Leo Macawile is currently the President of the Nursing Students Association of York University (NSAY). In this role, Leo initiated Canada’s first and largest student-led Filipino Nurses Recognition Month to recognize Filipino nurses’ and nursing students’ challenges and the structural racism that contributes to the underrepresentation of Filipinos in academic and leadership roles.
Throughout the year, Leo spearheaded various events that promoted Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Action. This includes inviting speakers for Black History Month to address systemic racism and highlight Black excellence, Pride Month to discuss the exclusion of 2SLGBTQ+ community in healthcare, Asian Heritage Month to recognize the contributions that Canadians of Asian heritage have made and continue to make. Finally, Leo gave back to the homeless community by helping organize NSAY’s largest and most profitable fundraiser for the unhoused community in the GTA.