‘I have tried to change the prejudices of women in sports and get more young people into sports’
Chloe Gylander was over the moon when she got the call that she had won a Terry Fox Humanitarian Award.
“I actually missed the first call, they left a message, so I knew about when I called them back that this was it, but I had a few minutes of ‘oh my gosh, I hope this is real,'” said Gylander.
In her second year undergrad at the University of Alberta, the 19-year-old is one of 17 students across Canada, chosen from among 500 applicants, to receive the award. It is in its 40th year of providing scholarships and recognizing young Canadian humanitarians who demonstrate determination and courage through civic life, academics and athletics.
“Well, I’m a big athlete, so I’ve been trying to change a lot of the prejudice of women in sports and get more young people into sports. In high school, I joined the boys’ tackle football team, played there for a few years, and was promoted to captain in my freshman season,” says Gylander.
Gylander has also volunteered and raised money for charities such as the food bank, Ronald McDonald House, Make A Wish Foundation and Warm Hands’ 5km run, Warm Hearts and says one of her passions is helping the homeless.
Her main goal is to study law to enter either human rights or immigration law.
“I want to help people fight for their rights and for the places they want to live.”
However, her dream is to one day open a business that can support the homeless either with the proceeds or employ them for a stable job or some sort of reliable income.
“I try to give all that, never give up the mentality.”