International Community Achievement Award

International Community Achievement Award (ICAA) applications open April 30, 2021.

ICAA Review Panel

The review panel may comprise a mix of professors from various faculties, a representative from the International Student Initiative portfolio, and an International and Program Services staff member. Recipients will be notified by email and will receive a signed certificate.

Recipients 2019

Sayra Gorgani is from Turkey and is going into her second year of studies in the Faculty of Applied Science at UBC Okanagan. Sayra is passionate about working with children in need as she continues to volunteer with UNICEF. She is also passionate about promoting sustainability and recently worked on a team project to address a solution for water scarcity that was also recognized by UBCO Sustainability. Sayra is also partaking in research conducted through a work-study on Electromechanical Microsystems & a Polymer Integration Research Group. She is looking forward to investigating agglutination processes to develop a microfluidic device that can drastically improve the future of blood tests!


Lisvet Parra is from the Dominican Republic and is pursuing a major in Philosophy, Politics and Economics as she enters her third year of studies at UBC Okanagan.  Lisvet is passionate about promoting and implementing equity, intercultural understanding, and diversity initiatives on campus. In her role as an Intercultural Development Program Coordinator at International Programs and Services, Lisvet helps facilitate workshops on topics related to racism and colonialism, and helps to foster intercultural dialogues. She has also worked as a Residence Advisor and through this role has contributed to the campus community by helping students feel welcomed, comfortable, and secure on campus. She has also encouraged residence students to foster cross-cultural relations. Lisvet is also a proactive mentor to students as she continues to support incoming international students and their transition to university!


Ahmed Sabry came to us from the UAE and is going into year 3 of his electrical engineering degree with a minor in Computer Science at UBC Okanagan. He has completed two years with exceptionally high marks, landing him on the Dean’s Honour list for both academic years. He is highly involved on campus working as a DRC notetaker as well as a Jumpstart Leader. He is currently the Inventathon Project Manager for the Enactus Club at UBCO. He works as an undergraduate research student working on electromagnetic modelling and virtual reality visualization. He plans to continue his work as a Teaching Assistant in the Faculty of Engineering for the upcoming year on-top of his school and research work.


Shao Yuan Chong joined UBC Okanagan from Singapore in 2017 studying in the Faculty of Arts. He is going into Year 3 of his History Honours Program with a minor in Psychology. He has been a volunteer in the Woodworth Lab to compliment his Psychology coursework and to better understand the world of Forensic Psychology. He completed History-related research work in Singapore last year and this summer was chosen for a summer research opportunity in Melbourne, Australia at the Centre for Forensic Behavioural Science. In addition to his course work. Shao Yuan is the Treasurer of the Psychology Student Union and has served on the Student Senate and Faculty Council as a representative of the Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences. Shao Yuan is a student advocate, a peer mentor with writing support and heavily engaged with the growth of study and research opportunities at UBC Okanagan for students and faculty.


Azzah Farras is Indonesian and came to UBC Okanagan from studying at the United World College of the Atlantic in the United Kingdom. She has approached her first year within the Bachelor of Arts program with a high caliber dedication to her academics as well as to her community involvement. Azzah has been a director of education and Mosque Affiliation within UBC-O’s Muslim Student Association (MSA), where she volunteers her time to build awareness around common misconceptions of Islam and foster a more inclusive student body rooted in understanding and inclusivity versus exclusivity.  She is passionate about sharing her background while learning about the broader campus community. Those around her describe her as being committed, responsible and positive.