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Brooke Cheeks '17
International relations student Brooke Cheeks, recipient of the 2017 Gil Latter Memorial Award for her outstanding contribution to the Sackville community, established Sackville’s Big Buddy Program during her time as summer program co-ordinator for the Town of Sackville.

Designed to get kids active while providing the opportunity to form a friendship with a university student, the program has doubled in two years.

“This is a program I had participated in, in my hometown during high school and I had wanted to start something like it here in Sackville for a few years,” says Cheeks. “This seemed like the perfect opportunity.”

For the first time this fall, the program extended into the school year and now there are 90 participants who meet once a week for an hour at the local Salem Elementary School Gym.

Along with her summer job in Sackville, Cheeks also teaches children’s dance classes and has been highly involved in the Mount Allison community on the Orientation Committee, as Grad Class President, and as Social Chair of Windsor Hall in her second year.

Throughout her years she has been involved with the MASSIE Program, the International Mentorship Program, volunteered with the S.M.I.L.E program, worked as a teaching assistant and peer tutor for calculus, and is currently a member of the Varsity Dance Team.

In Fall 2015 Cheeks also participated in an international exchange at The Hague University of Applied Sciences.

“I've always had an interest in cultures, especially the differences in them, and I realized that the only way you can truly experience a different culture, is not just to travel there, but to live there,” says Cheeks.

The Gil Latter Memorial Award is presented by the Mount Allison Students’ Union to a student who has volunteered their time and demonstrated an outstanding contribution to the Sackville community.