2015 Award Winner - Natania Abebe
Thanks to her leadership, courage and commitment to the health and well-being of those around her, Natania Abebe has won the 2015 Marcel Cote Leadership Community Service Award. This Nursing Science student has been dedicated to her community since she began her studies at the University of Ottawa. For several years, she has volunteered at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) and is president and founder of Campus Cursive at the University of Ottawa, a letter-writing club dedicated to raising awareness of mental health issues on campus and to helping those who experience them. From the beginning, Natania showed strong leadership qualities by founding a ukulele therapy program in cooperation with the Ottawa Folklore Centre and CHEO. Under her leadership, Campus Cursive instigated two major campaigns to benefit University of Ottawa students by raising student moral. The “Love Bundle Campaign” sent out letters of encouragement written by Campus Cursive members, as requested by members of the uOttawa community, to other community members. The “Mystery Pen Pal Project” anonymously matched up two students so they could help each other during the academic year before learning each other’s identity at an end-of-year ball. The exemplary leadership that Natania Abebe has displayed during her time at the University made her the ideal recipient of the 2015 Marcel Cote Leadership Community Service Award.
2014 Award Winner - Marie-Hélène Haché
For her dedication to the University and broader communities, for creating a unique learning program many students have had the chance to benefit from and for her excellent work with her peers, Marie-Hélène Hachéearned this first Leadership in Community Service Award. Marie-Hélène Haché is an undergraduate student in the Faculty of Law, Civil Law Section. She’s very involved in the University community. She works at the Civil Law Section’s Centre de développement professionnel. In addition to showing professionalism in all her work, Marie-Hélène started a unique activity that allows students who aren’t selected for various moot competitions to experience the litigation process in as realistic a fashion as possible. It’s turned out to be a great success! The Centre de développement professionnel acted as clerk, coordinating applications, management of documents and trial dates, in short, managing the case. Students really appreciated this! Through her professionalism, her determination and her dedication, Marie-Hélène created an outstanding, innovative learning opportunity, enabling many students to become acquainted with litigation within a unique educational and ethical framework — an experience usually reserved for students chosen for moot competitions.