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 Young Alumna Award

Meredith SHAW'00
 
Meredith Shaw is currently managing at least four careers. First, she's a popular singer, songwriter and recording artist, with an album and a series of EPs to her credit. Next, she's a full-time DJ on Toronto's Boom 97.3 radio, playing 70s, 80s and 90s tunes. Then, too, she's a design entrepreneur, running a card and gift company called muffymade. And she models.
 
That list doesn't even count the considerable time she devotes to volunteering and to her inspirational sessions for young women, Girls Who Believe.
 
After graduating from Branksome Hall, Meredith went on to Queen's University for a degree in music and theatre, and emerged as an actor and singer. When Canadian producer Gordie Johnson heard her singing with a band, he invited her to tour in 2011 with his newly resurrected rock band, Big Sugar.
 
Johnson also produced her first album, Place Called Happy, at Willie Nelson's Pedernales studio in Austin, Texas. What followed was a three-song EP, Trouble, overseen by another top Canadian producer, Joel Plaskett, and her latest, "Hardest Goodbye," on the fast-rising label eOne Music.
 
As a model, she has worked for a variety of top clients, appeared regularly on national television, and walked in the city's first "plus-size" fashion show during Toronto Fashion Week 2013. She feels strongly that women should see a range of bodies in media.
 
Her commitment to women took on new life when her song, "Girls Who Believe," was used for a key scene in TV's Degrassi: The Next Generation. That brought her a new set of young fans. She started playing at schools, including Branksome, and now she organizes the annual Girls Who Believe Fest in Toronto, inspiring young women and supporting the charity Girls Inc.
 
Photo Credit: Ted Belton

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