Our Awards

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

Arshiya Shareef

Arshiya Shareef

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.

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Cindy Kalenga

Cindy Kalenga

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.

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Manpreet Deol

Manpreet Deol

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.

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2020 WRC Award Ceremony

The Awards presentation ceremony will be held on Saturday, March 7 at the University of Calgary main campus.

For more information about the WRC Awards, please contact the Women's Resource Centre at 403-220-8551 or women@ucalgary.ca.

Learn more about our past recipients. 

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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 2020 Sheila O'Brien Award Recipient

Nicole Mfoafo-M'Carthy

Nicole Mfoafo-M'Carthy

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.

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Learn more about our past recipients. 

Sheila O'Brien

Sheila O'Brien


The nomination period has ended.

For more information about the WRC Awards, please contact the Women's Resource Centre at 403-220-8551 or women@ucalgary.ca.