UWinnipeg student earns Sons of Italy Award

Lucas Mosienko, photo supplied

Lucas Mosienko, photo supplied

University of Winnipeg student Lucas Mosienko has earned a Sons of Italy Legacy Award. Mosienko is currently completing an undergraduate degree in neuroscience, with hopes for a career in medicine as a cardiac anesthesiologist. 

Mosienko has been actively involved in research in the field of cardiac anesthesiology, working as a research assistant at St. Boniface Hospital in anesthesia and peri-operative medicine. He’s also been volunteering at Misericordia Health Centre since 2015.

Mosienko is also strongly connected to his Italian heritage. Mosienko learned Italian by visiting his family in Italy and listening to his grandparents speak. He is expanding his Italian language skills by taking courses at UWinnipeg.  

He often connects with Italian immigrants to Canada to hear their stories and practice his Italian while working in the hospital.

“I encounter people with an Italian last name and talk with them, and make a cultural connection,” said Mosienko. “I feel that in making an effort to connect with immigrants, they greatly appreciate and are proud that younger people appreciate the rich and lively culture.”

Mosienko chose UWinnipeg for the state-of-the-art science programs and the smaller class sizes for a positive educational experience. 

“One of my favourite reasons for being at UWinnipeg is meeting people who share the same interests and aspirations as I do,” shared Mosienko.  

Mosienko graduated from Mennonite Brethren Collegiate Institute with first class honours in 2018. 

The Sons of Italy annually gives two Legacy Awards of $2,000 each to students of Italian origin entering or attending post-secondary education and one award of $1,000 to a student entering a trades program.

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