Mahtab Dhaliwal

Award Category: 
Youth Scholarships Award
Recipient Year: 
2015

Mahtab Dhaliwal has an impressive list of accomplishments, and driven to add to that list via her thirst for learning and passion for the sciences, which she inherited from her parents. Both her mother and father earned their Master’s degrees in India and were teachers prior to immigrating to Canada.

When her family immigrated to Canada, Mahtab was in Grade 6 and with basic understanding of English. Today she maintains honours with distinction across all her high school subjects and is President of the Environment, Math AND Physics Clubs. She is also a member of the Kings’ Own Calgary Regiment Band and Vice-Captain of the field hockey varsity team. But, Mahtab has discovered the secret formula for true integration as a new immigrant. In addition to her academics, social, music and sporting clubs, she volunteers at the TELUS Spark Science Centre and is a valuable member of the centre’s research team.

Part of the science of integration is paying it forward; she co-founded the Ohana Café, which offers new immigrant students counselling and workshops to help them settle into their new city and new school environment. Mahtab provides an authentic welcome, appreciating that her own new immigrant experience and lessons learned could be as effective or even more so, than the typical school orientation programs.

Is that instinct or scientific discovery? Regardless, Mahtab is fuelled to tap into the endless opportunities that she sees are available to her in Canada. She plans to pursue a career in theoretical physics.