We would like take the time and celebrate two successful young Canadians for their commitment to the community locally and abroad.
Both were recognized this year, both are highly talented, both have similar background and early childhood path.
Both live in Canada and are of African heritage, more specifically Rwandan.
Solange Tuyishime and Eric Moses Gashirabake are the winners we are celebrating. They have shown incredible leadership through the past several years.
The recognition was a royal one for Solange Tuyishime who received on February 2013 The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for the dedicated service to peers, community and to Canada. For those who have supported Solange this is another award in a long growing list of awards, recognitions and titles recently.
Among her other titles are Miss Canada International 2006, Miss Canada Galaxy 2011, Miss United Nation International & UNICEF Canada Ambassador.
But do not mistakenly assume that this is happening to Solange by windfall. If you really know Solange you will know that she represents the essence of excellence and persistence. The energy and motivation spread by Miss Canada Galaxy 2011 is used for a superior humanitarian purpose as well.
As a UNICEF Canada Ambassador Solange has been travelling around the world promoting children’s wellbeing and helping UNICEF spreading its message through various concrete initiatives.
Solange Tuyishime is from Fredericton New Brunswick. She was born and raised in East Africa and at the age of 13 she escaped from the war and moved to Canada.
Solange graduated from École Sainte-Anne in 2001 with a scholarship from the Knights of Columbus.
She continued her education at St-Thomas University where she received a $6000 ATV Media Scholarship, awarded to a third year student who demonstrates an interest in broadcast journalism. In 2005, she graduated with a Bachelor of Applied Arts in Journalism (Honours) in French. Solange also holds a Masters degree in public administration from Université de Moncton.
Solange has been supporting the community development. For many years she volunteered with the Multicultural Association of Fredericton, and for three consecutive years, Solange also volunteered at the YMCA as a soccer coach for Grade 5 and 6 children.
Today, Solange has the honour of being UNICEF Canada’s Ambassador, with the objective to encourage fundraising efforts, to educate and engage many in missions seeking to give every child change and opportunity in life to survive and thrive.
In the future Solange hopes to be UN’s Goodwill Ambassador for children’s wellbeing and education.
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World class excellence!
It might be news for Montrealers, but here at HUZA.ORG we already knew that Eric Moses Gashirabake was a star in the making and a current leader. A powerful motivator and a key player in his community. This year it was recognized by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) by naming Eric “Montrealer of the Week” for outstanding leadership at Concordia and causes for East Africa. Eric is the example of excellence and discipline. He was challenged by life many times. He has always been able to overcome it in a great way, with world class discipline and tenacity.
Out of simply love for service to others, Eric have been deeply involved at Concordia for the past 3.5 years by working to initiate new initiatives or strengthen existing ones. The most enjoyable work he has done there was being founder and editor of a student journal of political science. Enhancing a mentor program as Vice President of Academic and Loyola Affairs for the over 17,000-student Arts and Science Federation of Associations (ASFA).
Being named one of the 12 Ambassadors for Concordia University in the Garnet Key Society which works directly under the President and Rector of the University and co-founding a club (WUSC Concordia), a club that will offer scholarships to 1-2 refugee students from Kenya, Malawi or Thailand every year.
Recently, and following nomination form faculty & staff at Concordia he was named Montrealer of the Week this February 2013, because he is running a semester-long fundraising campaign to pay for school fees for poor children in the Kibera slums of Kenya.
“I decide to give back during my last semester at Concordia after having seen the poverty in Kibera from a first-hand perspective when I went for my Dad’s funeral in November of last year.” Eric-Moses G.
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AWARDS & RECOGNITION
- Alumni Recognition awards, 2013 Outstanding Student Award
- CBC Montrealer of the Week
- Recognition Award, Department of Political Science – Concordia University
- Invited Member, Golden Key Honour Society
NOMINATIONS PENDING DECISIONS THIS YEAR
- The Concordia Medal
- Concordia Council on Student Life Awards
- Concordia University Volunteer Recognition Awards
“Some people may have greatness thrust upon them. Very few have excellence thrust upon them. They achieve it. They do not achieve it unwittingly, “by doin’ what comes naturally;” and they don’t stumble into it in the course of amusing themselves. All excellence involves discipline and tenacity of purpose.” John W. Gardner, Excellence