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T&T student wins Toronto University award
Open National Scholarship winner Emily Fitzpatrick has been granted a Gordon Cressy Student Leadership Award by the University of Toronto for her outstanding extra-curricular contribution to the Canadian campus. A third-year student at UTSC, Emily is the daughter of Mr and Mrs Kenneth Fitzpatrick of Port-of-Spain and a former student of Woodbrook Government Secondary and Bishop Anstey High School. Emily is one of 17 UTSC students to win the award. They have been commended by the university for making “tremendous contributions to improving the world around them and inspiring others to do the same.” In Emily’s case, she continued to show at university the student leadership enthusiasm for which she was highly commended at Bishop Anstey.
According to the school’s Awards Ceremony report (2006-2007), Emily “successfully undertook student leadership as the Senior Prefect and excelled in her studies despite her fears of balancing all her commitments and still maintaining high standards.” She was successful in motivating herself, her peers as well as her teachers, the school reported. Emily learned to play chess at an early age but never liked competing as her sister chantal. As a member of the Flying Fish Swim Club she represented T&T at the Goodwill Games both at home and in Suriname.
At the University of Toronto, the alma mater of her father, Emily has been a Mentor, a Notetaker and involved with the International Student Centre. Her most rewarding experience so far has been her involvement in last year’s ISC Orientation where several new students did not speak English very well. This year Emily is serving as Residence Advisor. Since residence is her “home away from home” she is very excited to be contributing to her community. Emily is pursuing a BA degree in French and International Studies and expects to graduate in June this year.
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