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Finalists named for G.L. Dobson community award

By Andrea Elliott

TORONTO – The Ryerson University Athletics & Recreation Department will honour its student-athletes and their accomplishments at the 71st Annual Athletic Awards Celebration on Saturday, April 6 at the Toronto Marriott Downtown Eaton Centre Hotel.

Over the course of the next few days, ryersonrams.ca will highlight the finalists for all six major awards as we prepare for the big night. Today we showcase the females chosen as finalists for the Outstanding Contribution to Interuniversity Sport, Campus and Community Life award.

The G.L. Dobson award is given to a student-athlete, preferably in her graduating year, who has provided leadership and participation in a specific ongoing activity or in a collection of community and/or campus life activities. Also, this recipient is usually involved in a leadership role on a team, maintains a positive attitude both on and off the field of competition, and personifies sportsmanship.

The following Ryerson Rams (in alphabetical order) were nominated and chosen as finalists for the G.L. Dobson award through the awards selection process.

Rebecca Bourgeois – Figure Skating
Third year skater Rebecca Bourgeois is a first-time finalist for this award following a season of coordinating fundraisers and community initiatives. Volunteering as the figure skating club supervisor, Bourgeois took on a leadership role and helped the team raise nearly $4,000 for the Rams Care kids-to-camp program over the course of multiple fundraisers. She also coordinated the team’s participation and fundraising efforts for the 5K run in the Scotiabank Marathon this past fall.

Demetra Maragos – Volleyball
Another first-time finalist for the G.L. Dobson award, fourth year libero Demetra Maragos spent plenty of time giving back to the community this season. In addition to being a Rams Care school visit leader, Maragos led a volleyball clinic for a local school’s girls’ volleyball team. She also took the lead in the women’s volleyball blood drive initiative and coordinated the volleyball team’s participation in the 5K run at the Scotiabank Marathon.

Gillian Rossi – Soccer
Now a three-time finalist for this award, fourth year defender Gillian Rossi continued to leave her mark in the community this season. At the conclusion of the soccer season Rossi was named the OUA’s Community Service Award winner for her contributions that 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 the 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.

Stay tuned to ryersonrams.ca for more finalist releases as well as the results from the 71st Annual Athletic Awards!

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