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Undergraduate Awards

Professional Communication Awards Night 2021 tips!

 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. 

Samantha Sakaluk

Sam Sakaluk

After working in various offices for ten years and never feeling fulfilled, Sam returned to university in Edmonton in 2019 to pursue her undergraduate degree, then transferred into Ryerson in 2020. Though she was initially attracted to a career in public relations after graduation, her new goal is to attend law school and hopefully make a difference in the world, even if it’s a small one. Until then, she will continue enjoying the undergrad experience, going on road trips, and discoursing with her cat, Tom.

 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.

Vivian Whalen

Vivian Whalen

Vivian is in her final year of ProCom with minors in politics and public relations. She has been on the Dean's List for all her years of study and is the Vice President of the Professional Communication Course Union. She is one of 30 students in the U.S. Consulate General Toronto's Next Generation Leaders Network and was a fellow in Ryerson Leadership Lab's CanStudyUS fellowship in the spring. This past summer, she was an intern at the Mosaic Institute and is currently a research assistant for the Urban Sanctuary, Migrant Solidarity and Hospitality in Global Perspective Project at Ryerson University.

 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.

Cady Dreger

Cady Dreger

Cady Dreger is a recent graduate of the Professional Communication B.A. program, having accepted her degree in 2021. At Ryerson University, Cady was an avid participant in numerous extracurricular organizations, most notably the Ryerson Musical Theatre Company (RMTC) and the Professional Communication Course Union (PCCU). For her efforts, Cady was also honoured with the Dennis Mock Student Leadership Award for The School of Professional Communication earlier this year. Currently, Cady is a first-year J.D. candidate at Lakehead University’s Bora Laskin Faculty of Law located in Thunder Bay, Ontario. Having recently accepted a position with Pro Bono Students Canada, Cady is now implementing her ProCom education by performing legal research in collaboration with Citizens With Disabilities Ontario (CWDO).