Since losing her mother from breast cancer, Maike van Niekerk’s work as an advocate for cancer patients has enabled her to become the change in both her school and community. Through her initiatives she hopes to raise awareness, to inspire others to create change. Along with initiating Katrin’s Karepackage, she continues to volunteer 25 hours a week to advocate for cancer patients through her work in various organizations, including the Ronald McDonald House, Breast Cancer Action Nova Scotia, and the Canadian Cancer Society. Along with studying oncology focused nursing, she is also conducting research on the psychological impact of a cancer diagnosis on Aboriginal peoples. For her work with cancer patients, Maike has received the Rhodes Scholarship, the Governor General Meritorious Service Decoration (Civil Division), Plan Canada’s 2015 Top 20 Under 20 Award, The Newfoundland Red Cross Young Humanitarian of the Year 2015, The Newfoundland Division Canadian Cancer Society’s Inspirational Achievement in Youth Leadership, the Terry Fox Humanitarian Scholarship, and the Schulich Leadership Scholarship.

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