We are pleased to announce the incoming young leaders for the 2021-22 Pathy Foundation Fellowship at Coady International Institute.

The 12-month fellowship provides community-focused experiential learning opportunities for graduating students of McGill UniversityQueen’s UniversityUniversity of Ottawa, Bishop’s University, and St. Francis Xavier University. Applicants submit a self-designed initiative proposal to work with a community with which they have a connection, to foster sustainable positive social change in Canada and around the world. The Pathy Family Foundation supports each fellow with funding of up to $40,000.

In the largest cohort yet, six fellows from the previously deferred 2020-21 program will join ten new fellows for a cohort of 16. Each fellow has adapted their community initiative for the current global context, and will continue to do so as we see changes in Covid-19 spread and response in local communities around the globe.

Meet the 2021-22 Fellows:

Nivatha Balendra

McGill University
 Montreal, QC
Initiative: Nature-based Solutions for a Sustainable Future  


Raj Birgi

McGill University
Community: Mairye Village (Gayaza District), Uganda
Initiative: Growing Smallholder Farmers through Sustainable Farming

Emily Booker

McGill University
Community: North Vancouver, BC
Initiative: Girl Group to Empower Youth

Samantha Dignam

University of Ottawa
Barrie, ON
Initiative: Collaborative Design of Experiential Global Citizenship Education with High School Students

Michaela Drouillard

McGill University
 Montreal, QC
Initiative: Digital Literacy for Formerly Incarcerated People

Daniela Gallardo

University of Ottawa
Moncton, NB
Initiative: Learning & technology mentoring for Moncton’s newcomers

Joel Grant

McGill University
Community: Montreal Area, QC
Initiative: Indigenous Science Activities on Film

Sophia Gregory

McGill University
Community: Bullock Lake Farm, Salt Spring Island, BC
Initiative: Cultivating Resilience: A Farm-to-School Program

Ben Heywood-MacLeod 

McGill University
Community: Williamsford, ON
Initiative: Race Reconciliation through Community Bridging

Meriem Mezdour

McGill University
Community:  Ottawa, ON/Montreal, QC
Initiative: Community Building through Newcomer Youth

Courtney Murdoch

McGill University
Community: Lachute, QC
Initiative: Girl Talk: Building Our Future

Derakhshan Qurban-Ali

McGill University
Community: Toronto, ON
Initiative: Empowering Communities to Combat Mass Atrocities

Dominique Robichaud

McGill University
Community: Wabanaki Nation, QC
Initiative:  Waban-Aki Nation and Community Archives

Prishni Seyone

Queen’s University
Community location:
 Toronto, ON
Initiative: Coming Together to Target Family Violence

Nayaelah Siddiqui

University of Ottawa
Community location: Ottawa, ON
Initiative: Holistic & Culturally Inclusive Leadership Training Program  

Lauren Sobot

StFX University
Atlantic Canada
Initiative: Mentorship for LGBTQ youth in Atlantic Canada

To learn more about the fellowship and the work of Pathy Fellows past and present visit pathyfellowship.com or follow Pathy Foundation Fellowship on FacebookInstagram, or Twitter.

Coady International Institute

St. Francis Xavier University
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PO Box 5000
Antigonish, NS B2G 2W5

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