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The following is the award citation for Hilda Osae who received a 2011 graduate student Board of Trustees Spirit of Brock medal at Spring Convocation in June 2011.
Hilda Osae has seized every opportunity to contribute to the spirit of community at Brock and in Niagara since arriving here from her home in Ghana to pursue a Master’s degree in Political Science.
Hilda has been a volunteer with the Niagara Folk Arts Festival for the past two years. In 2010 she was the cultural ambassador for the African Continent. This year, she took on a major volunteer role as the chaperone and coordinator of all 23 cultural club ambassadors during the two-week event in May.
In this role, she worked enthusiastically on behalf of the Festival to rejuvenate multicultural pride in Niagara by involving younger people in the celebration. In a recent interview with the St. Catharines Standard, Hilda said: "Youth are the bedrock, the foundation of their communities. And the festival will bring these communities together and help them to co-exist together.”
Professor William Mathie, of the Department of Political Science, says faculty, staff and fellow students are impressed with Hilda’s generosity, enthusiasm, and readiness to take initiative in so many spheres.
Her long list of Brock activities includes volunteering at Brock Open House events, and serving on the executive of the Ghanaian Students’ Association in the role of financial secretary. In this role she serves the Ghanaian student community at Brock by managing the Association's finances and initiating fundraising activities. Last fall she participated along with other Ghanaian students in the opening celebrations of Brock’s new International building through the performance of a festive traditional dance.
Hilda was particularly instrumental in establishing a graduate scholarship in memory of Fidelis Kambilige, a Ghanaian student who died before completing his Brock graduate degree in Political Science. That scholarship and the tree that is planted at Brock will keep his memory alive in perpetuity.
Hilda’s major research project was a comparison of the roles of domestic and international non-government organizations in the delivery of foreign aid in Ghana. One conclusion from her study was that international development NGOs increase their effectiveness when they work in partnership with domestic NGOs.
Hilda has also been a teaching and research assistant in Political Science. She has developed a great passion for teaching and deliberately incorporates into her teaching the kinds of techniques and activities that inspire students to learn and to be leaders.
Please join me in congratulating Hilda for being recognized with this very special honour.