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UNB, Laval and U Alberta confirm their 2018 Schulich Leaders

1 June, 2018

Six more Schulich Leaders join the crew!

UNB welcomes science student Gaia Noseworthy, a graduate from Lewisporte Collegiate in Lewisporte, NL. At his high school Gaia founded, organized and ran a number of clubs and acitivities, including equality and computer clubs, providing many students with opportunities and perspectives not otherwise available to them. Joining him is Toronto based Leaside High School grad, Anna Postill. A Co-chair of a number of committees within her school, Anna co-founded Be The Vibe Jewelry in her spare time to raise money to build rainwater-harvesting systems in Rwanda. Both Gaia and Anna are SHAD fellows, which is an award-winning enrichment and entrepreneurship program and network that empowers exceptional high school students to recognize their own capabilities and envision their extraordinary potential as tomorrow’s leaders and change makers.

The Laval Squad also welcomes two new incoming students. Science student Monica Gagnier hails from Ecole Secondaire Catholique De Casselman in Casselman, Ontario. This isn’t the first winner from her school – Flavie-Anne  Boulerice won in 2012 to attend UMontréal. Monica partook in the Franco-Ontarian Envirothon, a competition on scientific concepts of the environment, for three years in a row and has completed in excess of 1,000 volunteer hours for work in a variety of initiatives. Laval’s engineering recipient this year is Marie-Laure Filion from Cégep Limoilou in Quebec City, a first time SLS participating Cégep. Marie-Laure created a bee-keeping business with her sister when she was just 13 years old, which currently produces honey with 14 hives. When launching this business they had to create the branding and find distributors for their product. In addition to her busy schedule outside of school, Marie-Laure was the student body President in her final year at her Cégep.

Rounding out this group of Schulich Leaders are the Uof A winners. Anoushka Gaekwad from Crescent Heights High School in Medicine Hat, Alberta is pursuing a degree in science. A licensed pilot, Anoushka plans to become an astrophysicist for the Canadian Armed Forces. Joining Anoushka is engineering student Gillian Besko from St. Mary’s Academy in Winnipeg. Like the UNB Leaders, Gillian is also a SHAD fellow, having completed the program at UWaterloo. She also founded Step Forward, her school’s female empowerment committee, to address the lack of confidence and awareness among students at her school.

We can’t wait to see how these students grow during their year’s as Schulich Leaders. Welcome to the #2018SLSquad!!