Student Leadership Awards

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The Student Leadership Awards is an annual event that brings the Douglas College community together to celebrate exceptional student leaders and faculty/staff who have made an outstanding contribution to student engagement.

The celebration is scheduled to take place in person at the Anvil Centre on April 27, 2023 4 - 8PM. More details of the event agenda to follow. 

Nomination Period

The nomination period is now closed. Thank you to those that submitted a nomination for a student, faculty or staff. Award winners and nominees will be contacted directly with further news. 

Nominee Requirements

You may only be nominated once per award; if you receive additional offers of nomination, please request the prospective nominator submit a letter of reference instead to support your existing nomination. If you have been nominated for the Student Leader Award, there are additional requirements for you to complete; please see the details in the award description below.  

Award Details

The Student Leader Award recognizes student leaders who exemplify outstanding leadership characteristics and demonstrate the ability to build community through initiatives or projects both on and off campus. 

This is a monetary award with prizes ranging from $500 to $1,000. 

Eligibility criteria

  • Has held at least one significant leadership position on campus or off campus 

  • Has made a significant impact on the Douglas College student experience through any of the following: student groups, campus events/programs, community and civic initiatives 

  • Demonstrates the ability and willingness to mentor fellow students 

  • Has dedicated a significant amount of effort and energy toward bettering the student experience through involvement in campus and community activities 

  • Has been enrolled in a minimum of 6 credits, within any program or faculty, during the previous Fall Semester or Winter Semester 

  • Has a minimum 2.0 grade point average 

Additional requirements for nominees

If you have been nominated, you must submit the following documentation to complete your eligibility: 

  1. Minimum two letters of reference; at least one must be from an employer, volunteer coordinator or instructor. 

  1. An updated resumé 

  1. Unofficial transcript showing you are in good academic standing 


Students may only be nominated once per award. Please check with the student you wish to nominate prior to submitting a nomination form to see if they have already been nominated; if they have, you can further their nomination with a letter of reference.


This award celebrates students who have shown a commitment to the Douglas College community in a volunteer or student assistant capacity. Going above and beyond to create inclusive and memorable experiences for others, being a positive role model, and creating a community on campus are some of the criteria taken into consideration for award recipients.

Eligibility criteria

  • Has held a student assistant or volunteer role on campus 

  • Has made a positive impact on the student experience by creating a community on campus  

  • Demonstrated leadership qualities and a commitment to improving the student experience at Douglas College 


Students may only be nominated once per award. Please check with the student you wish to nominate prior to submitting a nomination form to see if they have already been nominated; if they have, you can further their nomination with a letter of reference. 


There are two awards in this category, one for a College staff member and another for a faculty member. These awards recognize Douglas College staff and faculty members whose work has significantly enhanced the student experience. These individuals go above and beyond their job description to support student learning and development. This may include student mentoring, student group advising, experiential learning program management, or championing student ideas and/or feedback. These individuals' efforts and achievements remind us of our common purpose - to support students in their learning and development. 

Please note these are non-monetary awards. 

Eligibility criteria

  • Work done by faculty/staff member directly affects the student experience and community 

  • Has made exceptional contributions to student learning (in and out of the classroom) and student development 

  • Upholds College values of inclusion and equity 

  • Work enhances student involvement in the campus community 


Staff/faculty can only be nominated once. Additional nominators can support their nomination with a letter of reference. 


The Global Citizenship Dean’s Awards recognize students from across Douglas College that embody global competencies in action. Award winners show commitment to global citizenship through their studies (course selection and experiences) and through their community engagement.  Across contexts, they also demonstrate high levels of practical global competencies such as, perspective-taking, global self-awareness, critical thinking and intercultural communication skills.

This annual award 

  • is worth $1500 for each recipient
  • there is one recipient for each of Douglas College's six faculties

This award is administered by Global Engagement Office. For more details including eligibility and application, please click: Global Citizenship Dean’s Awards

2023 Nominees

Student Leader Award

Aamish Arora

Aryan Dhamankar
Axel Bernoe
Bailey Cove
Daniel Villansenor
Danna Domasig
Denise Smadello
Emmaline Ruby Damon
Gabriel Santos
Gurjot Singh Bawa
Himadri Joshi
Jasper Brodie
Jenny Bui
Martha Alejandra Espinoza Muñoz
Maya Moalla
Mort Zowghinia
Myat Noe Pwint
Myungsan Yun
Nathaniel Gingerich 
Oommen George
Taydra TenBroek

Up and Coming Student Leaders of the Year Award

Amari (Mariana) Barillas Flores-Calderon 

Aryan Dhamankar

Ava Ferenc

Benjamin Li

David Marin Mejia

Jackkson Newton

Jasper Brodie

Jenny Bui

Sam Lima 

Shivani Prakash Ithawar

Shrishty Jain
Outstanding Contribution to Student Engagement Award
Caleb Cheek
Eugene Dy
Irene Chan
Padmapriya Arasanipalai Kandhadai 
Pauline Low
Saeed Mirjalili
Shahriar Khosravi
Will Gunton 

2022 Winners

Student Leader Award

Aly Hillaby, Bachelor of Social Work

Jaden Haywood, Bachelor of Business Administration, Management

Mehre Dlir, Bachelor of Business Administration

Up and Coming Student Leaders of the Year Award

Akshara Sharma, Post-Baccalaureate Diploma, Finance

Hannah Lohnes, Early Childhood Education Diploma

Myungsan Yun, General Studies

Taranjeet Parmar, Bachelors of Psychology

2021 Winners and Nominees

Congratulations to the 2021 award winners and nominees. Read more about their contributions on our blog.


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