ATHENA CONGRATULATES YAEL HAGHERAY,
RECIPIENT OF THE 2016/2017 LEADER OF TOMORROW SCHOLARSHIP!
FEBRUARY 2017 - WINNIPEG, MANITOBA - Athena Leadership is thrilled and honoured to present Yael Hagheray with the 2016/2017 Leader of Tomorrow Scholarship. Originally from Eretria, Yael emigrated with her family to Canada via Saudi Arabia in 2001. Since then, she has remained passionate about helping other families experiencing similar situations. She volunteers with Syrian Refugee Aid to ensure families fleeing dangerous situations feel safe, loved and comfortable in their new homes, just as she did upon coming to Canada.
After her cousin was tragically killed by an impaired driver in 2010, Yael then devoted her time to the creation of Students Against Impaired Driving (S.A.I.D). Today Yael still serves as President of this nonprofit, which raises awareness of the dangers of drunk driving, awards a scholarship in her cousin’s honour, and organizes fundraisers to support organizations such as M.A.D.D. Yael is a strong community advocate and most recently, was accepted into Law School where she is hoping to pursue a career in Immigration Law. Yael has used the experiences of her life – both positive and negative – to shape her passions and create opportunities for herself and others. She is truly the definition of a “Leader of Tomorrow”. Congratulations, Yael!
ABOUT THE SCHOLARSHIP
Since 2012, Athena Leadership is proud to have founded and awarded the Leader of Tomorrow scholarship in our community, which exists to provide educational opportunity and change the lives of exceptional young women. It is heavily focused on recognizing and supporting young women clearly demonstrating leadership ability, than it is focused on academic achievement. With many deserving young leaders in need of assistance, Athena Leadership established the Leader of Tomorrow Fund in 2013 (proudly held and managed through The Winnipeg Foundation) which we have focused on growing to continue the scholarship in perpetuity.
Since establishing the fund, Athena Leadership has been challenged each year with choosing one outstanding young leader amongst many outstanding candidates. In 2015 our recipient was Jesslyn Janssen, in 2014 our recipient was Acqueline Masvikeni, and in 2013 it was Haley Hrymak.
Athena Leadership extends appreciation to all candidates who apply for the scholarship, and recognizes the tremendous and exemplary leadership potential in our community. We are proud of these amazing young leaders who embody our values of empowerment, integrity, and philanthropy every day.
- Women aged 17 - 24 as of January 1 of the calendar year.
- Must be enrolled in or entering an accredited public Manitoba post-secondary educational institute.
- Must have proven track record of involvement and impact within the community (measurable outcomes are encouraged).
- Must be a Canadian citizen or accredited visiting student.
- Should clearly demonstrate financial need.
- Applications accepted only to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Inquiries may be sent to email@example.com.
HOW IT'S AWARDED
The Athena Leader of Tomorrow Award is awarded annually to a young woman who exemplifies Athena values of empowerment, integrity, and philanthropy, as well as the characteristics of Greek goddess Athena (wisdom, strategy, and heroism). The recipient will have a proven track record in making a difference in other people’s lives through exceptional community involvement, demonstrable leadership, and a strong commitment to her own professional development and career path.
HOW TO DONATE
Tax-deductible donations to the Athena Leader of Tomorrow Fund can be done online through the Winnipeg Foundation. For more information on supporting or sponsoring Athena Leadership, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ABOUT JESSLYN JANSSEN: RECIPIENT OF THE 2015/2016 SCHOLARSHIP
Athena Leadership was deeply honoured to present the 2015/2016 Leader of Tomorrow Scholarship to an outstanding young leader, visionary, and game changer: Jesslyn Janssen.
After losing her father to cancer at the age of 9, and subsequently losing her grandfather to Alzheimer's disease, Jesslyn became driven to never take health for granted. In January 2015, while watching a documentary about the Alzheimer's process, she learned the most common detection method for the complex disease was a 30-point questionnaire.
Fuelled by the belief a better solution existed, Janssen immediately took action in self-learning the neuroscience behind the disease, and spent her summer self-funding tireless research in the St. Boniface Hospital Research Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba (overseen by professor Dr. Zahra Moussavi, and scientists Prof. Brian Lithgow and Dr. Benedict Albensi).
Her efforts resulted in developing a biosensor that detects when a protein in the bloodstream is over-expressed in Alzheimer's disease, effectively detecting the early onset of Alzheimer's disease using nanotechnology (microdiagnostics). As if pioneering a breakthrough in medicine wasn't enough, Janssen's invention costs less than 10 cents, takes 15 minutes to run, is non-invasive (only needing a drop of blood from the finger), and can also be applied to cancer, ebola, and other infectious diseases.
She accomplished this remarkable discovery over one summer while also balancing work, volunteer commitments in the research lab, and studies at the University of Manitoba - aimed at an honours degree in biotechnology or PhD in biomedical engineering or neuroscience. She hopes by detecting early-onset diseases, that she can prevent the loss of loved ones too soon, and can empower the less fortunate with accessible healthcare.
Jesslyn Janssen is only 19 years old. She is positioned to change lives not just in Manitoba, and not just in Canada, but across the globe. Her integrity is inspirational, her tenacity is exceptional, and her humility, vision, and passion are what will change the world. She is truly a Leader of Tomorrow, and we are so proud and honoured to support her journey. Special thank you to our 2015/2016 guest judges Kal Barteski, Autumn Fata, Sarah Appelt, and Tracy Bowman.