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A selection of media coverage for my research and community work:

  • CBC News. Finding a patch of green: COVID-19 highlights inequities in Toronto park space, experts say. July 8, 2020.
  • Grad Life Podcast, York University. Green Space and Mental Health. August, 26, 2019
  • Toronto Star. City and communities band together to make Toronto’s parks work. July 1, 2017
  • Park People. When it comes to parks, it’s quality that counts. January 26, 2017
  • Spacing Magazine. Creating greenspaces for our mental health. Fall Issue 2016
  • CityLab. Why Park Designers Need to Think More About Mental Health. November 21, 2016
  • This Land is Parkland. Understanding the intersection of parks, mental health, and equity. January 27, 2017.
  • Metro Morning, CBC Toronto. Changemaker. February 4, 2013
  • Rogers Television Daytime Toronto. Youth Making a Difference: International Development Week. February 8, 2013
  • The Weekly Voice. Global Changemaker Award for Nadha Hassen. February 27, 2013
  • Urban Moms. An interview with Nadha Hassen: Global Changemaker & about Dancing in the Rain. March 8, 2013 
  • Ceylon Today. Fuelling her passion to pursue her career. April 6, 2012

Selection of awards and honours:

  • 2019                Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship (CGS) - SSHRC
  • 2018                Charles Caccia Graduate Award in Sustainable Development
  • 2018                Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS)
  • 2017                Nominated as one of two to National Canada Vanier Scholarship, York U
  • 2017                NextGEN Award, Canadian Urban Institute
  • 2015                James A. McNab Award, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, U of T
  • 2015                CIHR Institute for Community Support (ICS) Travel Award
  • 2014                Conference Grant, School of Graduate Studies, U of T
  • 2013                Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS)
  • 2013                Best Poster, 5th Research & Practice Day, Dalla Lana School of Public Health
  • 2013                CIHR Dr. James Rossiter MPH Practicum Award
  • 2013                Global Changemaker Award, Ontario Council for International Cooperation
  • 2012                Conference Scholarship, Youth Pre-Conference to AIDS 2012, Washington DC
  • 2011                Dean’s List Scholar, U of T
  • 2011                Student Council Leadership Award, New College, U of T

I have received awards commending my work and been featured in the press (because we live in a world that needs social proof) but ultimately find my meaning and purpose in those interactions that allow me to contribute positively to people's lives in a tangible way.