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Annual Report

Saluting Sir Howard Douglas and student excellence

Front row: Terry Fitzpatrick, Amanda Eng, Christena Dykstra, Marc Montero Cuizon, Tuan Bui, Lauren Adam, Back row: Emily Jackson, Nadia Kashetsky, Charlotte Pyke, Alyson Pickard-Tattrie, Gabrielle Robin, Brittany Rioux, Marija Veljanovska.

The Sir Howard Douglas Award recognizes UNB’s exceptional undergraduate students who not only excel academically, but generously and effectively contribute their time and talents to the university, the community and the world.

Recipients of the award become members of the Sir Howard Douglas Society of Scholars. The society promotes, cultivates and encourages members to live up to the motto Non Nobis Solum – Not for Ourselves Alone – and provides students with a network of like-minded and motivated classmates. Students become eligible after the completion of their second year of study, promoting a strong relationship between the university and its students, and encouraging students as they advance their efforts in both academics and extracurricular activities.

Sir Howard Douglas Scholars have gone on to achieve distinction in every conceivable field, including medicine, education, politics, entrepreneurship and the arts. These exceptional individuals are outstanding representatives of UNB who continue to excel in whatever they undertake, be it graduate school, saving the environment, volunteering in developing countries or starting a new business.

The 2015-16 recipients 

Lauren Adam, bachelor of science in kinesiology, is on the UNB varsity swim team and strives to be a good role model at all times. Ms. Adam volunteers at the Stan Cassidy Centre for Rehabilitation as well as the Saints John and Paul Church, and is a UNB Summer Sport Camp volunteer.

Kelsie Armstrong, bachelor of science, biology-psychology, sees the value of having a positive impact on the people in her community. Ms. Armstrong’s love for people has fueled her desire for knowledge, which she applies in her work as a volunteer with Kiwanis Nursing Home and Apohaqui Heritage Residence, as a tutor and mentor for The Promise Partnership, and as a research assistant for the Natural Products Research Group.

Tuan Bui, bachelor of business administration, honours in accounting and honours in finance, is a passionate leader and innovator. As co-president of the UNB Finance Club, Mr. Bui is motivated to create a forum where members share a common interest in investment and finance outside of the classroom. He is the vice-president finance for the Business Administration Undergraduate Society and UNB’s Bloomberg ambassador.

Anna Caulfield, bachelor of science in kinesiology, honours in kinesiology, is determined to see an end to injustices in health care and education in developing countries. Ms. Caulfield is the proud founder of UNB’s MEDLIFE chapter and coordinates trips to Ecuador where students volunteer in medical mobile clinics. She is also a volunteer with Special Olympics New Brunswick and a peer mentor for the faculty of kinesiology.

Marc Montero Cuizon, bachelor of science in kinesiology, is committed to helping those in need and hopes to inspire others to do the same. Mr. Montero Cuizon practices his leadership as president and co-founder of the Health Outreach Program, communications coordinator of UNB’s International Student Association and co-president of the UNB Red Cross Club.

Christena Dykstra, bachelor of recreation and sports studies, honours in kinesiology, is dedicated to teaching children and sport, addressing recreation, sport and physical activity barriers for vulnerable populations. Ms. Dykstra is an after-school program leader at Chief Harold Sappier Memorial Elementary School, head coach for the North American Indigenous Games with Team Mi’kmaw Nova Scotia and a Canada Summer Games Aboriginal apprentice coach.

Amanda Eng, bachelor of nursing, is an advocate for health and social justice. Ms. Eng is the vice-president of the Nursing Undergraduate Society, and volunteers for the Fredericton Community Soup Kitchen. She also promotes holistic health as a member of UNB’s Health Outreach program.

Sarah Evans, juris doctor, faculty of law, takes pride in giving back to her community, a passion that sparked her chosen career path of law. Ms. Evans has been able to play an important role by advocating for those who cannot advocate for themselves as co-chair of UNB Law Orientation and UNB Law Speaker’s Hour, and in volunteering with Pro Bono Students Canada.

Terry Fitzpatrick, bachelor of recreation and sports studies, is a motivated and enthusiastic individual with a strong sense of achievement and willingness to help others. Mr. Fitzpatrick is a camp peer mentor for the faculty of kinesiology, a board member of the 2016 Hockey Conference, and a member of the coaching staff for UNB’s men’s basketball team.

Emily Jackson, bachelor of nursing, is a passionate student advocate and takes pride in the work she does for nursing students at UNB. Ms. Jackson is the president of UNB Fredericton’s Nursing Undergraduate Society, the UNB Student Union nursing representative and a nursing peer mentor.

Nadia Kashetsky, bachelor of science in kinesiology, appreciates the life lessons learned by participating in varsity athletics – teamwork, hard work and commitment. Ms. Kashetsky gives back by volunteering with Special Olympics FUNdamentals and in the pediatric and rehabilitation units at Dr. Everett Chalmers Hospital. She is also a volunteer swim coach with the Special Olympics.

Geneva McSheffery, juris doctor, faculty of law, is eager to use her legal education to assist her community. She volunteers with the Fredericton Legal Advice Clinic as well as Pro Bono Students Canada and she is a coordinator for the Student Legal Information Centre.

Alyson Pickard-Tattrie, bachelor of science in kinesiology, is a committed volunteer who empowers youth of all ages. As co-president of Right to Play UNB, Ms. Pickard-Tattrie raises funds and awareness for international programs which provide sport and play programs to children. She is a workshop facilitator and peer mentor for the faculty of kinesiology and program volunteer for Special Olympics FUNdamentals.

Charlotte Pyke, bachelor of philosophy, is a humanitarian and change maker. Ms. Pyke is committed to helping individuals with disabilities and has made a difference in both Canada and Vietnam participating in internships at camps and centres. She joined Engineers Without Borders because of her desire to help others through systemic change.

Brittany Rioux, bachelor of science in kinesiology, honours in kinesiology, believes in the effect we have on others and the importance of volunteerism. Ms. Rioux is the vice-president of communications for the UNB Health Science Society and a games night facilitator and physiotherapy assistant at the Stan Cassidy Centre for Rehabilitation. She is also an athlete representative for Skate New Brunswick.

Gabrielle Robin, bachelor of science in kinesiology, honours in kinesiology, volunteers with a local oncologist by assisting with his research towards effective treatments and increased quality of life for patients with advanced pulmonary carcinoma. Ms. Robin works as a patient survey assistant for Horizon Health and is also a proctor for Joy W. Kidd House.

Marija Veljanovska, bachelor of science, biology-psychology, believes happiness is the key ingredient to well-being and health. Ms. Veljanovska volunteers with the Saint John Regional Hospital and aspires to serve the people of Saint John by becoming a doctor. She continues to make a difference in her community as president of the UNB Green Society and as a volunteer with The Promise Partnership.