Monica MacDonald wins student-athlete community service award

Monica MacDonald wins student-athlete community service award
At the Subway AUS Swim Championship Banquet held at UPEI last night, Monica MacDonald was honoured as the 2012-13 recipient of the AUS female student-athlete community service award.

Monica, a native of Fredericton, N.B., is a fourth-year Kinesiology student who gives of her own time to help others. Within the UNB community, she is a member of the Kin Society, secretary of the Varsity Reds Athletes Council, and is a co-captain of the UNB women’s swim team.

MacDonald also volunteers with the "Heads Up with the Reds" program where student-athletes visit local area schools and talk to children each year about Respect, Esteem, Dedication and Strategy. She also participates in the school's "Read with the Reds" program, where athletes read to over 1,000 kindergarten children each year.

Outside of her UNB volunteer activities, Monica travelled to Costa Rica in the spring as a volunteer for Habitat for Humanity and in the spring and summer she was also a volunteer coach with the Fredericton Special Olympics Swim Team. 

She currently helps with the Dr. Everett Chalmers Hospital in the Pediatric Unit of the Stan Cassidy Rehabilitation Centre and the Physiotherapy Unit of the DECH.
A University of New Brunswick Dean’s List Honours Student, Monica is an Academic all-Canadian who maintains a 4.2 GPA.

"Monica is a positive role model for everyone around her,” said UNB head coach Robin Ferdinand. “She has the ability to balance athletics, academics and is also generous with her time to volunteer for worthy projects. She is very deserving of the Community Service Award.”

MacDonald becomes just the third recipient of this award. UPEI's Kaylynne Parkes was named the inaugural recipient in 2010-11 and UNB’s Kaitlyn Young took home the award last year.

Kit Moran of the Dalhousie Tigers was the male student-athlete community service award recipient.