- Student - University of Windsor
- 2022 Recipient
My name is Paikea Baylis, I am a recent graduated from Sandwich Secondary School. I am attending the University of Windsor in the Biomedical Science program. My passion for the sciences has driven me to pursue a career path as a physician assistant. I have chosen this career because I am a very extroverted person who loves to help others. I have been passionate about the sciences and human anatomy ever since a young age. Perinatology, which cares for women with high-risk pregnancies, and paediatric emergency medicine, which cares for children and diseases, are the fields that fascinate me the most. To me, the most crucial component of life is making a difference in people's everyday lives, and through medicine, I hope I can successfully aid others with their needs.
Over the years I grew up playing the sport of hockey, my experiences over the past 12 years have allowed me to grasp the very little representation in the game. Recently, I had joined the Black Girl Hockey Club. The club is a community for young black women in the sport of hockey. I have also joined the Saroya Strong mentorship program which is officiated by Saroya Tinker of the PHF. Joining both organizations has allowed me to share my struggles with others in the Black hockey community whether it is the up and coming younger generation, or those on the professional level. Over the past year, I had the opportunity to take part in a documentary “Black Ice” produced the Uninterrupted media company owned by Drake and Lebron James. I have also had the opportunity to take part in an interview for the joint event hosted by Black Girl hockey and the Toronto Maple Leaf’s. At school I enjoyed coaching the girl’s hockey team as well as play for the senior team. My future in hockey off the ice still continues as I still take part in community involvement surrounding the game and interviews. Someday, I would love to coach at a high level. This fall I am attending the University of Windsor in the Biomedical Science program. My passion for the sciences has driven me to pursue a career path as a physician assistant. I have chosen this career because I am a very extroverted person who loves to help others. With that being said, my decision to apply for this bursary is to help subsidize the cost of my post-secondary education.
Paikea recieved The Hour-A-Day Study Club Scholarship and Martha C. Elliott-Tolson & George Tolson Bursary.