The Leslie Wood Leadership Award is presented to a third year student who has displayed leadership qualities and has made a significant contribution to the life of the School. The award is named in honour of Leslie Wood, the exceptionally devoted former Chair, and current Past President, of the School’s Board of Directors, and recognizes Leslie’s dedication to the School and the role model she has provided to us all. 

The School is delighted to announce that the 2020 Leslie Wood Leadership Award goes to Jianna Neufeld.

Numerous enthusiastic nominations from faculty and students were overwhelmingly positive and laudatory. Faculty nominators said this of Jianna:

Jianna is a wonderful human being, an excellent dancer, and a great role model for other students. Her observation skills, sensitivity to others, and emotional intelligence make her an empathetic leader whom others are happy to follow. She is smart, hard-working, sensible, and caring. She leads from a desire to make things better, and she does.  Jianna is a formidable leader who works through example. She brings positive energy into any space and a mature and thoughtful involvement into her dancing, her artistry, and the creative process. She brings out the best in everyone.

Student nominators noted that Jianna is kind to everyone, very welcoming and warm and has continuously made everyone’s life better throughout her time at the School. Jianna has been a constant inspiration, often coming up with ideas to solve problems, acting like a mediator within the class and student body, and always with a positive attitude.  As a dancer, Jianna is clearly devoted to her development and growth as an artist, and that is inspiring to all those around her.

For all these reasons, and more, we are delighted to present Jianna Neufeld with the 2020 Leslie Wood Leadership Award.

Congratulations, Jianna!