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Three Rams recognized with university awards

By Andrea Elliott

TORONTO - Three Rams student-athletes were honoured in late March by Ryerson University as recipients of the Dennis Mock Student Leadership award and various Office of the Vice-Provost Students (OVPS) Student Experience awards.

The Dennis Mock Student Leadership award recognizes graduating students who have made outstanding voluntary extracurricular contributions to their school or academic program, faculty, or to Ryerson University as a whole. This year, women's soccer player Gillian Rossi and women's volleyball player Theanna Vernon received the award.

Rossi was named the OUA's Community Service Award winner at the conclusion of the women's soccer season. Her contributions to the community now include initiating an intramural and homework club at the Boys and Girls Club, visiting local schools as a Rams Care leader, and volunteering at the MLSE LaunchPad and Regent Park skate event. Rossi was a lead organizer for last year's humanitarian trip to Ghana and is involved again in this year's upcoming trip to First Nations communities in the James Bay Region.

Vernon has volunteered at the MLSE LaunchPad, teaching the basic skills of volleyball, and was a leader during the MLSE Women in Sports day. She also volunteered as a Student Ambassador with the Spanning the Gaps program during the Day in the Life of a post-secondary student where she spoke about her experiences as a student, a woman of colour, a student-athlete, a first-generation student, and a leader on campus. 

In addition to the Dennis Mock awards, a pair of Rams were also honoured with two OVPS Student Experience awards. Rossi earned the OVPS Student Leadership award while men's volleyball player Greg Vukets took home the OVPS Emerging Leader award.

Vukets earned the Emerging Leader award which recognizes and celebrates the contributions of new leaders at Ryerson, with the recipient being in their first or second year and having made an impact on their surrounding community through bourgeoning leadership involvement. Vukets is a regular volunteer for the Rams Care school visit program and has also volunteered at the MLSE LaunchPad program. Additionally, Vukets took the reigns and coordinated the volleyball team's fundraising efforts for the Rams Care 5K run. Vukets participated in last year's humanitarian trip to Ghana and is now a lead organizer for this year's upcoming trip to First Nations communities in the James Bay Region.

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