Health Advocacy, (2) Vulnerable Youth Empowerment, (3) Marginalized Population Support, (4) Gender Equality, (5) Innovative Research and Scholarship. Her transformational experiences drove her to spearhead several initiatives to make a difference in the communities she works in while excelling in her graduate studies.

Shawna is the Founder and Executive Director of Empower The Future, a non-profit that aims to support inner-city students with the transition from high school to post-secondary life through mentorship and workshops. As a Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada Student Ambassador, she initiated a project to encourage inner-city girls to pursue education and careers in STEM. She is an active mental wellness and youth empowerment advocate. As a UBC Experimental Medicine graduate student, Shawna is investigating the experience of online mental health resources and treatment use among culturally diverse populations for anxiety and depressive disorders in the Metro Vancouver Regional District. She aims to create a better framework for Canadian mental health care. Shawna has helped over 1,000 students through mentorship and has volunteered with 20 non-profit organizations.

Due to her achievements, she was recognized as the youngest recipient of the Medal of Good Citizenship from the Government of British Columbia.

Tyson Theaker (Peter Wright Award)

Tyson Theaker (Peter Wright Award) - Tyson grew up in Eatonia, Saskatchewan, a rural grain farming community with a population of around 500. He is extremely grateful to have grown up in a community that taught him firsthand the importance of volunteering and community involvement. Tyson still does his best to remain a volunteer in his hometown, and to continue helping on the family farm during seeding and harvest. He recently donated aerial photographs of the town to be sold as a fundraiser at the centennial celebration in August 2020.

As a high school student, Tyson was an active student leader, sitting as a member of the student representative council in grade 10 and holding the position of yearbook editor in grade 12. Tyson graduated Eaton High School, receiving the Governor General’s Medal for the highest academic average.

Tyson always enjoyed competitive sports, participating in high school football, basketball, volleyball, badminton and track & field. At the age of 15, Tyson moved to Moose Jaw to pursue competitive hockey, starting with the Saskatchewan Midget AAA Hockey League. Unfortunately, after 25 games, Tyson’s competitive hockey career ended due to a serious concussion. Tyson continued to train and compete in non-contact sports, eventually winning a provincial gold medal in Junior Boys Shotput during his grade 11 year.

Tyson’s passion for travel and adventure led him to take two gap-years between his post-secondary programs. In 2014, Tyson applied for a working-holiday visa in Australia, spending four months working on a grain farm on the edge of the Australian outback and five months backpacking the east coast of Australia with his childhood friend. In 2017, he took a second gap year, where he spent four months travelling with his girlfriend to five countries in South East Asia.

In his free time, Tyson enjoys golfing, snowboarding at Big White, and most importantly, spending time with friends and family. He recently founded and sits as president of the University golf club, a social student club associated with the University of British Columbia – Okanagan Campus (UBCO).

Tyson has also always showed a strong enthusiasm for entrepreneurship, developing a mock business plan to win the Eatonia Small Business Associations scholarship in 2012. He later started his own small business “Prairie Sky Drones”- an aerial photography & videography business targeting agricultural, real estate, tourism, and industrial markets. He currently uses this business as a source of income to help fund his education.

Tyson’s post-secondary education includes a diploma in Civil Engineering Technology from the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology, from which he graduated with honors, as well as an advanced diploma in Civil Engineering Technology from Camosun College. Tyson is currently working towards his Bachelor of Applied Science in Civil Engineering at UBCO. Upon completion of his degree, Tyson hopes to pursue a career with an engineering consulting firm specializing in municipal engineering and land development.

Muhammad Khan (Peter Wright Award)

Muhammad Khan (Peter Wright Award) - Muhammad Khan was born in Pakistan and has lived most of his life in Fort McMurray, a small town in Northern Alberta. He pursued an undergraduate degree in Honors Neuroscience at the University of Alberta due to his strong interest in learning about the complexities of the brain and mind. During his undergraduate degree, he researched perinatal stroke and the impact it can have on the mental health of children and their parents. This has allowed Muhammad to interact with families who have children with chronic conditions to not only learn about them but learn from them as well. Muhammad has worked on and presented different projects on the perinatal stroke population at multiple local and national scientific conferences, having won the award for the Best Poster at the 2018 Children’s Healthcare Canada Conference. Beyond his research with perinatal stroke, Muhammad has undertaken qualitative research on underprivileged groups with his different volunteer organizations. He is a Research and Volunteer Coordinator on the Nisa Homes Edmonton team, which aims to establish transitional homes for Refugee, Immigrant, or Muslim women who face domestic abuse, homelessness, or poverty. Muhammad is also part of the non-profit Muslim Awards for Excellence (MAX), which aims to provide Muslim youth with greater mentorship opportunities and elevate the Muslim Brand to counter the recent rise of Islamaphobia.

Muhammad has been interested in advocacy work from a young age as he was an integral part of the Mayor’s Advisory Council on Youth and Student Governance in high school and university. Currently, he is a first-year medical student at the University of Alberta and is hoping to continue his advocacy efforts for his patients and disadvantaged groups in society at large, as a future healthcare provider. Alongside this, he is also pursuing a certificate in Interdisciplinary Leadership with the Peter Lougheed Leadership College. As part of this, he has created a Vodcast focused on increasing mental health awareness in the undergraduate population at the University of Alberta and has been interviewed on Global News Edmonton to present his team’s work. Muhammad hopes he can use the privilege he has in his personal and professional life to uplift others and do his part in building a world that works for everyone.

Grace Jin (Kenneth Carter Award)

Grace Jin (Kenneth Carter Award) - Grace was born and raised in Toronto, Ontario for most of her life, with a brief few childhood years in London, Ontario. Ever since she was young, Grace was interested in human health and physiology as well as the social determinants of health (of course, she didn’t know the formal terms back then!). She was fascinated by how the human body functioned and how the world around her could affect her health. After receiving her International Baccalaureate Diploma in high school, she moved back to London, Ontario to complete an Honors Specialization in Physiology with Distinction at the University of Western Ontario.

While in university, Grace worked as a staff member in the campus residences and experienced the flaws of our mental health system first hand. She helped pick up the pieces of a broken community one too many times. She wanted to make a difference, so she joined Active Minds Western, a mental health club on campus. With Active Minds, she helped create a set of formal recommendations sent to the university student council to advocate for improved quality and unity of campus mental health services and supports.

After her work with Active Minds, Grace was interested in system-level change and decided to pursue a Master’s of Public Health at the University of Guelph to gain the skills and knowledge to do so. Grace is currently in the final year of her Master’s and has become interested in a variety of public health topics. Although her interests have broadened, Grace is still especially committed to improving evidence-based mental health care. In this regard, she recently completed a practicum at the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) Waterloo Wellington branch, where she facilitated the collaboration between 4 of the largest mental health service providers in the region to improve the quality of intake and service wait times for adult intensive services. Grace is also currently participating in a provincial multi-sector committee tasked with publishing a recommendations report with best practices in mental health assessment, treatment, and service collaboration. She is preparing for interviews with subject matter experts and drafting the recommendations report. Grace is thrilled to be part of such an important project with CMHA and hopes to be involved with other system-level quality improvement projects in the future.

Beverly Osazuwa (Kenneth Carter Award)

Beverly Osazuwa (Kenneth Carter Award)- Raised by Nigerian immigrants, from an early age Beverly was able to grasp the fluidity her identity as both Nigerian and Canadian. Surrounded by the rich culture and traditions established within her African home, her adoration and curiosity towards her heritage and parent’s country of origin were so strong that she remembers requesting that her mother call her only by her Edo native name, Adesuwa, at the age of six.

Being the third of five children, Beverly Osazuwa was born in the North York region of Toronto. She spent her childhood in the neighborhood of Jane and Finch and later moved to Brampton, Ontario, notably some of the most diverse parts of Canada. Growing up in such environments would deeply shape her future ambitions and form a passion for understanding cultures and how they interact with the world. Beverly would go on to pursue and complete a Bachelor’s of Humanities degree, with a specialization in African Studies and Political Science from Carleton University. She uses her studies as a means of highlighting the experiences of African peoples in the modern world while exploring the social and political history of the continent. Much of her academic pursuits involve the study of culture, identity, and political thought in Africa, and she hopes her efforts will provide a platform for marginalized youths to challenge and innovate their spaces.

During her undergraduate career, Beverly maintained her entrance scholarship and appeared consecutively on the Dean’s List. Additionally, the College of the Humanities awarded Beverly an independent summer research internship in 2018. In her project, she examined the formation of the African literary canon in the era of early independence, and its exclusion of women, particularly Flora Nwapa—Nigeria’s first woman to be internationally published. Outside of class, Beverly often dedicated her time to volunteering at campus service centres to improve the university experience for racialized students and acting as the Director of Arts & Culture for Carleton’s Campus Activity Board. This year, Beverly will be attending Queen’s University to attain her Master of Arts in Political and Legal Thought. She plans to continue her education to become a lawyer and aspires to one day sit on the Supreme Court of Canada.

Kristina Springer (Elizabeth B. Award)

Kristina Springer (Elizabeth B. Award)- Kristina is a first-generation Canadian, born in Toronto, whose parents immigrated to Canada from Barbados. She recently graduated with an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in Linguistics, with distinction, from the University of Toronto. During her time at the University of Toronto, Kristina found a passion for Linguistics as she studied many languages such as French, Gilaki and Finnish. Kristina also became an active participant in linguistic research, where she gained the opportunity to investigate the morpho-phonological properties of the Iranian language Gilaki. Moreover, during Kristina's third year of university, she participated in an exchange program abroad where she gained the opportunity to study at the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill campus. This opportunity taught her that all students should have equal access to post-secondary resources, devoted to Linguistic research, which already exists. Throughout Kristina's undergraduate degree, she became a volunteer notetaker allowing students with disabilities to have access to lecture notes, as it becomes difficult for them to attend lectures due to their limitations. Kristina has received multiple awards and scholarships for her academic achievements. Further, she has also volunteered with Habitat for Humanity and Student Services while at the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill campus.

Kristina's love for Linguistics has led to the next chapter of her life. Beginning in Fall 2019, Kristina will be pursuing a Master's Degree in Linguistics at York University where she intends to write a major research paper on the dialectal varieties of Finno-Ugric languages. She was inspired by her two years of extensive studies of the Finnish Language at the University of Toronto. Kristina intends on using all of her acquired skills and work ethic to succeed during her Master's Degree, and thereafter.

Katherine Finlayson (Gisele Wilson Award)

Katherine Finlayson (Gisele Wilson Award)- Katherine is from Hamilton, Ontario, and recently obtained her B.A. (Honours) in History and Art History (with distinction) at Queen’s University. During her undergraduate education, she has obtained straight “A’s” while receiving several awards for her academic achievements, such as the Dean’s Honour List each academic year; the Catherine Brown Essay Prize in History; the Arthur and Evelyn Lower Scholarship; the Arts and Science Undergraduate Scholarship; and the Queen’s Excellence Scholarship. Katherine was also extensively involved in extra-curricular activities at Queen’s. She served as the President of the History Department Student Council; the Humanities Representative on the Arts and Science Undergraduate Society; Mentor/Tutor for the History Department Student Council; Model United Nations Co-Committee Chair; Marketing and Social Media Coordinator of the History Department Student Council; and as a committee member for both the Arts and Science Financial Aid Assistance Fund Granting Committee and the W.J Barnes Teaching Award Selection Committee.

For her graduate studies, she is pursuing a master’s degree in History. Her research surrounds Victorian working-class drinking traditions as a focal point of Britain’s modern cultural identity. Katherine started this research in the second year of her undergraduate degree. More specifically, her work inspects how the heavy presence of drinking centres in contemporary London is connected to the Victorian drinking house and the drinking culture of the lower classes. Through an interdisciplinary approach, involving English literature, forms of media (including print) and art, Katherine’s research aims to highlight how working-class narratives are often wrongfully excluded/portrayed in mainstream histories. Her work on English drinking centres and the Victorian working class has been recognized and awarded both nationally, and by Queen’s University. The University has praised and acknowledged Katherine’s findings through the Catherine Brown Essay Prize in History (awarded to the best second year History essay) and the Master’s Tri-Agency Recipient Recognition Award (given to students with exceptional academic abilities and achievements). Katherine’s project also received the Canadian Graduate Master’s Scholarship, given by Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada for her outstanding research and academic standing. Upon completion of her master’s, Katherine wants to obtain her PhD and enter the academic field as a professor.

Katherine also has a passion for the visual arts, pursuing her to receive a minor in Art History. In her spare time, she is a digital printmaker and painter. Katherine has often fundraised for the History Department Student Council through selling her artwork.

Logan Sept (Rodney Seyffert Award)

Logan Sept (Rodney Seyffert Award)- Logan was born and raised in a small town called Three Hills, Alberta. As a child he was most interested in sports and anything competition related, so that's where he spent most of my time. As he grew older and began high school he started to take a keen interest in mathematics and the sciences. This passion for science grew and eventually a few years out of high school Logan decided to combine his interests of sport and science and pursue a degree in biology while he played ACAC volleyball at Ambrose University. It was during these years that he took on various leadership roles on his volleyball team as well as in the school residence. In 2016, Logan was awarded the most inspirational player award on his volleyball team as voted by the players and coaches. This award was in part given to him because of the extreme low back pain he had to endure throughout the year due to a herniated disc he had suffered earlier in his volleyball career that had been causing ongoing problems. Because of this injury he had suffered, he began to interact with so many amazing people who worked in healthcare. One particular physician inspired him to become interested in attending medical school upon graduation from his undergraduate degree. In April of 2018 Logan graduated with highest distinction from Ambrose University and was inducted into the Phi Delta Lambda society, which is an international honor society for graduates of Nazarene Colleges and Universities who have excelled in scholarship. In May of 2019, he received and accepted an offer to attend the University of Alberta's medical school.

Logan has spent most of his summer’s life guarding and teaching swimming lessons to kids and adults at various pools around and in the Three Hills area. In his free time, he has many hobbies including golf, squash, weightlifting, running, and hiking in the mountains. Logan also enjoys de-stressing by playing guitar and singing in the evenings. Logan loves to travel and have notably taken trips to Iceland, and a recent road trip down the west coast to California with his younger brother. He has also spent some of his time volunteering, most notably for Rehoboth Christian Ministries where he coached two men with disabilities on how to safely use the equipment in the gym. Logan’s dream one day is to become a physician and to help address the growing need for rural doctors by returning a rural area to practice. He is super excited to begin his medical school journey at the University of Alberta and is extremely privileged to have the opportunity to do so.

Lucas Walters (Robert Pitfield Award)

Lucas Walters (Robert Pitfield Award)- Lucas Walters was born in Clarenville, Newfoundland and Labrador. From a young age, Lucas has always been an active member in his community, especially within mental health advocacy. After struggling with his own mental health, Lucas got involved with Jack.org where he travels around his province and across Canada delivering mental health education to high schools and community centres. Lucas spends a vast majority of his time working with his community on various mental health projects and collaborating with youth from every province and territory to break down barriers that people face when trying to access help and support. Lucas moved to St. John’s to attend Memorial University of Newfoundland where he graduated with an Honour’s degree in Psychology. In St. John’s, Lucas was the Lead for his Jack.org Chapter which worked with the university and the city to help students access support for their mental health. Additionally, Lucas was the President of the Psychology Society for two years, providing resources to better train and educate psychology students at Memorial. Working on a national level, Lucas has partnered with a variety of mental health initiatives to share his story of his mental health journey to help others reach out to help. Internationally, Lucas sits as a working group member on the International Consortium of Health Outcome Measurements (ICHOM) for a project on youth mental health based out of England. Through his education in psychology and his work as a mental health advocate, Lucas has decided to pursue a career in clinical psychology, being accepted into a M.A. - Ph.D. program at the University of Ottawa.

Within psychology, Lucas is specifically interested in the field of sexual behaviour, studying the ways in which various behaviours affect a person’s psychological wellbeing. In the future, Lucas hopes to complete his doctoral degree, work as a researcher in sexual behaviour, and work with his community as a clinical psychologist. When he isn’t in the books, you’ll find Lucas in a community garden, the most millennial-looking coffeeshop, or enjoying some time with friends in a park. If you want to talk about mental health, psychology, good coffee, or gardening, Lucas is the one to chat with.

Elizabeth Keyes (Elaine Bourassa Award)

Elizabeth Keyes (Elaine Bourassa Award)- Nobody was very surprised when Elizabeth told them she wanted to go to law school. For most of her life, it had been an “All Roads Lead to Rome” situation. Some key indicators, undoubtedly, were her fourth grade mock trial performance of Hansel and Gretel followed more concretely by her active engagement with student government throughout her entire education. Constant across those years and roles is a love for working with people, an interest in influencing policy, and a passion for advocacy. At Queen’s University she studied Applied Economics which was nothing short of outstanding. Prior to University, economics was something she had thought very little about. But four years and a subscription to the Economist later, a true interest was sparked. Elizabeth hopes to continue to learn about economics, especially in how it relates to the law.

Elizabeth grew up in a household and community who emphasize strong values of sustainability. She carries this, alongside her reusable mug, with her in her lifestyle and education choices. Elizabeth partook in an exchange to Sweden in order to learn from one of the world’s greenest countries how to fuse her studies of Economics with Sustainability. She learnt that for real change to occur, government and corporate policies and norms need to shift. This is something Elizabeth hopes to be able to influence once she begins her career as a lawyer. Fittingly then, Elizabeth will be returning to her hometown Vancouver, currently amidst it’s “Greenest City by 2020” action plan, for law school at UBC. She loves being outside—hiking, running, walking her dog—and looks forward to indulging in these activities which were certainly less feasible in Kingston, ON...at least for part of the year.

Miranda Guo (Colleen Sidford Award)

Miranda Guo (Colleen Sidford Award)- Miranda is a kinesiology graduate from McMaster University. She is currently going into her second year of her Master of Physical Therapy at the University of Toronto. Throughout her undergraduate studies, Miranda was actively involved in volunteering at multiple organizations on campus. She was an active volunteer for three years for the McMaster Physical Activity and Multiple Sclerosis (PAMS) study. Here, she helped individuals with multiple sclerosis carry out their physical activity exercises to help improve their physical functions and give them social support. She also volunteered for the McMaster Spinal Cord Rehabilitation Facility, where she helped individuals with spinal cord injuries learn how to walk again and improve their independence and quality of life. In third and fourth year, in order to get more knowledge on scientific research, she joined the Motor Control and Learning Lab and assisted with multiple studies. At the end, she had the honor of participating in an undergraduate research conference where she presented her research in front of other researchers, professors and students. This opened up her interest in doing a PhD in the future.

In the community, Miranda enjoys working with the elderly population and with individuals who have different kinds of disorders and diseases. From grade 9 to grade 11, she volunteered at a long-term care home, where she organized and participated in activities that helped with the resident’s motor skills and to help support their emotional and psychological needs. Then for two summers during her undergraduate studies, she went back to continue helping out with the elderly at the long-term care home. Miranda also wanted to expand her knowledge and learn more about what it was like to be a physiotherapist, so she volunteered at a clinic for a summer. Here, she realized that physiotherapists can make a positive difference to people’s lives and that she would like to help them along their journey to recovery. Apart from her community involvement, she also enjoys playing badminton and going bouldering with her friends. In her free time, she enjoys relaxing at home and watching shows on Netflix and having fun with friends and family. Miranda is passionate in helping people recover from their disorders and in helping people improve their quality of lives. She aspires to pursue her career as a physiotherapist at a hospital in downtown Toronto, and preferably in the Intensive Care Unit, so that she can help many patients and families in need.