July 4, 2017


Waterloo, ON. - Grade 11 student Sofia Scholefield of Kamloops, British Columbia has already shown she can stand out above the crowd and hopes SHAD will push her even higher.


When she was 11, she designed insoles for her shoes to help with her mild cerebral palsy so she wouldn’t walk differently than other kids.


“I wanted to fix it.  It showed me that anyone can do anything.”


Scholefield is also the youngest staff member of the Kamloops Innovation Centre where the team developed an app currently in the final stages of production for the Kamloops Branch of the Canadian Mental Health Association.


“I couldn’t believe that SHAD saw potential in me and wanted me to have this amazing experience.”


Now she is joining 800 students just like her from around the country going to SHAD to learn how to make a difference in their communities and beyond.


While SHAD is now hosted at a record 13 universities from coast to coast, Scholefield is participating at SHAD Saskatchewan and is excited about the hands on experiences she’s getting this summer.


She is excited to be joining the SHAD Network and making life-long connections.


“I already know we’ll build off each other’s ideas to make change and to inspire each other to try new things.”


Chloe Brooks of Fredericton, New Brunswick is another student at SHAD Saskatchewan.  She’s hoping to become the first in her family to attend post-secondary education and says SHAD will help her become a role model in her community.


“I never expected this chance to participate in such an amazing experience.  I am doing this not just for myself but for other First Nations youth,” Brooks says. 


She adds she’d like to fuel the fire in other young children in her community. 


“I would like them to witness an average kid from their community make it as far as possible.”


At SHAD, which was founded in 1980 to help youth reach their potential, students in grades 10 to 12 are immersed in an award-winning, one month enrichment program focused on STEAM: science, technology, engineering, arts and math.  The students interact with renowned university faculty and visionary corporate leaders.  In a unique element of the program, the students are challenged to come up with an original solution to a societal problem they learn about in the first week. It teaches them about entrepreneurship and innovation and leaves the students seeing how they can make an immediate impact.


The president and CEO of SHAD, Tim Jackson, is ecstatic the program has now expanded to a record 13 host campuses across Canada. He says his number one goal is to make SHAD, as well as the bursaries which enable some students to attend, available and accessible to every deserving student across the country.


“I’ve seen the difference SHAD can make to help youth realize their potential. It is not only great for them as individuals; it’s great for the country as a whole.”


When the program ends on July 28, the students become part of an important network of close to 16,000 alumni including 32 Rhodes Scholars and leaders in many fields.


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SHAD produces leaders for Canada through its award-winning, life-changing, pan-Canadian enrichment platform for high school students. Every year, SHAD helps 800 young Canadians tap into their full potential through an innovative month-long program at one of 13 partner university campuses. There, students apply STEAM (science-tech-engineering-arts-math) disciplines to real-life public policy and entrepreneurial challenges, forging insights and valuable relationships for life. Among its thriving global network of close to 16,000 SHAD Fellows and innovators are 32 Rhodes Scholars, 80 Loran Scholars, and 43 Schulich Leaders.  For more information, visit


For more information or to set up an interview with a student in your area, please contact:

Teddy Katz, Vice President, Media Relations | SHAD or call 647 505 8095