Ganiyat Sadiq Receives McCall MacBain Regional Award for Advocacy Work

Ganiyat Sadiq, a Bachelor of Arts student at the University of Calgary, has received the Alberta regional award from the prestigious McCall MacBain Scholars program. This achievement is a testament to her outstanding work in anti-racism, gender equality, and anti-Islamophobia activism. Her selection was based on her track record of contributing to her community and her desire to create a positive impact.

The McCall MacBain Scholarships program, which resulted from a $200 million donation by John and Marcy McCall MacBain in 2019, encourages purposeful leadership and enables students to pursue fully-funded master’s or professional degrees. The program includes mentorship, coaching, and a leadership development program. As a McCall MacBain regional awardee, Sadiq received $5,000.

Sadiq’s advocacy work extends beyond the University of Calgary, as she co-founded the Black Inclusion Association and serves as co-executive officer. Her nonprofit organization established the Post-Secondary Application Bursary, which supports three Black high school students in Alberta transitioning to post-secondary education. This initiative aligns with the McCall MacBain Scholarships program’s goal of providing life-changing opportunities for students who have a track record of contributing to their communities and a genuine desire to make a positive impact.

In addition to her McCall MacBain regional award, Ganiyat Sadiq was named to Cohort 6 of The @Prime Minister’s Youth Council (PYMC). The non-partisan group of young Canadians advises the Government of Canada and the Office of the Prime Minister of Canada | Cabinet du premier ministre du Canada on issues important to all Canadians. The Council aims to engage youth in dialogue and provide them with a platform to voice their concerns. Sadiq’s selection for the PYMC cohort from February 2023 to March 2025 demonstrates her leadership and commitment to creating positive change in her community.

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