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GK Scholarships: Jessica Buman

GK Scholarships: Jessica Buman

Golden Key is excited to introduce Jessica Buman, one of Golden Key’s 2020 Humanitarian and Service Award winners. Jessica earned her Associate’s degree from Iowa Western Community College in 2017 and her Bachelor’s in Business Analytics and Information Systems with an International Business Certificate from […]

GK Scholarships: Heidi Jones

GK Scholarships: Heidi Jones

Golden Key is pleased to introduce Heidi Jones, one of Golden Key’s 2020 Professional Development Award winners. Heidi earned her B.A. in English Language and Literature from Brigham Young University in 2009, her M.A. in English Language and Literature from Weber State University in 2012, […]

How can I benefit from Golden Key Academy?

How can I benefit from Golden Key Academy?

Have you become a Golden Key member and aren’t sure how to use GK to your advantage? Well, we have an excellent way for you to get the most out of your membership! If you haven’t already, create an account through the Golden Key Academy website to access many unique learning and networking opportunities. The academy is free to all lifetime members, and non-members can subscribe to get access. 

Here are five ways you can benefit from Golden Key Academy:

  • Network with members

The GKA website offers a networking section where you can personalize your profile to include a profile and cover photo, a short bio and links to your other online profiles, such as LinkedIn. Once you’ve completed your profile, you can follow other GK members, interact on message boards, join groups and find Thought Leaders–Golden Key Alumni members who are viewed as experts in their field of study. In addition, the networking section allows you to connect with peers and see what your fellow members are up to. 

  • Attend and watch webinars

The GKA site offers webinars hosted by our Thought Leaders on a wide variety of topics. Webinars are open to all GK members and GKA subscribers. In addition, you can sign up to attend Zoom webinars via the GKA site. If you miss or can’t make it to a webinar, never fear; you can watch it in the site’s video section. 

  • Read articles

The GKA site adds new articles from our Thought Leaders every Monday, Wednesday and Friday to keep content fresh and relevant. Articles range from how to be an effective communicator to using credit card debt to your advantage. With our wide variety of topics, there is always something new to learn! We encourage you to email us at [email protected] to know what kind of content you want to see. 

  • Read e-books

The GKA site has downloaded e-books covering topics from Things I wish I’d known about money to The GKA guide: You got the job! What now?.

  • Training and Assessments

GKA offers many self-paced courses to build your foundation for professional development (FPD). You can register for classes in the following categories: 

  • Business School
  • School of Education 
  • School of Information Technology 
  • Nursing Education Unit
  • School of Public Health 
  • School of Natural Sciences 

After choosing and completing a course, you can assess how much information you retained and improve your skills further.

Golden Key Academy offers many learning and networking opportunities. Golden Key is always looking for new ideas for articles, webinars, e-books, courses or other tips that members want to see. If there’s something you’d like to see on the GKA site, DM us on Instagram or email [email protected]

GK Scholarships: Evans Kwaku Ampofo Yeboah

GK Scholarships: Evans Kwaku Ampofo Yeboah

Golden Key is thrilled to introduce Evans Kwaku Ampofo Yeboah, one of Golden Key’s 2020 Professional Development Award winners. Evans earned his Bachelor’s in Integrated Business Studies at the University for Development Studies in 2017 and is currently pursuing his M.A. in International Development at […]

GK Scholarships: Kiara Pashko

GK Scholarships: Kiara Pashko

Golden Key is excited to introduce Kiara Pashko, one of Golden Key’s 2020 Professional Development Award winners. Kiara earned a Bachelor’s in Finance from the University of New York Tirana in 2016, a Bachelor’s of Finance from the University of Massachusetts Boston in 2019, and […]

GK Scholarships: Megan Lee

GK Scholarships: Megan Lee

Golden Key is overjoyed to introduce Megan Lee, Golden Key’s 2020 Johnson Insurance Award winner. Megan earned her Bachelor of Science in Physiology in 2020 from McGill University and is currently studying her Master’s of Science in Medical Microbiology and Immunology at the University of Alberta.

“I am extremely honoured and humbled to be a recipient of the Johnson Insurance Award,” Megan says. “I have always been inspired by Golden Key’s focus on academics and leadership, but its commitment to service has been a value that strongly resonates with me.”

Megan enjoys volunteering for organizations that reflect the values that are near and dear to her heart.

“I am incredibly grateful for the numerous people in my life who showed me the importance of volunteerism, as well as Golden Key, Heart2Heart, the Immigrant Education Society, and many more organizations for providing me with the chance to give back to the community in meaningful ways,” Megan comments. “Winning this award will further motivate me to continue pursuing volunteer opportunities at every stage of my life.”

Megan continues to grow and educate herself and is a well-rounded person.

“Throughout my undergraduate degree, I volunteered with a non-profit student organization established at McGill University called Beyond Me,” Megan shares. “After learning about people with special needs and the difficulties that they faced in their daily lives, I aimed to break down the public’s misconceptions and the stigma around them.”

Megan was very eager to start volunteering with immigrants, given that her parents were immigrants.

“Another minority group that I wanted to work with was immigrants, as my parents were immigrants and found it difficult to integrate into society when they first arrived in Canada,” Megan explains. “Hearing about their struggles to communicate with others and the discrimination they faced in the 1980s encouraged me to do something within the community. Therefore, I searched online for different opportunities and found the ESL Conversation Club program at the Calgary Public Library. The ESL Conversation Club program helps new Canadians practice their English-speaking and listening skills in small groups. Over the past summer as a program leader, I gained insight into the impact of illiteracy on everyday life and the implications for being involved in the workforce for the participants.”

Megan continues to work with different immigrant groups to help them navigate their new homes.

“I am currently a volunteer with The Immigrant Education Society, where I help with their Computer Access for Literacy Learners (CALL) program,” Megan says. “I teach immigrants the basics of using a computer, including how to send emails, use Microsoft Office, and use video conferencing platforms like Zoom.”

Megan doesn’t just volunteer; she has also founded her own organization for helping others.

“One of my greatest passions is music, and it has been an integral part of my life from the age of 5 when I began learning how to play the piano,” Megan remarks. “In order to provide more performance and volunteering opportunities for youth musicians, I took the initiative to create an organization called Heart2Heart with the help of a friend and my former piano teacher. Heart2Heart coordinates volunteers and plans events at senior homes and hospitals throughout Calgary.”

Megan has a deep passion for others and is always looking for new ways to help people.

“From starting off as a sports camp volunteer to co-founding my own organization, I have committed immeasurable hours to provide services to my peers but also to those who need it most,” Megan says. “Volunteering has enabled me not only to help others but also to acquire life skills and knowledge which have helped me realize my potential. I will continue to dedicate numerous hours to volunteering throughout my life to make a positive impact on local neighbourhoods and society and hopefully inspire others to do the same as well.”

Thank you for being a part of the Golden Key family, Megan; we wish you the best of luck with your Master’s!

GK Scholarships: Stanley du Preez

GK Scholarships: Stanley du Preez

Golden Key is delighted to introduce Stanley du Preez, one of Golden Key’s 2020 Graduate Scholar Award winners. Stanley earned an accelerated honours Bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Science in 2016, and a Doctorate of Medicine in 2020 from Griffith University. “Achieving the Graduate Scholar Award […]

GK Scholarships: Mayako Toki

GK Scholarships: Mayako Toki

Golden Key is excited to introduce Mayako Toki, one of Golden Key’s 2020 Professional Development Award winners. Mayako earned her Associate’s degree in Business Administration and Management from El Camino College in 2013, and her Bachelor’s in Accountancy from California State University Long-Beach in 2015. […]

GK Scholarships: Gabriella Hale

GK Scholarships: Gabriella Hale

Golden Key is thrilled to introduce Gabriella Hale, one of Golden Key’s 2020 Graduate Scholar Award winners. Gabriella received her Bachelor’s in Plant and Soil Science and is working towards her Ph.D. in Plant Soil and Science from Texas Tech University.

“Receiving this award is like receiving rain in the midst of a drought,” Gabriella says. “The timing of this award has assured me I have the resources to balance family life and complete two manuscripts this summer. I am reinvigorated knowing I have support in reaching my goals.”

Gabriella is highly dedicated to her education and deeply involved in the communities around her.

“My hometown is Fredericksburg, Texas,” Gabriella explains. “I am a member of the Plant & Soil Science Department’s Graduate Seminar Committee at Texas Tech University. Academic awards include designation as a McNair Scholar and the Garden Club of America’s research scholarship. GCA’s award helped to support my undergraduate research and senior thesis, which culminated in the graduate projects I am working on now.”

Gabriella has received many awards and scholarships during her time at Texas Tech University.

“In the past, I have received the following awards B.S. of PSS with Highest Honors, Garden Club of America Corlis Knapp Engle Scholarship, McNair Scholar and the 2019 American Society for Horticultural Science Outstanding Horticulrutral Student Award,” Gabriella shares.

Thank you for being a part of the Golden Key family, Gabriella; we wish you the best of luck on your Ph.D.!

 

GK Scholarships: Christian O. Díaz-Cáez

GK Scholarships: Christian O. Díaz-Cáez

Golden Key is happy to introduce Christian O. Díaz-Cáez, one of Golden Key’s 2020 Graduate Scholar Award winners. Christian graduated as a Cum Laude Honor Engineer from Universidad del Turabo in 2016 with a Bachelor’s in Electrical Engineering and earned a Master’s of Electrical Engineering […]