Meet Student Leader Mykaela Volpe

Nipissing University is pleased to have recognized Mykaela Volpe from Whitby with the Dave Marshall Leadership Award, one of its most prestigious accolades.

Annually, 25 full-time students are recognized with a Dave Marshall Leadership Award. These students have made an outstanding extracurricular contribution to their academic program, to the campus, or to the greater community. They have demonstrated leadership, initiative, commitment, and an ability to motivate and influence others toward the betterment of Nipissing University.

This award is a prestigious, non-monetary award in recognition of the dedication and leadership Dr. Dave Marshall demonstrated during his 18 years of consecutive service as the Dean of Education and President and Vice Chancellor of Nipissing University. Dr. Marshall’s tenure at Nipissing University is a reflection of his commitment to higher education, vision for the future, and leadership in external community service. These were all characteristics reflective of Dr. Marshall’s position at Nipissing University and are qualities embodied in the students chosen for this award.

Mykaela is working towards a Bachelor of Science Honours Specialization in Biology.

Mykaela has demonstrated her leadership on campus through her roles as Varsity Athlete, Captain of the Women's Varsity Soccer Team, International Student Mentorship Program Mentor, Children's Soccer Coach, Volunteer Intramural Referee, Biidaaban Youth Group Volunteer, and Academic Success Program Student Assistant. Mykaela is also a recipient of an Academic All Canadian award, and a Ted Chase Award for her commitment to both academics and athletics.

Mykaela is generous with her time and seeks out opportunities to help others whenever she can. As Women's Varsity Soccer Team Captain, she organized study halls to bring the team together to support each other academically. Mykaela also used her leadership to inspire her teammates. Before the team's first playoff game, she gave a motivational speech despite the fact that she wouldn't be starting in the game herself, something she had been looking forward to her entire soccer career. She motivated players with the message that they would make history for the institution, and the team went on to win, 4-0.

Mykaela is an intelligent, hardworking, and honest leader who puts others before herself. She volunteers in the community as a children’s soccer coach, has been involved with the International Student Mentorship Program for two years, and has recently started volunteering with the Office of Indigenous Initiatives’ Biidabaan Youth Group.

In the future, Mykaela plans to pursue a Bachelor of Education at Nipissing University with the ultimate goal of teaching the sciences at the intermediate/senior level.

The university community congratulates Mykaela on her Dave Marshall Leadership Award in the Campus Category!

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