Valedictorian Biographies

Rasha Matar, General Arts and Science, ESL stream

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Rasha Matar is graduating from the General Arts and Science certificate program, ESL stream. Rasha was an engaged and diligent student. A natural leader with excellent public speaking skills, she has been a role model and a source of help for her classmates. Rasha has a Bachelor of Mass Communications and Public Relations, a diploma in filmmaking and over 20 years of experience as a TV host and script writer. She is currently pursuing a post-graduate certificate in autism and behavioural science.

Dalia Sibie, Film, Television & Journalism

Faculty of Animation, Arts & Design

Dalia Sibie is graduating from the Journalism Diploma program. She was a focused, driven and self-motivated student who was inclusive to her classmates and always willing to help when needed. She showcased exceptional talent, and her classmates and faculty say she could always be counted on. Dalia was the project coordinator of a COIL project (Collaborative Online International Learning), working with students in the United Kingdom and Kenya. She met with her classmates outside of class time to ensure all voices could be heard, despite the time difference. She received a Sheridan 2023 Generator Student Award for her work in the course, and was also the recipient of the Toronto Star Academic Excellence in Journalism Award.

Sukhneet Kaur, Chemical Engineering Technology

Faculty of Applied Science and Technology

Sukhneet Kaur is graduating from the Chemical Engineering Technology program. She was a dedicated student, with a charismatic personality and uplifting outlook. Her positive attitude, class engagement, and participation in outreach activities have been an inspiration to her peers and professors. As a co-op student, she completed a work term in the chemical/environmental labs where she assisted professors in developing and testing engineering laboratory procedures. While excelling in her coursework, Sukhneet also worked as a program tutor, where she shared her knowledge and was a source of encouragement for students in Sheridan’s other chemical programs. Her enthusiasm, superb work effort and joy for learning have been present throughout her entire journey at Sheridan. Sukhneet is an excellent role model, and will make Sheridan proud as she begins her career in the chemical and engineering industry.

Anna Kaminska, Human Resource Management

Continuing and Professional Studies

Anna Kaminska is graduating from the Human Resource Management program. She is an HR professional with a unique blend of expertise in law and psychology. With a PhD in law and an MA in psychology, she’s spent over 15 years in business consulting and coaching, specifically in leadership development. Before immigrating to Canada and entering the HR realm, she practiced and taught law in Europe, specializing in corporate and employment law. Anna is passionate about fostering a culture of psychological safety and trust. She fostered meaningful relationships with the faculty during her time at Sheridan and she aspires to tie her future with Sheridan as she furthers her career.

Funmilayo Mercy Agidi, Practical Nursing

Faculty of Applied Health and Community Studies

Funmilayo Mercy Agidi is graduating from the Practical Nursing program. She demonstrated professionalism, integrity and commitment throughout her time at Sheridan. She achieved a high GPA in the nursing program and graduated with high honours in her pre-graduate consolidation. She was the recipient of the Alzheimer's Society of Peel Maureen Davis Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement in 2023. Funmilayo displayed strong leadership skills both academically and in her clinical practice. She truly understands how to nurse with compassion and has been a support to many of her colleagues.

Natan Bowden, Business Administration – Marketing

Pilon School of Business

Natan Bowden is graduating from the Business Administration – Marketing program. He says his time at Sheridan helped him reach his full potential. After studying online for the beginning of his program, Natan joined on-campus life, where he immersed himself in sustainability and Mission Zero — Sheridan’s framework for institution-wide sustainability initiatives. The highlight of his Sheridan career was working with the Mission Zero pop-ups, which allowed him to interact with the Sheridan community, make professional connections and discover his passion in sustainable marketing. Coming back to school as an adult, Natan was motivated by his professors and peers, and maintained a straight A average. His message to his fellow graduands is to remember the resiliency gained from studying during the uncertain times of COVID, and that everyone can navigate any challenging times ahead.

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