Courtney Macaulay has used her talent in math and science to help change the world.
Now she’s receiving the Carleton University Board of Governors’ Award for Outstanding Community Achievement for her countless hours of volunteer work.
“I guess I’ve always just had a passion for people,” says Macaulay, who has a bachelor’s degree in environmental engineering.
Macaulay says she’s excited to receive the award.
“I feel like it’s a testament to the opportunities I had working with people. I’ve had some really great professors, peers and different people who have encouraged me to take on different roles or let me know about different opportunities,” she says.
“My degree is my academic accomplishment and this is the other part of my life.”
At Carleton, Macaulay was involved in Engineers Without Borders, a national charity that aims to help people in developing communities gain access to technologies to better their lives.
Through the program’s Carleton chapter, Macaulay was sent to Zambia for four months. While she was there, she worked with a women’s development association.
Macaulay has also volunteered countless hours throughout the Ottawa community through Carleton’s Service Learning program. She traveled to elementary schools across the city and read to students in kindergarten and Grade 2, which inspired her to become a high school teacher someday.
She’s happy to see Carleton acknowledging the importance of involvement in the community.
“I think that by having this award, it shows there is opportunity to be involved.”