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Meet your orientation leaders

Ejiiro

Name

Eijiiro Ogagarue

Country of origin

Nigeria

Faculty

 Engineering and Applied Science

Program

 Electrical Engineering

Year of study

Fourth year

Involvement

International Student Orientation Leader

Where do you live?

 Oshawa, Ontario

Hobbies

 Reading, drawing and collecting vinyl records.

Languages spoken

 English

Favourite Canadian memory

 Eating poutine in Montreal.

Ruvaida

Name

Ruvaida Patel

Country of origin

India

Faculty

Social Science and Humanities

Program

Criminology and Justice

Year of study

Third year

Involvement

Bangladeshi Students Association

Where do you live?

Scarborough, Ontario

Hobbies

Drawing, reading, painting, writing and singing.

Languages spoken

English, Hindi and Gujarati 

Favourite Canadian memory

Going to Ontario Place every summer with my family after we moved to Canada.

Asmy

Name

Asmy Sarasan

Country of origin

India

Faculty

Engineering and Applied Science

Program

Software Engineering

Year of study

Fourth year

Involvement

UDMA club executive; member of Engineers Without Borders and Women in Engineering.

Where do you live?

Oshawa, Ontario

Hobbies

Singing, dancing, yoga and working out.

Languages spoken

English, Hindi, Malayalam, Tamil

Favourite Canadian memory

Winter at Blue Mountain.

Dina

Name

Dina Hussien

Country of origin

Iraq

Faculty

Health Sciences

Program

Nursing - Collaborative

Year of study

Third year

Involvement

Being an ambassador will be my first involvement and I am excited to start.

Where do you live?

Oshawa, Ontario

Hobbies

Reading, drawing and painting, exercising, yoga and meditation.

Languages spoken

English, Arabic

Favourite Canadian memory

Getting accepted into nursing school, starting to make a difference in people lives, knowing how far I can go with my abilities, and being a much stronger person for myself and for others.

Azakh

Name

Azakh Waseem

Country of origin

Pakistan

Faculty

Social Science and Humanities

Program

Criminology and Justice

Year of study

Third year

Involvement

International Student Orientation Leader

Where do you live?

Oshawa, Ontario

Hobbies

Volunteering

Languages spoken

English, Urdu, Punjabi

Favourite Canadian memory

The day I got my citizenship arraignment.

Azhar

Name

Azhar Alghamdi

Country of origin

Saudi Arabia 

Faculty

Business and Information Technology

Program

Finance

Year of study

Fourth year

Involvement

Student Leadership Summit, Mother Language Festival Exhibitor, Convocation volunteer, Student Association support

Where do you live?

Oshawa, Ontario

Hobbies

Sending physical letters to people, learning about body language, and giving myself a weekly challenge. 

Languages spoken

Arabic, English

Favourite Canadian memory

Trying skydiving and going to Niagara Falls for the first time, and camping with my friends. 

Ijlal

Name

George Deeyah

Country of origin

Nigeria

Faculty

Science

Program

Biological Science

Year of study

Third year

Involvement

None

Where do you live?

Oshawa, Ontario

Hobbies

Reading, gaming and travelling.

Languages spoken

English

Favourite Canadian memory

First Canada Cay celebration

Bo

Name

Bo Ouyang

Country of origin

China

Faculty

Business and Information Technology

Program

Game Development

Year of study

Fourth year

Involvement

eSports Club

Where do you live?

Aurora, Ontario

Hobbies

Playing Magic: The Gathering (trading card/strategy game)

Languages spoken

Cantonese, Mandarin, English

Favourite Canadian memory

Playing Magic: The Gathering

Isabelle

Name

Isabelle (Allen) Erasquin

Country of origin

Philippines

Faculty

Science

Program

Pharmaceutical Chemistry

Year of study

Third year

Involvement

International Student Orientation Leader, UOIT Science Council and UOIT-DC Filipino Student Association.

Where do you live?

Scarborough

Hobbies

Studying languages, travelling, and watching Korean shows

Languages Spoken

English, Tagalog

Favourite Canadian Memory

Walking in a snowstorm while drinking an iced cappuccino.

Lingli

Name

Lingli Gong

Country of origin

China

Faculty

Engineering and Applied Science 

Program

Electrical Engineering

Year of study

Second year

Involvement

International Student Orientation Leader

Where do you live?

Oshawa, Ontario

Hobbies

Traveling, music and reading 

Languages spoken

English, Mandarin

Favourite Canadian memory

Friends are always by my side when I need help, and they give me a sense of belonging.

Mostafh

Name

 Mostafh Alsinan

Country of origin

Saudi Arabia

Faculty

Business and Information Technology

Program

 Commerce (Finance major)

Year of study

Fourth year

Involvement

 Charitable works

Where do you live?

 Oshawa, Ontario

Hobbies

 Reading and learning new things.

Languages Spoken

English, Arabic

Favourite Canadian Memory

First time seeing snow (now sick of it—haha!), and how friendly and welcoming Canadians are.

kendra

Name

Natali D'Hollander

Country of origin

Canada

Faculty

Science

Program

Forensic Science

Year of study

Fourth year

Involvement

UOIT Ambassadors: Senior Peer Leader; International Orientation; Equity and Wellness Leader.

Where do you live?

Oshawa, Ontario

Hobbies

Playing with my pet rats, reading, binge-watching superhero movies on Netflix, and playing video games.

Languages spoken

English, French

Favourite Canadian memory

Going to a sugar bush where they make maple syrup as a child, and getting to eat fresh maple syrup on snow.

lidya

Name

Lidya Salim

Country of origin

Venezuela

Faculty

Science

Program

Biological Science—Life Sciences

Year of study

Fourth year

Involvement

World University Services of Canada, Human Rights Watch, Blue Team, Science Council

Where do you live?

Ajax, Ontario

Hobbies

Baking, watching football (a.k.a. soccer), getting involved on campus.

Languages spoken

English, Spanish

Favourite Canadian memory

Going to Montreal, Quebec in the winter. I had never seen that much snow; it was beautiful! The trip was really fun and relaxing, and I can’t wait to go back.

Obedi

Name

Edmond Obedi

Country of origin

Tanzania

Faculty

Social Science and Humanities

Program

Legal studies

Year of study

Second year

Involvement

Studet Peer Leader

Where do you live?

Toronto, Ontario

Hobbies

Exploring nature, running long distances, reading, learning new things, fishing, soccer, and swimming.

Languages spoken

 Swahili, English, French, Kirundi and Kinyarwanda

Favourite Canadian memory

 Receiving my Canadian citizenship.

Reysol

Name

Reysol Naval

Country of origin

Philippines

Faculty

Social Science and Humanities

Program

Legal Studies

Year of study

Third year

Involvement

Peer Leader

Where do you live?

Ajax, Ontario

Hobbies

Cooking, shopping

Languages spoken

English, Tagolog

Favourite Canadian memory

Niagara trips

Sam

Name

Samantha Illgan

Country of origin

India

Faculty

Health Sciences

Program

Biological Science

Year of study

 Second year

Involvement

Orientation Peer Leader, International Student Orientation

Where do you live?

Markham, Ontario

Hobbies

Played volleybal at varsity level, recreationally in leagues and at the beach

Languages spoken

English, Tagolog and French

Favourite Canadian memory

Every year in February, when I was in elementary school, we celebrated a French tradition called Le Carnaval: a festive season when people eat richer, fatty foods.

Talya

Name

Taliya Cootlevy

Country of origin

Jamaica/Panama

Faculty

Science

Program

Life Sciences

Year of study

Second year

Involvement

Peer Leader, International Student Orientation Leader, Let's Talk Science, Science Rendezvous, Biological Science Representative for Open House

Where do you live?

Whitby, Ontario

Hobbies

Reading, traveling and eating.

Languages spoken

English, some French and Spanish.

Favourite Canadian memory

Trip to Quebec City.

Vinoth

Name

Vinoth Krishnaswamy Ramalingam

Country of origin

India

Faculty

Engineering

Program

Master of Engineering

Year of study

First year

Involvement

 International Student Orientation Leader

Where do you live?

 Oshawa, Ontario

Hobbies

Playing cricket.

Languages spoken

 English, Tamil

Favourite Canadian memory

My first day at UOIT Orientation.

Yousif

Name

Yousif Al-ali

Country of origin

Iraq

Faculty

Health Sciences

Program

Human Health Science

Year of study

Fourth year

Involvement

None

Where do you live?

Pickering, Ontario

Hobbies

Soccer, piano, hanging out with friends

Languages spoken

English, Arabic

Favourite Canadian memory

My very first Tim Horton's double-double.

Zhangyun

Name

Zhangyun Yan (Preferred Name Dannie Yan)

Country of origin

China

Faculty

Health Sciences

Program

Public Health Science

Year of study

Fourth year

Involvement

Founding member and administrative secretary of Public Health UOIT/DC

Where do you live?

North York/Oshawa, Ontario

Hobbies

Reading and swimming

Languages spoken

English, Mandarin

 Favourite Canadian memory

On New Year's Eve 2015, I went to downtown Toronto with my mom and my best friend's family for the New Year countdown. The moment the new year arrived, everybody cheered.