DR. LESLEY BAUTISTA ’05 was in grade 7 when St. Bon’s reopened its doors as the Jesuit institution it is today and she feels lucky to have had the opportunity to watch St. Bon’s grow over the years. Though Lesley loved seeing the Chapel restored while she was a student, she says “St. Bon’s did not only grow structurally, but most importantly it became a community”. Lesley fondly remembers that there was a special connection between teachers and students and everyone knew the parent volunteers who were constantly helping with whatever the school needed.

While at St. Bon’s, Lesley felt she had the opportunity to be involved in anything she wanted – band, soccer, track, student council, school Masses, and volunteer work. Her favourite memories include winning her last high school soccer game – the St. Bon’s senior girls over came the strong Gonzaga senior girls. “It couldn’t have ended more perfectly”, she says. Lesley went on to break the Holy Cross record in pole vault in 2009 and won the New England Championships the same year.

Lesley was awarded the Whealan-O’Reilly Scholarship, which took her to College of the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA. Lesley chose the COllege of the Holy Cross because she wanted to continue her formation as a woman for others and knew a Jesuit university would help her do just that.

Lesley went on to help with many charitable organizations and initiatives while at Holy Cross, medical school and now during her residency at Memorial University in anaesthesiology. This work, including travelling to Haiti as part of Team Broken Earth, contributed to Lesley being named the 2017 recipient of the St. Bonaventure’s College Magis Award for Young Alumni.

To current St. Bon’s students, Lesley says: “With social media promoting a self-centred world of sel es, number of likes and promoting our own accomplishments, I think it’s easy to get wrapped up in our own lives and forget what’s truly important.

You don’t have to go to Kenya or Haiti to make a di erence in someone’s life or learn about a world outside of yours. I think some of my most rewarding moments in medicine have been when I’ve taken extra time to listen or explain something to a patient and have been able to make their experience better because of it. You’ll rarely see pictures of these less glamorous moments, but in these moments you are still being a man or woman for and with others.”