Category BU announcements

Three Maple League Students are awarded the prestigious 3M National Student Fellowship

The Maple League of Universities is proud to announce that three students – SunMin Park from Mount Allison University, Liam O’Toole from Bishop’s University, and Oliver Storseth, from St. Francis Xavier University – are recipients of the prestigious 3M National Student Fellowship (2023), the highest national recognition of student educational leadership in Canada.

Liam O’Toole from Bishop’s University

Only ten fellowships are awarded each year from over 1.1 million eligible students attending Canadian post-secondary institutions.

The track record for these four small, liberal education universities is extraordinary: in both 2020 and 2022, four students from Maple League Universities were awarded 3M Fellowships, while three students in 2021 and three students in 2023 received this recognition.

Fourteen 3M National Student Fellows in four years, drawn from small, primarily undergraduate institutions, is evidence that these four universities are increasingly differentiated in a sector that has seen growing class sizes, faced increased financial pressure, and witnessed the massification of universities. In contrast, the four universities in the Maple League have remained small by design, doubling down on mentorship, inclusive high-impact practices, smaller class sizes, and access to research and leadership opportunities that are much harder to access at larger universities.

In other words, 35% of nationally recognized student changemakers across Canada come from universities with fewer than 4000 students per campus.

This track record of national recognition is aligned with the foundational values of the Maple League, an academic consortium of four universities – Acadia, Bishop’s, Mount Allison, and St. Francis Xavier – whose mandate is to lead conversations on quality undergraduate education in Canada.

Stewarding and celebrating the success of undergraduate students through the Maple League’s 3M Mentorship Program is an example of the student-centred approach to higher education in this model of 21st-century liberal education.

Dr. Jessica Riddell, Executive Director of the Maple League, and herself a 3M National Teaching Fellow, notes, “This national award recognizes the incredible and heroic work student leaders do—often in grassroots ways, in the margins, or on the edges of institutions. The 3M Fellowship values student-citizens who build things for others on their campuses and in their communities in generous and generative ways. The submission process requires student leaders to critically reflect on their journeys as learners; this is not an intuitive or easy-to-navigate process, so we created pathways to make the process more accessible and foster a sense of belonging.”

One of this year’s recipients, SunMin Park, is a Marjorie Young Bell Scholar Intern and Honours Biology student at Mount Allison University. She reflects on the impact of the award: “It’s really an incredible honour to be selected as one of 10 students awarded with the 3M National Student Fellowship. Writing my dossier was a great opportunity to reflect on my journey so far, but more importantly, it served as a motivator for me to keep working hard to make a positive impact in my community. I want to keep doing my part to carve out spaces for narratives and voices that have been historically excluded and continue to be marginalized – whether that’s in academia, science/research, or healthcare.”

Dr. Peter Ricketts, President of Acadia University and Chair of the Maple League Presidents Council, adds, “The Maple League universities strive to build critical thinkers and leaders through the delivery of an extraordinary 21st-century liberal education. Having three students from Maple League institutions in this year’s 3M winners reinforces that our model of education is more relevant than ever.”

In 2019, the Maple League created a 3M National Student Fellow Mentorship Program to provide on-campus student leaders with resources for critical reflection about the most pressing issues we face in higher education. Nominees are asked to critically reflect on their leadership capacity in the context of their educational journeys and the biggest challenges facing post-secondary education in Canada. They were also challenges to respond to the following thought prompt: “If you had the resource capacity, how would you implement concrete solutions to these challenges?”

The future is in good hands with these remarkable student leaders!

About the Maple League

The Maple League is made up of four universities – Acadia, Bishop’s, Mount Allison and St. Francis Xavier – who together form an alliance of small, rural, undergraduate liberal education institutions with Francophone heritage and a commitment to truth and reconciliation with indigenous communities. By fostering reciprocal relationships across institutional boundaries, we provide extraordinary opportunities to transform as leaders, scholars, and institutions. The Maple League creates distinctive learning environments that ensure our graduates are capable of navigating an increasingly complex world as citizens and leaders dedicated to the values of a just and civil society. For more information, visit our website:

For more information, please contact:

Dr. Jessica Riddell
Executive Director, The Maple League of Universities
Stephen A. Jarislowsky Chair of Undergraduate Teaching Excellence
Full Professor, Department of English, Bishop’s University
3M National Teaching Fellow (2015)

Sherri Turner
Director, University Communications
Acadia University

Sonia Patenaude
Communications Manager
Bishop’s University

Robert Hiscock
Director of Marketing & Communications
Mount Allison University

Kyler Bell
Director of Marketing & Communications
St. FX University

Siciliano and Corrigan Claim Top Honours at Bishop’s Gaiters Athletic Awards Night

2023-23 Bishop's Gaiters Major Award Winners
L to R: Michael Goldbloom (Principal & Vice-Chancellor), Drew Pollock (Ray Almond Award), Karl Szabo, Lacrosse (Male Student-Athlete Leadership Award), Marie-Camille Theoret, Women’s Hockey (Female Student-Athlete Leadership Award), Regan Garreau, Women’s Hockey (Female Freshman of the Year), Zenith Leroux, Women’s Rugby (Female Academic Student-Athlete of the Year), Charles Robert, Men’s Basketball (Male Academic Student-Athlete of the Year), Etienne Gagnon, Men’s Basketball (Male Freshman of the Year), Kyle Corrigan, Men’s Rugby (Male Athlete of the Year), Amaiquen Siciliano, Women’s Basketball (Female Athlete of the Year), Matt McBrine (Director of Athletics and Recreation)

On Thursday, April 13th the Bishop’s Gaiters hosted the annual Athletic Awards Night on Thursday night. The night served as a celebration of athletic and academic success over the 2022-23 season for all the student-athletes, coaches and staff members who worked hard all year long.

After previously hosting the event at the Delta Hotel in Sherbrooke, the celebration was hosted at Centennial Theatre, on campus, Thursday night. The theatre allowed for the show to be webcasted live for friends, family and alumni to watch and be a part of a special night.

Kyle Corrigan of the Bishop’s Gaiters men’s rugby team and Amaiquen Siciliano (Buenos Aires, Argentina, Velez Sarsfield) of the women’s basketball team headlined the night, taking home top honours as the Athletes of the Year.

Corrigan closes his standout season with Male Athlete of the Year honours. The wing picked up where he left off in 2021, earning a first-team RSEQ All-Star selection. He scored 11 tries which led the league in 2022. He ranked first on the team in metres carried, metres per carry and tries per carry. He also ranked second in forced turnovers. Despite an early end to the campaign due to injury, Corrigan’s impact on his team and the league did not go unnoticed. He is also a strong leader off the field, where he is a proud member of the Gaiters Student Athlete Leadership Committee (SALC).

Amaiquen Siciliano (Buenos Aires, Argentina, Velez Sarsfield) adds yet another accolade as her career at Bishop’s comes to a close. The Bishop’s Gaiters women’s basketball guard was named the Player of the Year in the RSEQ for the third straight season, an RSEQ First Team All-Star and a U SPORTS First Team All-Canadian (third straight) and is this year’s Female Athlete of the Year. The Buenos Aires, Argentina native led the conference in scoring averaging 22.5 points per game. Siciliano made 126 field goals and 39 3-pointers, both ranking first in the conference. She also averaged 4.2 assists per game, good for third in the league, while averaging just over 34 minutes a game. She went on to eclipse the 1000-regular season point mark for her career, capping off an outstanding five years wearing the purple and silver.

The Academic Student-Athletes of the Year for 2022-23 are Zenith Leroux of the women’s rugby team and Charles Robert of the men’s basketball team. Both Gaiters exemplify what it means to be a student-athlete, combining love of their sport with success in the classroom, and receiving top marks for their performances this year.

Men’s Basketball’s Etienne Gagnon and women’s hockey’s Regan Garreau were named this year’s Freshmen of the Year. Both Gagnon and Garreau were honoured as members of the RSEQ All-Rookie Team, while Gagnon earned an RSEQ second team all-star nod and was named part of the U SPORTS All-Rookie team.

This was just the second year that the Student-Athlete Leadership Awards were handed out. These awards are given annually to a male and female student-athlete who have been able to find success athletically, academically, and in the community, while also leading those around them to be better. The winners of this award for 2022-23 are Karl Szabo of the lacrosse team and Marie-Camille Théorêt of the women’s hockey team.

The Ray Almond Award is given annually to a dedicated member of the Bishop’s Athletics community who rises above the expected to deliver an invaluable service to Gaiters Athletics. This year’s recipient was Drew Pollock, the general manager and assistant head coach of the lacrosse team.

The Athletic Awards Night marks the official close of the 2022-23 varsity season. The Gaiters will return to action in August.

Stay up to date any time with the Bishop’s Gaiters at or on social media by using @BishopsGaiters.

The full list of award winners from the night is below:


Team Awards

Rookie of the Year: Mya Anthony
Most Valuable Player: Michelle Garrison

Newcomer of the Year: Cherif Camara
Marcel Lebrun Award: Nathan Lupien
Special Teams Player of the Year: Noah Laursen
Offensive Player of the Year: David Chaloux
Brian Morley Defensive Player of the Year: Jake Kelly
Best Lineman of the Year: Mitchell Martel
Most Outstanding Player: Gabriel Royer

Rookies of the Year: Macy Louvet-Maik & Michael Brazel
Most Valuable Players: Avery Mack & Shawn Robillard

Rookie of the Year: Alex Lizotte
Lacrosse Coaches’ Award: Daniel Kozicki
Defensive Player of the Year: Karl Szabo
Offensive Player of the Year: Jacob Gasperetti
Chris Lesanko Award: Antoine Tremblay

Men’s Basketball
Newcomer of the Year: Etienne Gagnon
Garth Smith Award: Tiernan McDougall
Michel Fontaine Award: Dani Longarela
Most Valuable Player: Charles Robert

Men’s Rugby
Rookie of the Year: Zack Gauthier
Cody Triggs Award: Archie Morris
Men’s Rugby Coaches’ Award: Grant Allatt
Best Forward: Matthew Shufelt
Best Back: Kyle Corrigan
Most Valuable Player (Varsity Team): Kyle Corrigan

Women’s Basketball
Rookie of the Year: Lea Boucher
Nancy Knowlton Award: Jasmine Martel
Most Improved Player: Sandra Mbekou
Most Valuable Player: Amaiquen Siciliano

Women’s Hockey
Rookie of the Year: Regan Garreau
Charles Chapman Award: Fallon Sholdice
Al Ansell Trophy: Catherine Berger-Dube
Defensive Player of the Year: Gabrielle Rousseau
Offensive Player of the Year (new): Neleh Vigneau Sargeant

Most Valuable Player: Marie-Camille Théorêt

Women’s Rugby
Rookie of the Year: Tyanna Irvin
Myriam Cozen-McNally Memorial Award: Kaitie Shea
Most Improved Player: Sophie Marier
Most Valuable Forwards: Katie Locke & Isabella Aguiar
Most Valuable Back: Zenith Leroux
Most Valuable Player: Melody Leggett

Women’s Soccer
Rookie of the Year: Katie Phee
SISU Award: Shannon Phee
Daniel Jeong Servant Leadership Award: Zahra Metivier
Kaizen Award: Maya Gibson
Erin Patrick Most Valuable Player: Jessalynn Hill


Major Awards

Ray Almond Award
Drew Pollock

Student-Athlete Leadership Award
Marie-Camille Théorêt

Karl Szabo

Freshman of the Year
Regan Garreau

Etienne Gagnon

Academic Student-Athlete of the Year
Zenith Leroux

Charles Robert

Athlete of the Year
Amaiquen Siciliano

Kyle Corrigan

Bishop’s University a Top Destination for International Baccalaureate Students

Sherbrooke, March 27th, 2023 – On February 24th the Bishop’s University Senate approved Canada’s first official recognition policy for the International Baccalaureate Career-related Program (IBCP).  Working closely with the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) North America University Relations Team on crafting a policy that offers admission to IBCP graduates from the over 180 IB curriculum schools across Canada and the more than 5,600 schools in 159 countries worldwide, the new policy further enhances Bishop’s strong recognition and support of IB Diploma Program (IBDP) and individual diploma course taking students.

IBO Senior Outreach and Development Manager, Marie Vivas, calls Bishop’s IBCP policy “groundbreaking” and is confident that this will enhance post-secondary options for IBCP students while paving a path for other post-secondary institutions to emulate.  “Our new IBCP policy allows the IBO and school counsellors to talk to their students and point them to us as a definite place where their program is accepted, recognized and valued,” says Bishop’s Vice-Principal Academic and Research, Dr. Andrew Webster.  Webster goes on to say that, “The various IB programs on offer align nicely with Bishop’s new curricular approach and experiential learning models that recognizes learning opportunities that foster intellectual, professional and personal growth both inside and outside the classroom, meaning that IB students’ transition to Bishop’s should be smoother and in-line with the core values encountered through the IB. Bishop’s is eager to strengthen our relationship with the IBO and its partner schools in addition to welcoming more IB students to our campus.”

The IBCP program was officially introduced by the IBO in 2017 and was specifically developed for students who wish to engage in more targeted career-related and experiential learning.  The IBCP maintains the core elements of the IBDP program (diploma program courses, international-mindedness, approaches to teaching, language development, reflective project, service learning, and personal and professional skills), and adds career-related studies elements that include technical and employability skills.

Please visit our website, for more information on Bishop’s various IB admissions policies.

For more information on the International Baccalaureate Organization and the IBDP and IBCP programs please visit:


Source and information:

Dan Seneker, BA MCS UTC
Director Student Recruitment and Retention
Bishop’s University
819-822-9600 extension 2217

Liam O’Toole: Finalist for McCall MacBain Schoolarship

Bishop’s University student Liam O’Toole (BA’23) is a finalist for the first global cohort of McCall MacBain Scholars at McGill University.

The scholarships are the result of a landmark $200 million gift in 2019 by John and Marcy McCall MacBain, the second-largest single donation in Canadian history. Designed to encourage purposeful leadership, the scholarships enable students to pursue a fully funded master’s or professional degree while participating in mentorship, coaching, and a leadership development program.

Liam is among 88 finalists chosen from across Canada and around the world after a first round of regional interviews. He will attend the final round of interviews in Montréal from March 8 to 12, meeting with leaders from academia, business, government, and the social sector.

Students and graduates from more than 1,200 universities applied for the McCall MacBain Scholarships in this first year of global admissions, and 242 participated in regional interviews with local leaders in October and November before the 88 finalists were selected. Up to 30 McCall MacBain Scholars will be selected after final interviews.

Originally from Massachusetts, Liam is a fourth-year international political economy student at Bishop’s. He co-founded the university’s first interdisciplinary undergraduate research journal, emphasizing research accessibility, and organized a local mutual aid network. Liam also worked as a student success manager, leading a small team to run a peer mentorship program. He has been an executive member of the outdoors club, head judge of orientation week, and a teaching assistant. Liam’s research interests involves the politics and policy of organized labour, specifically the revival of trade unionism and changes in industrial workplaces.

“Being selected as a finalist is a surreal feeling. I had never thought of myself as the type of person who would be a contender for scholarships of this magnitude,” said Liam. “The community at Bishop’s University has helped me grow as both a student and a person during my time as an undergraduate student. I want to give just as much back to the BU community as the BU community has given to me.”

“McGill, Montréal, Québec, and Canada attract talented students from all over the world,” said John McCall MacBain, Chair of the McCall MacBain Scholarships at McGill. “Our aim is to provide a life-changing opportunity for students who have a track record of contributing to their communities and a genuine desire to make a positive impact.”

“Our committees were delighted to receive great interest from all corners of the world,” said Natasha Sawh, Dean of the McCall MacBain Scholarships at McGill. “More than 280 volunteers were involved in assessing candidates. They looked not only for academic strength, but for qualities like integrity, kindness, curiosity, and courage.”

If not selected as a McCall MacBain Scholar, Liam is eligible to receive a $20,000 International Finalist Award for studies at McGill.

Applications will open in June 2023 for September 2024 admission.

Memorial for Zoé Fortier

Good morning community,

I would like to remind you that we are hosting a memorial service  Monday February 6th, from 11:30 to 12:30 in Centennial Lobby. Zoé’s family will be present if you wish to extend your condolences to them and we will be presenting them with the book of condolences as well.

There will be some light refreshment following the gathering.

We all process loss differently, so please be reminded that we have free and available counseling in student services.



Dr. Jessica Riddell elected to American Association of Colleges and Universities

Dr. Jessica RiddellDr. Jessica Riddell, Stephen A. Jarislowsky Chair of Undergraduate Teaching Excellence at Bishop’s University was elected to Board of Directors at the 2023 Annual Meeting of the American Association of Colleges and Universities. As one of seven directors elected and the only Canadian, Dr. Riddell joins a high-profile board representing over 100 universities committed to a liberal education.

About AAC&U – The American Association of Colleges and Universities is a global membership organization dedicated to advancing the vitality and democratic purposes of undergraduate liberal education.

Full press release

Memorial gathering

Dear members of the Bishop’s community,

Late last week we were shaken by the tragic passing of Zoé Fortier, a first-year student in the School of Education. Zoé’s family requested that we wait until today to share her name. We understand that Zoé died of natural causes.

This Wednesday, December 14th from 11 a.m. to noon, we will hold an informal gathering in the Cleghorn room to mourn and remember Zoé. We welcome friends, professors, staff, those who knew Zoé and anyone who wishes to connect with other community members in a moment of reflection.

A book of condolences has been set up in Paterson lobby for anyone wanting to write a message that will be relayed to the family. We are also planning to hold a memorial in honour of Zoé’s life in January for those of you who are no longer on campus.

This is a very difficult time for our community and I would like to remind you of the resources available for students, faculty and staff.


Residence Life
The team in Paterson will have a space open today in Paterson Assembly Hall until 4:00 p.m. for reflection and grieving, with mental health support and pet support.


Counseling Services
Regular services will be open every day this week with drop-in appointments available every day.

Please be reminded that Indigenous students can also seek support at the Indigenous Student Support Centre (ISSC) or by emailing Shawna Jerome at or Vicky Boldo at You can also seek support from the Hope for Wellness Helpline at 1-855-242-3310.


24/7 Support:

  • Empower Me Health and Wellness Support: 1-833-628-5589
  • Security: Dial 711 from your Residence room phone or call 819-822-9711
  • For residents:
    • RAs: Knock on their door or call Security to reach them
    • The Spot: Use the QR code located on the back of your bedroom door


Employee Assistance Program
The Employee and Family Assistance Program can be reached at 1-844-880-9142 (English) or 1-844-880-9143 (French). If you would like to speak to someone about other support options please contact

The University’s Chaplain Jesse Dymond can be reached at ext. 2718 or at


Virtual grief support: 

  • Text 289-278-1885 or go to (available 7 days a week from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.)
  • Ligne d’ecoute (available in French): 1-888-533-3845



Michael Goldbloom, C.M.
Principal and Vice-Chancellor

Supports available – Supports disponibles

Dear Students,

Many of you have been deeply impacted by learning of the tragic loss of a student’s life yesterday.

I wish to remind you of the resources we have available for you this weekend and in the coming times.

Reflection and support Space:

Paterson Assembly Hall today, Saturday and Sunday from 1 PM till 5 PM

This space has been set up as a place for you to connect with other students, to speak with a counselor or reflect in silence.


Our Peer Support at BUnited Support Centre will be open as usual: Friday and Saturday from 6 till 10 PM and Sunday from 2 to 6 PM

Please be reminded that Indigenous Students can also seek support at the Indigenous Student Support Centre (ISSC). Contact student supports Vicky Boldo or Shawna Jerone  at and

 24/7 Support:

  • Empower Me 24/7 – (833) 628-5589
  • Security – 711 from Residence Room Phone or 819-822-9711
  • RAs – Knock on their door or call security to reach them
  • The Spot – QR Code Located on the back of your bedroom door.

It is important to know that grief is different for everyone, we can never predict exactly what the grieving process will look like for us.

  • Take care of yourself
  • Get help if you need it
  • Express your grief in healthy ways
  • Be patient with yourself
  • Carve out time for fun
  • Talk about it

During this difficult time, please use the resources above, take care of yourselves, each other and let us all respect the family as they grieve their loss.


Stine Linden-Andersen, Ph.D.
Vice-Principal Student Affairs

Tragic news

Dear members of the Bishop’s community,

It is with shock and great sadness that I am writing to inform you that a student passed away in one of our residences yesterday.

We wish to extend our heartfelt sympathies to the student’s family and friends.

We have not yet been informed about the cause of death and we are being guided by the family with respect to future communications.

We encourage all of you to take care of yourselves and each other. We will be providing the following supports today and will update you about additional supports in the coming days.

  • Our counseling team in Student Services (2nd floor of the Marjorie Donald building, above the bookstore) will be open for drop-in appointments all day. Drop-in appointments will also be available today in the residence counseling centre (Paterson 100).
  • Student Care staff will be on campus this afternoon to provide a space of reflection and support in Paterson 100. This space will be open from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Students can also contact Empower Me Mental Health and Wellness Support at any time at 1-833-628-5589.

Bishop’s employees can benefit from free, confidential counseling services through the Employee & Family Assistance Program. They can be reached at 1-844-880-9142 (English) or 1-844-880-9143 (French). If you would like to speak to someone about other support options please contact

The University’s Chaplain Jesse Dymond can be reached at ext. 2718 or at


Michael Goldbloom, C.M.

Principal and Vice-Chancellor

Appointment of Dr. Julie Desjardins as Dean of Education

Dr. Julie Desjardins

Dear Bishop’s community,

We are very pleased to advise you that the Board of Governors has approved the appointment of Dr. Julie Desjardins as Dean of Education, effective July 1, 2022, for a five-year period.

The Search Committee was chaired by Dr. Miles Turnbull and included Eva Lettner (external community member appointed by the Board of Governors), Dr. Avril Aitken, Dr. Eva Bures, Dr. Sunny Lau, Dr. Joanne Pattison-Meek, Dr. Dawn Wiseman, Dr. Gretchen Wentzell Lowerison (contract faculty), Genny Leclair, student representative, and Principal Michael Goldbloom (ex officio, non-voting participant). Dr. Trygve Ugland, Secretary General, provided support for the Committee.

Dr. Desjardins is a Full Professor in the Faculty of Education at Université de Sherbrooke, where she has been employed since 2000. She is currently on administrative leave following completion of 12 years as Vice Dean Academic. Before becoming Vice Dean, Dr. Desjardins was Chair of the Elementary teacher education program at Université de Sherbrooke. In these roles, Dr. Desjardins played key leadership roles in teacher education reform at Université de Sherbrooke and in Quebec. At the national level, she was Vice-President of the Canadian Society for the Study of Education, the most important scholarly association in education in Canada. Dr. Desjardins is an international expert in educational assessment and teacher education. She has received, alone or with colleagues, more than $1 million in research and educational development grants from a variety of provincial and federal agencies.

Committee members were impressed with Dr. Desjardin’s collegial, transparent and collaborative leadership style and her clear commitment to undergraduate teacher education and graduate level teacher and leadership development. Moreover, her knowledge of and experience with competency-based teacher education and the Quebec accreditation body was noted as a definite asset for her deanship. All of her referees spoke to her poise, inner confidence and strength, goal setting skills and well-rounded profile. Her work ethic and integrity were also mentioned repeatedly among her strongest qualities.

Please join us in wishing Dr. Desjardins the very best for the next five years as Dean of Education.

Michael Goldbloom, C.M.
Principal & Vice Chancellor

Miles Turnbull
Vice-Principal Academic & Research