meet sauve scholars alumni

Jeeshan Chowdhury

Canada

Jeeshan  Chowdhury

For Jeeshan, innovative technologies are the key to making healthcare sustainable in Canada and accessible in the developing world. From the beginnings of his studies, Jeeshan has strived to place himself in the interface of different disciplines. His vision is that multidisciplinary teams of physicians, engineers, and scientists will...

Stéphanie Jensen-Cormier

France and Canada

Stéphanie Jensen-Cormier

Stéphanie was born in London, U.K. to a French /American mother and a Newfoundlander father with Irish, Lebanese, French and Mi’kmaq ancestry. She was recently accepted as a Founding Member of the Qalipu Mi’kmaq Band Council in Corner Brook, Newfoundland. From her childhood Stéphanie has been inculcated with the...

Yimin Jiang

Peoples Republic of China

Yimin Jiang

Born in a small town in Inner Mongolia remote from a metropolis like Beijing or Shanghai, Yimin’s childhood was different from that of most of his peers. He did not witness the impressive changes that most coastal regions of China underwent in the 1980s, but experienced poverty, innocence and isolation until he left home and...

Ethan Kay

United States of America

Ethan Kay

As a successful academic and entrepreneur focused on building inclusive businesses for poor people in developing countries, and a passionate advocate for human rights, Ethan brought  to the Sauvé Scholars an unusual blend of accomplishments and interests.

Ethan's long-term goal is to develop market-based solutions...

Simangele Mabena

South Africa

Simangele Mabena

Simangele’s ambition is “to use my own voice to advocate for the Deaf community, while building the capacity of the Deaf community to advocate for themselves.”

Her involvement in Deaf Education came by chance. In her final year of high school, four Deaf girls enrolled in her school and offered interested...

Maria Esmeralda Moreno

Paraguay

Maria Esmeralda Moreno

Since her return to Paraguay, Maria’s main focus has been to establish herself both as a practicing lawyer and a leader within her firm and community. She has gained many more responsibilities in the firm, both in the complexity of the cases she has been handling, and in a managerial capacity. Maria has continued her pro bono legal...

Esmael Njuguna

Kenya

Esmael Njuguna

Born and raised in Kenya, Esmael has tirelessly dedicated himself to working with marginalized members of his community on sexuality, human rights and HIV/AIDS education and advocacy.  Esmael’s family and community have been deeply affected by HIV/AIDS. His vision of change is therefore at once universal and deeply personal....

Paul Omonge

Kenya

Paul Omonge

Paul is the Director of Lake Victoria Sunset Birders (LVSB) , a youth-based conservation organization. Through LVSB he has implemented numerous natural resource protection projects including livelihood alternatives for wetlands and lake resource user-groups including fish farming, avitourism, ecotourism, agroforestry programs and papyrus...

Sadia Rafiquddin

Pakistan

Sadia Rafiquddin

Sadia Rafiquddin believes in the power of multimedia storytelling combining still photography, film and text to document stories on human rights issues that can effect social change and advocate for evidence-based policymaking at a local and international level. She brings to her storytelling a diverse background, international...

Mohammed Shaban

The Palestinian Territories

Mohammed Shaban

A teacher and a community activist, Mohammed Shaban believes in the power of education to foster a culture of peace and non-violence in his home region, the Palestinian Territories. Given that approximately 75% of Gaza’s citizens are under the age of 25, he is acutely aware of both the potential for - and the pressing need for -...

Charlotte Sobolewski

Canada

Charlotte Sobolewski

Charlotte is a management consultant who puts her abilities to work for non profit community organizations and international development programs. Having recently combined her passion for community involvement and business development, she has started up her own film production company through which she explores stories of social change...

Joshua Monk Vanwyck

Canada

Joshua Monk Vanwyck

Joshua works to support small communities in identifying and implementing strategies for building an economically, socially, and environmentally sustainable future. Having grown up in rural Ontario, Josh saw first-hand the quiet decline in human capital and resources endemic in small communities. Trained as an engineer with extensive...

Dechen Wangmo

Bhutan

Dechen Wangmo

I have always craved learning. And I love sharing the things that I learn. Being a journalist allows me to do both. And I love my job  wholeheartedly.

Born into a farming family in a remote village in central Bhutan, all Dechen wanted to do in life  was teach, if possible in her own village, so that she could at the...

Alia Whitney-Johnson

United States of America

Alia Whitney-Johnson

Having launched her first venture at the age of seven, through which she became an internationally commissioned jewelry designer, Alia has always had a passion for design, entrepreneurship, and organizational development.

After entering college, she began to channel her entrepreneurial spirit into community-building projects,...

“Leaders must dream of changing the world.

They must have an inspired vision of the changes they want to make and be prepared to consecrate all
their energy to that purpose. A capacity to communicate their objectives is indispensable to sustain
the enthusiasm of their collaborators and their perseverance in action.”
— The Right Honourable Jeanne Sauvé, Opening Speech to the National Conference for Young Leaders, June 2-8, 1991