Each year, Hart House holds a reception to celebrate our student leaders, who act as our ambassadors, lead our clubs and committees and volunteer their time and their talents to help us develop programs and activities that are relevant to today’s students. We also celebrate the many alumni mentors who share their knowledge and experience with students and give of their time.
This year, we had the honor of introducing the very first nominees for the Audrey Hozak award, a tribute to Audrey Hozack, a 39-year employee and Assistant Warden of Hart House who passed away in February 2016. Through the generosity of a group of donors, each year one student who best exemplifies leadership will receive a cash award of $1,000. Finalists receive $100 prizes. This year, the nominees were Angela Gu, Sarah Edo, Coco Lee, Edie Guo and Bukama Muntu. The award went to Coco Lee for her involvement with the Hart House Theatre Committee, U of T Drama Coalition, and the Hart House Committee on Budgets.
“My time at U of T has been profoundly enriched by the leadership opportunities I had at Hart House, and my hope is to champion similar opportunities for fellow students.” —Coco Lee
Two other awards were also announced at the reception. The Student Engagement in the Arts Awards recognizes students who have made significant leadership or volunteer contributions to co-curricular activities at the University. Hart House had the honor of submitting four nominees for the award: Hareem Haider, Samantha Holmes and James Hyett for their involvement with Hart House Theatre and Theresa Wang for her work with the Art Museum.
The Gordon Cressy Student Leadership Awards are another university-wide acknowledgement of outstanding contributions made by graduating students. This year, Hart House put forward six students who worked towards improving the world around them and inspired others to do the same. They are Andrea Dimiskovska, Hart House Global Commons Committee; Tonny Huang, Hart House Chorus; Sophia Ludwig, Hart House Finance Committee; Sarah Millman, Debates & Dialogue Committee and Debating Club; Theresa Wang, Art Committee; and Katie Harris, Hart House Symphonic Band.