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Meet student leader Jessica Rivard

Nipissing students consistently impress as leaders, in the classroom, on campus and in the community. Recently the university celebrated 25 student leaders at the annual Dave Marshall Leadership Awards.  Over the coming months, NU News will introduce each student leader to the wider community with a short article discussing their accomplishments and activities. Today, we are pleased profile Jessica Rivard, a Bachelor of Arts in Geography and Bachelor of Education student.

Rivard has been actively involved within residence both as a volunteer and as a student staff. She has multiple years’ experience volunteering as a Residents’ Council Executive including vice-president Athletics and Wellness and council president. Beyond this, Rivard has also been a committed Residence Office Assistant at the Townhouse Residence Complex. Across all of these roles, Rivard has grown in her leadership and has helped to develop future leaders within the residence community.

As Residents’ Council executive, Rivard was nominated by her peers to take on the responsibility of advocating for their interests, decision making on their behalf and planning social programming. As Residents’ Council president, Rivard worked alongside Residence Life Management staff to provide student input on department policy updates and other key decisions. In both of these roles, she showed her capacity for putting community development first.

Rivard models strong leadership for her peers and sets a high standard for others to follow. With a thorough understanding of the residence leadership model, Rivard helped implement training that was instrumental in developing students’ leadership qualities. This training was strategically implemented across the entire residence community.

Rivard is committed to helping other students grow into better leaders. She encourages others to strive for excellence and be the best that they can be.

​​The university community is proud to recognize Jessica Rivard with a Dave Marshall Leadership Award in the Campus Category.




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