Student Leadership Award recipient - 2021
Joelle Soriano
Ottawa University student Joelle Soriano has undertaken several leadership roles as a member of the Chabad Student Network Executive, culminating in her role as co-president of the Jewish Medical Student Association (JMSA). She is also a founding member of the Faculty of Medicine Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Task Force.


As the medical Chabad Executive, Joelle has played an instrumental role in creating events, engaging Ottawa students in Jewish activities, and planning initiatives with the other executives. As JMSA co-president, Joelle spent two years planning weekly lunch meetings for all Jewish science students to attend. Last year, Joelle liaised with the CEO of the CHEO and the Ottawa Hospital to plan two unforgettable Shabbat dinners. These events attracted undergraduate students, medical students, and residents, and helped a wide range of students strengthen connections. As a founding member of the uOttawa EDI Task Force, she advocates for Jewish medical students and patients and promotes inclusivity and understanding amongst students from different backgrounds.


Outside of school, Joelle also dedicates herself to Jewish philanthropic initiatives, such as volunteering with a COVID-19 phone-tree to make regular phone calls to seniors during the COVID-19 pandemic to reduce isolation and loneliness.


Student Leadership Award

The student leadership award recognizes a student currently pursuing a post-secondary degree who demonstrates leadership and outstanding commitment to the Ottawa Jewish community. Nominations are solicited on an annual basis.

Criteria for consideration includes:


•    Proven leadership, with further potential for growth and involvement.
•    Demonstrates ability to motivate and inspire others.
•    Current involvement positively impacts Ottawa’s Jewish community.




2016   Arielle Ellis

2017   Eyal Podolsky

2018   Jewish Student Leaders at the University of Ottawa

2019   Seth Kerzner and Tom Podolsky

2020   Daniel Kuhnreich & Cara Lebenzon