Joy Umoafia – Sheridan College Peer Mentor – Rotary Club Youth Leadership Award Winner

Joy Umoafia points out her future direction

Joy Umoafia points out her future direction

Sheridan School of Business Human Resources Management student, Joy Umoafia knows exactly where she’s going in the future. This third year Sheridan School of Business student, now in her graduating semester, is the recent recipient of the Orangeville district Rotary Club Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA), has distinguished herself as a Peer Mentor in Sheridan’s Student Services division, and finds time to work part-time as a program support person for the Sheridan School of Continuing Education at the St. Joseph’s campus.

Umoafia, a third year School of Business student and Peer Mentor has been selected to attend the 2009 International Rotary Youth Leadership Awards held June 18th-21st, 2009 in Birmingham, England, immediately preceding the 100th Rotary International Convention. Umoafia was chosen to attend the Rotary International event because she has ably distinguished herself as a student leader at Sheridan in Sheridan’s Peer Mentor Program and has actively participated in local RYLA activities in Orangeville during May 2008.

“Joy’s opportunity to be at the International Rotary Convention is well deserved. She is a hard working Human Resource Management student who shows leadership in everything she does. Umoafia has lead the way in her Applied Business Management team and as a presenter in the Small Business Workshops,” said John MacRae, professor and Sheridan School of Business Student Life Advisor.

When Umoafia returns from England she plans to begin studies through the Nipissing University / Sheridan College articulation agreement to complete Nipissing’s Bachelor of Commerce degree which allows Sheridan graduates to complete the degree in three semesters while taking classes at either Sheridan’s Davis or Trafalgar campuses.

Joy Umoafia displays her recent award from Rotary Clubs International

Joy Umoafia displays her recent award from Rotary Clubs International

Established as a Rotary Structured Program in 1971, Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) is Rotary’s leadership training program for young people. RYLA emphasizes leadership, citizenship, and personal growth through intensive training programs that often take the shape of a seminar, workshop, or camp.

International RYLA invites up to 150 exceptional young people to refine their leadership skills, discuss issues relevant to global citizenship in the new millennium, and share ideas on how to make a positive impact in their communities. By invitation-only, young leaders celebrate Rotary’s commitment to youth. Participants learn advanced leadership techniques through interactive training exercises. During small group breakout sessions, participants explore and discuss current issues and topics pertinent to leadership in a global society.

Throughout the program, participants will have the opportunity to meet other exceptional young leaders from across the world while learning advanced leadership techniques through training exercises.

“This is a tremendous honour for Joy and we congratulate her for her achievements. It is testament to her strong abilities and leadership qualities, said Joseph Henry, Supervisor, Student Leadership and Engagement, Sheridan College Student Services.