Monday 30 Jun, 2014

Global Citizens: The Class of 2015

All across Canada, there are extraordinary students who demonstrate a passion for other cultures and a commitment to change. At EF, we recognize these students and their great ideas through our Global Citizen Scholarship program. This year, we asked applicants to share their inspiring, innovative ideas on a topic they’re passionate about. The response was overwhelming and as always, we are so impressed with the amazing ideas put forth by students across the country.

We’re so excited to announce that we will have 12 Global Citizen recipients this year. We received so many incredible submissions that we couldn’t choose just 10! These students will be travelling together on a once-in-a-lifetime tour to Paris, Toulouse and Barcelona. They will also take part in EF’s Leadership & Innovation Summit, where they will work with other Canadian students to identify potential solutions to global issues and hear from some of the most creative and innovative minds. This year’s Global Citizen scholars are:

Nikaela Lange, Dalmeny, SK 

Isabelle Desroches, St-Augustin, QC

James Lees, Merigomish, NS

Lauren Mallais-De Luca, Kirkland, QC

Divya Santhanam, Mississauga, ON

Gabrielle Foss, Toronto, ON

Maya Werner, Bruce Mines, ON

Mitch Kurylowicz, Manotick, ON

Parnika Godkhindi, Markham, ON

Alaina Podmorrow, Lake Country, B.C.

Hannah Lank, Winnipeg, MB

Nicolas Wicaksono, Vancouver, B.C.

You can also check out all their incredible projects here

Part of being a Global Citizen is about taking these great ideas and turning them into a reality. We know that these students will bring back what they learn on tour and make a difference in their home communities. Alana K., a 2013 Global Citizen recipient from Saskatchewan, is an inspiring example of how this experience can really fuel a student’s passion.

As a Global Citizen, Alana had the opportunity to travel on an educational tour to Costa Rica and took part in the 2013 Global Student Leadership Summit: Environmental Conference for Youth. At the Summit, Alana collaborated with other Canadian and American students, had lunch with former U.S. Vice President Al Gore and debated environmental challenges with environmentalist Severn Cullis-Suzuki.


The issue Alana chose to explore was climate change. Through her research, she discovered that Saskatchewan has the highest per capita energy use in Canada, and the second highest transportation footprint. She also found that her province relies heavily on fossil fuel-based transportation, which contributes to greenhouse gas emissions.

When she returned from the Summit, Alana launched Kickstart Change, a program designed to encourage her community to use kick-sleds built from recycled materials to get around during the winter months. She recognized that this is a fun, friendly, healthy, and sustainable travel method that suits the climate of her province.

Alana has seen incredible success since launching this program. A group of students at her school has built several kick-sleds over the past year. Alana has volunteered at local festivals to get the word out about her program, and has successfully networked with many individuals and organizations in her community, increasing the level of engagement. In fact, Kickstart Change has seen so much interest that she has received requests to keep the project going next year.

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Alana is one of many inspiring and extraordinary students across Canada that has a great idea to help change the world. We can’t wait to see what this year’s class of Global Citizens comes up with!


Join the class of 2015 Global Citizens in Barcelona next March at the EF Leadership & Innovation Summit!