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Wilfrid Laurier University Communications, Public Affairs & Marketing
December 3, 2016
Canadian Excellence


Elizabeth Baisley, Student

Elizabeth Baisley, a second-year Laurier Brantford student, has been rewarded for her leadership with a prestigious Fessenden-Trott scholarship. Valued at $9,000 a year, the Fessenden-Trott Scholarship recognizes students with excellent academic records who display leadership qualities, as evidenced by their extracurricular activities or volunteerism. Only four are offered in a different Canadian region each year.

Baisley, a Human Rights & Human Diversity and English major, has maintained a GPA of 11.9 while being actively involved in community service activities. She devotes most of her time to Immigrant Settlement Services of Brantford, but she is also a flautist in the Brantford Memorial Concert Band, a volunteer contributor for Talent Egg (an online career resource for students and recent graduates) and a note-taker for Laurier’s Accessible Learning Centre. She has also been volunteering with the Adult Literacy and Basic Skills Program and Operation Christmas Child for over five years, and the Alzheimer Society of Brant for over 10 years.

Baisley said she is pleased to have received the scholarship because now she can reduce her hours at work and devote more time to studying and volunteering.

“This scholarship will allow me to continue participating in the activities for which it originally recognized me,” she said.

As a result of the scholarship, she now has her eye on opportunities to volunteer abroad, including a placement where she can research human rights violations and create workshops in Gaborone, Botswana.