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October 26, 2014

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The Office of Aboriginal Initiatives Welcomes Kandice Baptiste -Laurier's Aboriginal Recruitment and Retention Officer

May 13/11

Contact:

Jean Becker, Senior Advisor
Aboriginal Initiatives, 519-884-1970 ext.4084

Kandice Baptiste has accepted the position of Aboriginal Recruitment and Retention Officer for WLU. Kandice has been working with Laurier Waterloo since September 2010 as their Aboriginal Student Intern, and has been in her new role since May 2nd.

Kandice is a Mohawk from the Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from WLU. Kandice was recruited as a combo point/shooting guard for the Laurier Golden Hawks basketball team out of high school and played at WLU for four years from 2006-2010.

During her time with the team she became a better leader, communicator and learned the value of teamwork. Kandice hopes to use her athletic experiences to help other Aboriginal youth use sports as an avenue to post secondary education.

After four years of varsity basketball Kandice used her fifth year to get involved in Aboriginal Student Services and became the first president of the Aboriginal Student Association as well as becoming the first Aboriginal Student Intern at the Waterloo campus. In these positions she helped the Aboriginal Student Support Coordinator, Melissa Ireland, create events and provide services for students at WLU. Her biggest achievement was the creation of the annual Aboriginal Awareness Week, which is a week full of fun and informative events that helps to spread awareness of Aboriginal culture within WLU and Kitchener/Waterloo. Kandice was also a member of Laurier's Aboriginal Education Council as the Waterloo student representative from 2009-2011.

In her role as Aboriginal Recruitment and Retention Officer Kandice assists incoming students in the transition to university life, answers admissions questions, does community visits and creates retention programming for current students. Overall, her mission is to make sure that current and prospective Aboriginal students feel supported and welcomed throughout their journey through university life.

Jean Becker, Senior Advisor: Aboriginal Initiatives welcomes Kandice to the growing Aboriginal team at Laurier and says that she feels this position is a crucial step in developing relationships with Aboriginal communities and people. She says that Kandice, with her experience in the communities, in athletics and at Laurier and her leadership skills is a perfect fit for the job.

Please take the time to welcome Kandice to the Waterloo campus community.

Contact: Kandice Baptiste

Email: kbaptiste@wlu.ca

Phone: 519-884-1970 ext.4312

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