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Valedictorian Biographies

Bijan Tjahja, Architectural Technology

Faculty of Applied Science and Technology

During his studies, Bijan was a top performer and an engaged learner who actively participated in lectures, asked questions and encouraged his peers. For his major term project, he created architectural renderings for the Halton Region which were highly regarded by both the Region and his instructors.

Bijan has been offered an assistant position helping with Augmented Reality research within FAST. His work will help students and faculty members access AR technology in an approachable manner, and will serve as an important step towards incorporating the technology into academic curriculum.

Stephen Carmichael, Electrical Engineering Technician

Faculty of Applied Science and Technology

Stephen is a career Industrial Maintenance Mechanic Millwright who was eager to learn more about the electrical side of the equipment he services. His curiosity led him to Sheridan’s Electrical Engineering Technician program, where he is working towards an electrical apprenticeship to become licensed in the electrical trade.

Stephen’s daily philosophy is “do what you love and love what you do”. He is excited to represent Sheridan in his field as he applies his skills and abilities to solve challenges in his work.

Roger Rebelo, Building Environmental Systems Operator

Continuing and Professional Studies

At the age of 39, Roger has enjoyed going back to school to further educate himself in an industry that he already loved and built a career in. He believes that he and his program peers are graduating with a vast, deep knowledge of building environment and building operations — an achievement well worth the time and effort! He is grateful to his professors for bestowing him with the honour of serving as valedictorian, and for the education he received to better his future.

Denise Brown-Anderson, Honours Bachelor of Early Childhood Leadership

Faculty of Applied Health and Community Studies

Denise completed her Early Childhood Education diploma in 2017 and enrolled in the degree completion program in 2019. She is dedicated to excellence in her studies and always demonstrates a strong work ethic. She continued to work in her field full-time while completing her degree. Denise presented a willingness to learn and conducted herself with professionalism, respect and kindness. Through her hard work and positive attitude, she has demonstrated leadership, perseverance and strength of character.

Cassidy Kiara O'Reilly, Honours Bachelor of Community Safety

Faculty of Applied Health and Community Studies

Cassidy pursued her degree in Community Safety after completing a Community and Justice Services diploma, hoping to expand her knowledge and nurture her passion for working with marginalized communities. She consistently demonstrated her ability in academic excellence and leadership, earning top grades, mentoring others and working at the Sheridan Student Union. She completed her internship in a role that had her leading and training summer camp staff to build accessible, anti-oppressive and inclusive programming for neurodiverse youth.

Cassidy will no doubt continue to champion her goals of furthering inclusive values and leading the charge to make every community she interacts with safer and more welcoming for all.

Samantha McNair, Honours Bachelor of Interior Design

Faculty of Animation, Arts and Design

In the summer of 2021, Samantha led a small team to develop a podcast called Two Designers and a Podcast, where she interviewed industry experts and investigated current topics relevant in the world of interior design. Her exceptional leadership and organizational skills led to a successful podcast that has paved the way for Sheridan students and industry partners to join the team and explore exciting new trends. Samantha also placed second in the province for the prestigious Norma Ruth Ridley Scholarship Competition, competing against the top graduating students from each of the ten college and university interior design programs in Ontario.

Sabrina Henriques Sisco, Honours Bachelor of Photography

Faculty of Animation, Arts and Design

As a photographer, Sabrina is drawn to the collaborative creative process and is motivated by a desire to connect with other people. Sabrina has a keen interest in women and gender studies, social justice and gardening.

Sabrina’s curiosity and engagement with research, their dedication to the program and their enthusiasm have defined their involvement and helped shape the Photography community since joining the program in 2018. Throughout their time at Sheridan, they have regularly supported faculty as a student voice at Open Houses. Sabrina was also a member of student council and co-chair of the Photography peer mentorship program, helping bring students together to support each other.

Georgette Franjieh, Honours Bachelor of Business Administration (Human Resources Management)

Pilon School of Business

Georgette chose to study Human Resources because of her passion for helping others succeed in their personal and professional lives. After graduating from the HR diploma program, Georgette’s professional goals led her into the HR degree program. Georgette has now accepted a role as an HR coordinator at the same company where she completed her internship.

She strives for excellence every day and is graduating with an exemplary GPA. As the only child of an immigrant single parent, Georgette is self-reliant, independent, perseverant, and hopeful. She is grateful for her mother’s unwavering support throughout her educational journey.

Filipa Costa, Child and Youth Care

Faculty of Applied Health and Community Studies

Filipa has been a shining star in the Child and Youth Care program since her first year. She is a committed student and practitioner, demonstrated through her academic achievement and as an award recipient. She was nominated for the Ontario Association of Child and Youth Care Student Amplifier for the Child and Youth Care program and completed this role with enthusiasm and ease. She has been recognized for her relational approach to care provision and her genuine care for those she supports.

Hongsheng Shu, Pre-Health Sciences Pathway to Advanced Diplomas and Degrees

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

In 2015, Hongsheng had the opportunity to become an exchange student in Cairo, sponsored by the China Scholarship Council. He has studied Arabic literature in China, and graphic design and French in Montreal, and is now working towards his nursing degree in Canada. He is proud of the skills and experiences he has gained as he learned to live independently. Hongsheng has displayed an exemplary commitment to personal growth through challenging times. His goal is to become a nurse, working in Ontario.

Meena Chowdhury, Advertising and Marketing Communications Management

Pilon School of Business

Meena is proud to have completed her postsecondary education several years after graduating from high school, and after facing many life challenges.

Throughout her three years at Sheridan, Meena took on leadership and mentorship roles with her peers. Many of her professors have become lifelong mentors and friends who made her time at Sheridan enjoyable, memorable and knowledge-filled. She is proud of the skills she has gained for her career and as an advocate for equity, diversity and inclusion. Although Meena studied remotely for most of her time at Sheridan, she is grateful for the relationships made and the memories created.

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