Student
Recognition

OCAD University is proud to recognize student leadership and excellenceacknowledging students, Peer Mentors, student members
of the Board of Governors and Senate, student-run club leaders, and intramural captainswhose outstanding initiative and contributions to leadership, advocacy, equity, social justice and student life, help improve the campus community. An annual celebratory dinner and awards ceremony are coordinated through the Campus Life office.

PEER MENTOR AWARDS

Campus Life is committed to ensuring that all undergraduate student Peer Mentors in the Student Mentor Program are aware of their value to the program and that their efforts are appreciated and recognized. 

Peer Mentor Awards acknowledge those who have made outstanding contributions supporting their assigned Student Mentee(s) and the University community. Nominations open each year in November and recipients are announced at an annual dinner and reception in March. 

Read more and find out about the nomination process.

Peer mentors who have shown true commitment and have volunteered for three (or more) years are presented with a special commitment pin.

Peer Mentor Award recipients 20162017
2016/2017 Peer Mentor Award recipients (l-r):
Sandra Samy Ibrahim and Xulin Wang. Photo by Ana Altamira.

Recipients:
2016/2017

Sandra Samy Ibrahim
Xulin Wang

Three-year commitment pin recipients:
Arashdeep Chahal
Aruvi Rajasingham
Hilary Thich
Samantha Waters

2015/2016

Ahmed Bokhari
Jacqueline Lee

Four-year commitment pin recipients:
Aishwarya Babu
Peter Brickell
Lisa Frost
Vinh Le

Three-year commitment pin recipients:
Saffron Bolduc-Chiong
Daniela Bratu
Emma Burkeitt
Rebecca Canzio
Haley Rae Dinnall-Atkinson
Gunreet Gill
Sakina Hussain
Sabrina Leeder
Ilan Max
Joshua Mistry
Aaron Newby
Krista Poniatowski
Brittany  Rebelo
Nicole Rebello
Chimane Samuel
Rachel Tham
Marishka Zachariah

2014/2015

Amrita Panesar
Claire Tatangelo
Dimitry Galamiyev
 

Three-year commitment pin recipients:
Aishwarya Babu
Arielle Bourette-Klein
Claire Tatangelo
Dimitry Galamiyev
Lisa Frost
Renee Stephens
Vinh Le

2013/2014

Ashley Mauerhofer
Claire Tatangelo
Karen Nguyen
Long Gao
Vinh Le
 
Commitment pin recipients:

Aaron Sevilla
Astha Bhatia
Beatrix Casiano
Bryan Bermudez
Cecelia Leddy
Jennifer Phung
Kristy De Guzman
Laura Headley
Melanie Hong
Michael Pitropov
Michele Coronel
Phuong Nguyen
Pinlin Liu
Sandra Frankel
Sonet Providence
Sylvia Pinsonneault
T.J. Herman

2012/2013

Ashley Mauerhofer
Brooke Wayne
Eric Carriere
Peter Brickell
Sylvia Pinsonneault
 
Commitment pin recipients:

Brianna McLellan
Brooke Wayne
Chung Yi Leung
Erika Balint
Humyra Hafiz
Kelly McKenzie
Kimberly Jose
Laura Duggan
Long Gao
Maggie Chan
Peter Brickell
Raymond Salabar
Sabrina Chen
Sophy Lee

2011/2012

Jillian Claeys
Josie MacLachlan
Laura Headley
Paul Chin
Sylvia Pinsonneault

 

DIVERSITY & EQUITY EXCELLENCE
AWARD FOR STUDENTS

The Diversity & Equity Excellence Award for Students acknowledges an outstanding student whose advocacy and leadership promote and advance human rights, equity and social justice on campus. 

The award is sponsored by OCAD Student Union and the Office of the Associate Vice-President, Students, and includes a $1,000 prize, an awards certificate, and congratulatory letter from OCAD University President and Vice-Chancellor Dr. Sara Diamond. The recipient is announced at an annual appreciation reception in March. 

Read more and find out about the nomination process.

In 2015/2016, nominations again highlighted OCAD U's exceptional student leaders who made tremendous contributions in advancing equity. In fact, we had so many exceptional nominees this year deserving of the award, the Selection Committee decided  to provide three awards with generous support from the Office of Vice-President, Academic; Office of the President; and Office of Diversity, Equity & Sustainability Initiatives.

Diversity & Equity Excellence Award recipient photo 2017
2016/2017 Diversity & Equity Excellence Award for Students recipient (front): Maya Wilson-Sanchez. Presented by (l-r): Dr. Sara Diamond, President/Vice-Chancellor; Tori Maas, Director, Academic Affairs, OCADSU; Victoria Ho, Coordinator, Sustainability Initiatives, Office of Diversity, Equity & Sustainability Initiatives; Shamina Chherawala, Programs, Outreach & Human Rights Advisor, Office of Diversity, Equity & Sustainability Initiatives;
Agata Mrozowski, Director, Outreach & Communication, OCADSU.
Photo by Ana Altamira.

Recipients:
2016/2017

Maya Wilson-Sanchez

2015/2016

Rouzbeh Akhabari
Zviko Mhakayakora
Amanda Robertson-Hebert

2014/2015

Quentin Babatundé VerCetty Lindsay

2013/2014

Alex McLaren
Simone Rojas-Pick

2012/2013

Brooke Wayne

 


EXCELLENCE IN STUDENT SERVICES

Andre De Freitas, Manager, Financial Aid & Awards, presented a special Excellence in Student Services Award to Samara Diaz Sanchez who has worked in Financial Aid & Awards since 2015.

Excellence in Student Services recipient 2016 2017
2016/2017 Excellence in Student Services Award recipient (centre) Samara Diaz Sanchez with Vilma Short, Financial Aid Advisor (left) and Andre De Freitas, Manager, Financial Aid & Awards (right). Photo by Ana Altamira.

Samara has served students with expertise, empathy, enthusiasm and excellence. An extraordinary student services representative, her skills and dedication have made her one the few successful students in assisting in breaking down financial barriers for her student peers. This is due in part to her social media communication strategy as well as her contribution in developing various forms that assisted in simplifying processes for staff and students. Despite her accomplishments, Samara does everything with the utmost humility. She brings out the best in the Financial Aid & Awards department and her example of selfless dedication is an inspiration to everyone who works with her.


STUDENT GROUP LEADER AWARD

The NEW Student Group Leader of the Year Award is presented annually to a student group leader who excels, above and beyond in their leadership role! Through facilitation and involvement, the leader demonstrates outstanding contributions, commitment and support to their group members and the OCAD University community.

All student group leaders are invited to our annual Student Leadership dinner where the successful Student Group Leader Award candidate will be announced and receive a unique engraved award, made possible by support from OCAD U’s Imagination Catalyst.

Currently enrolled OCAD U undergraduate and graduate student group leaders of OCAD U’s recognized student-run groups for the 2016/2017 academic year are eligible to be nominated.

Find out how to nominate a deserving student group leader.

student leader of the year award recipient 2016 2017
Dr. Sara Diamond, President/Vice-Chancellor presents the 2016/2017 Student Group Leader of the Year Award to Ali Al-Awadhi, Muslim Student Association (with MSA Vice-President, Rabeea Syed). Photo by Ana Altamira.

Recipients:
2016/2017

Ali Al-Awadhi
OCAD U Muslim Students' Association


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