WATERLOO, Ont. (April 8, 2014) - Tuesday morning, Wilfrid Laurier University's Departmentof 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 newly renovated fitness centre as well as the busiest open recreation gym time for students. It was with the hard work and dedication of our student team that this is made possible. Our student team 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, Deanof Students, as well as Peter Baxter
, Director of Athletics and Recreation.
The department also handed out 17 awards as well as recognizing two 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 Athletic sand Recreation at Laurier. This year's recipient was Mallory De Mille. Mallory is currently the Marketing Assistant for Recreation and has been a part of the Student Leader team for two years.
The Outstanding Leadership for 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 Ryan Ball
. Ryan has worked the past two years in the department, including roles with Events and Facilities & Customer Service. Ryan is currently our Stadium Coordinator.
Golden Hawk Award of Excellence for the Fitness Centre: Michael Kiehn
GoldenHawk Award of Excellence for Group Exercise: Chloe Graves
Golden Hawk Award of Excellence for Events: Mike Karpiak
The Department also presented four scholarship awards. Ryan Doherty
was the recipient of the Webster Brother's 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 Aiden Dawtrey
. 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. You have all impacted Athletics & Recreation is a positive way and will always be a part of the Golden Hawk Family. We are looking forward to another successful year in 2014-2015.
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.