Marion Dewar Scholarship Fund Recipients – Alumni

Marion Dewar Scholarship Fund Recipients – Alumni2019-11-20T14:45:09-05:00

As the Marion Dewar Scholarship Fund (MDSF) recipients have continued their education and careers, we would like to provide you with updates on our alumni. These updated profiles demonstrate how the MDSF and the community have supported them through their journey. Through the success of the MDSF recipients, Marion Dewar’s legacy lives on.

Assile Moussaoui
Undergraduate Student in Biotechnology, University of Ottawa
Marion Dewar Scholarship Fund Recipient – 2018

Education
Bachelor of Science, Biotechnology,University of Ottawa (in progress)

Work
Sales Associate, Sunglasses Hut
Sales Associate, Browns

Post Award
Since being awarded the Marion Dewar Scholarship, I am continuing my education at the University of Ottawa. I am currently studying Biotechnology, a double honours program of both Biochemistry and Chemical Engineering.

Pursuit of Goals
The award helped with my financial aid by paying a part of my tuition. The award decreased my OSAP loans and reduced the stress of having to repay the loans. This helped me stay focused on my education.

Message to Youth
Help is always available for any problem you will encounter in life. My advice to all youth is to feel comfortable to reach out and ask for help whenever you need it.

 

Salar Farokhi
Undergraduate Student in Health Science, Carleton University
Marion Dewar Scholarship Fund Recipient – 2017

Education
Bachelor of Science, Health Sciences, Carleton University (in progress)

Work
Research Assistant, Bruin Lab, Carleton University 

Volunteer
Emergency Room and Epidemiology Research Volunteer, Ottawa Hospital (Civic Campus)
Visiting Program, Canada’s Multiple Sclerosis Society
Peer Mentor, Science Student Success Centre

Post Award
I am currently in the third year of my undergraduate degree in Health Sciences at Carleton University. In my first year, I participated in the Dean’s Summer Research Internship, a competitive internship for top science students. I completed the internship in a biology lab. In 2019, I received a Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) summer student grant and worked in Dr. Jenny Bruin’s lab. With a lot of hard work and dedication, we recently published a paper and I am working on two other publications.

My future career goal is to become a reconstructive plastic surgeon to help patients with dysfunctions and disabilities. I aim to learn and develop new techniques in plastic surgery.

In addition to my academics, I volunteer in medical areas to gain a better understanding of the field. I volunteer in the emergency room and for epidemiology research at the Ottawa Hospital (Civic Campus) and the Multiple Sclerosis Society through spending time with patients. In 2019, I started mentoring at the Science Student Success Centre. I also teach as the leader of a study group for physiology and genetics.

Pursuit of Goals
Through achieving the MDSF, the financial aid allowed me to focus on academics and not worry about the financial fees. I felt the community truly supported me through my academic endeavours. This was a great feeling and helpful to me in pursuing my goals.

Message to Youth
My message to refugees and immigrants would be to get involved in the community as much as you can and always strive to do your best in your studies. You have many more opportunities available that you may not have had in your previous country. Take advantage of the opportunities that are available to you!

Uyen Do
Master of Science Candidate in Experimental Surgery, McGill University
Marion Dewar Scholarship Fund Recipient – 2013

Education
Bachelor of Science, Biomedical Science, University of Ottawa
Master of Science, Experimental Surgery, McGill University

Work
Research Assistant, Centre for Research in Neuroscience| McGill University

Volunteer
Indigenous Outreach Coordinator, Let’s Talk Science

Post Award
I was awarded the Marion Dewar Scholarship Fund (MDSF) at the start of my undergraduate program in Biomedical Science at the University of Ottawa. Throughout my undergraduate studies, I continually demonstrated academic excellence and received numerous scholarships to further my study. I graduated from the University of Ottawa in 2018 and accepted an offer to start my graduate studies in Experimental Surgery at McGill University. My research interest lies in analyzing risk factors and interventions that can affect postoperative outcomes at both the patient and population levels. With the help of a multidisciplinary team from universities in Montreal, I developed a simulation model to help train future health care professionals on a cardiac procedure. As part of my Masters’ thesis, I am currently managing a pilot randomized controlled trial to investigate impact of using opioid and non-opioid analgesics to reduce pain for patients after their surgeries.

In addition to my school and research work, I participated in various national and international volunteer initiatives. I taught children with special needs how to swim, volunteered at CHEO and Queensway-Carleton Hospital, traveled to Central America to provide basic health care needs to underserved populations, and co-led many student organizations. I also had the opportunity to visit Kuujjuaq (a northern village in the Nunavik region of Quebec) to lead science camps. I am very grateful for the meaningful connections I made in this community and this experience has led to my current position as the Indigenous Outreach Coordinator for Let’s Talk Science at McGill University. My roles include, but are not limited to, working with leaders and members from Kahnawake (a First Nations reserve close to Montreal) to organize science workshops and to provide mentorship to youth in the community.

Pursuit of Goals
Receiving the MDSF has encouraged me to continue pursuing my goals in academia as a researcher and in my community and as an advocate for science education. It was a humbling experience to receive the MDSF award in honor of the late Mayor of Ottawa, Marion Dewar, who has done so much not only for the Vietnamese refugee community, but also for all immigrant communities in Ottawa. This award, which recognized my past achievements, dedication to academia and involvement in my community, has inspired me to continue to work hard and to support the interests of others in keeping Mayor Dewar’s legacy alive.

Message to Youth
I am always thankful and appreciative of the sacrifices my parents made by leaving our home country and immigrating to Canada so that my siblings and I could have the opportunities that we otherwise would not have. It is important to remember our parents’ hard work and dedication to better our future. With opportunities and resources present here in Canada, I hope that we will never give up on our desire to succeed. With our successes, I hope that we continue to welcome, motivate and support incoming youth to help them reach their goals.

Hanan Awneh
Interior Design Coordinator
Marion Dewar Scholarship Fund Recipient – 2010

 

Education
Bachelor of Applied Arts, Interior Design, Algonquin College of Applied Arts and Technology

Work
Interior Design Coordinator, Claridge Homes
Designer, CMG Office Inferiors

Post Award
Since receiving the Marion Dewar Scholarship, I completed my Bachelor in Interior Design and have been working successfully in my field for the past five years.

Pursuit of Goals
The award has definitely helped me with my educational achievement, which is the reason for my success today. I felt supported financially and by the community through the award.

Message to Youth
I would like to say to all the youth that you must persist to achieve your dreams and then your persistence will pay off!

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