August 23rd, 2017 ~ Vol. 87 No. 34
Local receives Gold Medal at Uof L
Allison Farfus wins Faculty of Arts and Science prestigious award
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Allison Farfus (left) pictured with Dr. Craig Cooper, Dean of the Faculty of Arts & Science. Farfus was awarded the Faculty of Arts and Science Gold Medal at the University of Lethbridge.
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The University of Lethbridge awarded CCHS grad Allison Farfus with the Faculty of Arts and Science Gold Medal.

Taking into account a student’s GPA, academic success and extracurricular involvement, the gold medal is an award for the most distinguished grad in the Arts and Sciences department at the U of L.

“Some of the top students are asked to apply for the award,” says Trevor Kenney, News & Information Manager with the university. “They fill out an application and get recommendations from the profs that they worked for or worked with. Then a committee meets, goes through the applications and chooses the one they think is most deserving of the award. It’s for the top students in the faculty of arts and science for that year.”

At the beginning of June, Farfus received a letter from the Dean of Arts and Science informing her that she was selected as the award recipient, a revelation she says she wasn’t expecting it at all and didn’t think she would get the award.

“I wasn’t even sure if I should send in the letter explaining why I should get it because I didn’t think it was possible, but I finally decided that I would give it a try.
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A couple of weeks later, I found out that I had gotten it and I was in shock, I had no idea. I knew a couple gold medal winners from previous years and I always looked up to them and thought it was amazing, the work they had done to get it, but I never thought that I would be the one to get it at the U of L for sciences. I was honoured and excited,” says Farfus.

Throughout her four years at U of L, Farfus took part in a variety of extracurricular activities, lab research and volunteer work.

She was involved in several research projects at labs at the university, taught sessions to introductory biology students to help them master the content in their actual lectures and was involved in the starting efforts of the World University Services Canada Refugee Program that raised funds to sponsor a refugee’s education. She was also Vice President of the Biology Club at the University of Lethbridge, volunteered at the Chinook Regional Library and worked at the Canadian Blood Services and the Canadian Cancer Society.
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Farfus graduated in June 2017 with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Biology, and the now-22-year-old recently moved to Calgary to pursue her studies at the University of Calgary’s Cumming School of Medicine.

“It’s even more intense. It’s definitely challenging, but it’s also really rewarding and exciting. I love it,” she says.

Ever since Farfus was young, she says she has always had an interest for biology and a passion for working with people, and medicine allows her to combine the two.

“I grew up in the Crowsnest Pass, so I have a desire to go back to a small rural community or maybe a little bit of a larger centre, like Lethbridge. I’m not sure exactly what type of doctor I want to be yet, but I’m definitely leaning towards family medicine and maybe even emergency medicine,” she says.

Farfus reminisces on her education at Crowsnest Consolidated High School, from which she graduated in 2013, and calls it the catalyst that inspired the journey in the medical field for her.

“I had a really good science education at Crowsnest Consolidated High School. I had really great teachers that really allowed me to appreciate science and academia and that’s what really interested me in going to university. I think everything progressed from there. I’m really thankful for the staff at CCHS.”
August 23rd, 2017 ~ Vol. 87 No. 34
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