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Sun Light Foundation International Exchange - Award Dayna Jablecki

September 10, 2010

Dayna Jablecki is amazed that people she never met gave her the keys tothe door of discovery.

“I always have had big dreams and will continue to have them, but therealization that complete strangers also believed in my dream and my abilitiesto make them happen has made all the difference to me,” says Dayna, whoplans to attend the School of Communication Sciences and Disorders aftercompleting her undergraduate degree. “Through these donors’ actions I amencouraged to help other dreamers reach their goals.

“My exchange opportunity changed my life,” says Dayna who spent a year atthe University of Leeds in the U.K. “The world needs a proactive response toimprove world understanding and promote harmony. The International Exchange Program provides an answer by offering an opportunity to become a global citizen who is globally literate. From my exchange experience, I gained a new perspective on global issues and world affairsthat I will keep forever.”

Dayna believes the international exchange program is a terrific way forstudents to combine their academic interests with their studies. However, exchange and school are both expensive and sometimes a donation willmean the difference of whether or not a student can participate in anexchange program.

“It is through the altruistic actions of sponsors and donors, that exchangestudents, who dream of making a difference in the world, can utilize thegifts of their education and exchange experience to their fullest potential,”she says. “I can’t thank the Vander Laans enough for the generous scholarship.It allowed me to experience an unforgettably fantastic journey.”

The Sun Light Foundation International Exchange Award was established bya gift from Hank and Anne Vander Laan in 2003. The $2,000 award is givenannually to students registered at Western who are participating in anapproved exchange program at an international university. Selection is basedon academic achievement and the candidate’s fitness as an ambassadorof Western.

When I left for exchange my goal as a Canadian was to be transformed andalso be empowered by the world. Now that I have returned to Canada, my goalis to utilize that empowerment to transform the world.”

This article appeared in the 2010 edition of Student Awards Recipient Report
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