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Student leaders recognized at annual brunch

WATERLOO, Ont. (April 3, 2012) - Tuesday morning, Wilfrid Laurier University's Department of Athletics and Recreation hosted its annual Recreation Student Leader & Student Staff Brunch recognizing all their achievements over the past year.  

This past year was Athletics and Recreation's most successful to date as it saw the largest registration for intramurals, the largest number of visitors each week in all our facilities, the largest number of people per day using the fitness centre as well as the busiest open recreation gym time for students. It was with the hard work and dedication of all our student staff that this is made possible. Our student staff spent countless hours working towards every service that is provided to allow for the most positive experience for all participants.

Students also had the opportunity to listen to speeches made by Leanne Holland-Brown, Dean of Students, as well as PETER BAXTER, Director of Athletics and Recreation.

The department also handed out 16 awards as well as recognizing four recipients of scholarship awards which acknowledged outstanding student leadership and contribution at Laurier. The award winners were as follows: 

The Don Smith Award is awarded to a student who has made a lasting contribution to Athletics and Recreation at Laurier.  This year's recipient was Corinne Caswell. Corinne is currently the department's Recreation Assistant and has been a part of the Student Staff team for four years.

The Outstanding Customer Service Award is awarded annually to the student who portrays outstanding customer service to all visitors to our facilities. This year's recipient was Katrina Carruthers.  Katrina has worked the past three years in the department, including roles with Events and Facilities. Katrina is currently our Student Ticketing Coordinator.  

Golden Hawk Award of Excellence for Intramurals Referee: Ian Filion
Golden Hawk Award of Excellence for Intramurals RIC: Richard Klump
Golden Hawk Award of Excellence for Special Interest: Holly Beth Lievonen
Golden Hawk Award of Excellence for the Hawk Desk: Luke Denomme
Golden Hawk Award of Excellence for Personal Training: Erin Baun
Golden Hawk Award of Excellence for Cyclefit: Lisa Rossi
Golden Hawk Award of Excellence for Aquatics: James Wells
Golden Hawk Award of Excellence for the Climbing Wall: Emily Kennedy
Golden Hawk Award of Excellence for the Stadium Desk: Teagan Kasperavicious
Golden Hawk Award of Excellence for the Fitness Centre: Colleen LeMarquand
Golden Hawk Award of Excellence for Group Fitness: Gabriel Mccullogh
Golden Hawk Award of Excellence for Communications: Matt Tonkin
Golden Hawk Award of Excellence for Events: Sebastian Clarke
Golden Hawk Award of Excellence for Club Presidents: Daniel Figueroa

The Department also presented four scholarship awards. Jarrett Humphreys was the recipient of the Webster Brothers Award. This award is granted to a second, third or fourth year student who demonstrates leadership in Athletics and Recreation. Strong consideration is given to applicants who have demonstrated positive evidence of leadership within Athletics and Recreation through either participation in leadership, development or community volunteer activities. 

The Golden Hawk Student Leader scholarship was also presented to Katrina Carruthers, Annalise Wendler and Corinne Caswell. This endowed award is given annually (minimum two semesters in one academic year) to undergraduate students who have served at least one year as a student-leader within the Department of Athletics and Recreation. The students must demonstrate excellent leadership, customer service and technical skills.

The Department of Athletics and Recreation would like to congratulate all our students on a successful year. To all those graduating this year, we wish you luck in all your endeavours. We are looking forward to another successful year in 2012-2013.

The Department would also like to wish all Laurier Students the best of luck on their upcoming exams and also wish everyone a safe, healthy and happy summer.
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