Young Alumni of the Year Award

Young Alumni of the Year Award

If you have graduated in the last 10 years, you may be eligible to receive the Saint Mary’s Young Alumni Award.

This distinction is presented to young alumni who display outstanding achievements that may have earned them regional, national or international recognition through:  service to humanity, their profession, volunteerism or community service, the advancement of knowledge, or service to Saint Mary's University.

This award is granted to Saint Mary's University alumni within 10 years of receiving a bachelor's degree or within five years of receiving a graduate degree. A maximum of three candidates per year will be granted the young alumni award.

Selection candidates are considered annually by the Saint Mary's University Alumni Association's Awards & Nomination Committee.


The deadline to nominate a candidate for the 2022 Young Alumni Volunteer of the Year Award is September 23, 2022. Nomination form

2021 Recipients

Reha Purdasy BSc’19

Reha Purdasy left Mauritius in 2015 to study Biology at Saint Mary’s University and graduated with great distinction in 2019. 

During her undergrad studies, Reha held various positions including a Residence Services Officer, Team LeadMental Health Peer Support and a Biology Research and Teaching Assistant. 

As an active member of the Racialized Student Academic Network (RSAN) and under the mentorship of Dr. Benita Bunjun, Reha had the rare opportunity to develop her analytical skills to understand and advocate for her wellbeing as well as that of other students at SMU.   

Reha is currently working as the Digital Lead at Junior Achievement (JA), Nova Scotia and is a Learning Mentor for Digital Nova Scotia’s Get into IT program which is aimed at training marginalized youth in IT careers.  Reha is also a member of the Tenancy Rights for International Students (TRIS) group.  

Reha’s experience and passion to support the wellbeing of racialized students has sparked great interest in policy evaluation and advocacy for these students. She intends to pursue her master’s degree in a relevant field, working towards a dream community role to strengthen her contributions towards advocacy for racialized community members.

Timi Idris MA’19

Timi Idris was born and raised in Lagos, Nigeria. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Sociology from the University of Lagos and a Master of Arts in Criminology from Saint Mary’s University. Her MA thesis was on corruption in the government and her area of research focuses on corporate crime, white-collar crime and policy development.   

During her time at Saint Mary’s, Timi worked at the Research Ethics Board, as a TA for the Criminology department and was a member of the Racialized Students Academic Network (RSAN).  Even as an alumna, she continues to devote her expertise to the network.  

Timi is a writer and a piece of her work titled “Intersections and Contradictions” was recently published in the book ‘Academic Wellbeing of Racialized Students’.   

Timi’s commitment to supporting the community is evident through her recent roles including Coordinating Feed Nova Scotia’s COVID-19 Food Box, Research Project Manager at the Delmore Buddy Daye Learning Institute (DBDLI) and currently as the Coordinator of On-Campus Employment at Dalhousie University. 

Timi is passionate about improving the lives of individuals and communities by supporting inclusive change.

Past Recipients 

  • 2020: Ying (Wendy) Wang BComm’16 & Dave Culligan BComm’16
  • 2019: Dr. Henry Annan BSc'14 & Sylvia Gawad BSc'14
  • 2018: Michael Brown BComm'14
  • 2017: Harry Ezenibe BA'14
  • 2016: Erica Sosnowski EMBA'15
  • 2015: Heather MacDonald & Jeff Mitchell
  • 2014: Chanda Chilanga and Beth Hamilton
  • 2013: Scott Noddin
  • 2012: Saeed El Darahali
  • 2011: Jacob Deng and Jeff Lohnes
  • 2010: Khalid Waleed Alkhudair
  • 2009: Jeff Britton
  • 2009: Jennifer Walker