By RON FANFAIR
A former Harry Jerome winner is the recipient of two significant York University awards.
Simone Samuels, the president of the university’s Golden Key International Honour Society, secured this year’s Regional Student Leader of the Year and Canadian Undergraduate awards each worth $1,000.
Samuels, who graduated this year from York University’s Glendon College with an honours double major in Philosophy and Political Science, will enter McGill University next semester to pursue Law.
“The awards will be immensely helpful as I head off to study law,” she said. “The awards serve as acknowledgement that hard work and perseverance pay off and that one person can indeed make a difference.”
The 2006 Harry Jerome Leadership award recipient said she was introduced to the Golden Key society by another Harry Jerome award winner, and that inspired her to start a chapter at York.
The Golden Key is the world’s premier collegiate honour society with nearly two million members from 190 countries, including Canada. The organization recognizes and encourages scholastic achievement and excellence among college and university students from all academic disciplines. It also offers members opportunities for individual growth through leadership, career development, networking and community service opportunities as well as more than $600,000 annually through scholarships and award programs.
“I wanted the organization at York to be a pan-university organization that would bridge the gap between diversity, language, culture and campuses,” said Samuels who also founded a program with the Congress of Black Women entitled “Girls in Transition” to foster leadership, organizational and interpersonal skills in Black teenage girls in at-risk communities.
She was also a member of the Equal Voice chapter at York University which seeks to promote the election of more women to all levels of government.