WATERLOO, Ont. (May 10, 2013) - On Thursday night, the Wilfrid Laurier University Alumni Association (WLUAA) presented seven exceptional members of the Laurier community with their Awards of Excellence.
Among the recipients for 2013 was former women's basketball player Kandice Baptiste of Shannonville, Ont. Baptiste, who played for Laurier from 2006 to 2010, was presented with the Young Alumna of the Year award, recognizing the outstanding achievement by a Laurier alumnus/a who is younger than 30 years of age.
A Bachelor of Arts graduate in History, Baptiste is Laurier's Aboriginal Students Recruitment and Retention Officer for which she travels across Ontario and Quebec to speak with Aboriginal students and communities to promote post-secondary education. While a student at Laurier, Baptiste founded the Aboriginal Students Association, serving also as its founding president and was the first Aboriginal Student Intern.
In her nomination package, one supporter wrote: "Kandice is a true ambassador in every sense of the word. Not only in her role as Laurier's Aboriginal Students Recruitment and Retention Officer, but she truly is a source of pride for WLU alumni, students, faculty and staff, as well as a role model for Aboriginal youth nation-wide. Our students see her as empowering, successful, and confident and a positive role model."
Over her career with the Hawks, Baptiste played in 78 regular season contests, averaging 15.1 minutes and 4.2 points per game.