Meet the Wilson Leaders
Sarah Brooks is an Arts & Science student and a Duke of Edinburgh International Award winner. As Pangaea Director for the McMaster Association of West Indian Students, she has helped with coordinating one of McMaster’s largest student celebrations. Through a summer internship with the Caribbean Community Secretariat, Brooks has explored the impacts she can make through the public service.
Chemical and Bioengineering student Erik Joy was recently one of Canada’s top varsity wrestlers in his weight class, until an injury led him to adjust his focus. While still active with McMaster’s wrestling team, Joy volunteers with Let’s Talk Science, and will be providing assistance in academic and leadership skills training to youth in the 2018-2019 academic year with Engineers Without Borders and Empowerment Squared.
Carol Markos, an Indigenous Studies and Political Science student, has several long-term volunteering and work commitments with youth, ranging from youth counsellor, to tutor and summer camp programming creator. At McMaster, she has been a Welcome Week Representative and VP of Fundraising for the Mac Soup Kitchen. She is currently planning to pursue a career in law.
Monish Ahluwalia is an Integrated Sciences student and current Co-President and bass guitarist for the Mac Pops Orchestra. Previously, he served as the VP Communications for the McMaster Science Society, and Co-President of the Model United Nations Team, helping to expand the MacMUN conference to students from outside McMaster. Monish gave a TEDx McMaster talk on the impact thorium-fuelled nuclear reactors can have on the energy crisis – a topic he researched out of personal interest - and is involved in researching the connection between mutations in the NPC1 gene and obesity.
Alyssia Jovellanos’ award-winning projects have delved into educational technology, accessibility and AI. She works to bring technology to as many people as possible, having launched a free tech interview mentorship group, developed coding modules for children, and co-founded DeltaHacks – Canada’s 1st and largest student-run hackathon for change. Her community project aims to gather donated computers from organizations, clean them, provide software and distribute them to low-income households. Her work on Gmail smart features impacts billions of users, and she has spoken about diversity in engineering to audiences as large as 15 000.
Josh Young is a Commerce student, with a focus on Finance and a strong personal interest in macroeconomics. During his year-long internship in corporate strategy with Celestica, he honed his ability to research complex situations and quickly propose feasible solutions. Both the Model UN and DECA have encouraged Josh’s enjoyment of exploring multiple perspectives, a skill that has proven useful in his community project, which explores how to incentivize corporate responsibility.
Meet the Wilson Leader Alumni
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.
Yung Lee continues to train as a McMaster medical student. During his time in the Wilson Leadership program, he collaboratively developed guidelines to optimize treatment options for people with pneumonia and reduce the number of pneumonia-related deaths. As a cellist with the Music in Medicine group, Yung organized musical performances for young patients at McMaster’s Children’s Hospital. His community project resulted in a pilot experiential learning module to introduce middle and secondary students to careers in medicine.
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.