Strength in Community: Shad alum speaks about Indigenous History and finding community in academics, athletics and at home

When Kendrick Lounsbury received his Indigenous name earlier this month, it came at a poignant time for both him and his community. Currently in Surrey, BC, Kendrick is a member of the Kwakwak’awakw tribe. An Elder from his home community on Vancouver Island bestowed on him the name Gwayumgalis. It translates to The Great Whale […]

Loran Scholar 2022: Ryan Regier

To date, 105 Shads have been recognized with this 100K investment towards their undergraduate education.

Loran Scholar 2022: Julia Wright

To date, 105 Shads have been recognized with this 100K investment towards their undergraduate education.

Loran Scholar 2022: Emma Patchett

To date, 105 Shads have been recognized with this 100K investment towards their undergraduate education.

Meet the 2022 Loran Scholars

This spring, Shad2021 alumni Audrey Guo, Emma Patchett, Ryan Regier and Julia Wright received phone calls that left them surprised, excited and even at a loss for words. Soon after, the disbelief turned to gratefulness and honour as the news sunk in. They were told they were named Loran Scholars, recipients of Canada’s largest and […]

Loran Scholar 2022: Audrey Guo

To date, 105 Shads have been recognized with this 100K investment towards their undergraduate education.

A photo of Romina, a woman with dark hair standing outside on a beautiful day. Beside her are the words "National AccessAbility Week 2022"

Never holding back: Shad alum talks motivation, adaptability and finding community

The equipment Romina Naderi uses to see the board and take notes in class is cumbersome, and the available alternatives are worse. So, she did what she often does and created a customized solution. Throughout school, Romina’s visual impairment has required the use of a monocular, coloured lenses, magnifiers and various kinds of software on […]

Sarah Wilson's headshot beside the text "Asian Heritage Month"

The gender divide: Shad alum talks computer science, her East Asian heritage, and shifting her career goals

Sarah Wilson thought she was set. She’d had her future career figured out for years. But after a surprising and life-changing experience at Shad in 2021, she realized those plans just didn’t compute. Earlier this month, Sarah shifted focus in a big way. She recently committed to honours computer science at the University of Waterloo, […]

Youth Helping Youth: Shad alum talks volunteerism, her South Asian heritage and launching social profits

When Ishita Mann attended Shad in 2019, she felt intimidated at first. She was amazed that some of the students from other provinces had already had impressive volunteer opportunities or were running their own companies. Ishita turned intimidation into inspiration, and now she leads two non-profit organizations. She doesn’t plan to stop there. “I was […]

Meet Shad-Imhotep’s Legacy Academy Scholarship Recipient, Zainab Abdalmajid

Zainab Abdalmajid has been named the first Shad-Imhotep’s Legacy Academy (ILA) scholarship recipient, granting her a full scholarship to attend the Shad program this July. Shad and ILA partnered to help remove barriers in the STEM pathway for students of African heritage who are traditionally underrepresented in STEM. We caught up with Zainab to learn […]

FairPlay – Making “play” more accessible to children with disabilities

Playing with toys off-the-shelf is a luxury many children living with a disability are not able to experience. Through a partnership with FairPlay, a women led non-profit organization, Shads at the McGill campus learned to make switch-adapted toys and deliver them to children with disabilities in their communities.

Michelle McFarlane – Black History Month and raising the bar on equity, diversity and inclusion for underrepresented youth in STEM

Shad alumni, a scholar in STEM academics and on a mission to break down barriers, Michelle is making a difference for youth across Canada.

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