ShaanShaan is a 4th year University of Toronto student who was awarded a 2016 OCUF Youth Bursary.

A strong believer in giving back, Shaan started volunteering in high school. He was a camp counsellor and youth advisor with the YMCA. He served as an Emergency Room Liaison at Joseph Brant Memorial Hospital. His task, ensure ER patients and their families were well attended to as they waited to be admitted. Shaan served as an elected representative to the 60,000 students of the Halton District School Board from 2012-2013. In this role, he attended all HDSB board meetings, and ran the Student Senate, a collection of 60+ student leaders from across the region.

He currently volunteers as the Science Editor of The Varsity, the University of Toronto’s undergraduate newspaper. As well, he is the President of both the Molecular Genetics Student Union (MGYSU) and the History and Philosophy of Science Undergraduate Society (HPSUS). He has served on the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Arts and Science as an elected representative for the 35,000 undergraduate students of the faculty. He also volunteers his time as the Managing Editor of Juxtaposition, the U of T’s global health magazine. This past summer he volunteered at the Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation Youth Center, located in a township outside of Cape Town, South Africa. He conducted research on HIV immunology in infants as well as research on the social risk factors for adolescent HIV infection. In the future, he hopes to work to promote youth health globally.

Shaan stated “I am undoubtedly certain that my passion in life is improving the way we tackle health issues globally. While that may not be easy to achieve, I hope that my determination will be enough to propel me forward through the number of obstacles in my way to get there.” Go get ’em Shaan!