Lynch-Getty 2020 Recipients

Lynch-Getty Global Student Award 2020 Recipients
Lynch-Getty 2020 recipients

The Lynch-Getty Global Student Award is presented annually to four students attending school in the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board – this award is intended for both Canadian residents as well as international students attending the OCDSB. The students will have demonstrated leadership in their community and involvement in groups, events and activities that foster cross cultural learning and understanding in school and in the community. Each recipient receives $1,000 towards post-secondary study.




Many of Isabelle’s global citizenship opportunities came through the International Certificate Program, such as volunteer work at OCENET as a summer student ambassador, as well as being co-president of Global Youth Club at her high school. She believes that “our perception of the world is not the only version. We forget that there are so many cultures, beliefs, and events that it is important to be open-minded to different perspectives, ideas, experience.” She will be pursuing post-secondary education at the University of Toronto in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. Isabelle hopes she can also study abroad and learn more languages in the future.



Mohamed has volunteered extensively at both the Boys and Girls Club and with Special Olympics where he had opportunities to learn about the wide diversity of individuals that live within our community, and how unique every person’s story is. He also learned about the numerous barriers that currently exist in society that affect inclusiveness. Mohamed feels that receiving the recognition from this award will encourage him to continue his intercultural activities. In September, he will study at the University of Ottawa to complete an Honours Bachelor of Science degree in Human Kinetics with a minor in Conflict Studies and Human Rights.



A Grade 12 student from Bell HS, Prasith was a leader with the Model United Nations Club, Multicultural Club, as well as many other global citizenship roles. In his view: “These experiences were invaluable because they taught me about multiculturalism and event planning. Also, being able to understand the historical and socio-economic context of a vast majority of countries is important, in my opinion, for my future pathway in global engineering and business.” He is very thankful for this recognition because it celebrates his personal contributions to the community, and he recognizes that becoming a global citizen does not happen in just 4 years because it is a lifelong process.



Katelan was enrolled in the International Certificate Program, which opened up many opportunities for her to get involved in many global citizenship activities, such as attending the Jeju Youth Forum in South Korea. She served as a student ambassador for the OIPE summer program and as co-president of the Global Youth Club at SRB HS. Through global citizenship activities, she feels that she learned about self-identity and about other cultures. In her words: “I learned how to think outside the box and it helped me to push myself out of my own comfort zone.” Katelan feels very honored receiving this award, and next year will be attending Queen’s University to study Commerce.

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