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2010 Cressy Awards

Photo: 2010 Gordon Cressy Award recipients (left to right) Cindy Hu, Casey Scott-Songin, Farshad Nassiri, and Michael Beeler with Tim Worgan, Dean of Students and Residence (back row left), and Donald Boere, Assistant Principal and Registrar (back row right).

At a special ceremony hosted by UTAA President Carl Mitchell, student leaders from across the University were awarded the prestigious Gordon Cressy Student Leadership Awards. Seven outstanding Innis College graduating students were recognized for their extra-curricular contributions to the College, the University, and the wider community. Congratulations to Innis College students Michael Beeler, Cindy Hu, Joel Koroniak, Farshad Nassiri, Rini Rashid, Casey Scott-Songin, and Jessica Simas.


Michael Beeler 
Michael Beeler has touched many lives through his involvement in Students for International Development, of which he is currently president. As Kenya Project coordinator last year, Michael, who is enrolled in peace and conflict studies, led 18 students on three-month service projects in Kenya, and he will lead 19 more this summer. With his leadership, SID has set up a rural health centre, two feeding programs and a number of microfinance projects. Michael is also co-president of the Peace and Conflict Society at U of T.

Cindy Hu
Cindy Hu has been an active and long-time member of the Innis College Student Society, the Innis College Council and the Innis Residence Council. Cindy also founded and led U of T’s Students Helping Others Worldwide (S.H.O.W.) and was coordinator of the World Vision Thirty-Hour Famine at Innis. In the wider community, Cindy has volunteered at a youth badminton club, an inner-city food bank and at Mount Sinai Hospital.

Joel Koroniak
Joel Koroniak is president of the Innis College Student Society and he previously held a number of other positions in the organization. Joel is founder and editor of Innis College’s first interdisciplinary journal, and he also founded the Innis Society for Ethical Discussion. In the broader community, Joel created Project AUGUR to improve online student services at universities across the country.

Farshad Nassiri
Farshad Nassiri’s leadership is evident on and off campus. He serves on the Innis College Residence Council as a residence assistant, as well as on the Arts and Sciences Curriculum Renewal Committee. Farshad has also dedicated many hours as a volunteer basketball coach with Toronto Special Olympics and has volunteered at St. Michael’s Hospital emergency department.

Rini Rashid 
Rini Rashid has brought enthusiasm, vision and her sense of community to her role as one of the coordinators of the Peace and Conflict Studies Conference. In keeping with her global outlook, she is also engaged at the highest levels of the university with the Responsible Investment Committee and has had long-term experience with the Model United Nations program.

Casey Scott-Songin
Casey Scott-Songin has made contributions to life within Innis College and in the broader university community. At Innis, she is coordinator of the Good Food Box program and directs the college choir. She was president of U of T’s chapter of Teachers Without Borders, and has had a leadership role with the Only Human dance collective. Casey has been a volunteer note-taker with the university’s Accessibility Office, and has served with the Governing Council’s Admissions Committee, Rewire and the Innis Committee for the Environment.

Jessica Simas
Jessica Simas has brought her devotion to the arts to the university campus. She is managing editor of, and a writer for, VIVE Magazine, U of T’s fashion journal, and she has been a volunteer curator at the University of Toronto Art Centre, and a photographer forHart House Review. Jessica has also organized and participated in several art exhibitions.