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Laurier student earns national leadership award
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WATERLOO — Kristy Bray took home two honours in June. She had worked towards the first one for four years; the other one was unexpected.
Shortly before graduating from Laurier with an honours sociology degree, Bray learned that the Canadian Association of Disability Service Providers in Postsecondary Education would honour her with a national 2007 Student Leadership Award.
The award recognizes students who have shown exceptional leadership and enhanced the quality of life for students with disabilities on campus or in the community. Bray was one of two recipients selected from across Canada.
“My experiences taught me the importance of giving all students equal opportunities to participate and succeed in their educational endeavours and broader lives,” says Bray. Although she says that working towards this goal is fulfilling in itself, she hopes the award will “help to bring greater awareness and resources to the important issue of equality.”
An active volunteer at Laurier’s Accessible Learning Centre (ALC), Bray improves services for students with disabilities as a tutoring program co-ordinator, a member of the ALC advisory committee and by helping to plan the first ALC Awareness Week. In the community, she volunteers with individuals with intellectual and physical disabilities.
“Kristy is a very dedicated, compassionate and spirited individual and an extraordinary student leader,” says Gwen Page, manager of the ALC. “She works diligently to create a more inclusive and accepting campus community for students with disabilities.”
Despite her busy volunteering schedule, Bray maintains an excellent academic record. She was recognized as the student with the highest sociology GPA entering her fourth year. Bray plans to attend teacher’s college this fall.
Lori Chalmers Morrison