Student Experience Awards
2022 Award Winners
Each spring, the Office of the Vice-Provost, Students, celebrates student excellence at the Student Experience Awards. We wish to congratulate each winner for their success and contributions to the Ryerson community. Thank you and congratulations!
Community Engagement Award
This award recognizes an individual whose efforts have strengthened engagement or expanded connections between their employer and the Ryerson community (students, staff, alumni or the broader public).
Award Recipient: Sonia Tumkur
Innovation & Problem Solving Award
This award recognizes a Career Boost student whose new thinking and approaches have had a positive impact on their employer, team and /or broader community.
Award Recipient: Gianluca Basile
Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Award
This award recognizes an individual whose efforts have helped to increase equity seeking groups’ engagement with their employer’s services and programs.
Award Recipients: Amanda Offor
Outstanding Professional Development Award
This award recognizes a Career Boost student who has grown significantly through their Career Boost experience.
Award Recipient: Myuri Mohan
Personal Development - Collaboration Award
This award recognizes an individual who has made an impact in fostering a collegial environment, using exceptional interpersonal skills to proactively seek out collaborative ways to work with colleagues in their department and / or across the community (Ryerson and beyond).
Award Recipient: Jeanette Rose Reyes
The Dennis Mock Student Leadership Awards recognize graduating students who have made outstanding voluntary extracurricular contributions to their school or academic program department, their faculty, or to Toronto Metropolitan University as a whole. The awards acknowledge and encourage student participation in university affairs.
In naming the awards after Dennis Mock, Toronto Met recognizes his commitment to higher education. His leadership and dedication, demonstrated during his 28 years at the university, are qualities embodied in students chosen to receive this award - students committed to ‘making a difference’. This is a prestigious, non-monetary award.
Faculty of Arts
Arts and Contemporary Studies
Environmental and Urban Sustainability
International Economics and Finance
Language and Intercultural Relations
Politics & Governance
Politics and Governance
Arts and Contemporary Studies
The Creative School
Graphic Communications Management
IMA - Photography
Dorsa Rahbar Dehghan
Emma (Kit) Norman
RTA - New Media
Zainab Zulfikarali Damji
Faculty of Community Services
Child and Youth Care
Early Childhood Studies
Occupational Health and Safety
Urban and Regional Planning
Nutrition and Food
Faculty of Engineering and Architectural Science
Namrata Rana & Liam Bell
Faculty of Science
Math and Its Applications
Ted Rogers School of Management
Hospitality & Tourism Management
Business Technology Management
Business Technology Management
Business Management, Marketing Management
Hospitality and Tourism Management
A student's development is enhanced when volunteer or work opportunities are available outside the classroom. These experiences provide students with chances to apply their learning to real life. This approach to education can be further enhanced when a student chooses to step into a leadership role.
The Student Leadership Awards provide staff in the Vice Provost, Students division with an opportunity to recognize students that have taken on the challenge of being a leader, or by acknowledging their growth and celebrating their achievements. Student leadership comes in many forms and is valued not only at Ryerson, but also in the student’s communities. These awards aim to include activities from outside of Ryerson’s traditional boundaries, along with contributions made on-campus, which are related to the student's development and impact as a leader.
Emerging Leader Award
This award recognizes and celebrates the contributions of new leaders at Ryerson. Recipients will be in their first or second year at Ryerson and will have made an impact on their surrounding community through burgeoning leadership involvement(s).
Award Recipient: Angie Awadallah & Alaa Yafaoui
Community Development Award
Creating a positive and safe atmosphere that is open for everyone is a vital component in any learning environment. The Community Development Award recognizes student leaders that have helped to build a sense of community through their caring attitude, outstanding interpersonal skills and their ability to connect people to each other and to their community (Ryerson and beyond).
Award Recipients: Rimsha Ahmad & Karen Dayto
Black Student Leadership Award
This award recognizes and celebrates the contribution that Black-Identified Ryerson student leaders have made outside the classroom. Recipients of this award will have shown a high level of commitment, led by example, shown initiative and made a strong contribution to their community (Ryerson & beyond).
Award Recipients: Janay Ferguson & Bethel Zecharias
Heather Lane Student Leadership Award
This award recognizes and celebrates the contribution that Ryerson student leaders have made outside the classroom. Recipients of this award will have shown a high level of commitment, lead by example, shown initiative and made a strong contribution to their community (Ryerson & beyond).
Award Recipients: Michaela Joseph & Jasmeet Rattan
Marion Creery Award
This award is named in honour of Marion Creery who from 1988 to 2008 served as the Director of Student Services. In keeping with the example set by Marion, this award will be presented annually to two Ryerson students whose leadership demonstrates passion, creativity, and perseverance in making Ryerson a better place for students to learn and to realize their potential.
Award Recipients: Keneisha Charles & Darius Itaagi
Personal Development Award
This award is given to an international student who has overcome a significant challenge in their own personal life. The recipient has demonstrated a significant resilience in overcoming barriers and has thrived through their engagement on or off campus. The personal growth demonstrated should be exemplary and an inspiration for the Toronto Met community.
Award Recipient: Mai Trinh
Excellence in Mentoring Award
This award is given to a student who exhibits exemplary mentorship abilities and contributes positively to the personal development of students.They have played an important role in providing positive mentorship to their fellow international students or WUSC Scholars at Toronto Met. The recipient of this award meaningfully assisted new students through their transition to Toronto Metropolitan University and to Canada.
Award Recipient: Jacqueline Chung
Student Leader Award
This award is given to an international student who has demonstrated strong leadership and passion for improving the quality of the student experience at Toronto Metropolitan University. An on-campus student leader makes an impact as a positive role model and is a great mentor for students. The recipient of this award made a special contribution to an academic or support department of Toronto Metropolitan University.
Award Recipient: Nahid Azizi
Bennett Entrance Award for First Generation Students
Recognizing contributions at Toronto Met and/or the community-at-large in activities in support of social justice and/or equity.
Award Recipients: Mathushan Sivakumaran, Hailey Davidson, Sajedeh Ghamoshi Ramadi, & Simon Tran
Bennett Equity Award
A one time award to cover first-year tuition and related fees for incoming domestic students who self-identify as a member of an equity-deserving group.
Award Recipients: Jacob Sukhra, Isaiah Bagni, Jay Santos, Elijah MacLeod, Asha Aubrechtova, Evan Accettola, Oana Pintea, Sarah Shahid, Xavier Maltais, Lauren Wymant, Jacob Chout, Theodora Etokimo, Cheyenne Newland, Kiana Alexis, Nasra Ahmed, Hope Kalu, Tiana Nelson, Iman Raghe, Sophia Angel Osaze & Adelianne Quialunda
The Alterna Prize for Women Social Change Leaders Award
Recognizing female identifying students across campus who have demonstrated social change leadership at Toronto Met or in their community.
Award Recipient: Seyedeh-Samin Barakati
Brian Segal Award
Recognizing an outstanding contribution to the cultural and/or athletic life of Toronto Met on a voluntary basis.
Award Recipient: Romy Arsenault
Denise O'Neil Green Student Leadership Award
Recognizing Black women in undergraduate studies who reflect the leadership and commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) of Dr. Denise O'Neil Green, Toronto Met's first Vice-President of Equity and Community Inclusion.
Award Recipients: Jaylin Evans
Errol Aspevig Award
Recognizing a student for their academic achievement and broader intellectual interests.
Award Recipient: Cassie Campbell
George Vari Award for Good Citizenship
Recognizing outstanding extracurricular contributions to university life, to school or academic department, or to Toronto Met as a whole.
Award Recipient: Derek O'Beirn
John Austin Leadership Award
Recognizing students that identify as LGBTQ2+ and demonstrate service and leadership qualities outside the classroom - on the Toronto Met campus or externally.
Award Recipients: Christele Mariz Ladores & Antonia Pavic
Michelle Monkhouse Memorial Award
Recognizing a student for their academic achievement, passion and demonstrating a positive impact on those around them.
Award Recipient: Ritika Masand, Asif Farabi, Victoria Cina and Vitaliy Yushvaev
Pride Award for Diversity and Inclusion
Recognizing an undergraduate student for their work in the LGBTQ+ community that has contributed to belonging, diversity and inclusion.
Award Recipient: Alexander Casucci
Toronto Met Black Faculty and Staff Community Network Award for Student Leadership
Recognizing a Black identifying student for academic achievement and community leadership both on and off Toronto Met campus.
Award Recipient: Nathan Reid
Toronto Metropolitan University Alumni Association Award
Recognizing a student who has a commitment to furthering and enhancing Toronto Met's relationship with the external community.
Award Recipient: Syed Ali Bokhari
Toronto Met Faculty Association Full-Time Student Award
Acknowledges the efforts of a full time student who maintains academic proficiency and demonstrates a committment to Social Justice and/or Labour Relations, both on and off campus.
Award Recipient: Olivia Seward & Christopher Randall
Sheila (Angus) Cecchetto Award
Recognizing a student who has sustained involvement and/or dedication to the Toronto Met community.
Award Recipient: Alyssa Vidal
Student Learning Centre Student Engagement and Leadership Award
Recognizing students who have showcased high levels of student engagement and leadership across Toronto Metropolitan University.
Award Recipient: Jathavi Shanmuganantham & Nya Martin-Hemming
Women in Leadership Student Award
This award was established by the Women in Leadership Student Group to provide a yearly award to a female student who demonstrates social activism and involvement with student group life at Toronto Met.
Award Recipient: Nya Martin-Hemming