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Grad Students Receive Brian Yealland Community Service Award

26 March 2014

At a reception today, hosted by the Office of Student Affairs, two of our graduate students (Tian Lu and Amanda Tracey) were the recipients of the first Brian Yealland Community Service Award.  The award recognises students who make a significant contribution to society by working with and encouraging youth to help them realize their potential.

Tian Lu (M.A.Sc student in Electrical & Computer Engineering) is also the SGPS International Student Affairs Commissioner. You think doing her studies and her involvement with the SGPS would be enough to take on, but Tian did not stop there.  She was nominated by fellow grad student for all her work to connect international graduate students to the Kingston community and her work to fill program and service gaps in the community in order to provide a more inclusive living and learning environment.

Tian Lu recieves her award from Brian Yealland

Amanda Tracey (PhD student in Biology) although unable to attend the reception, was nominated for her extensive contributions to the Kingston community.  She is a “big sister” and volunteers at the Hotel Dieu and Kingston Humane Society.    She also shares her expertise with local residents, making presentations on topics including Kingston’s biodiversity, volunteering at the Biological Station’s open house, judging the Frontenac Science Fair and developing a “computer basics” course for a group of seniors.

Amanda Tracey with her little sister Becky

The School of Graduate Studies would like to congratulate both Tian and Amanda not only on the award, but for getting so involved to help others.

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