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Graduating Student Leader Award

Graduating student leaders award

The UNB Saint John Graduating Student Leadership Awards recognize students who have made outstanding voluntary extracurricular contributions to their academic program/department, or to UNB Saint John as a whole.

2020 Graduating Student Leaders

Dayna AlexanderA respected member of the Seawolves volleyball team, Dayna recently received the ACAA All-Conference Player Award as one of the top players this past season. A four-time National Scholar Award recipient, Dayna’s commitment to UNB Saint John extends beyond the court.

She is a member of the UNB Saint John Women in Business Club, a dedicated four-year volunteer with the Wolfpack volleyball program, a two-time chair of TEDxUNBSaint John, and an executive member of the student-athlete advisory committee. Dayna was recently recognized as a 2020 Sir Howard Douglas Scholar for her extracurricular involvement and academic performance.


Alex AllisonAlex is another athlete that UNB Saint John is proud to call one of its own. A four-year varsity soccer player, and recipient of the CCAA All-Canadian Award, Alex captained the team for the last two years, and in 2019 was voted ACAA Men’s Player of the Year.

His commitment to UNB Saint John does not end on the pitch. Alex has been actively involved in student government, as a member of the SRC and the SRC finance committee, as well as a volunteer mentor with The Promise Partnership.


Joelynn Annoh-KwafoJoelynn has contributed immensely to the culture of the university. She has been a tremendous volunteer with The Promise Partnership since 2017. An inspiring mentor and tutor, Joelynn has been a true asset to the program. Joelynn also served as an ambassador and volunteer with UNB’s Let’s Talk Science, an initiative that helps youth in the community discover the relevance of science.

Joelynn continued to impact the student body with her involvement as President of the Golden Key Society and as a member of the MEDLIFE UNB Saint John chapter, an organization that partners with low-income communities around the world to improve their access to medicine, education and community development initiatives.


Bailey BoyerBailey has demonstrated a willingness to help others through her role as VP external of Jack.org, a youth-led mental health advocacy organization that helps to provide mental health services and awareness on campus.

The organization successfully organized UNB Saint John’s first Let’s Talk event. A committed volunteer with MEDLIFE UNB Saint John and Let’s Talk Science, Bailey also currently serves as a student senator on UNB Saint John’s senate, proudly advocating for her fellow students on academic matters.


Ashley CookAshley has made numerous contributions to UNB Saint John through her participation in student government, student-run clubs and societies, and university committees.

Throughout her four years on campus, Ashley has been an active leader, devoting much of her time to enhancing the student experience and advocating to keep student issues at the forefront of university administration and public discussion.

As SRC VP external and nursing/health science representative, Ashley passionately supports her fellow students and often represents their interests with government officials locally, provincially and federally.


Kendra DeMerchantKendra is proud to have committed to serving the campus community as a volunteer through several initiatives. Most notably is her role as a tutor with The Promise Partnership over the last four years. Kendra has made a difference in the lives of underprivileged youth in our community through her generous spirit.

Through her work as current vice-president of the Golden Key Society and as a volunteer with Let’s Talk Science, Kendra has been a positive role model, supporting her fellow students and serving as an ambassador for the faculty and the field of science.


Gabrielle Gibbons SalibGabrielle strives to positively impact the student experience on campus. This past year, she created a new club called Women in Business, and assumed the role as President. Providing networking opportunities, enhancing skill development and preparing students for the workplace are all priorities for this new club.

In addition, Gabrielle has been a keen mentor and tutor for The Promise Partnership for four years, has served as VP of special projects for the Business Society and as student representative on the disciplinary code committee.

In 2019, Gabrielle received the Devan Zanatta Marketing Master Award from the campus business society for her continuous work promoting and enhancing student engagement.


Emma GreenA demonstrated student leader and a very proud UNB Saint John student, Emma is grateful for all the opportunities she has embraced during her years on campus.

A recipient of the Carl Fraser Award, and most recently, the Barry Hoyt Student Leadership Award, Emma has been an active participant on several university committees and has served as SRC Council Chair.

Most notably, Emma participated in the #GirlsBelongHere movement and was selected as President of Unilever Canada for a day. Emma’s appreciation for the impact UNB Saint John has had on her student experience drives her to give back to her community as much as possible.


Catherine HallCassie has made a significant impact on the residence community at UNB Saint John, as president of the residence council, SRC residence chair and as SRC SASE representative.

Cassie’s volunteer contributions also extend to serving as a board member and content writer for The Baron and as promotions officer with the Golden Key Society. Cassie is also a champion for TEDxUNBSaintJohn as a speaker delegate and having delivered her own TEDx talk entitled ‘Rediscovering Calculus’ in 2018.


Chantel HendersonAlthough a student in the faculty of business, Chantel is a passionate supporter of STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) and joined the Let’s Talk Science program during her first year on campus. She continues to advocate and volunteer with the program, inspiring and engaging youth to discover the relevance of science.

Her commitment to the program led her to be nominated for a national ‘leader of the year’ award in 2017. Her contributions on campus continued with the newly formed Jack.Org group, where she served as vice-president of marketing this past year.

Empowering young leaders to revolutionize mental health in their community and at UNB Saint John, Chantel and the Jack.Org team worked with other campus clubs to help students take care of their own mental health.


Madison HerringtonMadison is proud to have committed to serving the campus community as a volunteer and leader with several initiatives. Along with a peer, she started the first MEDLIFE chapter at UNB Saint John. An organization that partners with low-income communities around the world, MEDLIFE helps to improve access to medicine, education and community development initiatives.

Many activities can be attributed to the work of the campus MEDLIFE organization, such as a service-learning trip to Peru and clothing drives in our local community. Madison also demonstrated her willingness to give back to others as a tutor with The Promise Partnership, an advocate for science with the Let’s Talk Science program and an orientation leader with the SRC.


Justin LeslieAn incredible student-athlete and ambassador for UNB Saint John, Justin has been a consistent role model for his teammates and fellow students. Throughout his four years on the team, Justin promoted the program to other prospective players, and demonstrated his obvious pride for UNB and for Seawolves soccer.

A strong leader and volunteer, Justin is driven to enhance campus spirit both within the residence community as athletics representative and as residence council president. Justin also served as orientation leader with the SRC, as a member of the student-athlete advisory committee, and as a volunteer with both the MEDLIFE campus chapter and Global Brigades.


Kathryn MageeKathryn is a five-year veteran of the Seawolves basketball program and an accomplished leader on and off the court. Four CCAA National Scholar Awards to her credit, she embodies the role of an ideal student-athlete. Kathryn has effectively balanced success in the classroom, competitiveness on the court and volunteerism. Her work ethic is admirable.

In 2019, she was recognized by the Chartered Professional Accountants Association for the highest mark in accounting. A two-time recipient of the ACAA’s prestigious Rod Shoveller Memorial Award for her dedication to her sport and her community, Kathryn has given back to UNB Saint John in numerous ways.

A dedicated volunteer with the student-athlete advisory committee, MEDLIFE (medicine, education and development for low income families), and The Promise Partnership, Kathryn’s contributions are impressive.


Montanna MeyerAn incredible ambassador for UNB Saint John, Montanna is a five-year veteran and team captain with the volleyball program. Through her leadership, Montanna always pushes her teammates and coaches to be their very best on and off the court.

She leads by example and strives to enhance the student experience by being involved with the Women in Business Club, volunteering with the wolfpack volleyball program, and serving as president of the student-athlete advisory committee. Her many achievements include receiving the Carl Fraser Award for three consecutive years for her contributions to student activities at UNB Saint John.


Abigail MorganFrom the beginning of her nursing degree, Abigail has demonstrated an eagerness to be involved in the campus community. She initiated the start of a field hockey team at UNB Saint John, assuming the role of player, coach and the additional responsibility of recruiting prospective players.

Abigail is a passionate advocate for her nursing peers, as former class representative and current vice-president of the nursing society. She is the lead organizer for the annual pin dinner, planning fundraisers and managing all logistics for this very important event. Abigail has also been engaged in creating a peer mentoring program for the nursing department.


Marie Elisabeth NombroAs an international student, Elisabeth knows first-hand how important it is to feel part of a new community. Since her first year, she has been a welcoming face for fellow international students during fall and spring orientations, volunteering at all events.

From day one, Elisabeth immersed herself into campus life, mentoring children as part of The Promise Partnership and sitting as a member on the newly established Student Advisory Board through the Student Services office.

This past year, Elisabeth saw a need that was not being met on campus; she created True Colours, a club that provides a safe space for the LGBTQ+ community on campus and in Saint John.


Luke WatsonA varsity soccer player for three seasons, Luke is an excellent student-athlete ambassador who has dedicated his time to volunteering with several campus organizations. This past October, he was one of two finalists for the ACAA’s Bob Coe Award for his dedication to his sport and volunteerism.

Off the soccer field, Luke and a fellow student started the MEDLIFE (medicine, education and development for low Income families) chapter on campus and has been an active executive member of the student athletic advisory council. As an inspiring mentor through The Promise Partnership, Luke has consistently shown himself to be someone who finds value in helping others.


Allison WoodmanFrom the start of her nursing degree, Allison has taken on numerous roles on campus and within her department. As president of the nursing society and as student representative for the nursing curriculum committee, Allison has been a passionate student advocate and a leader amongst her peers.

Her most impactful experience as a student is with the Swimming with a Mission (SWAM) organization that pairs university students with children in the Saint John community who have various cognitive and physical abilities. First as an instructor, and most recently as vice-president, Allison is proud to have made a meaningful contribution to the lives of local children, in addition to promoting SWAM with fellow UNB Saint John students.



Nomination process

Students who meet the following selection criteria can nominate themselves for this award or be nominated by a member of the UNB Saint John community including students, faculty, staff or alumni. The application form must be submitted along with a current resume that includes all extracurricular activities completed on campus. Transcript is not necessary.

Nominators must obtain the consent of the student by having the student sign the nomination form.

Selection criteria

Only students who are graduating in spring or fall of the award year are eligible;

Recipients must currently be actively enrolled at UNB Saint John in either a full-time or part-time undergraduate degree program and be in good academic standing at the time of nomination;

Students have made voluntary extracurricular contributions to their academic program/department, or to UNB Saint John as a whole;

The student's voluntary contribution(s) may take the form of any one, or a combination, of the following: leadership on committees, or influence on student or university affairs; improvement in the quality of life of students; encouragement of fellow students to become involved in extracurricular activities; and contribution to the sense of community at UNB Saint John.

Leadership and involvement should be considered in relation to good academic standing. The value of the student's contribution, rather than an office held, should be the major criterion considered. See full selection guidelines.