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Diocese of Hamilton Student Awards:
Danny McKee and Karen Van Staveren
St. Jerome's University
“Wise beyond his years. Steadfast teammate. A solution-oriented leader who makes others feel comfortable and at peace. First to lend a hand, volunteer to help, and provide support.” From an inner arsenal of determination, skill, dedication, passion, and thoughtfulness, Danny leads with his heart to create an environment where all can be fully themselves. His enthusiasm made being a leader “cool” and inspired involvement. His own activities are extensive: Experience Guide, Student Activities Team, Assistant Activities Coordinator, Orientation Leader, Don, GLOW Club Peer Support, Beyond Borders, SJU in Peru, residence-wide male spirit award, Don selection panel, and a co-op term with SJU Recruitment. He has certainly left a lasting impression: “A fine example of the kind of student we want to attract to SJU.” “There are very few students I would recommend as highly.”
Karen Van Staveren
Described as “beyond impressive” and an “outstanding example of SJU’s education of the whole person,” Karen has taken participation to whole new levels: at SJU – Residence Floor Representative, Experience Guide, Chief Experience Officer, Go Guatemala, Beyond Borders, Outreach Programs Ambassador, Relay for Life, SJU Board of Governors, Involvement Advisor, Children’s Liturgy instructor, Busy Students’ Retreat, Registrar’s Office Student Assistant; on main campus – Student Leadership Program Facilitator, Arts Orientation Leader, International Peer Mentor, Legal Studies Society Executive, intramural soccer caption; and in the KW community – Open Space, Skate Able, House of Friendship, Chandler Mowat Community Centre. A driving force for inclusion, spirit, and action, she leads calmly and confidently with grit, resilience, reflection, commitment, and compassion. People who know her predict an amazing future: “She is going to do incredible things in this world – she already has!”
Photo Courtesy: St. Jerome's University