Shannon McAvoy (2014)

McAvoy, ShannonAffiliation at the time of the award: University of Saskatchewan

Citation: Shannon is a leader in campus academic support, student organizations, and off-campus community-based social advocacy groups. She has demonstrated self-direction, maturity, passion, and engagement. She is committed to improving the quality of student experience through innovative ideas about how to do this by setting a good example for her peers. Through her enthusiasm and passion, Shannon inspires her peers, formally as a volunteer peer mentor in the University Learning Centre, and member Planning Students Association executive, but also less overtly in her outreach work, as a student athlete, and as a classmate.

In readily volunteering her time to numerous projects, she devotes time to endeavors for which she is passionate, especially those that facilitate community building as time well spent. When leading the organizing of an extra-curricular event, such as the 2013 Catholic Students Association Conference, or a fundraising drive, as she did for victims of Typhoon Haiyan, Shannon draws her strength from others. Shannon models leadership that is inclusive and seeks to foster and promote understanding among disparate groups as demonstrated through her work alongside City of Saskatoon community development staff, or with her prison outreach activity.