Helping students who live with invisible disabilities is her source of inspiration
Toronto, ON – Meridian, Ontario’s largest credit union and second largest in Canada, is proud to name Guelph Region resident, Alexandra Elmslie, as the 2022 recipient of the Meridian Sean Jackson Scholarship.
Each year, in honour of former CEO Sean Jackson, Meridian awards $10,000 to one Ontario high school student who has demonstrated both academic excellence and an outstanding commitment to building stronger communities.
“The Sean Jackson Scholarship is an opportunity for Meridian to recognize and reward Ontario’s young leaders for their community initiative, innovation and impact,” said Sari Arhontoudis, VP, Marketing, Meridian. “This year’s recipient, Alexandra Elmslie, has focused on sharing her authentic lived experience to help others successfully navigate their own challenges by initiating a community initiative ‘Wellness for All.’ We are very proud to recognize Alexandra as our 2022 Sean Jackson Scholarship winner for her resolve to help her peers and contribute to the community at large.”
As someone who lives with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), Alexandra uses her personal experience to offer tips and strategies for other students coping with similar challenges. Of all her self-driven initiatives, she is most proud of her “Wellness 4 All” educational program, where she provided tailored mental health support to over 200 students with intellectual and developmental disabilities across her school board.
“Providing love, support and encouragement for family, friends and your community is the most important thing you can do in life,” said Alexandra. “I am truly honoured to be a recipient of Meridian’s Sean Jackson Scholarship. I am excited to be able to pursue my education in an area that I am passionate about and will give focus to my commitment to community service in the years to come.”
Alexandra is entering a Bachelor of Science at the University of Western Ontario, where she plans to specialize in Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience. The Sean Jackson Scholarship award will help to further her aspirations to build a career in psychiatry. One that features more understanding, authenticity and effective support for people who are neurodivergent.
Meridian’s Sean Jackson Scholarship was created in honour of former Meridian CEO and avid community leader, Sean Jackson. Since the awards creation in 2015, Meridian has granted $80,000 to the eight Ontario high school student scholarship winners who have demonstrated both academic excellence and an outstanding commitment to community. For more information about Alexandra and the award, visit Sean Jackson Scholarship on our website.
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For more information contact:
Jacob Del Zotto, Corporate Communications, Meridian