SCIC is pleased to present the 2022 Global Citizen Award Nominees!
SCIC's Global Citizen Awards (GCA) are presented annually during International Development Week (IDW). The Global Citizen Awards bring people together from across Saskatchewan to learn from one another, to be inspired, and to celebrate the amazing achievements of people working for a more just, equitable, and sustainable world. Please take some time to read about the nominees below! Check out the winners who were announced at this year's celebration here.
Youth Award Nominees
Amir Said is an Arab-Canadian that was born in Israel, raised in Ottawa, attended high school in Palestine, and is currently a student and young professional in Regina. Amir is dedicated to promoting cultural diversity, equal opportunities, and awareness of equality, diversity, and inclusion both at his University and throughout his community. His aim is to educate people and work towards putting an end to conflict, racial discrimination, and insensitivity.
With Amir’s complex geographic and cultural background he has faced hardships both overseas and here in Canada. It upsets Amir to no end when he hears discriminatory remarks directed at himself and other people from culturally diverse backgrounds. His personal experiences with discrimination and unfair treatment compel him to work towards a more peaceful and accepting world both at the University of Regina and beyond.
Amir takes every possible opportunity to learn about other cultures he shares the world with by attending conferences and events, volunteering with local cultural organizations, and a commitment to continual learning.
Before coming to Saskatchewan, Amir did extensive work with various organizations in Israel, his country of origin. In Canada, through his work at the University of Regina Students' Union and as an avid volunteer, Amir continues his global citizenship work. Besides his extensive work on-campus, he has worked with local and national organizations such as Amnesty International, the Regina Folk Festival, the Albert Park Community Association, Future Majority, and Meal Exchange. He is passionate about food security, and participated in programs such as the food cultivation program at Herzliya Hebrew Gymnasium school dedicated to growing and harvesting produce for donation to impoverished communities in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the Seeds of Peace program dedicated to fostering a caring and understanding environment for Arab and Jewish youth, and various other endeavors for struggling communities both in Israel and abroad. In Saskatchewan, his work continues. On the University of Regina campus, he did extensive work to promote student rights, sustainability, and food security through working and volunteering with various groups such as the URSU Cares Pantry, where he and other staff and volunteers distribute food, clothes, and other necessities to students in need. Through his advocacy and dedication, Amir models global citizenship everyday.
Jaclyn is a teacher and a leader among her colleagues. She is passionate about social justice and equity, and when it comes to creating a more equitable global future, Jaclyn leads both the youth she works with and the colleagues she works alongside.
Jaclyn leads communities of practice (professional development groups), volunteers with the Regina Public Schools Teacher Association (RPSTA) and is a committee member of the Anti-Racist Anti-Oppressive advisory group with Regina Public Schools.
She works with pre-service teachers because she wants to have an impact on the teachers they may become. As an English Language Arts teacher, she is purposeful in the voices that she chooses to share with students and goes to great lengths to ensure she has included and privileged diverse voices in the texts she uses in her classroom. In her classroom, she leads by example and helps guide her students as they engage with deconstructing power structures to create a better and more equitable future for all.
It is important to Jaclyn to use texts that are both mirrors and windows for her students - mirrors being books that reflect them and their lives, windows being books that give them a glimpse into other people’s worlds. Reading diverse texts is just one way to be a global citizen and to engage with the world, so by sharing her extensive classroom library she takes great pride in instilling a life-long love of reading in her students.
Jaclyn strives to help people feel comfortable having hard conversations with their loved ones, guiding people to stand in their power, sparking their imaginations to create something that will be seen by others, and challenging people to be better.
Jaclyn believes in the power of the ripple effect – the impact she has on her students and colleagues will have impacts beyond the classroom and into the global community, which will have a positive impact on the future.
Hani Rukh E Qamar
Hani Rukh E Qamar is the Founder and Director of the Canadian Advisory of Women Immigrants (CAWI), a youth-led NPO dedicated to empowering immigrant women.
Hani is passionate about equitable access to healthcare, social determinants of health, and the rights of immigrants and refugees. Hani conducts mental health research on topics pertaining to minority populations such as immigrant women, BIPOC youth, visible minorities, and Muslim communities.
Hani’s research topics are related to youth, immigrants, and BIPOC communities, with a focus on BIPOC youth mental health, mental wellness of immigrants, Islamophobia, and sexual health. Her sexual health campaign sheds light on sexual and reproductive health topics pertaining to youth in Canada. She created the Borderlines of the Mind podcast, a podcast to highlight mental health challenges and the everyday struggles of immigrant women.
Hani has created grassroots initiatives that directly work with minority women to amplify their voices and give them opportunities to advance their careers. She spearheaded the CAWI Women Leaders Video Series highlighting influential immigrant women and organizes networking events, mentorship programs, and language classes. Hani works as a Global Policy Liaison at the International Youth Alliance for Family Planning and is active in other initiatives such as World Health Organization’s Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health, the Canadian Association for Global Health, Regina Region Local Immigration Partnership, as well as the Research Network for Women, Peace, and Security at McGill University, where she is pursuing a BSc. in Psychology with a double minor in Health Geography and International Development Studies.
As a first-generation immigrant woman of colour, Hani takes a lot of pride in her immigrant identity. As the daughter of immigrants herself, Hani has watched her own family face many forms of discrimination, which continues to this day. For her, it’s incredibly heartbreaking to see members of her community face inequities and discrimination due to their skin colour, religion, or ethnicity. She hopes to create a society and community where other visible minority populations can find themselves and their voices. She creates platforms for other young girls to achieve their full potential, regardless of the colour of their skin, their religion, their ethnicity, and gender/sexual orientation. As a minority individual who is part of other minority groups, Hani knows the barriers, the gaps, and the setbacks pushed against POC and visible minorities which prohibit them from achieving their goals and aspirations. Through her work, she strives to create a society with peace, love, and joy.
Dolapo is motivated by the fundamental belief that every human should be able to achieve their full potential. Dolapo believes there is a reawakening of a global consciousness where people are breaking the mold, defining what authenticity means to them, and defining for themselves how they are going to live in a manner that aligns with their values and culture.
Dolapo traveled to China, Kenya, Uganda, and Nigeria doing economic development work, and speaks passionately about her heart being broken by seeing people her age unable to reach their potential, their goals, and aspirations because their environment and circumstances dictate or limit their success.
Dolapo is passionate about youth development and serves as a mentor for other young Black women who are pursuing their goals. Through her mentorship, she encourages equality by increasing access to tools such as academic and financial planning, professional development, and connecting people to various networks.
Dolapo’s work addresses systemic issues and educates about Black experiences. Her commitment to increasing accessibility to resources and knowledge led her to co-found StriveOpp. StriveOpp is a social enterprise and education consultancy firm that provides BIPOC youth three-tiered services for scholarships, internships, and job searching, enabling access to opportunities that help them achieve their academic and career goals.
Dolapo is a founding member and Chief Financial Officer of Black in Sask, where she has contributed to the organization’s mission of holistic growth of the Black community in Saskatchewan through advocacy, research, and partnerships at the municipal, provincial, and federal level. The organization engages with the City of Regina, the Regina Police Service, the Ministry of Education, and multiple school boards to conduct, analyze, and present research to inform public policy. This work resulted in Regina City Council proposing and unanimously passing the creation of a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee. Other successes include organizing the Largest Black Lives Matter rally in Regina, coordinating a weekend-long basketball camp for youth, securing partnerships with organizations and businesses, and the launch of a scholarship for Black Youth.
Dolapo graduated from the University of Saskatchewan with a Bachelor’s degree (honours) in Economics, with a minor in Political Studies. At the University of Saskatchewan, Dolapo served as the President of the African Students Association and Co-President of the Economics Student Association. Dolapo is a Terry Fox Scholar, Fellow at the Cansbridge Fellowship, Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholar, the inaugural recipient of the Sadie Tanner Collective inaugural award for undergraduate studies and a Canada-China Exchange Scholar Program recipient.
Lifetime Achievement Award Nominee
Leonard Doell has worked for decades in the field of Indigenous-Settler reconciliation, forming a deep-seated commitment to justice for Indigenous peoples. He has accomplished this by naming and challenging the root causes of this injustice, including colonialism and the Doctrine of Discovery, as well as building relationships and encouraging dialogue. For Leonard, his work has been done with full recognition that just solutions have no room for colonial relationships, but a fully mutual and respectful partnership in the spirit and intent of the Treaty.
Leonard is a bridge builder and has created multiple entry points to develop understanding, through education and community engagement activities. Another one of Leonard’s gifts is storytelling. As a long-serving employee of Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) Saskatchewan, Leonard has been deeply committed to discovering and bringing awareness to the stories of Mennonite settlement in Saskatchewan, and its impact on Indigenous communities. The land of one Band, in particular, the Young Chippewayan Band, was illegally taken by the Canadian Government, without the consent or surrender of the Band. Shortly afterward the land was sold to Mennonite settlers. Leonard’s dedicated research was instrumental in illuminating this land claim, resulting in a Memorandum of Understanding that was signed in 2006 at the Stoney Knoll site by representatives of the three communities involved: Young Chippewayan band descendants, Mennonites, and Lutherans.
Then, in the Spring of 2016, the award-winning documentary film Reserve 107: Reconciliation on the Prairies was released, which detailed this important historical, yet contemporary issue. The film has been widely screened, including on Parliament Hill. Leonard also worked with the people of Sandy Bay, members of the Peter Ballantyne Cree Nation, who have been seeking redress for flooding caused by the construction of the Island Falls Dam in 1930 and who are still struggling for justice.
Leonard’s work transcends borders, and when Zoughbi Zoughbi, the founder of Wi’am: the Palestinian Conflict Transformation Center came to Saskatchewan, Leonard arranged for a number of gatherings with Indigenous Peoples. Together, they discussed common concerns, the issues of land, displacement, and justice.
Leonard finds ways to navigate and bridge these various and sometimes difficult complexities. In so doing, he has been paving the way for increasing openness and inclusion, ensuring people whose voices have been silenced in the past, are now being acknowledged and welcomed around the table. Leonard’s emphasis on mutual learning shows that everyone has something to teach, and everyone has something to learn.