Jacqueline Atkins Award:
$1000 is awarded each year to a student whose work embodies the principles of clarity, correctness, integrity and audience consideration. All students in CMN 100, CMN 200, CMN 279, CMN 300, and CMN 373 are automatically eligible for this award. Nominees must have achieved an A- or higher in their courses and be in clear standing.
I used to work in the private sector but it seemed like I was playing a role. Now I work in the humanitarian sector (nonprofit), where I can be fully myself and continuously develop into who I want to be. My life and career goal is to treat everyone as kindly as possible, especially those who are being treated unfairly. To help shape my understanding of social justice and the world, I am studying Social Work at Ryerson.
John Cross Memorial Award
The John Cross Memorial Award for Knowledge Transfer honours a career employee in the area of information systems that supports cancer research and treatment. This award of $1000 will be granted to a student in the BA in Professional Communication who demonstrates excellence in communicating specialized knowledge to non-experts.
Maggie Zhu is a second-year Professional Communication student pursuing a minor in Entrepreneurship and Innovation. She began at Ryerson as an English major but within the first semester realized it wasn’t right. Her transition into ProCom was seamless and she immediately fell in love with the creative community. She aspires to enter the field of Public Relations upon graduating to gain media experience, with the ultimate goal of becoming a creative entrepreneur. In her free time, she loves to bake and hopes to one day open her own bakery.
Les Mcllroy Memorial Award
Established in memory of Les Mcllroy, this $1000 award recognizes a student who has achieved a minimum grade of A- in CMN 323 Introduction to Professional Practice and demonstrates a compassionate and egalitarian approach to humanity through public or community volunteer work and through an understanding of the role of ethics in professional communication.
Sara currently does voiceover and commercials. She is very interested in the fields of healthcare, wellness, or non-profit Communications, and is hoping to delve into either of those sectors very soon. In her free time, Sara enjoys listening to podcasts, writing, reading, and the outdoors.
Ryerson Gold Medal Award
The Ryerson Gold Medal is the most prestigious Faculty-wide award offered to graduating students. Recipients are selected on the basis of outstanding academic achievement and participation in co-curricular and extracurricular activities within Ryerson and/or the community-at-large.
Kristin Kelly is a recent Professional Communication, Minor in Marketing BA graduate. While a full-time student, she worked at a PR agency for the past 2.5+ years, working on accounts such as Porsche Cars Canada, Lacoste Canada, Fisherman's Friend and leading sponsorship opportunities for NXNE and various TIFF events. She was actively involved in the Ryerson community and volunteered for various organizations within and beyond Toronto. Kristin hopes to pursue a career in the tech/start-up sector and is currently enrolled in an 8-week start-up boot camp through the Laurier Women in Entrepreneurship Centre in Waterloo.