STUDENT-ATHLETE COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD: Kiana Wilkinson, Saint Mary's
Kiana Wilkinson of the Saint Mary's Huskies has been selected as the AUS student-athlete community service award recipient for the 2018-19 season.
This award honours the individual who best combines academics, athletics and community involvement.
Wilkinson, a fourth-year science student from Prince George, B.C., played in all 28 games for the Huskies this season and finished with eight assists.
She is a fourth-year captain for the Huskies, and is not only a strong two-way defenseman, but also a strong student in the classroom. She is also extensively involved in the community, volunteering her time with an array of initiatives.
Among the causes she spends her time to are the Ronald McDonald House and the Out of the Cold homeless shelter.
She is a minor female hockey volunteer, organizing game day and other team events. She also volunteers her time with Move for Inclusion, a weekly student-athlete run initiative which hosts children of all abilities for an 'open gym' style play session.
Wilkinson also dedicates her time to SAMHI (the Student-Athlete Mental Health Initiative), a charitable organization dedicated to promoting wellness and mental health, and supporting student-athletes who may suffer from a mental health problem or illness.
She is a member of the athletic council where she organizes student-athlete events as well as looks for opportunities to raise money and awareness through community initiatives.
Wilkinson is on the Motion Ball Committee, which is an event aimed to promote awareness and raise funds for the Special Olympics movement through integrated sport.
She is the fourth player from the Huskies to receive this award since its inception in 2002-03, joining Joyce Spruyt (2006-07), Kori Cheverie (2007-08 and 2008-09) and Beatrice Harrietha (2016-17 and 2017-18).
Wilkinson will now represent the conference as the AUS nominee for the U SPORTS Marion Hilliard Award. The last AUS student-athlete to take home the national honour was St. Thomas' Kayla Blackmore following the 2012-13 season.
CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR ALL-STARS:
FIRST AND SECOND TEAM ALL-STARS AND ALL-ROOKIE TEAM
This year's Atlantic University Sport first and second team all-stars, along with the all-rookie team members are as follows:
First Team All-Stars:
Goaltender: Kendra Woodland, UNB (1st year – Kamloops, B.C.)
Defence: Lindsey Donovan, StFX (3rd year - Miramichi, N.B.)
Defence: Alexandra Woods, St. Thomas (3rd year - Courtice, Ont.)
Forward: Sarah Bujold, StFX (5th year – Riverview, N.B.)
Forward: Katryne Villeneuve, Université de Moncton (5th year – Casselman, Ont.)
Forward: Lauren Henman, St. Thomas (5th year – Cow Bay, N.S.)
Second Team All-Stars:
Goaltender: Abby Clarke, St. Thomas (5th year – Springdale, N.L.)
Defence: Natalie Stanwood, Dalhousie (4th year – West Vancouver, B.C.)
Defence: Jenna MacLean, UNB (1st year – Wilcox, Sask.)
Forward: Emily Oleksuk, St. Thomas (4th year – Thunder Bay, Ont.)
Forward: Shae Demale, Saint Mary's (1st year – Red Deer, Alta.)
Forward: Tyra Meropoulis, StFX (1st year – Edson, Alta.)
Goaltender: Kendra Woodland, UNB (Kamloops, B.C.)
Defence: Jenna MacLean, UNB (Wilcox, Sask.)
Defence: Caleigh Meraw, Saint Mary's (Red Deer, Alta.)
Forward: Tyra Meropoulis, StFX (Edson, Alta.)
Forward: Shae Demale, Saint Mary's (Red Deer, Alta.)
Forward: Jolena Gillard, UPEI (Deer Lake, N.L.)