Jaiden Dembo


Jaiden is on exchange in Prague, Czech Republic, and she credits the Caledonia Awards for making this possible. “I am extraordinarily excited to see the world and travel.

A World Literature student can only stay immersed in her books so long before she must go out and experience the world she has been reading about. World Literature has been a life changing experience for me, and I wouldn't wish to be in any other program.

My professors, the content I'm learning, and the friends I've made along the way have truly made my university experience exceptional.

I have been shaped and changed."


She presented papers at both the 2015 and 2016 World Literature Student Conference including “Franz Kafka's The Metamorphosis: A tale of Freudian Regression.”

She is the Editorial Designer for The Lyre, the Associate Editor for BC Bookworld, and she writes for the arts section of SFU’s student newspaper, The Peak.

She wants to continue writing after graduation. “Every day I am inspired by what I am learning, and by the authors we are reading. I am inspired to create my own literature. This award truly does help my pursuit and I will forever be grateful for it.”




Stephen Kaita

Stephen attended Brookswood Secondary in Langley where his wrestling coach inspired him to become a teacher. When Stephen began his undergraduate career at SFU through the Global Issues First-Year Leaning Community, he wanted to study physics. However, his interest waned in his second year, and he struggled. He then took classes in World Literature and International Studies, and they ignited new passions.

Stephen is the executive administrator of the World Literature Student Union and was the event coordinator for the 2016 World Literature Student Conference.

He commutes six days a week between Langley and Burnaby. He works as an in-game experience and community programs assistant for SFU Athletics where he writes game-day scripts, does announcements, and contacts school groups and choirs to perform in the half-time show.

During the summer, he works at Langley’s Thunderbird Show Park as a horse show announcer.

He volunteers at a high school and plans to pursue SFU’s professional teaching credential this fall so that he can teach English and Social Justice.

"I want to thank the donors for making this award for World Literature — it shows that it’s not just grades that matter.

That recognition is huge."

Liza Siamer

Liza changed her major three times until she sat in on a World Literature lecture and fell in love. She had moved to Vancouver from Algeria at the age of 15 and often felt homesick. “World literature helped me a lot. It’s like travelling. You see that everyone has the same struggles.”

Liza volunteers on campus as a recreation promotion assistant with SFU’s Health and Counselling Services. She is also a member of the Conseil jeunesse francophone de la Colombie-Britannique, which represents the interests of French-speaking youth in BC. She enjoys writing for the sports section of The Peak and loves studying languages.

She plans to pursue graduate studies in comparative literature, perhaps in Europe.

At the 2016 World Literature Student Conference, Liza presented her paper, “Translation as Betrayal: Death Imagery in Arabic and English Versions of Kanafani's Men in the Sun.”

She saw the announcement of the Caledonia Awards last semester. Though she thought her chances were slim, she sent in her application. News of the result came as a huge relief. “I relied on student loans and part-time jobs to pay my tuition, and I was in line at Tim Hortons when I saw the email. I had a huge smile.”