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The following is the award citation for Lindsay Cline who received a 2011 graduate student Board of Trustees Spirit of Brock medal at Fall Convocation in October 2011.
Lindsay Cline has significantly changed the lives of many young people and older adults through her graduate research and community involvement.
Lindsay is here today to receive her master’s of Applied Health Sciences. She also holds an undergraduate degree from Brock and was a member of the women’s varsity basketball team.
Professor Kim Gammage has been Lindsay’s graduate supervisor. She describes Lindsay as “a caring individual who, beyond her excellence in academics, shows that she is committed to helping others, particularly in terms of promoting health and well-being” for people of all ages across Niagara.
As a volunteer with Big Brothers and Big Sisters, Lindsay has made a difference in the lives of young women in Grades 9 and 10 as part of a program called GoGirls! The program was originally developed for elementary grades to help girls make healthy lifestyle choices.
Lindsay recognized the need for a program of this kind to be offered to teens. So, she went to work to make that happen as a partner in designing and implementing a pilot GoGirls! program for high school students. The program put a focus on issues that teenage girls may face, such as substance abuse, dating, and parental and peer conflicts, and it also encouraged girls to take on leadership roles.
Lindsay was a valued member of Professor Gammage’s research team. Their research involved a study on physical activity for older adults. As the senior research assistant in the exercise lab, Lindsay worked directly with older adults to establish physical activity programs that would help them improve their balance and overall quality of life. She also trained and mentored undergraduate research assistants on the proper testing procedures and data collection protocols. In every way, and with every one, Lindsay was encouraging, supportive, enthusiastic and understanding.
It’s those qualities that also made her a highly successful Teaching Assistant in the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences.
Lindsay Cline is an exceptional student and, more importantly, an exceptional person. Throughout her Brock career she has been an excellent representative of the University — she is a true leader with a passion to help others.
Please join me in congratulating Lindsay as the very deserving recipient of the graduate student Spirit of Brock medal.
Read about other 2011 graduate student recipients of the Spirit of Brock medals.