Meet the Wilson Leaders
Ahmednur Ali is a Health Policy PhD candidate and winner of the Michael G. DeGroote Doctoral Scholarship of Excellence. As a policy assistant with the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, Ahmednur synthesized current research to inform policy development. Through his work with the McMaster Health Forum’s Impact Lab, Ahmednur further helped make available evidence to support policymaking.
Sarah Brooks is an Arts & Science student. Through an internship with the Caribbean Community Secretariat, she explored the impacts she can make through the public service. In 2019, she co-coordinated the New World of Work Forum at McMaster. Most of her work and volunteer efforts have centred on building welcoming communities, whether supporting individuals with brain injuries, or establishing a social network for new students.
Elise Desjardins is a Master of Public Health student and a graduate of McMaster’s Life Sciences program. She co-developed and co-managed an initiative to improve walking and cycling conditions in downtown Hamilton, and co-authored the Friendly Streets Toolkit. As a board member for Student Open Circles, she supports the development of student leaders and the capacity of local non-profits. Her research brings a public health lens to transportation planning by understanding how built environments influence transportation choices.
Stephanie Hatzifilalithis is a PhD candidate in the Department of Health, Aging, and Society who brings an interdisciplinary lens to challenges facing aging populations. During her studies in Canada and abroad, she has led student groups, free public seminar series, and intergenerational projects that have been recognized internationally and by all levels of government. Her commitment to making a positive impact in the world has prompted her to find innovative and creative means to foster connections across generations.
Chemical and Bioengineering student Erik Joy developed a partnership between Engineers Without Borders: McMaster and Empowerment Squared last year to support their mission in providing academic mentorship to local youth and young adults. This year Erik has founded "The Porch", a student club that aims to increase student engagement off-campus. He is also the Assistant Coach for the McMaster Varsity Wrestling Team.
Carol Markos, an Indigenous Studies and Political Science undergraduate student, worked with the Canadian National Institute for the Blind through McMaster’s Research Shop, where she led research on maximizing educational success for blind and visually impaired Canadians. She is currently contributing to the Jane Goodall Institute’s Uncovering Common Ground initiative. In advance of the federal election, she is co-creating accessible, non-partisan political information nights for immigrant communities.
Meet the Wilson Leader Alumni
Monish Ahluwalia graduated from Integrated Sciences and is now a medical student at the University of Toronto. At McMaster, he served as the President of the McMaster Science Society, Co-President and bass guitarist of the Mac Pops Orchestra, and Co-President of the McMaster Model United Nations Team. He pursued research projects in medical isotope production and nuclear waste management and is continuing to investigate the connection between the NPC1 gene and obesity / type II diabetes.
Kylie Hopkins works as a pediatric nurse with Hamilton Health Sciences, continuing her long-standing commitment to children’s wellness. She is continuing both prongs of her community project, which focus on improving interprofessional communication on healthcare teams in emergency situations. She co-created a Nursing module on interprofessional communication during medical emergencies. In collaboration with students and faculty from McMaster’s Centre for Simulation-Based Learning and Nursing, and MD programs, she is developing experiential learning scenarios.
Alyssia Jovellanos is a Product Manager with Microsoft. During her degree in Computer Science, Alyssia led award-winning projects in educational technology, accessibility and AI. Much of her work aims to bring technology to as many people as possible, whether through the international consultation she has provided on increasing diversity in tech education, the free tech interview mentorship group she launched, the coding modules she developed for children, or the hackathon she co-founded, which remains Canada’s 1st and largest student-run hackathon for change.
Yung Lee continues to train as a medical student at McMaster University. He is involved in producing evidence-based reviews, population-based studies, and position statements in general surgery to inform and improve future practice. Yung hopes to pursue general surgery (minimally invasive surgery) as his specialty after his medical degree. Outside of medicine, Yung is a cellist in multiple orchestras, ensembles, and student-led groups such as Music in Medicine. As a freelance photographer, he was involved in The Silhouette and Humans of McMaster.
Andrew Richards graduated from Communication Studies with a minor in Globalization. As former captain of McMaster’s men’s volleyball and Canada’s men’s junior volleyball teams, Andrew demonstrated the way athletics builds leadership skills. To help others access this potential, he volunteered as a team representative with McMaster Athletes Care, established McMaster’s now annual participation in the #NoGoodWay Day campaign, and brought together 120 student and Special Olympics Athletes to raise over $6500 for inclusive athletics.
Josh Young graduated from Commerce with a focus on Finance. During his year-long internship in corporate strategy with Celestica, he honed his ability to research complex situations and quickly propose feasible solutions. Josh's participation in the Model UN and DECA encouraged his enjoyment of exploring multiple perspectives. In his community project, he explored how to incentivize corporate responsibility through green technology buying consortia for small- to mid-sized businesses.