Faculty of Arts:
Bryn de Chastelain
Bryn is a Second-Year Arts Student majoring in Political Science with Minors in Economics and Peace and Conflict Studies. In 2018, Bryn joined the MENtality team focused on Male Mental Health on campus and has helped to develop the ManMade Program, stressing positive masculinity in the community. Bryn has held multiple leadership roles on campus, as the Coordinator of the Centre for New Students in Admissions, as well as the Arts Representative for the SMUSA Academic Committee. Bryn also founded the Global Brigades Society in 2018, which culminated with a volunteer trip to Honduras in February 2019. Bryn’s leadership extends to the greater community as well, through his involvement with the Junior Program at the Halifax Curling Club and his volunteer experience with the Halifax Mobile Food Market. Looking forward, Bryn hopes to develop his interests in political advocacy and engagement throughout the rest of his degree at Saint Mary’s and beyond.
Crystal is a third year Arts student, guided by the philosophy “all of us are self-made but only the successful will admit it”. She aspires to become a Forensic Psychologist and Prime Minister of Jamaica. Crystal diligently serves as Vice Chair of SMUSA’s Board of Directors, Chair of the HR and Governance committee and member of the Elections Committee, developing policies for an improved university experience. Serving as Project Manager for Enactus Options Nova, Crystal envisions making an impact in the lives of incarcerated individuals in Halifax. In 2018, she secured a $10,000 grant from the government for this mission. As a member of SMU’s Conflict Resolution Society, Crystal travelled to Northern Ireland recently to teach peace education. Crystal lends her voice daily to projects and opportunities which inspires positive change. Her role as SMARTS student leader, CCR Engagement Facilitator and participant in the Model United Nations Conference epitomizes this mandate.
Kartik is a Fourth Year Psychology student who is currently working as a Sexual Violence Prevention Leader and Resident Consent Project Assistant. He provides bystander training to students and collaborate with team members to host various events during Sexual Violence Awareness Week and Consent Week that foster a positive understanding of sexual boundaries and health. In addition, He has trained over 150 students so far, including 50 Resident Assistants and 50 pack Leaders, encouraging more male students to take training in such a sensitive topic. Also, Kartik is the first male Administrative and Communication Coordinator of the Women’s Centre. He took this opportunity to break down stereotypes regarding men’s sensitivity around women’s issues, and have inspired other males to step up and join the team. In addition, as a Co-Project Manager of Options Youth with Enactus SMU, Kartik supported 10 at-risk youth to develop work-related skills through a 4-week training program and 6-week job search process. Through Enactus, he represented SMU at the Regional and National Exposition, improving his public speaking and presentation skills, and his self-confidence.
Faculty of Science:
Lindsay is a fourth-year biology major and is the Captain of the SMU Varsity Volleyball team. She has been honoured Dean’s List and USports Academic All-Canadian awards annually for academic success and was awarded the Dr. Alfonso Rojo Award in 2016 for success in biology. She is the Co-Lead of the SMU Student-Athlete Mental Health Initiative (SAMHI), focused on raising awareness and ending the stigma surrounding mental illness. Lindsay strongly values community involvement and has served as a Huskies Move for Inclusion volunteer, Here for Peers Mentor, and on SMU Athletic Council for many years. Additionally, she volunteers weekly with the IWK Ronald McDonald Family Room, SMU Mentorship Program, and SMU MotionBall Committee. Further, Lindsay has worked in the Chemistry department for the past two years as both a Research Assistant and a Teaching Assistant, reflecting her commitment to learning. Upon graduation, Lindsay hopes to continue her research and will begin applying for medical school.
Rachelle is a third-year Environmental Science and Geography student. For the past three years, she has been an active member of the Residence community, first as a resident, then a Programming Assistant in the Residence Life office and as a Residence Assistant for the past two years. Rachelle has been motivated and dedicated to creating a safe, educational and welcoming environment for students through events and programs. Coordinating the Residence Banquet, an on-campus blood drive and other programs have truly enhanced Rachelle’s leadership abilities. Additionally, Rachelle’s outstanding leadership has been formally recognized through the Residence Leadership and Engagement Award, the Residence Assistant Award of Excellence and the Outstanding Loyola Residence Assistant. Outside of residence, Rachelle has been an executive member of the Environmental Society for three years, playing a significant role in expanding membership and diversifying the events offered. After graduating, Rachelle aspires to work in restoration and conservation.
Reha is in her final year completing a BSc. Biology degree. Having uninterruptedly maintained her Dean’s List standing, Reha shows outstanding academic leadership. She works as a Molecular Biology Research Assistant, studying the common Killifish for a research aiming to inform conservation efforts around fish population in Nova Scotia. As the Senior RSO for Residence Services, she supervises and works with her team to respond promptly to emergency situations, contributing to the safety of our students. Last summer, she developed 40+ online training modules around important issues such as sexual violence and threat prevention for new RSOs. Reha is also a Peer Supporter trained under the Stay Connected Mental Health Program and by the Counselling Center. She encourages student to take care of their mental wellbeing through active listening and sharing of healthy coping strategies with them. Moreover, she facilitates Mental Health workshops to help staff and faculty members be more supportive of our students’ mental health. She also holds different on and off-campus volunteer positions.
Faculty of Sobey School of Business:
Ciaro is an international student from Freeport, The Bahamas; Ciaro is in his 3rd year at Saint Mary’s University pursuing a Bachelor of Commerce. He is serving as the Enactus Saint Mary's Co-President, a student society with over 80 active students. As one of the Co-Presidents of Enactus, Ciaro created strategic partnerships with national brands such as Hellmann's and McCains. In November 2018, Ciaro travelled to Dubai, UAE to present Square Roots - a local social enterprise, started by Enactus SMU, which uses food waste to solve food insecurity - at the Global Restaurant Leadership Conference that is hosted by Coca Cola. Through his tenure as Co-President, Ciaro shifted the culture to promote diversity, collaboration, and inclusion in student societies. Alongside Enactus, Ciaro is one of the 12 ENbassadors - students that aim to promote entrepreneurship throughout faculties. Post graduation, Ciaro is looking to pursue Project Management or personal ventures.