UWinnipeg, Collegiate international students to receive awards

Shoko Kobayakawa (at left) and Wai Shi Leung

Shoko Kobayakawa (at left) and Wai Shi Leung

Two international students in the UWinnipeg community —  Wai Chi (Chantel) Leung and Shoko Kobayakawa  — will receive 2014 International Student of the Year Awards, as selected by The Manitoba Council for International Education (MCIE) and the International Education Branch of the Government of Manitoba (IEB).

The students will be presented their awards by the Honourable Peter Bjornson , Minister of Education and Advanced Learning, during the International Education Week reception at the Manitoba Legislature in room 200 on November 17th from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Wai Chi (Chantel) Leung is from China and currently finishing grade 12 at The Collegiate at The University of Winnipeg; she is the 2014 secondary sector recipient of the MCIE/IEB International Student of the Year Award. Chantel chose to study in Manitoba for a number of reasons: “Out of all the provinces in the country, Manitoba fascinates me the most. It has its urban side as well as its rural side. Walking on the sidewalk, not only we can see skyscrapers and vehicles, but also the Canada goose and squirrels.”

Shoko Kobayakawa is the 2014 Language program sector recipient of the MCIE/IEB International Student of the Year Award. Shoko hails from Kyoritsu Women’s University in Japan and will graduate from UWinnipeg’s English Language Program (ELP) in March of 2015.  Shoko chose to study in Manitoba because “it is very good for me to be able to learn multi cultures, for Manitoba is in the middle of Canada.  I am glad to have conversations with people from a lot of countries.  There are a lot of activities which I can enjoy in Manitoba, and these are good experiences.”

The International Student of the Year Awards are given out annually by MCIE and IEB to recognize the contributions of international students to the Manitoba community. Students will receive a monetary prize of $200 and a certificate.

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For further information:

Shelley Curé, Executive Director
Manitoba Council for International Education
204-712-5099 |scure @mcie.ca

2 Comments

  • Rebekah Adenikinju said...

    In what grade do you become eligible for this award?

    • Communications said...

      The award is for grades 10 – 12.