Naythrah Thevathasan (2013)

Affiliation at the time of the award: University of Guelph

Citation: Naythrah’s leadership niche lies in being an ambassador of hope. As a Supported Learning Groups leader she inspires, motivates and ignites passion in the lives of her fellow peers. Through her work as a Student Senator, Naythrah advocates on behalf of her constituents for positive and affirmative change at the University of Guelph.

Naythrah has been an active member in the Guelph community as a volunteer at the Guelph General Hospital and a peer coach for the Special Olympics. Over the years, Naythrah has received many distinctions for her efforts including being a three time Provincial DECA award winner, a Shad Valley RBC National Cup winner and a finalist at the Sanofi- Aventis Biotechnology competition.

Naythrah’s enormous compassion and social awareness shines through her philanthropic work. She has helped raise over $20,000 in aid relief for the people of Haiti through the Canadian Red Cross. In 2011, she travelled to India with Me to We and helped build a local primary school in the village of Komoda. She also led a local initiative to send school supplies to an impoverished school in Ghana. Naythrah is an exceptional young woman who is constantly trying to make the world a better place.