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4 Concordians receive Quebec’s Lieutenant Governor’s Youth Medal

Meet the students making a difference through excellence in leadership
April 27, 2022
An older gentleman and a young man at an awards ceremony.
Daniel Amico is one of the Concordia students who received a Lieutenant Governor’s Youth Medal this year.

The prestigious Lieutenant Governor’s Youth Medal recognizes the involvement, determination and constant striving of Quebecers who have a positive influence in their community. Four Concordia students are among the 2022 recipients.

“Congratulations to our amazing Concordians on earning this award,” says Andrew Woodall, dean of students. “This group demonstrates the amazing impact that our students can have on the wider community.”

Meet the winners

Aaliyah Crawford

Print media, Faculty of Fine Arts

From the very beginning of her time at Concordia, Aaliyah Crawford has been involved in student life. She has held the elected position of executive coordinator of the Fine Arts Student Alliance for two years. In that time, Crawford worked on significant changes to the organization’s policies, bylaws and procedures, made their opportunities and services more inclusive to underrepresented students and forged close and effective working relationships with senior administration.

Crawford has also been involved with the Queer Print Club and the Fine Arts Reading Room. All this time, she has maintained a high academic standard with awards and recognition, such as membership in the Golden Key International Honour Society, an academic excellence organization.

Daniel Amico

Political science and history, Faculty of Arts and Science

Daniel Amico has distinguished himself at Concordia with high academic standing and in several engagement and leadership roles. In his first year, he became the editor of Humans of Concordia, an online platform designed to share stories of students and staff at the institution. Amico was elected as internal affairs coordinator at the Concordia Student Union, where he supported the numerous clubs that form the backbone of student life at the university.

He is currently administrative coordinator of Students of History at Concordia, which is the representative body of undergraduate students in the Department of History. Amico is also a member of Concordia’s Garnet Key Society.

Melanie Afriat 

Behavioural neuroscience, Faculty of Arts and Science

Melanie Afriat has stood apart as a scholar and an engaged citizen during her undergraduate career. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on Montreal’s homeless population, Afriat co-founded a small non-profit organization called Urban Uplift. It aims to aid housing-insecure people with immediate support while promoting small businesses affected by the pandemic.

In addition, Afriat works as a crisis responder and counsellor for Kids Help Phone, where she underwent extensive training on crisis and suicide prevention and intervention.

Alexandra Hillcoat

Psychology, Faculty of Arts and Science

As an honours undergraduate student in psychology, Alexandra Hillcoat has received impressive research grants and appears consistently on the Dean’s List while being recognized as an undergraduate research scholar in the Faculty of Arts and Science. She became a volunteer at the Sleep, Cognition and Neuroimaging Laboratory, where she assisted in the testing of various interventions for sleep disorders.

Hillcoat joined the West Island Counselling Centre’s student outreach project as the student committee coordinator to provide a safe, supportive online space for college and university students. She is also a member of the Golden Key International Honour Society.

Learn more about the Quebec Lieutenant Governor’s Youth Medal.

Find out about more Concordians who make a difference on and off campus.


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