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Glendon’s Student Leaders Celebrated at Award Ceremony


<p>Student leaders were recognized for their contribution at Glendon&rsquo;s Second Annual Student Leadership Celebration, presented by Glendon Student Services in historic Glendon Hall on March 22.</p>
<p class="image_caption" style="text-align: center;"><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="" alt="" width="500" height="373" />The winners of the Glendon Student Leadership Awards</p>
<p>Associate Principal Student Services Rosanna Furgiuele welcomed attendees to this festive event, designed to acknowledge the accomplishments of student leaders who have made a noteworthy contribution to student life at Glendon.</p>
<p>&ldquo;The students we honour today have all distinguished themselves as effective leaders. Being a leader is hard work. It requires effort, determination, tenacity and perseverance; it takes commitment and it comes with plenty of challenges along the way&rdquo;, said Furgiuele. &ldquo;Leaders are defined by the way they view challenges. They choose to see these as stepping-stones not as obstacles; as opportunities for change, not as sources of discouragement; as a springboard for personal growth, not as an excuse for apathy.&rdquo;</p>
<p>York&rsquo;s Vice President Students Rob Tiffin expressed his appreciation for the opportunity to participate in recognizing the contributions of students who make a difference. &ldquo;The academic year has whizzed by and it seems like yesterday that we took part in orientation, where we encouraged all of you to get involved&rdquo;, said Tiffin. &ldquo;You took that challenge and made that commitment to listen to others, be creative, bridge gaps and help bring the [Glendon] community to take the steps that make a difference.&rdquo; Tiffin also invited those students who are about to graduate to continue their commitment to their college by becoming active alumni.</p>
<p><img style="float: left;" src="" alt="" width="225" height="172" /><span class="image_caption">Left: York Vice President Students Rob Tiffin</span></p>
<p>Glendon&rsquo;s Residence Life Coordinator, Caroline Grenier outlined this year&rsquo;s special activities and improvements in Glendon&rsquo;s residence life, including a very active Environment Committee, the revitalization and restructuring of the Residence Advisory Committee, and an enthusiastic Social Committee. &ldquo;[Glendon&rsquo;s] Wood Residence is proud of having organized the highest number of events among all of York University&rsquo;s residences&rdquo;, said Grenier. &ldquo;Next year, we will be implementing a bilingual house and a &lsquo;green&rsquo; floor in our residences.&rdquo;</p>
<p><img style="float: right;" src="" alt="" width="170" height="200" /><span class="image_caption">Right: Rosanna Furgiuele congratulates Sarah Khan</span></p>
<p>Oscar Mera-Burbano, President of the Glendon College Student Union (GCSU) spoke of the many challenges facing student leaders. &ldquo;Being a leader is tough, but very rewarding&rdquo;, he said. He expressed his thanks for the continued guidance and advice of Associate Principal Furgiuele, the ongoing support of Manager of Student Affairs Aaron Doupe, and the continued financial help students receive from Student Financial Services and, in particular, Manager Fiona Kay. &ldquo;The exact ingredients of leadership are hard to pinpoint and vary with each individual&rdquo;, said Mera-Burbano. &ldquo;It isn&rsquo;t always glamorous work and patience is very important. You need to have a clear idea of your leadership goals and a desire to make a difference.&rdquo;</p>
<p>&ldquo;We had a huge number of students nominated this year and selection was very difficult&rdquo;, said Student Financial Services Manager Fiona Kay. &ldquo;For this reason, for the first time ever, the selection committee chose to award seven Honourable Mentions, each of whom will receive a Glendon diploma frame in recognition of their achievement.&ldquo; The winners of the Honourable Mention Awards were Julissa Alvarez, C&eacute;cile B&eacute;rodier, Sarah Khan, Kar&egrave;ne Kwan-Tat, Aurelien (Mac) Muller, Mohamed Noorani, Alexandra Ross and Nicholas Torti.</p>
<p style="text-align: center;"><span class="image_caption"><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="" alt="" width="500" height="272" />L-r: Rob Tiffin, Ken McRoberts, Aurelien Muller and Rosanna Furgiuele</span></p>
<p>New Leader Awards were given out to Vivian Shahriar Bahrami and Sarah Byrnes, two students who recently became involved in student activities, demonstrating strong commitment and leadership potential.</p>
<p>Five Outstanding Contribution Awards were distributed: the Residence Life Award to Dani Richardson, two Student Life Awards to M&eacute;liane &Eacute;tien and Shareefah Ren&eacute;, a Governance Award to Jaclyn Volkhammer and a Student Spirit Award to Keith Morris.</p>
<p style="text-align: center;"><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="" alt="" width="500" height="362" /><span class="image_caption">L-r: Chad Craig, Rob Tiffin, M&eacute;lanie &Eacute;tien, Ken McRoberts and Rosanna Furgiuele</span></p>
<p>The David McQueen Award, honouring a longtime professor and former Principal of Glendon, was given to Jameela Pereira, for her active four-year commitment to student life and to bettering the Glendon community.</p>
<p>The John S. Proctor Award for outstanding service at Glendon Athletics was presented to Vedrana Cetrina, who works at reception and registration at Proctor Field House. Margaret Wallace, Director of the Glendon Athletic Club and Assistant Director Aaron Rodrigues were on hand to praise Cetrina&rsquo;s cheerful dedication and service above and beyond the call of duty.</p>
<p style="text-align: center;"><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="" alt="" width="500" height="268" /><span class="image_caption">L-r: Aaron Rodrigues</span><span class="image_caption">, Rob Tiffin</span><span class="image_caption">, Vedrana Cetrina,<br />Ken McRoberts, Rosanna</span><span class="image_caption"> Furgiuele</span><span class="image_caption"> and Margaret Wallace</span></p>
<p>Glendon alumnus Chad Craig was the next to address the assembled group. He is the Manager of Communications, Public Relations and Recruitment at York&rsquo;s Faculty of Graduate Studies, as well as President and Director of the Board of Directors of <a href="" target="_blank"><em>Friends of Glendon</em></a>, a non-profit organization contributing to scholarships and bursaries for Glendon students since 1971.</p>
<p>Craig praised the tightly connected and committed community of Glendon, where &ldquo;student involvement just keeps on increasing.&rdquo; He was on hand to give out the Friends of Glendon Student Service Award, honouring a Glendon student who demonstrates excellent leadership skills, has made outstanding contributions to student life and who still keeps at least a B average. This year&rsquo;s winner is Tamaisha Eytle, who &ldquo;has utilized her exceptional communication and mentorship skills to create strong bonds at Glendon&rdquo;, said Craig. &ldquo;Her love of Glendon has enabled her to engage and inspire fellow student leaders and staff through all the various causes and organizations she promotes.&rdquo;</p>
<p style="text-align: center;"><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="" alt="" width="500" height="316" /><span class="image_caption">L-r: Rob Tiffin, Ken McRoberts, Tamaisha Eytle and Rosanna Furgiuele</span></p>
<p>Principal McRoberts expressed his great pleasure at participating in this celebration and congratulated Associate Principal Furgiuele and Student Services for establishing the Award Ceremony&rsquo;s two-year tradition. &ldquo;Leadership is [&hellip;] what Glendon&rsquo;s mission has been all about from the earliest days of this College&rsquo;s existence.&rdquo;</p>
<p><img style="float: right;" src="" alt="" width="186" height="236" /><span class="image_caption">Right: Aaron Doupe with the celebratory cake</span></p>
<p>Furgiuele conveyed her thanks to all those who collaborated on this enormous project: the nominators &ndash; three times as many as last year; the selection committee; Student Financial Services assistant Jessica Perkins, who prepared the program and the slideshow about the awards and this year&rsquo;s winners; the generous contributions of the Principal&rsquo;s Office; and the Friends of Glendon.</p>
<p>In her closing remarks, Furgiuele emphasized that effective leaders are team-players. &ldquo;Leaders are individuals who can bring out the best in others. They lead by example and know how to encourage, to motivate and to inspire. Good leaders take a little more than their share of the blame and a little less than their share of the credit. We are proud of you and we congratulate you for all that you have accomplished. Glendon is a better place because you are here.&rdquo;</p>
<p><em>Article submitted by Glendon communications officer Marika Kemeny</em></p>

Published on March 30, 2011