Leda Stawnychko

WRC Distinguished Graduate Student Award Recipient 2021

WRC Award Recipients


Leda Stawnychko earned a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Education from the University of Calgary and will be receiving a Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Leadership in June 2021.

She has received numerous awards and recognitions in connection to her career and studies including the International Research Collaboration Award from the Delta Kappa Gamma Educational Foundation and the National Student Award from the Institute of Public Administration of Canada.

Leda is regarded as an innovator, strategist and role model who is dedicated to the personal and professional advancement of those around her including UCalgary’s students, faculty and staff. She wears many hats as a student, teacher, administrator, social entrepreneur and professional mediator. Her energetic and passionate leadership has directly contributed to the fruition of numerous high-impact campus projects including the construction of new student spaces, the creation of student mentorship programs, and the design and launch of new stackable credentials for graduate students. 

Also highly committed to her local community, Leda volunteers regularly for the Community Mediation Calgary Society, the Calgary Immigrant Women’s Association, and the Calgary Region Immigrant Employment Council. Through these programs, she helps others, particularly women, to integrate successfully into professional roles while navigating conflict successfully.