2008 Sir Howard Douglas Scholars

Amanda Brown, Chipman, N.B., bachelor of philosophy in leadership studies, UNB Fredericton, came to Fredericton after completing a theology diploma in Glasgow, Scotland with a life goal of helping youth. On campus she has assisted others through her work as president of The Network Campus Ministry. Her outreach work includes her role with High Praise Interpretative Sign Team as well as a volunteer tutor for Frontier College.

Kathryn Caiger, Purcell's Cove, N.S., bachelor of science in kinesiology and bachelor of education, UNB Fredericton, wanted to keep the rich history of field hockey alive at UNB. Her passion for the sport led her to become president and co-coach of the Red Sticks women's field hockey team and to begin a field hockey outreach program to grade 4 and 5 students. Her love of sports and activity led her to be a co-founder of the UNB Outdoor Club.

Jonathan Clayton, Mount Hope, N.B., bachelor of science in biology, UNB Fredericton, is motivated by personal beliefs to volunteer at the Dr. Everett Chalmers Hospital in the Veterans Health Unit and more recently the Pediatrics Unit. He uses his academic skills to work as a peer mentor and teacher's assistant in the department of biology. Mr. Clayton stays true to his spiritual beliefs through acting as a session member, Sunday school teacher, and Youth Leader in his church.

Erica Cousins, Sydney Mines, N.S., bachelor of arts with honours in sociology, UNB Fredericton, has found balance between academic and community involvement centred on her role as president of the Nels Anderson (Sociology) Society. She helps bring women together and empower them through her volunteering at the UNB Women's Centre and maintains her connection to her roots as an active member of the Northside 4-H Club in Cape Breton.

Bethany Durling, Fredericton, N.B., bachelor of science in kinesiology with honours, UNB Fredericton, shows her deep concern for the health of Canada's aboriginal population in her work as a leader of the BOOST Wellness initiative to the local Aboriginal community. She finds practical applications of her biomechanics studies as a volunteer physiotherapy assistant for children with various mobility disorders. Ms. Durling also volunteers with the Fredericton Food Bank.

Bryn Ferris, Riverview, N.B., bachelor of philosophy in leadership studies, UNB Fredericton, came to UNB partly as a result of a presentation by Engineers Without Borders, an organization where he has served as co-president and vice-president finance, and continues to coach new executive members. Mr. Ferris believes that students need to be shown that they can effect change. He volunteers locally with Youth Mobilization and works as a Post-Secondary Ambassador with the Department of Education.

Chelsea Ferris, Quispamsis, N.B., bachelor of philosophy in leadership studies, UNB Fredericton, has a passion to help children. Her volunteer work in public school outreach with Engineers Without Borders has allowed her to engage youth on global water issues. She held her coaches as her role models when she was younger and she reflects this by acting as a speed skating coach with the Fredericton Amateur Speed Skating Club and continues her work in sport as vice-president fundraising for women's rugby.

Melissa Fulton, Minto, N.B., bachelor of science in environmental biology, UNB Fredericton, helps guide students through the dizzying world of sexual relations as co-ordinator of the Sexuality Centre. She maintains her aspiration to assist her peers through her work on the UNB Orientation Committee where she was the multimedia co-ordinator as well as through her work as the science representative on the Student Union.

Felipe Garcia, Rothesay, N.B., bachelor of arts in French, and bachelor of education, UNB Saint John, wants to emulate the help he received from his parents by helping others. His role as president of the Education Society allows him to help students develop a more diverse and fulfilling student life. Mr. Garcia also shares his passion to help youth through his work as a coach with the New Brunswick Curling Association and as a coach of the Saint John Amateur Speed Skating Club.

Natalie Graves, Belleisle Bay, N.B., bachelor of science in biology, UNB Fredericton, wants to pull the university student population out of their little world to interact with those outside academia. She does this through her volunteer work with intellectually disabled citizens in the Best Buddies Canada program and her volunteer work in the Pediatrics Unit of the Dr. Everett Chalmers Hospital. Ms. Graves also helps bridge gaps with international students as a peer mentor in the English Corner Café.

Adib Hajizadeh, Rothesay, N.B., bachelor of science in biology-psychology, UNB Saint John, believes that helping remove cultural barriers will help create a better society. He acted on this by being a volunteer and organizer for the Persian New Year for the Persian community of Saint John. Mr. Hajizadeh always helps allay worries of families and friends of those who are sick through his volunteering in the Saint John Regional Hospital Recovery Room. He also helps new UNBSJ students in his volunteer work as a peer mentor.

Linden Hardie, Port Elgin, N.B., bachelor of philosophy in leadership studies, UNB Fredericton, believes that there is vast potential in everyone, even those in harsh conditions. This became abundantly evident in her volunteer work with the Population Caring Organization at the Buduburam Liberian Refugee Camp in Ghana, Africa. Her passion for global issues is also shared with Engineers Without Borders where she serves as vice-president fundraising. Ms. Hardie also contributes to the local community as a volunteer with the Fredericton Sexual Assault Crisis Centre

Melissa Harris, Puslinch, Ont., bachelor of arts with honours in political science and bachelor of education, UNB Fredericton, is helping foster a positive living environment as a Proctor of MacKenzie House. She looks to make a difference in her community and her country by serving as a training co-ordinator with the Canadian Naval Reserve. Ms. Harris also helped inner-city kids enjoy stress free fun time as an athletics instructor at Camp Diamond Ridge in Pennsylvania.

Joanna Hudgins, Timberlea, N.S., bachelor of arts in linguistics and international studies, UNB Saint John, wants to be involved in the lives of others in her community and does this as a volunteer in the Saint John Regional Hospital’s pediatrics, welcome and recovery rooms. Her devotion to her faith also moves her to help others through her work as an executive of UNB Christian Fellowship. Ms. Hudgins also helps internationally as a volunteer with World Vision.

William 'Denny' Johnston, Rosetown, Sask., bachelor of science with honours in psychology, UNB Fredericton, has brought the philosophy of his upbringing of helping others in your community to his academic career. His role as a player on the Varsity Reds Men's Hockey Team has allowed him to mentor and tutor first- and second-year players on the team. Mr. Johnston’s work as a representative on the Athletes' Council allows him to pass on what he has learned to his fellow UNB athletes. He also volunteers with Reading with the Reds to show to others how important it is to help others.

Sandra Lavigne, Salmon Beach, N.B., bachelor of nursing, UNB Fredericton (Bathurst site), strives daily to share the love and kindness she was taught by her family. Her community involvement is demonstrated by her activities as secretary of the Student Social Committee on the Bathurst campus. She also volunteers as the chairperson of the Class of 2008 Fundraising Committee. Ms. Lavigne helps battle the disease that has impacted her personally by volunteering with the Canadian Cancer Society.

Mona'a Malik, Saint John, N.B., bachelor of science in biology-psychology, UNB Saint John, champions the principles of individual and women's rights in her work as project co-ordinator with the Women's Resource Center at UNBSJ. She also works to help youth around the world as the finance director of the World University Services of Canada. Ms. Malik uses her position as volunteer writer with The Baron to celebrate freedom of expression.

Jay Rawding, Hampton, N.B., bachelor of arts in English, UNB Saint John, is comfortable behind the scenes as well as onstage through his work as chair/artistic director of the Saint John Theatre Company, Second Stage, and as facilitator of Improvisation workshops. His love of music led him to volunteer as a disc jockey for CFMH campus radio where he has brought the Saint John community to the airwaves since 2005.

Eric Savoie, Quispamsis, N.B., bachelor of business administration in human resource management with a concentration in accounting, UNB Saint John, has brought his experience with community engagement to his role as vice-president external of the Students' Representative Council at UNBSJ. His firm passion in a strong youth and a strong New Brunswick anchor his position as a member of the New Brunswick Advisory Council on Youth. Mr. Savoie’s fierce pride in his city and his province play are evident as he welcomes newcomers through his volunteer work with Fusion Saint John.

Owen Scott, Ottawa, Ont., bachelor of science in civil engineering, UNB Fredericton, has turned his vision of global social change to an active role since 2004 with Engineers Without Borders where he currently acts as vice-president education. He furthers his international dedication as a member of the YMCA International and Social Council. Mr. Scott also works and plays hard as a member of the Ironmen Rugby Football Club.