The Student of the Month for March is Jana Jandal Alrifai, a
Grade 11 student at Vincent Massey Secondary School. Jana and her family
immigrated to Canada 3 years ago having fled Syria due to war. Jana believes
she is incredibly lucky to be in Canada and to have access to so many
Jana demonstrates dedication to her school and community as
well as a passion for politics. She is a proud member of Massey Hearts, a group
that works to reduce the stigma of mental health. She is also a volunteer for
Massey’s Children’s Christmas Party, a student-led event for children to enjoy
a festive meal, have fun, and leave with gifts and great memories.
Outside of school, Jana has won multiple awards in the field
of debate and public speaking. She recently placed first at the Richard Peddie
Debate Tournament held at the University of Windsor and third place at the
Optimist Oratorical Contest. In addition, she spends her weekends teaching
Arabic to youth in the community.
Last summer, Jana logged 220 hours to support her Business
SHSM certification at Build a Dream, a not-for-profit organization that
encourages young women to go into careers in which women are underrepresented.
Jana’s passion for politics began with Massey Model UN where
she won second place and best position paper at the University of Windsor’s
annual competition. This experience inspired her to attend Ontario Model
Parliament, a prestigious program facilitated by the Legislative Assembly of
During the most recent federal election, she volunteered for
her incumbent Member of Parliament’s re-election campaign. She also volunteered
with Canadian Muslim Vote, an organization that promotes civic engagement among
Muslim-Canadians. She has been selected to participate in Forum for Young
Canadians 2020 in Ottawa this upcoming March.
Jana’s dedication to community and civic engagement makes
her a great example of what it means to be a Massey Mustang. She responds to
challenges with optimism by pushing herself to excellence.
Congratulations Jana for being selected as Student Senate’s
March Student of the Month!