Celebrating Faculty of Health student achievements with 436 awards and scholarships

Tuesday, March 19, 2024
A table with flowers, a battery-powered candle and printed programs for the Recognition Reception event

Faculty of Health students, families, faculty members and staff came together for a special recognition reception to celebrate more than 120 undergraduate and more than 160 graduate student achievements with a total of 436 awards.

The reception began with a warm welcome and smudging ceremony from Elder Myeengun Henry, the Faculty’s Indigenous Knowledge Keeper, and opening remarks from Dean Lili Liu.

Elder Myeengun Henry making a speech

“The success of the Faculty is reflected in the academic excellence of you, our students, and this event gives us a chance to celebrate all of you,” she said.

Liu presented two University of Waterloo Medals, followed by faculty members acknowledging the awards and scholarships received within their departments.

“Our School prides ourselves on our multidisciplinary education and research as well as our service to the University, the community and beyond, as exemplified not only by our faculty members, but also by our outstanding student body,” said School of Public Health Sciences Director Dr. Ellen MacEachen.

Two women laughing during conversation at the event.

“These amazing students we’re celebrating have demonstrated excellence in academic pursuits, research projects, co-op work terms, international experiences, athletics and service to the community that has gone above and beyond the high expectations that we set for our students.”

“Whether inside or outside of the classroom, in the lab or in a clinic, in the workplace or in the community itself, our students make important contributions that are integral to our success in all of these areas,” said Dr. Chris Vigna, associate chair of undergraduate studies in the Department of Kinesiology and Health Sciences.

“Our students embody our values through their leadership and active engagement in various pursuits that ultimately endeavor to create a positive change in the world,” said Recreation and Leisure Studies chair Dr. Troy Glover. “I am continually humbled by the aspirations, experiences and resilience displayed by our students. Their contributions extend well beyond the confines of our department and Faculty, to enrich student life and the wider community.”

Spread of food including veggies, dips, cheeses, fruit and desserts.

“I encourage each of you to continue to strive and excel and know that we are here to support your endeavours,” Liu concluded. “These awards are possible because of the generous contributions of donors, local organizations and provincial and federal agencies.”

After speeches and recognition remarks, guests mingled, took photos and enjoyed refreshments.

For a list of all awards recognized at the Recognition Reception this year, visit the Recognition Reception awards and scholarships webpage.

Congratulations, Faculty of Health undergraduate and graduate students!