(Ottawa) –  Alyx Holden, a Master’s of Science student in biology at Carleton, has been presented with the Young Woman of Distinction Award for her noteworthy contributions to her school, community and workplace. The award was presented at the National Capital YMCA-YWCA Women of Distinction Awards ceremony at the National Arts Centre on May 31, 2011.

Holden has distinguished herself at Carleton in her rigorous and original research in biology, in addition to the contributions she makes to campus life and student government as an elected science representative for the Carleton University Student Association (CUSA).

A scientist, athlete, teacher, mentor, and environmental and community activist, Holden helps others to achieve the excellence she has achieved. A black belt martial artist and instructor in Taekwondo, she works with children from all backgrounds and abilities, including a student with spina bifida who went on to win gold in a competition.

A supporter of children’s charity, she works with the Max Keeping Foundation to fulfill the wishes of local, low-income families. Outside of the classroom and lab, Holden helps provide primary health care to Aboriginal people at the Wabano Centre.

Also in the running for an award was Kim Matheson, Carleton’s Vice-President of Research and International. Matheson was nominated for the Research and Development Health Sciences Award for excellence and significant contributions through her research and delivery of services in the area of health sciences by confronting discrimination and stigmatization of women with mental health issues. A mentor and leader, her work has significantly contributed to the health of the Ottawa community.

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