Ray Charles Howard (2012)

Affiliation at the time of the award: RyersonUniversity

Citation: In his leadership experience, both academically and professionally, Chuck has identified actions that he feels are of particular importance for creating successful outcomes in group environments, including engaging interests, employing strengths and identifying and resolving possible weaknesses.

Chuck acted as volunteer events manager for Cross Town Kitchens, a group of restaurants that raises funds for Toronto based community food centre ‘The Stop’. He is a study session leader in mathematics. His involvement with the Canadian Opera Company’s OperaNation fundraiser in 2010 contributed to over $90,000 being raised. He co-chairs the Faculty of Arts Undergraduate Research Conference at Ryerson. He has volunteered in Vietnam and Rwanda. This summer he will spend four months in Malawi through Engineers without Borders.

He genuinely speaks from experience – for example, how to get students at his commuter-campus institution to take part in more extra-curricular activities. He has acted as a role model for his classmates and his junior students, encouraging them to participate in a variety of activities. Chuck is an exceptionally motivated and talented young man who is certain to make his mark in the world.