Written by: Megan Brown
The Brock Leaders Citizenship Society (BLCS) is a group of exceptional students recognized for a combination of high academic achievement and personal leadership abilities. BLCS members continue to achieve academic success while utilizing their past leadership abilities to continue to grow, motivate, organize, inspire and create opportunities for themselves, the University and the surrounding community. Each year, members of the BLCS organize and participate in initiatives as a society. Some of these initiatives include the annual Flora Broley Memorial Ball Hockey Tournament- Play For Memories which has raised over $33000 for the Alzheimer Society of Niagara Region, hosting a Valentines Prom for senior citizens, and the creation of a new initiative called Breaking Barriers which encourages students to develop empathy towards individuals with disabilities, reducing bullying and exclusion while promoting friendship & inclusion in elementary schools.
Throughout the summer, many of our leaders continue their dedication to academics, leadership and service. One of our newest members, Mary Lapp, has been organizing a triathlon for participants of all ages set to take place on Saturday August 15th for her track club. Communications officer, Rachel Easterbrook has been doing research with the Child and Youth Studies department focused on youth and their work experiences. Member Liaison, John Mikhaeil has had a busy summer doing research and studying for the MCAT.
“This summer has been mostly dedicated to academics. I’ve been working on summer research at Brock (NSERC), taught the Princeton MCAT chemistry course and have been working on my I-EQUIP project. I also collected textbooks to donate to Pathways to Education and have continued to volunteer at Distress Centre Niagara. Shanice and I also had a great time participating in the BUSAC retreat!” –David Nguyen, BLCS Events Coordinator
“The BUSAC retreat, planning club events for Roots ACS, fundraising for Brock’s Walk of Life on September 26th and participating in Residence Life Staff Training are a few things I’ve been doing this summer. I’ve also been working at Canadian Mental Health Association as their Activities Coordinator facilitating wellness activities for clients at their short term residential facility. I’ve really enjoyed my placement at Brock Niagara Health and Wellness Centre facilitating exercise routines one on one with stroke victims.” –Shanice Stewart, BLCS President
“I got to take part in a really cool bootcamp run by American Express and Ashoka, being only one of 20 people across Canada selected to take part! That was super cool, and really helped me pinpoint how I can take my leadership experience and make it into a viable, sustainable career while creating social impact.” – Aniqah Zowmi, BLCS Member and former VP
In 2015, through the combined efforts of all of our members, the society collectively completed a total of 5214 volunteer hours. We are proud of the accomplishments of all of our members and look forward to “Leading the Change” in 2016!