Meet the Wilson Leaders
Yung Lee is a first-year medical student and a graduate of the Bachelor of Health Sciences program. He is currently working with physicians and health research methodologists to develop guidelines that will optimize treatment options for people with pneumonia, thus reducing the number of pneumonia-related deaths. As an amateur cellist with the Music in Medicine group, Yung organizes musical performances for young patients at McMaster’s Children’s Hospital. The mentors in the Wilson Leadership Scholar Award have sparked his interest in healthcare policy, healthcare consulting, and medical start-ups, and have strengthened his confidence in communicating within a team.
Monish Ahluwalia is a third-year Integrated Sciences student. As Co-President of the Model United Nations Team, he is one of the driving forces behind the expansion of the MacMUN conference. He also acts as VP Communications for the McMaster Science Society, where he manages a team of videographers, photographers, news anchors, a webmaster and a graphic designer. Through his volunteer work, he is involved in researching the connection between mutations in the NPC1 gene and obesity. Curious about all sciences, 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.
Andrew Richards is a fourth-year Communication Studies student, minoring in Globalization. As captain of McMaster’s high calibre men’s volleyball team, and former captain of Canada’s men’s junior volleyball team, Andrew demonstrates the way athletics builds leadership skills. To help others access this potential, he is continuing his work as team representative with McMaster Athletes Care, which fosters relationships with at risk youth, and he has raised funds and awareness for Special Olympics athletes in Hamilton. Similarly, his community project aims to connect youth with McMaster athletic events. As he prepares for leadership in other arenas, Andrew is working towards his CSC designation to deepen his understanding of finance – an area of interest he discovered after conversations with Wilson Leadership mentors.
Alyssia Jovellanos is a third-year Computer Science student who aims to solve complex problems through technology, and to increase McMaster’s prominence on the tech map. Her award-winning projects have delved into cybersecurity, educational technology and artificial intelligence. She has spoken about her work, and about diversity within engineering, to audiences as large as 15 000 people. As a Silicon Valley alum, most recently with Intuit, she runs free sessions for fellow students on cracking tech interviews. Having benefited from the expertise of mentors herself, Alyssia plans to expand her tech interview sessions, as well as her work introducing youth from low-income neighbourhoods to coding. She accomplishes this work partly via a learning platform she designed that doesn’t require downloads – and thus can be used by people without access to a private computer.
Kylie Hopkins is a fourth-year Nursing student. She has a long-standing commitment to children’s wellness, and a newfound interest in curriculum development. As an athletic coach to children ages 5 to 14, and to athletes at McMaster’s Sports Fitness School, Kylie has found ways to individualize her approach and motivational style. As a healthcare practitioner in training, she is similarly focused on how to maximize learning. Her current community project work expands opportunities for Nursing students to have input into curriculum. She plans to build on this work to create opportunities for interprofessional training, in order to better prepare future healthcare professionals for collaborative interprofessional practice.
Josh Young is a third-year Commerce student, with a focus on Finance and a strong personal interest in macroeconomics. He is currently completing a year-long internship in corporate strategy with Celestica, where he is further developing his ability to develop clear solutions for complex problems. Through his participation in the Model UN, Josh has given free reign to his love of researching topics in depth, and has used his budget management skills as VP Finance. Both the Model UN and DECA have encouraged Josh’s enjoyment of exploring multiple perspectives, a skill that will be useful as he investigates community project options relating to incentivizing corporate responsibility.