Marissa Birkett is entering her first year at Wilfred Laurier University in Kinesiology in order to achieve her goal of becoming a chiropractor. A competitive athlete during her high school years while making the school’s Honor Roll, Marissa was selected to represent Barbados internationally in women’s soccer as Barbados attempted to qualify for the next World Cup of Soccer competition.
Tsahai Carter is entering her 1st year at the University of Ottawa's Social Studies and Political Science program offered via French Immersion. A consistent A+ student in her high school years, Tsahai is actively involved in the Nubian Book Club where black Caribbean students are mentored and encouraged to excel by community leaders. In addition, Tsahai has taken an advisory role in the Minister of Education’s student advisory Council and the Federation of Canadian Secondary Students, as the voice of students.
Jaryd Christie is entering third year of studies at Western in Medical Biophysics with the stated goal of returning to Barbados to contribute in the field of medical radiation or oncology physics. He is the president of the Heart and Stroke club at Western which promotes heart health through healthy lifestyle and diet. He has maintained an impressive GPA continuing to excel after earning a place on the Dean’s List in his first year.
Renee Goodridge is entering her fourth year of studies in the Concurrent Studies in Education offered by at Trent University and Queens University toward her goal of Junior Intermediate teacher. In addition to her excellent academic performance, Renee is active with youth in her church, teaches Sunday School, participates in outreach to the needy via food distribution and fundraising and will be volunteering with individuals who have communication disabilities to improve their ability to communicate while continuing as gymnastics coach.
Syenne Holder is entering her first year at Carleton University to study Architectural Design. An Honor Roll student throughout high school, Syenne excels in the sciences placing third in her hometown on the Sir Isaac Newton exam offered by Waterloo University. She has simultaneously received high school proficiency awards in French and Spanish. Syenne is an active volunteer in Club Carib of Oshawa as its webmaster, a member on two of its committees in addition to being a pannist with the Oshawa sounds of Steel and Panatics Steelband Network.
Shaquel Sealy will enter her first year at Ryerson University. She will enter at the level of third year studies to pursue her degree in Social Work, having completed the community worker program at George Brown with academic excellence. Her community contributions include working with people of all ages in at-risk neighborhoods in Toronto, where she demonstrates the leadership skills for which she earned the George Brown Student Leadership award.
Brian Wood is entering his third year at McGill university of his studies in Political Science and International Development. He is a previous recipient of the John Rollock Memorial Scholarship. In addition to maintaining high academic grades, Brian has been actively involved in mentoring students at McGill, facilitating leadership development workshops and contributing to student life as a Campus Life and Engagement ambassador. He also volunteers as President of McGill Students for Oxfam-Quebec.
2008 - 2016
Tinake (Tina) Dowridge
Maya Conliffe-Layne St. Kitts
Hasti Almasi *
Paula Anneka Lynch*
Latoya Barrow Sydney Murrell
Jenna Batson Bri-Anne Smith
Chelsea Cox Gabriel Taylor
Kevin King Shanice Yarde
Sasky Louison Ja'miil Millar
* Recipient of Barbados Canadian Scholarship at York University. This scholarship is funded by the investment returns on the Barbados Canadian Friendship Scholarship Endowment Fund, established at York University by Barbados Ball Canada Aid in 2007.