2021–22 Impact Award Winners


logo for 11th annual Impact Awards

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2021–22 IMPACT Awards in-person gala event was cancelled and the winners were instead celebrated on social media.

Congratulations to all who were nominated, and thank you for all your contributions to our community! The full list of winners is below.

Individual awards

Residence Life Impact Award

Maggy Somers

Pharmacy, Faculty of Health
Summerside, PEI

Dal Off-Campus Award

Suchinta Arif

PhD Biology, Faculty of Science
North York, ON

Rising Star Awards

Claire Carruthers

Medical Sciences, Faculty of Science
Halifax, NS

Mohamed Husam Nashnoush

Diagnostic Medical Ultrasound, Faculty of Health
Tripoli, Libya

Emma Ruzicka

Biology, Faculty of Science
Ottawa, ON

Sofia So

Therapeutic Recreation, Faculty of Health
Charlottetown, PEI

International Student of the Year

Muyu (Murray) Lyu

Commerce, Faculty of Management
Yingkou, Liaoning, China

Green Award

Samantha Ceci

Resource & Environmental Management, Faculty of Management
Georgetown, ON

Student Activist

Allison Hearns

Law, Faculty of Law
Halifax, NS

Student Employee Award

Dylan Thornton

Kinesiology, Faculty of Health
Victoria, BC

Student Entrepreneur of the Year

Tobias Gerhard Schminke

PhD Political Science, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Halifax, NS

Student Wellness Award

Claire Bullock

Medicine, Faculty of Medicine
Halifax, NS

Ben Callaghan

Medicine, Faculty of Medicine
Liverpool, NS

Varsity Athlete Award

Victoria Turcot

Psychology, Faculty of Science
Halifax, NS

Dalhousie Student Union Gold D

Sean Jenner

Biology, Faculty of Science
Quispamsis, NB

Jesse Li

Engineering, Faculty of Engineering
Quispamsis, NB

Aline Maybank

Medical Sciences, Faculty of Science
Vernon, BC


Student society awards

Most Impactful Charitable/Community-Based Society

Dalhousie Bladder Cancer Awareness Society


Most Impactful Emerging Society

Dalhousie Pre-Med Society


Most Impactful Faculty/Departmental Society

Dalhousie Undergraduate History Society (UGHS)


Most Impactful Sports Society

Dalhousie Football Club



Faculty leadership awards


Ashley Jean MacDonald

PhD Agricultural Sciences
Murray Siding, NS

Architecture and Planning

Devin Husk

Master of Planning
Mount Pearl, NL

Arts and Social Sciences

Claire Mercer

Halifax, NS

Computer Science

Yara Ahmed

Applied Computer Science
Cairo, Egypt


Heba Al-Ameri

Doctor of Dental Surgery
Bedford, NS


Vinayak Maheshwari

New Delhi, India


Donna Mbamy-Conci

Penticton, BC


Maya Churilov

Toronto, ON


Sophika Dmytryshyn

Entrepreneurship & Innovation
Toronto, ON


Carmen Graves

Actuarial Science
Waterloo, ON

Outstanding Graduate Student Award

Melanie Massey

PhD Biology, Faculty of Science
Toronto, ON


Partner awards

President's Equity, Diversity, Inclusion & Accessibility Award

Dalhousie Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers (IEEE)


Board of Governors' Awards

Erica Seelemann

Master of Science, Physiology and Biophysics, Faculty of Medicine
Thornhill, ON

Read the Dal News article here.