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2008 Cressy Awards

The Gordon Cressy Student Leadership Awards recognize students for outstanding extra-curricular contributions to their college, faculty, school or department, or to the university as a whole. The awards were established in 1994 by the University of Toronto Alumni Association (UTAA) and the Division of University Advancement. OISE is pleased to celebrate this year's Cressy Award winners for their dedication and service to their fellow students, to OISE, the University of Toronto and to the community. 

Julie Byrd Clark's volunteer and leadership activities at OISE provided her with remarkable learning experiences that have impacted her thinking about the importance of community and extra-curricular involvement as an educator and as a student. As a member of the PhD Second Language Education Student’s Research Group, Julie helps advise first- and second-year graduate students. Last year, Julie reviewed more than 90 applications to the undergraduate program at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto. The PhD candidate has also served as President of the Curriculum, Teaching, and Learning Student’s Association as well as a member of the department’s Faculty Search Hiring Committee for Secondary Leadership and Administration in Teacher Education.

Jasmine Eliav feels priveleged to pursue her doctorate in clinical child psychology in the Department of Human Development and Applied Psychology, and has taken every opportunity to give back to the program and department. Her volunteer activities have enriched her learning experience and she hopes to continue to contribute to the univeristy as a graduate. For two years, Jasmine served as the MA and PhD representative for her program. She was also Co-President of the student departmental association. The changes she implemented during those years, from 2001 to 2003, are still having a positive impact on the student body.


Kerry-Ann Escayg's initiative, motivation, and passion for social justice has enabled her to engender positive changes both inside and outside the classroom. An MA candidate in child study and education at the Institute of Child Study, Kerry-Ann credits her growth as an educator to the encouragement and support she received from a dedicated and dynamic group of professors. She will pursue her passion in the classroom as she continues her journey in activism, anti -racism, and social awareness. Kerry-Ann Escayg enjoyed her OISE experiences so much, she took time out of her busy schedule to share how good the program is with university students at Guelph, Concordia, and other post-secondary institutions. She also founded and served as President of U of T’s Institute of Child Study Anti-Racism Committee, and worked extensively with the OISE Centre for Integrative Anti-Racism Studies.



Saba Mir, MA candidate in child study and education in the Department of Human Development and Applied Psychology, deals in the currency of ideas and minds as an educator. Not surprisingly, she says, with this great power comes great responsibility. In her extensive volunteer service, Saba has learned the difference a single individual can make, and continually strives to incorporate these valuable experiences into her teaching.
Saba Mir is Co-President of OISE's Chapter of the Council for Exceptional Children, which works to enhance the academic experiences of individuals who are exceptional, disabled and/or gifted. She is also President of the Institute of Child Study (ICS) Student Council, and Co-President of the Department of Human Development and Applied Psychology’s Students’ Association. Completing her second master’s in education, Saba also serves as an Editor on the ICS Yearbook Committee, as well as a Program Representative on OISE's Graduate Students’ Association.



Benjamin Gross, graduating this spring with a Bachelor of Education in intermediate/senior history and drama, found time in his hectic schedule to serve his fellow students as well as the institution through his numerous volunteer activities: workin on institutional committees, forging partnerships with external student representative organizations, and planning, developing and participatingin many OISE and University extracurricular events. Elected President of the Student Teacher Union, Ben works to enrich the student experience at OISE. He took the initiative to organize and facilitate a workshop for OISE teacher candidates on an educational game designed to introduce global economic issues into high school classrooms. Ben also volunteers as a Student Representative on Faculty Council, and with the Equity and Teacher Awards committees. For Earth Day, Ben initiated and is playing a supporting role in creating the OISE Forum on Environmental Education.