Selena Demenoff (2012)

Affiliation at the time of the award: University of Northern British Columbia

Citation: A model “people person”, Selena makes a case for a culturally inclusive teaching and learning environment and is a strong advocate of peace and empowering our youth. Her transformative experiences are also rooted in her work with communities and to make her environment better. Her leadership experiences stem from her work with early childhood development initiatives. She has volunteered in both her hometown of Grand Forks, British Columbia, and Prince George. Examples include Respectful Relationships, Restorative Justice (for which Selena is a founding member), Prince George Native Friendship Centre and local Metis Associations.

In the health promotion community projects, OPTions for Sexual Health and Boundary Family Centres, Selena works to meet the needs of people who deserve health education and awareness as a right, not a privilege. Volunteering with the Northern Health Authority in Prince George, Selena’s work has included environmental hydrology and toxicology assessment, drinking water public outreach, and commercial health promotion. Recognizing the parallelisms between leadership and education, this young woman strives to reciprocate educational experiences to leadership and vice versa.