2015 Scholar Profile: Holly Oegema
Innovation is a never ending process, things can always be improved upon and there is never any set end point, or as Andrew Rok would say “We can always do better.”
Being one of the recipients for the Andrew Rok Foundation means a lot to Holly, and she believes it will help her grow and push herself to reach her full potential. Not only will the scholarship help a lot financially, but it also will allow her to learn from others.
Holly has been a part of the Canadian Air Cadet Program for 5 years, where she currently serves as a Flight Commander, Mentor, Instructor and in the past summer she earned the title of being her squadron’s first female pilot. In the past, she has been a part of her squadron’s drill team, honourguard, band and public speaking program. She likes to step away from traditional styles of teaching and come up with innovative ways to engage her students.
She has also been a part of her school’s Social Justice Committee which brings awareness to both local and global issues as well she has served 2 years as a Link Leader in her school’s Link Crew peer mentorship program. Currently she runs ‘Welcome to My Life,’ an inclusivity group dedicated to bringing awareness to issues not often talked about such as Mental Health and STBBIs. In the past she has served on the Minister’s Student Advisory Council, which is a provincial committee of selected students who voice their opinion on how Ontario’s Education System can be improved. Last year, Holly received her school’s “Catholic Leadership Award” to acknowledge the positive impact she has made in her school community.
Holly has shown an interest in computers and problem solving from a young age. In her free time she likes to create Visual Novels, since she believes that games are a great way to spread awareness about various issues. Recently she was a part of a team that assisted with changing over the school’s computer and networking system.
In elementary school, Holly was very shy and had a great fear of public speaking through much perseverance she has overcome this obstacle and has recently been the guest speaker at the Annual Air Cadet Mess Dinner.
She plans on pursuing her passion of coding through a degree of Software Engineering at the University of Waterloo. Her plans are to apply the skills and experiences she gains to help create efficient solutions to everyday problems and implement them in order to make people’s lives easier.