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Student of the Month - Mar. 2020

SOM - march 2020.jpgThe 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 opportunities.

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 Ontario.

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!