2016 Rose Nolan Scholarship winner Tonya-Leah Watts is a member of Wikwemikong Unceded Indian Reserve in Ontario. She will be entering her 2nd year in Biochemistry and Molecular program with a minor in the Indigenous studies program at Trent University in Peterborough; she has also made the Dean’s honour roll this past year.
Tonya-Leah’s goal is to become a doctor and to practice medicine; she was a research student at the Hospital for Sick Children through the Student Advancement Research Program which is geared to high school students. This summer Tonya-Leah is working in a Neuroscience and Mental Health Lab as part of the Sick Kids Summer Research Program which is aimed at university students. Tonya-Leah has also been a member of the All Saints Anglican Church choir for the past four years.
During the school year, she is an instructor with the Trent Aboriginal Cultural Knowledge and Science Youth Program at Trent University which encourages youth to learn and gain an appreciation for the Indigenous culture.