Lydia ZanonShe has the highest grade point average of any student graduating from McMaster this week.For earning a cumulative average of 11.9 out of a possible 12 points, McMaster science student Lydia Zanon will receive the 2004 Governor General's Academic Medal, a prize awarded to a graduating student who achieves the highest academic standing in his/her undergraduate degree program.Zanon is graduating with an honours bachelor of science in kinesiology, with a minor in psychology. Zanon
four years at McMaster
were extremely rewarding, from the stimulating classes and beautiful campus, to the great people, including students, administrative staff and especially the professors, who she
says are not only excellent teachers, but funny and helpful as well."Mac is definitely the place to be and has been the ultimate experience," she
has applied for a master's degree in both physical and occupational therapy and is awaiting an offer of admission into either of these programs.A career in physical or occupational therapy she
says would enable her
to actively work with people and to improve their quality of life.To gain experience in this field, she
has volunteered at a sports injuries clinic observing and assisting clients with their rehabilitation programs.
During that time she
competed at five world championships and won gold medals at two consecutive World Age Group Championships in the synchronized event.The experience enabled her
to make new friends around the globe and travel worldwide, including Australia, South Africa, and across Europe, providing the opportunity to enjoy diverse cultures.Zanon
says that her
time as national athlete on the Canadian trampoline team from 1994 to 2002 also enhanced her
interest in the study of human movement.
"Trampoline has fostered discipline, a positive work ethic, and communication skills," she
explains.It also allowed her
to experience first-hand how integral her
physiotherapist was to my recovery from injury, both physically and mentally.
is involved in trampoline as a coach of recreational through national level athletes, enabling her
to share her
knowledge and love of the sport.She
can offer much support and encouragement to athletes because she
can relate on a personal level, having experienced similar situations and setbacks myself.Zanon is currently employed as a customer service representative at Medigas, a provider of respiratory gases, equipment and related products and services to the healthcare market.
provides service for oxygen, continuous positive airway pressure treatment (CPAP), homecare equipment, feeding and tracheal supplies to a diverse clientele.At work she
has enjoyed learning about the various healthcare aids and interacting with customers.
This summer she
plans to volunteer at the Humane Society
other hobbies include camping, hiking, outdoor activities, and reading.Zanon
has received numerous scholarships and awards, including the Ontario Graduate Scholarship offer, April 2004 for 2004-2005; McMaster University Scholar's Award - George and Nora Elwin Scholarship, 2000-2004; Betty Taylor Campbell Scholarship, 2003; J.L.W. Gill Prize, 2003; University (Senate) Scholarship, 2001 & 2002; McMaster Scholar (Entrance) Award.