The ceremony held on Tuesday April 28, John Abbott College recognized the dedication and efforts of 53 students with a Service and Leadership Award. The awards were established to honour students who made a significant contribution to student life and/or service of others at the College. Students who were nominated were recognized in one of four areas of engagement:
- Participated and made a meaningful contribution to a student club, service organization or committee
- Contributed as the leader or a significant supporter in the creation of a new project inside the College or community
- Provided a service to other students at John Abbott College
- Volunteerism in and around the College.
Additionally, 6 students were recognized for their Outstanding Service. The Outstanding Service Award was presented to those students, in good academic standing, whose contributions are of such a nature that their accomplishments are generally recognized throughout the College.
- Leadership skills
- A sense of commitment, responsibility and dedication to his/her fellow students.
- Organizational skills
- d) Communication skills
A bit about the recipients (left to right in attached picture)
Zoe Quinn Shaw has a firm leadership style that is inclusive and respectful of others. Her calm demeanor has worked well for her, getting the best from her team. She inspires those around her to rise to their potential and take their responsibilities seriously. The result is a newspaper that excelled in the quality of the content produced and the professionalism of the overall look. She is respected by her peers who look up to her.
Maria Paula Joya was one of the prime movers in the creation of a new club at John Abbott. Quiet but focused, this student worked hard to build a team of students with a dream to compete in a robotics competition. The team competed in all categories of the competition and returned home with 7 awards.
Gabriel Casola was one of the most enthusiastic and accommodating students to grace, or in his case to race, around the hallways of John Abbott. A student who never said NO to any group or any department that asked for his help. He took on tasks and roles that others would never have the nerve to do, setting a selfless example of unconditional involvement and engagement. Eager, reliable, energetic, and enthusiastic are some of the adjectives used to describe him.
Corinne Sauvé-Boulé put the needs of others in front of her own. She took on the responsibility of helping a group of young ladies come together to work towards a common goal. Her leadership style is quiet and unassuming. Without Corinne, there would not have been a cheerleading team this year at John Abbott. She stepped down as an active team member to just be the coach. The team went on to compete this year and they were proud to bring back the championship banner in their first year.
Eric Nawar is one of those rare students who has gone out of his way to help others without expecting anything in return. He enjoys helping because he likes to make a difference in people’s lives. He has been an important asset to the development and success of the “On Campus Program” of the West Montreal Readaption Center for individuals with special needs.
Mathieu Morin was nominated by two different teachers from two different academic departments for his outstanding leadership skills and his dedication to his fellow peers and providing help to his teachers. He was instrumental in helping 76 nursing students learn how to deal with psychiatric patients providing feedback on their performances.