2020–21 Impact Award Winners


Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020–21 IMPACT Awards in-person gala event was cancelled. Instead, the award recipients were celebrated in a series of videos. The full playlist can be found here on YouTube.

Congratulations to you all, and thank you for all your contributions to our community!

Individual awards

Residence Life Leadership Awards

Ainhoa Boyle

Marine Biology and Oceanography, Faculty of Science
Kemptville, ON

Cody Roy

Psychology, Faculty of Science
Saint John, NB

Residence Life Impact Award

Emma Fennessy

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology/Microbiology and Immunology, Faculty of Science
Strafford, NH, USA

Student Entrepreneur of the Year Award

Eric Poon

Doctor of Medicine, Faculty of Medicine

Dal Off-Campus Award

Clayton Murphy

Special Undergraduate in Science, Faculty of Science
Mulgrave, NS

Student Activist Award

Lydia Muyingo

PhD in Clinical Psychology, Faculty of Science
Ottawa, ON

Green Award

Emma McDermott

Doctor of Medicine, Faculty of Medicine
Spring Valley, PEI

International Student of the Year Award

Claudia Torres

Industrial Engineering, Faculty of Engineering
Lima, Peru

Rising Star Awards

Aisha Qureshi

Nursing, Faculty of Health
Timberlea, NS

Aline Maybank

Medical Sciences, Faculty of Science

Anika Daclan

Nursing, Faculty of Health
Vancouver, BC

Ernest Ng

Neuroscience, Faculty of Science
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Varsity Athlete Award

Shamar Burrows (men’s varsity basketball)

Economics with a Minor in Commerce, Faculty of Science
Nassau, Bahamas

Intramurals & Sports Club Award

Keegan O’Shea (men’s rugby)

Anatomy and Neurobiology, Faculty of Medicine
Miramichi, NB

Student Wellness Award

Francesca Sivilotti

Law, Justice & Society and Economics, Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences
Kingston, ON

Student Employee Award

Maxxim Vigneau

Biomedical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering
Dartmouth, NS

Dalhousie Student Union Gold D

Bakhmala Khan

Microbiology and Immunology, Faculty of Science

Outstanding Student of Distinction Award

Aparna Mohan

Industrial Engineering, Faculty of Engineering
Manilla, Philippines & Coimbatore, India


Student society awards

Most Impactful Emerging Society

Atlantic Lighthouse Society

Most Impactful Charitable/Community-Based Society

Greater Love

Most Impactful Faculty/Departmental Society

Dalhousie Science Society (DSS)

Most Impactful Cultural/Spiritual Society

Dalhousie South East Asian Nations Society (DSEANS)    

Most Impactful Sports Society

Dalhousie Rugby Football Club

Most Impactful General/Special Interest Society

Dalhousie Women in Engineering Society

Most Impactful Social/Environmental Justice Society

Your Environmental Sustainability Society (YESS)


Faculty leadership awards


Codie O’Neil

Animal Science with a Minor in Environmental Science 
Antigonish, NS

Architecture & Planning

Stephani McPhee

Environmental Planning

Arts & Social Sciences

Zainab Syed


Computer Science

Olivia Handspiker

Computer Science


Rebecca Marr

Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS)
Kingston, NB


Amir Aali

Electrical and Computer Engineering
Dartmouth, NS


Alex LeBlanc

Health and Human Performance, Kinesiology
Dartmouth, NS


Graham Headley

Calgary, AB


Victoria King

Finance, Bachelor of Commerce
Calgary, AB


Bright Huo

Doctor of Medicine
Dartmouth, NS

Brett Ells

Doctor of Medicine
Lower Sackville, NS


Alexandra Oprea



Board of Governor's Awards

View the video on YouTube.

Selam Abdella

International Development Studies, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Fatima Beydoun

Environmental, Sustainability & Society, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

Sarah Meng Li

Computer Science, Faculty of Computer Science
Shenzhen, Guangdong Province, China

Sierra Sparks

Electrical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering
Dartmouth, NS

Emma Stirling Cameron

Health Promotion, Faculty of Health