Office of Aboriginal Initiatives
Laurier Student Leader, Elizabeth McLeod, Honoured as a Role Model for Healthy Living
By Paige Sillaby
Melissa Ireland | Aboriginal Student Support Coordinator (Waterloo Campus) | firstname.lastname@example.org
Wilfrid Laurier University's Office of Aboriginal Initiatives is pleased to announce that 4th year Honours Kinesiology student, Elizabeth McLeod, was selected by the Southern Ontario Aboriginal Diabetes Initiative in recognition of her contributions to diabetes awareness and prevention for the Aboriginal community.
Liz was honoured at the SOADI annual conference in Niagara Falls, Ontario, this past October where she was awarded her certificate. She was nominated by fellow Aboriginal Student Association member and student, Paige Sillaby, who envisioned Liz as a model representative of wellness.
“Receiving this award is a true honor and an ongoing reminder to continue to educate others, as well as myself to strive for a healthy and rewarding lifestyle.” says McLeod, a student at Laurier's Waterloo campus and a member of Moose Cree First Nation.
Liz’s knowledge of healthy, active living is a positive message that she is able to strongly model for all students on campus. At weekly soup lunches at the Aboriginal Student Centre, Liz shares tips and techniques for healthy lifestyle choices and how to eat well on a student budget. While taking care of her academics, Liz also looks after her physical self by actively participating in various intramural leagues. Her career goals are to pursue a Masters in Physical Therapy or Medicine. Currently, she is working for Dr. Stephen Perry, chair of Laurier’s Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education as a research assistant for Dr. Perry's NSERC project.
To be eligible for the SOADI Community Recognition Award, nominees must be a youth role model, living a healthy lifestyle and/or a front line worker who is active with youth and helping them to make healthy lifestyle choices.
For further details about the Southern Ontario Aboriginal Diabetes Initiative (SOADI), please visit the following link: http://www.soadi.ca/index.html