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2011 Cressy Award Recipients

Fostering Tomorrow’s Top Leaders

Student recipients pose with Gordon Cressy (middle) and with Dean of Students & Residence Tim Worgan, and Assistant Principal and Head Registrar Donald Boere.

Seven outstanding Innis College graduating students were awarded with a prestigious Gordon Cressy Student Leadership Award in recognition of their extracurricular contributions to the College and the wider community. Congratulations to Innis College students Amy Bei ChenMichelle LamMike MaherZannah MatsonJack Phelan,Dinusha Tejani Senaratne, and Puneet Kaur Singh.

Learn more about our 2011 Gordon Cressy Student Leadership Award Recipients.

Amy Bei Chen has been dedicated to the community at Innis College. She has held a number of positions on the College Council and its committees, including those that deal with policies, scholarships and awards, and she has served in many roles on the Residence Council, including as president this year. Amy has also been editor-in-chief of two Rotman Commerce student magazines.

Michelle Lam has been an active member of U of T and the wider community. Michelle has led and contributed to numerous initiatives across campus including the Hart House Camera Club, the club’s annual photography exhibition, Innis Frosh Week, and the Environmental Student Union. Michelle has also spent much of her free time volunteering in the community at the Toronto Western Hospital, the Yorkville Animal Hospital, and the Animal Clinic.

Michael Maher has been involved in the Innis College community for his entire U of T career. Mike became president of the Innis College Student Society in his second year and managed a number of activities. He served two years as speaker of the Innis College Council and has sat on all of its boards. Mike, who represents the graduating class on the Student Society this year, also spearheaded a student leadership workshop at the college.

Zannah Matson has distinguished herself in U of T’s environmental community. As president of the U of T Environmental Resource Network, Zannah helped create a leadership program. She is also a member of the Hart House Farm Committee and was one of 12 students selected to represent U of T at the 2009 Copenhagen climate change summit. Zannah is also co-director of the Peace and Conflict Studies Conference, and has been president of the Innis Environment Society.

Jack Phelan has been involved in many aspects of life at Innis College. He is president of the Innis College Student Society, after previously serving in two vice-president roles. During his years on the College Council, Student Society and Residence Council, Jack has helped organize many events and leadership initiatives, and has been involved in a number of boards and committees.

Dinusha Senaratne is co-director of Books With Wings, a group that collects and ships thousands of textbooks and other resources to countries in need, such as Afghanistan, Kenya and Ethiopia. As well, she has co-chaired U of T’s Got Talent, a benefit concert that raises money for shipments of books. Dinusha has also been the Molecular Genetics and Microbiology Students’ Union rep on the Arts and Science Student Union, as well as a tutor for Pathways to Education and an Innis College orientation leader.

As 2010-11 orientation coordinator for the Innis College Students’ Society, Puneet Kaur Singh helped welcome incoming students. Puneet has also been the society’s non-resident student life director, promoting programs to get commuter students involved in campus life. She is also vice-president of the Sikh Students’ Association, of which she was previously social director.

Where Are They Now? For many past Gordon Cressy winners helping others has become a way of life. LEARN more.

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