Come out to congratulate and celebrate the three winners of the Victoria College Emerging Leader Award, Benjamin Bongolan Vic 0T9, Akash Goel Vic 1T1 and Jennifer Weaver Vic 0T5!
The Emerging Leader Award recognizes recent graduates, 35 years of age or under, who have excelled professionally or who have notable accomplishments in their volunteer service, such as community work, humanitarianism and philanthropy.
Benjamin Bongolan Vic 0T9 is a strong advocate for LGBTQ2S communities at The 519, a City of Toronto Agency that promotes inclusion, understanding and respect. He has also been a powerful voice for the Filipino community. He was named a 2018 DiverseCity Fellow with the CivicAction Leadership Foundation as one of the leading professionals committed to social impact and city building, and in 2016 he was nominated for a J.S. Woodsworth Award for Human Rights and Equity. Bongolan has provided his insights to many committees and panels, including the Toronto Police Services LGBTQ2S Community Consultative Committee, the City of Toronto’s Youth Space Advisory Committee and Asian Heritage Month events steering committees. He has expertise in the field of immigration and settlement, LGBTQ2S inclusion and youth development. As governments tackle the opioid epidemic by increasing funding for harm reduction programs, there is still a lack of understanding about how best to treat patients with addictions in the time around surgery.
Akash Goel Vic 1T1 met with national experts in addiction medicine, emergency medicine, psychiatry, family medicine and anesthesiology, to collaborate on a national consensus statement guiding physicians in managing addiction during the perioperative period. Goel identified an issue that affects a highly marginalized patient population, and advocated for a change in practice strategies amongst his Canadian colleagues. Goel is currently completing his specialty training in anesthesiology at the University of Toronto as well as a master’s in public health at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.
After Jennifer Weaver Vic 0T5 completed her PhD at U of T, she joined the University of California, Berkeley as a post-doctoral scholar. Now the associate director of University Teaching at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), Weaver inaugurated the first course for Caltech faculty on teaching in university STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics). In addition, she implemented the first short course for Caltech graduate students and post-docs on course design, and she continues to teach both courses annually, as well as a popular credit-bearing course on teaching principles in university STEM. She was awarded the James M. King Award for Program Diversity and the Team Impact Award at Caltech, and received recognition for Mentor of the Year. Weaver is a leader on the Women’s Engagement Board and advises many extracurricular campus groups.