From enhanced self-confidence and aspirations, to opened doors and possibilities in their academic, professional and personal pursuits, SHAD creates lasting impacts in the lives of SHAD Fellows. Hear what SHAD Fellows have to say about their transformation as a result of their SHAD experience:
“SHAD shifted my paradigm and going into my final year of high school, the holistic philosophy I had developed at SHAD carried me through when I met roadblocks. So did SHAD contribute to my winning the Loran? Absolutely, and for that I will be eternally grateful.”– Chedi, SHAD Fellow 2016 and Loran Scholar 2017
“Before SHAD, I was always going to do science because that’s what all my friends were doing and it seemed like the ‘right’ thing to do. No one ever questioned why I wanted science; it just was what it was. I’m so thankful for the opportunities that SHAD has provided for me to really venture out to explore other options. I can honestly say that if I didn’t attend SHAD I probably would never have applied to business school.” – Jane Hutchings, SHAD Fellow 2016 and recipient of Sobey’s Atlantic D&R Scholarship for Queen’s Commerce.
“I truly believe SHAD has opened my eyes, showing me that I am not alone in the pursuit of excellence, and that there are brilliant youth all over the country who aspire to do the same” – Austin Wang, SHAD Fellow 2014
“Whether we were tasked to build a robotic art display, given insight into starting a business by a successful entrepreneur, or engaged in a myriad of Olympic-style competitions, the program was filled with opportunities to develop valuable skills. In addition to the incredibly strong sense of community, I will never forget the important tools SHAD gave me, as I continue to apply them in my current and future pursuits.” – Katharine Kocik, SHAD Fellow 2016
From one parent to another . . .
“As parents of a SHAD alumnus, we can attest that SHAD was certainly a life-changing experience for our son. When we saw him at the end of the program, we were amazed to see how fast he had grown in such a short period of time. SHAD develops confidence and opens up their eyes to the world. It prepares them well as they get ready to enter university. SHAD helps students to discover and express their hidden talents. The students mingle with high achievers from all over Canada which has a very positive impact on them and it opens up their eyes to the world. The best part of Shad was an opportunity to do realistic research helping to solve a real-life social problem such as Food Security. This helps developing entrepreneurial skills. Today the youth faces global competition that requires them to differentiate. SHAD helps in developing such leadership skills. No doubt SHAD is Canada's best kept secret that helps nurturing tomorrow's leaders.” – Chaitali and Atul, Parents of Advait, SHAD Fellow 2016
“Emma’s confidence soared as a result of her SHAD experience. Not only did she travel across the country herself to get there, the SHAD activities, people and environment helped her realize who she is and what she can do!” – Ralph & Robin, Parents of Emma, SHAD Fellow 2015
Hear what employers & Government leaders have to say about SHAD:
“I am very impressed with the SHAD program. Every intern we have hired through this program has been top-notch. These young people are truly mature beyond their years, and are very high achievers. It is a pleasure to work with these individuals, and it gives me great personal satisfaction to mentor them.” – Dr. Naveen Chopra, Xerox Research Centre of Canada
David Johnston Governor General of Canada has praised SHAD as “an ingenious program that more Canadians need to know about . . . I wouldn’t start a university today without experiential learning for every student.”
“For me, SHAD was the first time I was in a room full of leaders. I think the Canadian Government’s current focus on youth and innovation makes SHAD more relevant than ever.” – Simone Cavanaugh, SHAD Fellow 2011 and member of the Prime Minister’s Youth Panel