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Sister Mary Lou McKenzie Young Alumnae Awards of Merit

The Sister Mary Lou McKenzie Young Alumnae Awards of Merit was renamed in 2011 after Sister Mary Lou McKenzie in honour of her dedication to Brescia University College and its students. The award winner will be a Brescia graduate, from within the past 10 years, who has shown leadership in her career and who embodies Brescia’s values of wisdom, justice and compassion.


  • The recipient will be an alumna of Brescia University College who  graduated within the past 10 years and is celebrating their 1st (2023), 5th (2018) or 10th (2013) reunion this year.
  • Be available to attend the award presentation on the Sunday of Homecoming. 

Nomination Criteria

Personal Achievement
  • Why is this nominee deserving of this award?
Contribution to Others
  • How has the nominee enriched the lives of others?
Leadership/Role Model
  • How has the nominee shown leadership and been a role model for others?
  • How does the nominee typify the values and strengths of Brescia?
Outstanding Characteristics
  • State how the nominee has been recognized by her peers, including any special awards she has received. Add any additional comments that you feel make this nominee distinctive, including any obstacles she overcame to realise her achievements.

How to Apply

Please provide responses to the nomination criteria (maximum three pages) and the following documents:

  • Nominee’s resume
  • Supporting documents, e.g. letters of support (maximum five pages)

Nominations for 2023 are NOW OPEN and will close on April 30. 
Any nominations received after the closing date will be forwarded to the following year.

Nominate a bold alumna today

Past Recipients

  • 2022: Joëlle Kabisoso Kapinga '17
  • 2021: Navreeti Sharma, ’11 & ’13
  • 2020: Elizabeth Sarma, ’10
  • 2019: Elise Maiolino ’10
  • 2018: Mallika Auplish, ’13
  • 2017: Carmelita Tang, ’07
  • 2016: Sara Dungavell, ’06
  • 2015: Ruth Tisdale, ’10
  • 2014: Ashley Conyngham, ’04
  • 2013: Leenat Jilani, ’13
  • 2012: Lin Yuan, ’08 & ’10
  • 2011: Jennifer Broxterman, ’09 & ’12