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Alumni Crowning Achievement Awards


Latoya Reid BSW '18, MSW '21

Distinguished Humanitarian and Community Service Award

Latoya, a registered social worker, is a community activist and leader who has focused her advocacy around one of today’s most important issues – anti-racism. During the Black Lives Matter movement, Latoya’s outspoken comments gained her media attention and provided a platform for her to speak on the issue to, among other groups, University of Regina Psychology Graduate Students Association (Anti-Racism Series), Black Lives Matter YXE, Canadian National Institute for the Blind and RaiseHer Community. 

During her time as a University of Regina undergraduate student, Latoya’s benevolence was always on full display. She served as President of the Parent Student Association and collaborated with a local company to offer Christmas hampers to student-parents that were facing financial challenges. Her community service continued as President of the Graduate Students Association when she offered therapy services to students who were facing mental health challenges but were hesitant to access mainstream mental health services or were impeded by other barriers. Latoya's efforts not only provided much needed services for students but they also helped to break the stigma associated with accessing mental health supports within the BIPOC community.

As an undergraduate, Latoya met with U of R senior leadership to share her findings about gaps in mental health services and how to best bridge them. She was instrumental in helping to establish the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research Race and Diversity Committee which assessed the needs for mental health services to improve students’ experiences. 

Along with other Black Lives Matter organizers, she brought to the Saskatchewan government’s attention the gaps in mental health services and stressed the need for more Black counsellors and therapists in Saskatchewan.

Latoya has also been a mentor and provided support for new Canadians and international students who find it difficult to assimilate and navigate life in Saskatchewan. She has also sourced furniture and organized holiday meals to welcome new Canadians to the province.

Among the other distinctions she’s earned, Latoya was a President’s Medal Nominee, recipient of the Simon Hugh Bursary, Winnifred Fakis Scholarship of Social Work, and Paige A Brady Memorial Scholarship, and was named a 2020 CBC Future Forty Award recipient.

Latoya is proud to have recently launched her own private clinical practice, Altoya The Therapist, with a keen focus on inclusive and culturally diverse psychotherapy services.

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