Congratulations to Christina Hassan, an alumna of Applied Health Sciences program at the University of Waterloo for receiving the Rotary People of Action; Young Innovators Award. Christina Hassan has demonstrated exceptional achievement in developing FullSoul, a non-profit organization that works to provide sterile medical supplies for pre-and post- natal procedures to safely deliver and care for newborns.
“The more you give, the more you will receive.” This is a philosophy that Christina stands by.
Christina completed both her undergraduate degree in Health Studies and her Master of Public Health at the University of Waterloo. During her undergrad, she was enrolled in co-op and spent a work term in a maternity hospital in Uganda. With first-hand experience helping mothers who did not have proper access to basic health supplies, Christina began her project FullSoul at the University of Waterloo’s Greenhouse supported by the St. Paul institution on campus to reduce these medical hardships. As of winter 2018, FullSoul opened up international co-op opportunities for students from a variety of disciplines.
Besides her dedicated efforts transforming a one-woman social enterprise into a larger team of both local and Canadian volunteers in Uganda, Christina has been recognized for other achievements throughout her philanthropic journey. Christina’s previous co-op experience in the medical field while working at St. Michael’s Hospital gave her some of the tools she would later use to create FullSoul. At St. Michael’s, Christina promoted the Women in Cancer initiative, presented two research papers gathering the world’s top professional breast cancer research and coordinated the launch of a virtual network of medical oncologists. Christina is also the recipient of the Rotary Youth Leadership Award (2010), AHS Co-op Student of the Year (2011), the YMCA International Peace Medallion (2013) and the AHS Young Alumni Award (2015).
We wish Christina the best in her work that continuously inspires others to also make a positive impact both locally and internationally!