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Faculty of Community Services

Award recipients

Congratulations to the 2018/2019 FCS student award recipients!

 


Faculty award recipients

 

Dean’s Graduate Writing Awards

Olayinka Babalola, Nursing (June 2018)

  • Paper: Knowledge translation proposal for the implementation of the FICA Tool in a clinic

Arleigh Hack, Urban Development (June 2018)

  • Paper: Getting from here to there - Mainstreaming wildlife crossing structures through transdisciplinary design approaches to collaborative planning
  • Supervisor: Nina-Marie Lister

Alida Iacobellis, Nutrition Communication (June 2018)

  • Paper: Supply management in Canada: A critical review of policy, sustainable and healthy food systems, and options for reform

Katarzyna Kmiec (Kasia), Urban Development (June 2018)

  • Paper: Growing conversation - Understanding planning literacy in the City of Toronto
  • Supervisor: Pamela Robinson

Breanne LeMaitre, Social Work (November 2018)

  • Paper: What does it mean to be a father? A multimodal critical discourse analysis of parenting resources
  • Supervisor: Gordon Pon

Bethany Robichaud, Early Childhood Studies (November 2018)

  • Paper: Through the lens of children's rights: A discourse analysis of popular children's literature
  • Supervisor: Aurelia Di Santo

Amandeep Singh, Social Work (November 2018)

  • Paper: Who can we turn to? The narratives of Indian women navigating abuse, support and the 'violent space'
  • Supervisor: Jennifer Poole

Juanita Stephen, Child and Youth Care (May 2018)

  • Paper: AfroFemmeFuture: Developing adolescent self-esteem through Black speculative arts programming

 

FCS Full-time Undergraduate Award

Annita Velasque Moreira, Nursing

Annita Velasque Moreira is a fourth-year student in the Collaborative Nursing Program. Throughout her degree, Annita has been consistently involved in activities that benefit the nursing student community. These include serving as education and advocacy director with the Nursing Course Union, co-founding a scholarly research reading club and starting the newly established group Nursing Students for Social Justice. Annita has maintained a high level of academic achievement and has also been involved in research, collecting data in Brazil in the summer of 2018. Annita hopes to establish a career in community health supporting women and families.

 

FCS Part-time Undergraduate Award

Kim Morgan-Deriet, Disability Studies

Kim Morgan-Deriet started working towards her bachelor of arts in Disability Studies so that she could more effectively help others in her work and volunteer activities. Kim has faced many life challenges along the way, including breaking her neck and losing her husband and her sister. She has used these challenges to strengthen her determination to complete her studies. She believes in leading by example and trying to always to set a good example for those around her. She is considered a leader by many in the community and she is often able to use her personal life experiences to help others.

 

Isabella and Oscar Zacharias Undergraduate Research Award

Iuliana David, Midwifery

Iuliana David is in her fourth year of the Midwifery Education Program. In her role as volunteer researcher and, later, as research assistant with professor Mary Sharpe, she became involved in exploring probiotics as a way to decrease Group B streptococcus (GBS) colonization in birthing people. GBS colonization in pregnancy has been associated with early onset GBS disease, the leading cause of neonatal morbidity and mortality in Canada. Midwifery-led and feminist-community led research has the power to change narratives of medicalization of 'normal' in the health care field. Probiotics are a low-risk strategy in decreasing GBS colonization and subsequent antibiotic treatment for 10-35% of all birthing people. The pilot study is an important stepping stone that shows a positive trend for probiotics intervention. Iuliana and her colleagues will explore the topic further in a larger randomized control trial with 2000 participants.

 

John Austin Award

Christine Gordon, Social Work

Christine Gordon is a fourth-year social work student. Christine runs two not-for-profit organizations: Walk 4 Warmth and My Sister's Closet. Working with faculty, colleagues, friends and family, Christine collects lightly-used warm clothing items from around Ryerson and the community and hands the items out to individuals who are living on the streets. Christine is a mature female student who struggled with addiction for many years. She is currently six-and-a-half-years clean and sober. She currently works as a peer support worker at the Gerstein Crisis Centre. She enjoys her work and the most important aspect of her life is helping others in every way that she possibly can. 

 

Philip and Dorothy Barnoff First Generation Student Award

Jason King, Social Work

Jason King is a youth leader at ANYGoodlife International, a member of the Toronto Police Black Community Constitutive Committee (BCCC), an equity and anti-black racism student at the Children’s Aid Society of Toronto and an office assistant at the Office of the Vice President, Equity and Community Inclusion. Jason was the co-host of the first Faculty of Community Services joint orientation. He has spoken at open house and orientations about the benefits of the social work program and its ability to transform lives. With over 3,000 hours of community work, in his fourth year of the social work program, Jason hopes to continue his work transforming communities and systems. Jason's promise is to continue his work promoting a culturally safe and inclusive Ontario.

 

RBC Community Services Award

Chelsea Davenport, Social Work

Chelsea Davenport is a fourth-year social work student with a strong background in advocacy work for the advancement of human rights, specifically in regards to housing rights. During her time at Ryerson, she has been involved with the Tri-mentoring Program, has served as a student senator and is currently an FCS director for her second term. Through these opportunities, she applies an anti-oppressive framework and challenges anti-Black racism. She is passionate about making a positive and progressive change on campus. Her efforts have resulted in campus- and faculty-wide initiatives that support survivors, feed students, provide leadership opportunities for other students and advance the overall quality of student life for members of FCS.

 

Social Innovation Award

Alannah Fricker, Social Work

Alannah Fricker is passionately committed to improving student life on campus. As the founder and president of Students for Sensible Drug Policy at Ryerson, she is a tireless advocate for harm reduction approaches to drug use as a way to improve community safety and support human rights, autonomy, and dignity. Through community outreach, awareness campaigns, workshops, events, and collaboration, her group aims to challenge oppression and stigma, and connect students to information and resources. She hopes to create a forum whereby students, faculty, and community members can come together to find innovative, creative, and compassionate solutions to challenges in our community.

 

Toronto Eglinton Rotary Club/Dr. Robert McClure Award in Health Science

Jasmine Allan-Sferruzzi, Midwifery

Jasmine Allan-Sferruzzi is a multi-racial woman of Indigenous (Anishinaabeg), Syrian, Finnish, and British descent. She is currently in her third year of the Midwifery Education Program. She hopes to one day work with urban Indigenous populations and help to facilitate power, sacredness, and hope of birthing in a culturally safe space within these communities.

Emma Bilodeau, Midwifery

Emma Bilodeau is Mohawk from Six Nations and grew up in London, Ontario. She has an honours bachelor of arts in Sociology from Western University, and is currently in her second year of the Midwifery Education Program. She is passionate about improving the health and wellbeing of Indigenous women and believes that Indigenous midwives are an important part of that. She is also very passionate about language and language revitalization. She hopes to become a fluent Mohawk speaker and to pass the language on to her own family and community.

Alyssa Gagnon, Midwifery

Alyssa Gagnon's spirit name is ᓂᐱᔾ. She is a parent to two young children, an emerging interdisciplinary artist, a First Nations Studies graduate of Western University, and is currently completing her third year of the Midwifery Education Program. The lands of her ancestors span both sides of the James Bay. However, she grew up eight hours north of Toronto on Taykwa Tagamou territory in a small, French community called Smooth Rock Falls, Ontario. Throughout her academic career, her advocacy work has been fuelled by her belief in blood memory. Alyssa believes that providing trauma-informed and land-based care in the perinatal period can create monumental changes in Indigenous communities. This belief is reflected in her volunteer work with the National Aboriginal Council of Midwives, and in her community providing workshops on midwifery and reproductive health, as well as organizing the Native Youth Sexual Health Network's Sexy Health Carnival.

Doriesha Watson-States, Midwifery


According to Doriesha Watson-States, her identity as a Black and Indigenous person has shaped her life and drastically changed her career goals. Being a member of two minority groups that have been historically and systemically oppressed, she sees the value of midwifery practice as a tool to increase the quality of care for Black and Indigenous people in the health care system. Becoming a midwife allows her to carry on the legacy and knowledge of her culture.

 

Usha George Students in Action Award

Alannah Fricker, Social Work

Alannah Fricker is passionately committed to improving student life on campus. As the founder and president of Students for Sensible Drug Policy at Ryerson, she is a tireless advocate for harm reduction approaches to drug use as a way to improve community safety and support human rights, autonomy, and dignity. Through community outreach, awareness campaigns, workshops, events, and collaboration, her group aims to challenge oppression and stigma, and connect students to information and resources. She hopes to create a forum whereby students, faculty, and community members can come together to find innovative, creative, and compassionate solutions to challenges in our community.


 

University-wide award recipients

 

Akua Benjamin Award

Jessica Bentu, Social Work

 

Ann and Bill Mackay Entrance Award for Aboriginal Students In Recognition of Joanne Dallaire, Ryerson’s First Elder

Danielle Fitzgibbon

 

Bennett Entrance Award for First Generation Students

Stephanie Chan, Urban and Regional Planning  

Kandyce Ng, Early Childhood Studies

Shanuka Yogendranathan, Occupational Public Health and Safety

 

Black Liberation Collective of Ryerson Award

Tasha Riley, Masters of Social Work

Shaquel Sealy, Social Work

 

BMO Financial Group Award

Ashley Robinson, Social Work

Immette Smith, Social Work

Qinglin Ting, Nursing

 

Canada Pakistan Foundation of Friendship Award for First Generation Students

Jessica Abalos, Nursing

Kandyce Ng, Early Childhood Studies

 

Chin- Loy Chang Award for Aboriginal Students

Jasmine Allan, Midwifery

Chelsea Surette, Child and Youth Care

 

Chin- Loy Chang Award for Caribbean Students

Witley Robinson, Child and Youth Care

 

Dennis Mock Student Leadership Award

University-wide

  • Jason King, Social Work
  • Simran Rattan, Nursing
  • Tobian Stevens-Guille, Nursing
  • Christina Usanov, Nursing

Faculty-wide

  • Gillian Rossi, Early Childhood Studies 

Program-wide

  • Naleni Jacob, Disability Studies
  • Anesh Jeyakumar, Occupational and Public Health
  • Jing Yi (Wendy) Jiang, Nursing
  • Aseel Masri, Nutrition
  • Abbey Naar, Early Childhood Studies
  • Audrey Tetteh, Child and Youth Care
  • Theanna Vernon, Social Work

 

DME Lab Creators Grant

Alannah Fricker, Social Work

Paul Benson, Disability Studies

 

Errol Aspevig Undergraduate Award

Jason King, Social Work

 

FCCP Mental Health Resilience Award

Christine Gordon, Social Work

 

Frances Gatto Memorial Award for Academic Achievement

James Lang, Occupational Public Health and Safety

Hardy Luo, Occupational Public Health and Safety

Yue Pang, Occupational Public Health and Safety

Eric Poon, Occupational Public Health and Safety

 

H. Graham Walker Award

Melissa Scalzo, Nutrition and Food

 

Harriet Stairs Award

Jacalyn Tanner, Social Work

 

Hispanic/Latino Student Awards Program

Jessica Maltez, Early Childhood Studies

 

Marwah Family Award for First Generation Students

Angela Guzman Clavijo, Early Childhood Studies

 

Michelle Monkhouse Memorial Award

Francis Atta, Social Work

 

Nate Black Memorial Entrance Award

Keelin Farren, Early Childhood Studies

 

President’s Entrance Scholarship

Reanna Merlin, Nursing

Melody Puri, Nursing

Rezwana Rahman, Nursing

 

Ryerson Black Faculty and Staff Community Network Award for Student Leadership

Jason King, Social Work

 

Ryerson Faculty Association Scholarship Indigenous Student Award

Vanessa Nicholson