Student Recognition

OCAD University is proud to recognize student leadership and excellence outside the classroomacknowledging and celebrating our student leaderswhose outstanding initiative and contributions to leadership, advocacy, equity, social justice and student life, help improve the campus community:

In March each year, a celebratory dinner and awards ceremony are coordinated through the Campus Life office. See past event photos...

 


PEER MENTOR AWARDS

Peer Mentor Awards acknowledge those Peer Mentors who have made outstanding contributions supporting new and first-year Student Mentee(s) and helping build community, while adhering to the mandate of the program. 

Supported by the OCAD University Alumni Association and the Alumni Relations office, Peer Mentor Award recipients are announced at an annual dinner and reception in March and will receive one of two $500 cash prizes, an award certificate, and congratulatory letter from Deanne Fisher, Vice-Provost, Students & International. 

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

Photo of Peer Mentor Award recipients 2019
2018/2019 Peer Mentor Award recipients (l-r): Roshan Thiruchelvam and Salisa Jatuweerapong. Photo by Mathisan Paramanathan.

2019/2020 NOMINATIONS WILL OPEN NOVEMBER 2019
Download the digital Peer Mentor nomination form here (docx).

Recipient(s):
Download a list of all award recipients here (2019 PDF).

 


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. 

Supported by OCAD Student Union and the Office of the Vice-Provost, Students & International, the Diversity & Equity Excellence Award recipient is announced at an annual dinner and reception in March and will receive a $1000 cash prize, an award certificate, and congratulatory letter from Dr. Sara Diamond, President/Vice-Chancellor.

Diversity & Equity Excellence Award recipient photo2018/2019 Diversity & Equity Excellence Award for Students recipient Nora Bahgat. Presented by (l-r): Gino Marocco, Director of Campaigns & Advocacy, OCADSU; Victoria Ho, Coordinator, Sustainability Initiatives, Office of Diversity, Equity & Sustainability Initiatives; and Roshan Thiruchelvam, Director of Operations, OCADSU. Photo by Mathisan Paramanathan.

2019/2020 NOMINATIONS WILL OPEN NOVEMBER 2019!
Download the digital Diversity & Equity Excellence Award nomination form here (docx).

Recipient(s): 
Download a list of all award recipients here (2019 PDF)

 


 

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STUDENT GROUP LEADER AWARD

The Student Group Leader Award is presented 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.

Supported by OCAD U's Imagination Catalyst, the Student Group Leader Award recipient is announced at an annual dinner and reception in March and will receive a $100 cash prize and unique engraved award.

Photo of Student Group Leader Award recipient 20182019
2018/2019 Student Group Leader of the Year Award recipient Ahmad El Sarraff (centre) with Farah Basha and Sabid Ali, OCAD U Imagination Catalyst. Photo by Mathisan Paramanathan.

2019/2020 NOMINATIONS WILL OPEN NOVEMBER 2019!
Download the Student Group Leader Award Nomination form here (docx).

Recipient(s):
Download a list of all award recipients here (2019 PDF)

 

INDIGENOUS STUDENT
LEADERSHIP AWARD

NEW IN 2018/2019!
The Indigenous Student Leadership Award recognizes an outstanding Indigenous student who has demonstrated exceptional leadership skills. Nominees will have actively participated in and contributed to the Indigenous student community at OCAD U, exemplifying a commitment to supporting its growth and development.

Supported by OCAD U's Indigenous Student Centre, the Indigenous Student Leadership Award recipient is announced at an annual dinner and reception in March and will receive a $500 cash prize and award certificate.

Photo of Indigenous Student Leadership Award recipient 2018/2019
2018/2019 Indigenous Student Leadership Award recipient Megan Feheley (far right) with Melissa General, Manager, Indigenous Student Centre, and Connor Pion, Student Success Coordinator, Indigenous Student Centre. Photo by Mathisan Paramanathan.

2018/2019 NOMINATIONS ARE NOW OPEN!
Download the Indigenous Student Award nomination form here (docx).

Recipient(s):
Download a list of all award recipients here (2019 PDF)

 


EXCELLENCE IN STUDENT 
LEADERSHIP AWARD

NEW IN 2018/2019!
The Excellence in Student Leadership Award aims to recognize the outstanding contributions of student leaders across the university in a variety of contexts, including but not limited to representing student perspectives in positions on OCAD U committees, working groups, task forces, governance bodies (such as the Senate or Board of Governors), or through publications, advocacy groups or the Student Union.

Supported by the Office of the President, the Excellence in Student Leadership Award recipient is announced at an annual dinner and reception in March and will receive a $500 cash prize and award certificate.

Photo of Excellence in Student Leadership Award recipients 2018/2019
2018/2019 Excellence in Student Leadership Award recipients (l-r): Joel Lee and Nora Bahgat. Photo by Mathisan Paramanathan.

2018/2019 NOMINATIONS ARE NOW OPEN!
Download the Excellence in Student Leadership Award nomination form here (docx).

Recipient(s):
Download a list of all award recipients here (2019 PDF)

 


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STUDENT EMPLOYEE
EXCELLENCE AWARD

NEW IN 2018/2019!
The Student Employee Excellence Award acknowledges the considerable contributions made by OCAD U student employees (monitors) towards the operations of the University by recognizing student employee excellence, achievement, leadership and skills development.

The Student Employee Excellence Award recipient is announced at an annual dinner and reception in March and will receive a $500 cash prize and award certificate.

Photo of Student Employee Excellence Award Recipients 2018/2019
2018/2019 Student Employee Excellence Award recipients (l-r): Danielle Coleman and Setayesh Bagaei. Photo by Mathisan Paramanathan.

2018/2019 NOMINATIONS ARE NOW OPEN!
Download the Student Employee Excellence Award nomination form here (docx).

Recipient(s):
Download a list of all award recipients here (2019 PDF)

 


With grateful acknowledgement...

We extend heartfelt thanks to the following for their generous support of our 2018/2019 awards and annual dinner and reception:

  • Alumni Association
  • Alumni Relations
  • Financial Aid & Awards
  • Imagination Catalyst
  • Indigenous Student Services 
  • OCAD Student Union
  • Office of the President
  • Office of the Vice-President, Academic & Provost
  • Office of the Vice-Provost, Students & International