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Meet the 2022 Emerging Leader Award Winners – Indigenous Community

June 21, 2022 — 

For our final installment of Emerging Leader Award announcements, we will take some time to acknowledge the inspiring Indigenous student leaders that are agents of change within the UM Indigenous community. We caught up with Raven Morrisseau and Ishkode Catcheway to find out more about what their leadership journey means to them. 

Raven Morriseau

Raven Morriseau – Emerging Leader Award: Indigenous Community

Morriseau is a fourth year undergraduate student in the Faculty of Arts. She has experience in representing Indigenous students on the Arts Student Body Council and on the University of Manitoba Indigenous Students Association (UMISA). She has been a mentor in the Neechiwaken Indigenous Peer Mentor program, a participant in the Indigenous Circle of Empowerment and the Indigenous Content Committee at UM. When asked what she learned through her leadership involvement at UM, she reflected on how important connection is, especially during the past two years of the pandemic. “I have learned the importance of actively listening, […] in leadership roles, the most important thing you can do is listen. My role is to help and serve students and if I can’t do that, I shouldn’t be there”.

Morriseau said her family and the Indigenous community are who inspire her to continue to lead because they have shaped her into the person she is today. When asked about her life motto, Morriseau lives her life by this encouraging philosophy: “just go for it and see what happens”.

Ishkode Catcheway

Ishkode Catcheway – Emerging Leader Award: Indigenous Community

Catcheway is a third year undergraduate student studying in the Rady Faculty of Health Sciences and has experience in being a mentor in the Neechiwaken Indigenous Peer Mentor program, a participant in the Indigenous Circle of Empowerment and the communications coordinator for UMISA. When asked about what she learned in her leadership journey at UM, she said, “Throughout all the various associations and clubs I have been involved with at the university, I have learned that there is still a lot of work to be done when it comes to Indigenous relations at the university. Even though it has come a long way, there is still a long road ahead of us”.

When asked about what inspires her to continue her leadership, Catcheway shared that she is the oldest of six siblings, the first to graduate high school and university in her family and the first generation to not attend residential or day school. Catcheway added, “I guess what inspires me to continue my academic journey is being able to not only take up spaces where my mom and grandma weren’t ever wanted to be in, but also give my younger siblings and cousins something to look at and draw from. That there is more than what they see portrayed in the media and they are more than that”.

Congratulations once more to all of the Emerging Leader recipients for the 2021-2022 academic year. Emerging Leader Award applications will open again next year for those interested in applying.

Learn more about the Emerging Leader Award here.

SELECTION COMMITTEE

Rebeka Gauthier

Katherine Chimney

Jaclyn Forbes

Judy Piasta

Justin Rasmussen

Leah Deanne

Lisa Tinley

Matthew Semchyshyn

Sherry Peters

Bailey Hendry

 

UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT RECIPIENTS:

Gillian Laninga, College of Nursing

Randi Roy, Faculty of Science 

Lauren Slegers, I. H. Asper School of Business

Aseespal Sehgal, Faculty of Science

Alex Rana, Faculty of Arts

Fardeen Zareef, Faculty of Arts

Miray Eskandar, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences

Shawn Singh, Faculty of Law

Camryn Anderson, Faculty of Arts

Chloe McElheron, Faculty of Science

Michael Badejo, Faculty of Law

Joseph Geodisico, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences

Amy Spearman, Faculty of Arts

Juanita Garcia, Faculty of Science

JR Salinas, Dr. Gerald Niznick College of Dentistry

Cassadra Lu, I. H. Asper School of Business

Raven Morriseau, Faculty of Arts  

Rebecca Seales, Faculty of Science

Hannah Belec, Faculty of Arts

Neelam Shahzadi, I. H. Asper School of Business

Robin Mann, Faculty of Science

Rohit Gupta, Faculty of Arts

Ameerah Andaya, Faculty of Social Work 

Celeste Petrick, Faculty of Arts

Cleche Kokolo, Faculty of Arts

Esfir Goncharova, I. H. Asper School of Business

Geoffrey Pagcaliwagan, Faculty of Science

Hajrah Ata, Faculty of Science

Kasen Neufeld, Faculty of Social Work

Sophie George, Faculty of Arts

Cindy Atayan, Faculty of Science

Takudzwa Mushosho, Faculty of Arts

Annie Jiang, Faculty of Science

Morgan Traa, School of Art

Olivia Plotnik, Faculty of Arts

Rashi Chhabra, Faculty of Science

Taylor Catcheway, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences

Towani Mutale, Faculty of Arts

Megan Crooks, Faculty of Science

Prabhleen Maingi, I. H. Asper School of Business

Zackary Holmberg, Faculty of Science

Doris Goubran, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences

Fares Hossain, Faculty of Science

Kevin Wong, I. H. Asper School of Business

Rushie Tyagi, Faculty of Science

Serena Phillips, Faculty of Science

Amirali Paknahad, Dr. Gerald Niznick College of Dentistry

Andrea Abellera, Faculty of Science

Arko Dutta, I. H. Asper School of Business

Adam Kowal, Faculty of Law

Faith Olarinde, Faculty of Kinesiology and Recreation Management

 

GRADUTE STUDENT RECIPIENTS:

Bonn Alvarez, College of Nursing

Vimala Bharathi, Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences

Thilini Dissanayake, Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences

Graham Taylor, I. H. Asper School of Business

Pamela Ryan, Faculty of Science

Kristine Doell, Faculty of Graduate Studies

Kevin Oliver, Faculty of Graduate Studies

Kayla Kostal, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences

Renée Boily, College of Nursing 

Mehraz Sarker, Faculty of Arts

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