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Award Recipient Highlights - Fall 2019

Sophia Smith - 3rd year Media Production

Recipient of the 2018 University-wide Ryerson University Alumni Award and Brian Segal Award.

Sophia started her career at Ryerson in Professional Communications and has since transferred to Media Production, minoring in Politics and Global Development.

Sophia trains new leaders as part of the Alternative Spring Break (ASB) executive team and has been part of two volunteer construction projects abroad. Sophia is committed to the principles enshrined in the ASB and has made an enormous impact as a team leader - enthusiastically committed to making the world a better place.

She plans to go into documentary work and would like to return to Ryerson to do her Masters in Immigration and Settlement to eventually become a Human Rights Lawyer.

Josiah Jarvenpaa - 3rd Year Business Management

Recipient of the 2018 University-wide John Austin Leadership Award and Frances Gatto Memorial Award for Academic Achievement

Josiah has a passion for helping foreign students new to Ryerson because he himself has studied abroad and experienced how it felt to feel alone and in need of support. He found that support in his peers and Ryerson program coordinator and decided, in return, he wanted to help students new to Ryerson. Josiah became a part of the inaugural year of the Ted Rogers International Exchange Network and joined the Residence Recruitment Team. Both programs paired him up with students from diverse backgrounds as he introduced them to university life. Josiah is also an area representative for Youth For Understanding Canada where he serves as a provincial liaison for high school exchange students as well as their host families and schools.

With a strong connection to global values and being LGTBQ2+ Josiah is reminded of the importance of understanding our community and exploring where values of diversity and accessibility intersect.

Jasmine Allan-Sferruzzi - 4th year Midwifery

Recipient of the 2018 University-wide Chin-Loy Chang Award for Aboriginal Students

Jasmine is a member of the National Aboriginal Council of Midwives as a student midwife and has attended a number of workshops and conferences over the past few years regarding Aboriginal health issues, healing, and using ceremony in clinical practice. Reclaiming what it means to be a strong, educated, Indigenous woman has significant importance for Jasmine, her community, and future children. Throughout this program, as well as during professional and personal development, she has learned how to facilitate a positive outcome for Indigenous women, children, families, and communities in regards to health and healing.

The Fourth Annual OVPS Student Experience Awards

In Spring 2019 we celebrated over 80 recipients who are winners of University-wide Awards, OVPS Student Experience Awards and the Dennis Mock Student Leadership Awards. These students created a positive impact on those around them through their leadership, innovation and commitment to community. The evening consisted of a ceremony and reception at the Arcadian Court, Simpson Tower with approximately 200 guests in attendance.

Thank you to all of the donors who generously support our students and to the staff and faculty who empower them to create exceptional experiences at Ryerson and beyond.

Please visit photographer Clifton Li's webpage for a complete look at the night festivities.

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