Sarah Nichols (2012)

Affiliation at the time of the award: Carleton University

Citation: Sarah feels that leadership is a skill that can be developed through self-study, education, training and experience. She has engaged herself in a number of student leadership positions, including working as a Summer Orientation Leader, Orientation Coordinator and giving back to the community of Ottawa through Community Service-Learning. She has taken on roles that encourage others to get involved as leaders, such as through helping to develop and promote a Co-curricular Record at Carleton, which serves students with official transcripts of their extra-curricular involvement to use in future career-seeking opportunities and applications to graduate study programs.

Sarah has served for the past two years as a mentor for First in Family, a government program to help incoming students who are the first in their family to attend a post-secondary institution; the goal is to reduce the drop-out rate of this group who can face unique challenges without a support network. Sarah has a rare level of understanding of the needs and goals of students and university bodies (such as how orientation could be improved) and ways to position the needs of students to meet institutional goals (such as through a holistic education experience.)