Revelstoke’s Amanda Jones will be the recipient of the Neil Russell Student Leadership Award, Thompson Rivers University announced this week.
Jones a chemistry major, was announced the award winner by the Thompson Rivers University Alumni Associationas last week. She will receive the award, along with other award winners, at a banquet at the university on Friday, April 13.
Jones said she was surprised to find out she won the award.
Jones is receiving the award is in recognition of her contributions to the community. While studying at TRU, she volunteered as a hockey coach and encouraged other students to do so as well, to ensure girls would have the opportunity to play hockey.
“I find it fun to coach,” she said. “It makes my day a lot better to see the smiles on people’s faces.”
She also mentored first year science students, volunteered with the Chemistry/Biochemistry Club, and assisted elderly patients in residential care. She was a Supplemental Learning Leader last year, running study sessions for struggling students and recruiting other students to support the program.
Jones also formed the TRU Pre-Med Society in order to provide support, gather resources and organize events for students looking to enter medical school.
“Volunteering is like tossing a stone in water,” she said. “You impact one person and the ripples that form from that one stone spread out and affect others around them.”
She hopes to combine work in the medical or pharmaceutical field with international volunteering and to continue motivating youth in sports through organizations like Right to Play.