The REDI Award - Awardees

The REDI Award selection panel has granted the award to two students – Irena Djukic and one who prefers to remain anonymous. Congratulations! The CHR would also like to extend a BIG thanks to our Selection Panel!

Irena Djukic - 2015 Awardee

Irena DjukicYork Community engagement:

  • Graduate Assistant, Research and Ethics Committee, School of Social Work
  • Graduate Student Representative, Social Action for Social Change Working Group
  • Consultant, Sustainable Development and Revitalization for First Nations Consulting Group
  • Graduate Assistant, Aboriginal Advisory Committee
  • University Tribunal Member (Office of Student Community Relations)

Nominator Testimonials:

"I was so impressed with the way that Irena connected to the material in the course. She demonstrated such strong and positive ally understanding. Her commitment to social justice was obvious."
Ruth Koleszar-Green, Assistant Professor, School of Social Work, Liberal Arts and Professional Studies

"...she demonstrated a unique understanding and compassionate interest in the systemic issues that are prevalent within First Nations communities...Irena has proven herself to be a self-directed, highly motivated team player who is passionate about social justice and human rights issues... Irena... is committed to assisting with the positive and meaningful change for First Nations peoples and has plans to assist our team as we progress forward with our proactive strategies that will take place within First Nations reserves in the months and years to follow."
Charlene Lindsay B.A.,(Hons) M.E.S., RFP (PhD app in progress), Founder of SDNR for First Nations Consulting Group

"Her experience and contributions are rooted in principles of social justice and equity and assist our group's mandate to deepen the School's understanding and commitment to social changes."
Anne O’Connell, Associate Professor, School of Social Work