Ameena Bajer-Koulack (2013)

Affiliation at the time of the award: University of Manitoba

Citation: Ameena is a natural leader whose belief in education as a catalyst for social change and environmental action has inspired many of her leadership roles. Following a transformative experience working alongside Arctic researchers through the Schools On Board program, Ameena co-chaired the 2010 Arctic Climate Change Youth Forum to empower students to take action on climate change, and has been dedicated to Arctic outreach and environmental education ever since. Recently, she was a key organizer of the UArctic Student Forum, a 5-day event that brought together students from all over the world to discuss communication and mobility issues in the North.

Ameena is fully committed to making positive change in her community through environmental education and activism. She believes that a truly meaningful education involves going beyond the classroom to engage fully in every learning experience. She seizes opportunities to get involved in her community, volunteering in many roles including as a language partner for international students, Spanish Club co-president, and public program leader at Fort Whyte Alive (an environmental education centre in Winnipeg). Also an accomplished musician, she sings in the University of Manitoba Women’s Chorus and teaches violin and banjo lessons to students of all ages.