International Student Support wins three CBIE awards

Adela Zyfi was recognized for advocating for mental health well-being for international students. (Courtesy Adela Zyfi)

Adela Zyfi was recognized for advocating for mental health well-being for international students. (Courtesy Adela Zyfi)

Ryerson won three Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE) Excellence Awards last week, including a student who won an award for her work to reduce the stigma around mental health for international students.

The awards were announced Oct. 11, recognizing people or groups with a commitment to international education. The CBIE is a not-for-profit that supports global learning, including international students studying in Canada and Canadians studying abroad.

Adela Zyfi, a third-year biomedical science student, won for her work as the lead of International Student Support’s (ISS) Talk Series, which holds discussions to promote awareness and education about mental-health well-being.

“It’s really nice to know you are kind of making a difference and leaving a mark,” said Zyfi.  She said she understands the importance of mental health education for international students, because she moved to Canada from Albania in her final year of high school.

Fourth-year business management student, Jordan D’Souza won an award for his work with Ryerson’s World University Services Canada committee, which is also under ISS, and as Ryerson Athletics Volunteer Experience co-ordinator. ISS’ Glocal Links program was also recognized.

All CBIE winners will be recognized in Ottawa in November.

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