Our Awards

The 2023 WRC Awards of Excellence

These annual awards showcase and celebrate the outstanding success of University of Calgary community members. Each year, women are recognized for their wisdom, resiliency, and compassion in the face of adversity. Award recipients exemplify outstanding leadership in their personal and professional lives and strive to make their communities a better place for all. This year, the awards are being announced on International Women’s Day, March 8, 2023.

The 2022 WRC Awards Recipients

Chantal Rytz

Chantal Rytz

WRC Distinguished Alumna

Chantal Rytz is an up-and-coming health-care leader who obtained her master's in cardiovascular and respiratory science​s from the University of Calgary in 2019 and is currently completing her doctor of philosophy in medical sciences from the Cumming School of Medicine.

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Samaneh Ashoori

Samaneh Ashoori

WRC Distinguished Graduate Student

Samaneh Ashoori is a trailblazing advocate for women in STEM and a doctor of philosophy candidate in the chemical and petroleum engineering program at the University of Calgary.

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Shaelene Standing

Shaelene Standing

WRC Distinguished Undergraduate Student

Shaelene Standing is a talented campus and community luminary in the Bachelor of Health Sciences program at the University of Calgary.

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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 2022 Sheila O'Brien Award Recipient

Sadaf Afzal

Sadaf Afzal

The Sheila O'Brien Award for Excellence in Leadership 2022

Sadaf Afzal is in her fifth year majoring in Biological Sciences with a minor in Psychology. Sadaf has devoted over 300 hours as a Women’s Resource Centre (WRC) volunteer, helping facilitate meaningful, inclusive, and engaging experiences for fellow volunteers and the larger campus community.

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Learn more about our past recipients. 

Sheila O'Brien

Sheila O'Brien