The WRC Awards
The WRC Awards of Excellence celebrate women's wisdom, resilience and compassion. The awards are given annually to deserving alumnae or current female UCalgary students who exhibit wisdom, resilience and compassion through:
- professional and/or academic excellence
- ability to overcome barriers and blaze a trail for women
- dedication to the community
2020 WRC Awards Recipients
WRC Distinguished Alumna Award Recipient 2020
Arshiya Shareef is an epidemiology researcher with Alberta Health Services. She graduated from UCalgary with a biological sciences degree with distinction in 2018.
WRC Distinguished Graduate Student Award Recipient 2020
Cindy Kalenga is an emerging leader in women’s cardiovascular health. She is currently a PhD candidate with Cumming School of Medicine (CSM) where she is exploring how estrogen hormones in the form of contraceptives and postmenopausal hormone therapy are associated with cardiovascular risk in women.
WRC Distinguished Undergraduate Student Award Recipient 2020
Manpreet Deol is a fourth-year Schulich School of Engineering student where she is studying mechanical and biomedical engineering. Deol is a recipient of the Schulich Leaders scholarship and is a member of Scholars Academy.
The Sheila O'Brien Award
Sheila O'Brien embodies a unique example of leadership that has allowed her to transcend the traditional barriers faced by women. Along with her leadership roles in the private sector, Ms. O'Brien has continued to be active in community and government affairs. The Sheila O'Brien Award for Excellence in Leadership is awarded annually to the volunteer who has demonstrated outstanding leadership and brought a sense of kindness to the Women's Resource Centre. The recipient is determined based on nominations by fellow WRC volunteers.
The 2020 Sheila O'Brien Award Recipient
The Sheila O'Brien Award for Excellence in Leadership 2020
Nicole Mfoafo-M'Carthy is a fourth-year health and society student at Cumming School of Medicine (CSM) with a concentration in anthropology. Throughout her time at UCalgary, Mfoafo-M'Carthy has been working on a thesis on gender at work and the factors and practices that impact employees’ experiences with mental health in masculinized workplaces compared to feminized ones.