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Alumni News Winter 2013 4

New Brand Launched


Top 40 Under 40


Night of Theatre

Don Caron, 2013 Distinguished Alumni Award Recipient


MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT the last year has been extraordinary

ranked in national polls as one of Canada’s

those who have studied with us have taken on

for macewan university.

outstanding undergraduate universities.

increased value. While still young, MacEwan

There is much in which we can all be proud.

University’s Alumni Advisory Council has taken

The institution

was admitted to the Association of Univer-

on an increasingly important role in the univer-

sities and Colleges of Canada, received an outstanding review by the Alberta Quality

This should be especially so for MacEwan

Assessment Council, became a member of

University’s alumni. Now over 50,000

Canada West, developed and released a new

strong, MacEwan’s graduates have made

There is, though, much yet to be done. We are

set of institutional values, launched a new

a singular contribution to Edmonton, to

in the midst of developing a strategic plan for

brand that once and for all affirms MacEwan’s

Alberta, and even beyond. As the university’s

the university that will map out its direc-

status as a university, and continued to be

reputation has grown, the credentials of

tion for the next five years. While MacEwan

sity, and this is something I especially welcome.

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has developed plans before, this is the first

regrettable on any number of levels, it is a

network. I urge all our alumni to stay in touch

time it will have developed a comprehen-

testament to the university that it was able to

with an institution in which you should be

sive integrated plan that will bring together

deal with these reductions without eliminat-

immensely proud.

all elements of the university—academic,

ing any programs or deducing access. At the

financial, facilities, human resources, student

same time, we need to be frank in saying that

affairs, etc.

the university, especially during this important transitional time, could have well used

The strategic planning process is well under-

the funding it lost in creative and constructive

way, and there have been 22 consultations

ways. MacEwan is currently experiencing

across our campuses on the draft Strategic

its largest enrolment ever, notwithstanding

Directions document. Work has begun on the

reduced circumstances, and we must argue

foundation plans which are intended to grow

vociferously against any further reductions

out of the strategic directions (although I real-

that would negatively impact the university.

david atkinson, President

MacEwan University

ize they have not been finalized or approved). As MacEwan University matures, its alumni The last year has been challenging for

voice will be increasingly heard. I am com-

MacEwan, as it experienced, along with other

mitted to working with the Alumni Advisory

Alberta post-secondary institutions very

Council and our Alumni Relations and Services

serious budget reductions. While this was

office to ensure a strong and vital alumni


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The task of rebranding an organization is sel-

We debated back and forth on what words

dom a simple one, but it can be done quickly

and phrases best expressed our identity and

if you’re prepared to cut corners. In an insti-

what makes us distinctive. In the end we

tution as large as MacEwan University, it was

crafted our University Pillars - eight big ideas

vital to provide everyone an opportunity to be

that define our core commitments as a uni-

a part of the process.

versity. The pillars lay the foundation for who

it was extensive in consultation. it involved passionate discussion.

we are and provide a framework for all future And it

Over the last year-and-a-half, more than

strategic and academic planning.

went well beyond its original scope – which

700 people took the time to provide valuable

is exactly what it should have done.

insight into who we are as an institution.

The importance of the University Pillars

We discussed our roots, our defining char-

cannot be overstated. We also produced a

As director of communications and market-

acteristics, where we’ve been and where we

positioning statement, a short paragraph that

ing, I had the privilege of seeing an amazing

think we are going. It became clear early on

defines our distinctive brand profile, purpose

rebranding process unfold. What began as a

that people were engaged and wanted to see

and benefit as a university.

simple exercise to update our logo with the

this done right. That meant four rounds of

word “university,” went on to become some-

consultation where, after gathering input, we

With the establishment of the brand we then

thing much greater, something much more

came back and asked: “Is this what you were

looked to create a logo and a visual identity

important. What we did was define our iden-

saying? Do these words best express the ideas

that defines our proud name and our image.

tity and provide a framework for our future.

we discussed? How can we make this better?”

Although it is not the most important thing

The ‘tower symbol’ represents our sense of place, and celebrates the distinctive heritage of the MacEwan University architecture, locale, and our future as a consolidated downtown campus at the heart of the city. And, in a more cultural way, it represents our sense of community… where people and ideas have come together to achieve extraordinary things. Read more about our brand story and join the conversation at

that came out of the rebranding process, it is

communication purposes and along with our

good things that make up MacEwan Univer-

the most visual and needed to represent us

new campaign that says, “With the right

sity’s world and form it into a new brand.

well. Several rounds of consultation were held

preparation, extraordinary happens,”

with both internal and external stakeholders

MacEwan University has begun to rebrand

It is a brand that clearly identifies that we are

as the specifics of the new logo were devel-

itself in the marketplace.

indeed a university; a university that is connected, engaged and inspired.

oped and then approved. Rebranding is not something that happens With the pillars and positioning statement

overnight – it happens over time. Even though

complete, and logo development well

surveys in 2011 said there was confusion as to

underway, we then worked hard to create a

whether we were a university, a college, or some-

ken schwanke, Director

tagline that summarizes our positioning and

thing else, those same surveys said that we

Office of Communications and Marketing

our brand promise; hence “Connected

have a glowing reputation in the post-second-

– Engaged – Inspired” was born. The tagline

ary world. It is this reputation that we have

is now being used for marketing and

built upon and that has helped us take all the

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2013 DISTINGUISHED ALUMNI AWARDS One of MacEwan University’s highly regarded awards, the Distinguished Alumni Award is presented to graduates who exhibit outstanding achievements or make significant contributions in one or more of the following areas: service to the community, business, the arts, human development, the environment, lifelong learning, post-secondary education, and/or government. Congratulations to the following recipients on receiving this honour.


Business Administration, 1976 Betty Cornelius is the founder and president

York in 2007, and at the American Association

of CANGRANDS National Kinship Support,

of Retired Persons (AARP) in Washington,

a grassroots organization dedicated to provid-

D.C. in 2008, as well as at the United Nations

ing information and support to 62,500 kinship

Youth round table in Ottawa.

children being raised by grandparents and After her mother’s murder in 1980, Betty has

other kinship family members.

also taken to speaking out on issues affecting Since being denied access to one grandchild

victims of violence. She is also driven to con-

and rescuing another from an abusive living

tinue learning about Fetal Alcohol Spectrum

situation, Betty has advocated for kin-children

Disorder, Radical Attachment Disorders and

and kin-headed households. She works tire-

behaviour modification. With a background

lessly to provide moral and emotional support

in business, addictions and social psychology,

to kinship families.

Betty thrives on making things happen.

Since 1997, Betty has fought to get Ontario

On top of all she does, Betty works part-time

grandparents rights and was instrumental in

as a mental health support worker and has

getting Bill 210 passed – commonly known

fostered 32 children over the past 30 years.

as the kinship bill. She spoke at the First International Kinship Conference, held in New


Accounting, 1991 Lifelong entrepreneur Don Caron grew up in

he led a multimillion-dollar transaction to

a family of entrepreneurs. Rather than follow

purchase the company and took it public.

in his family members’ footsteps, Don chose

Today, Don is chairman, president and CEO

to enrol in accounting at MacEwan.

of Bri-Chem, North America’s largest drilling fluids distributor operating from 25 national

After graduating, he worked for a number of

warehouse locations.

national accounting firms and relished the variety of working with a diverse group of

Don actively volunteers as an instructor and

businesses. The family entrepreneurial spirit

mentor for various youth sports groups and

emerged when he and his brother co-founded

raises funds for community sport associa-

a private equity group. The company special-

tions and select charities. He was a former

ized in taking an active interest in the man-

director of the Edmonton Petroleum Club and

agement and growth of public and private

for numerous private and public companies.

diversified companies, but Don wasn’t ready

He was also the recipient of Ernst & Young’s

to stop there.

Entrepreneur of the Year award last year.

In 2007, after searching for a “highly-scalable business and finding one in Bri-Chem Corp.,

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International Business and Supply Chain Management, 2005 As the founder of, Mark Holoway-

reports, attending presentations and providing

chuk grew his company from $1,000 in sales to

guidance and feedback throughout the process.

a multimillion-dollar corporation in five short

He readily uses his personal experiences to help

years. Today, is one of Canada’s

mentor and educate students.

largest online health supplement stores. Originally starting out in his basement, Mark now

Mark also launched,

carries over 5,000 products and runs his busi-

a website dedicated to providing feedback

ness out of a 5,000-square-foot warehouse.

and reviews on health products. He founded the Edmonton Internet Millions Mastermind

Mark regularly returns to MacEwan University

Group, a monthly get-together for local Inter-

to mentor students in the School of Business.

net entrepreneur. Mark was also named one of

During his visits, he discusses the benefits

Edmonton’s “Sizzlers” in 2010.

and the challenges of owning and running an e-business and participates in the e-business challenge, which involves reading student


Arts and Cultural Management, 2003 Dr. Jared Tabler is the vice-president of

Avenue magazine, for which he is the former

operations for ICOM Productions, created the

fashion editor, named Jared one of Edmon-

Style Guy fashion blog and founded market-

ton’s “Top 40 Under 40” in 2009. The follow-

ing firm McQueen Creative.

ing year he was nominated for the Caldwell Partner’s national “Top 40 Under 40” award.

Jared’s early enthusiasm for theatre and volunteerism played a significant role in his deci-

In 2009, he received a Horizon Interactive

sion to enrol in the Arts and Cultural Manage-

Gold Award with ICOM Productions, an

ment program. After graduating, Jared

e-learning company that creates online train-

became a consultant, working with numerous

ing solutions. Alberta Venture named ICOM,

clients in the areas of marketing, strategic

under Jared’s leadership, one of the Fast

planning, organizational development and

Growth 50 companies for 2013. Jared embod-

branding. Jared believes in building strong

ies many MacEwan University values includ-

communities and as such has volunteered his

ing lifelong learning, excellence, community,

time to many arts, culture and human service

collaboration, diversity and individuality,

organizations including Big Brothers & Big

innovation, and leadership.

Sisters, HIV Edmonton, Exposure Festival, United Way of the Alberta Capital Region, Theatre Alberta and the Alberta Ballet.


Disability Studies: Leadership and Community, 2007 Ben is passionate about helping people and

He also regularly writes for the Creativity Post,

organizations enhance their creative capac-

gives keynotes, curates content for Think Jar

ity in order to come up with better quality

Collective and consults across Canada.

solutions and services. In addition to being the founder of Think Jar Collective, Ben is the

Ben has had a tremendous impact on the lives

Senior Leader of Research and Organizational

of people with developmental disabilities in

Learning at a large NGO called SKILLS Society

Edmonton. He is a true community builder

in Canada. In this role, he regularly facili-

and embodies the belief that strong com-

tates a think tank lab using design thinking

munities have the capacity to recognize and

and creative processes he developed with a

appreciate the gifts of all citizens.

research group during his graduate studies.

An educational and enlightening feature sharing the facts and figures about MacEwan University

MacEwan is 41 years old and has had six logos since its inception

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16 exterior building signs and 51 directional signs were changed in the first phase

30ft 0ft

new official colours: Nine alumni were involved in the rebranding creative development (including video, music and photography)

The banner on the side of the Robbins Health Learning Centre is 60 feet high

since MacEwan’s last rebrand

x 100 More than 700 participants were involved in four rounds of consultations

new logo concepts were reviewed

new banners were installed

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ALUMNI AND FRIENDS HONOURED AS TOP 40 UNDER 40 Each year, Avenue Magazine’s “Top 40 Under 40” recognizes individuals who are leaders in their field, and whose passions and professions have helped raise the city’s profile through growth and change. Congratulations to the following alumni and friends of MacEwan University who were honoured.


JANELLE AKER Journalism, 2005

DON BERNER, Friend of MacEwan University

IRFAN CHAUDHRY, Bachelor of Arts, 2003

When Janelle was a student in MacEwan’s jour-

Don has been called one of Canada’s fastest

Irfan holds a masters degree in Criminal

nalism program, she had dreams of writing for

rising saxophone stars. In addition to appear-

Justice and is an instructor in the Depart-

Transworld or Thrasher magazine, as she loved

ing alongside such notable jazz luminaries

ment of Sociology at MacEwan University.

skateboarding most of her life. Over time, her

as Juno Award winner P.J. Perry, Bobby

He was awarded the Royal Commonwealth

writing inspirations changed, but her passion to

Shew, and Hugh Fraser, he has performed

Youth Service Award for his work with the

share people’s stories hasn’t.

at Edmonton’s Jazz City Festival, Yardbird

Youth Restorative Action Project and won the

Suite, Calgary’s “Beatniq”, Saskatoon’s “The

Centre for Race and Culture anti-racism ini-

She has worked in Edmonton’s not-for-profit

Bassment”, and Vancouver’s “The Cellar”.

tiative for his work with the Mosquers Mus-

sector for nearly 10 years, most of which were

Don has also been a featured artist at the

lim Youth Amateur Film Festival, which he

in the homeless community with a focus on

Montreal Jazz Festival.

helped co-found. He is currently completing

housing. It was her journalism education that

his PhD, researching which parts of Canada Don can be heard on numerous CDs includ-

have the largest number of racist tweets and

ing his own debut CD, “Sextet,” his second

how this, if at all, relates to the amount of

Her personal life has also transformed into

album, “Fortress of Solitude,” and his brand

reported hate crimes in those same cities.

a “labour of love” career, as she cofounded

new album “The Don Berner Sextet Invades

a website with her partner, Terah Jans.

Calgary,” which has been charting all over

“I Dig Your Girlfriend” was created to share

Canada and is the subject of a recent CBC

stories, information and to support Edmon-

recording. He has performed on CBC’s

ton’s LGBT*Q community. The website’s

Hockey Night in Canada and numerous

success has been built on the honest voices

radio and TV specials.

made it all possible.

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of their friends and writers who have shared their personal experiences of being in a mar-

He has also been nominated for the TD

ginalized community and how equality issues

Canada Trust Jazz award, the Galaxie Rising

affect Edmonton as a whole.

Star Award, and several Mayoral Arts Awards.

ELLEN CHORLEY, Theatre Arts, 2004

Audiences and Outstanding Independent Production. She is also the recipient of the

Ellen is an Edmonton-based playwright,

Nextfest Emerging Artist Award and has been

producer, performer and theatre instructor.

nominated for the Mayor Celebration of the

She is the founder/artistic director and

Arts awards on two occasions.

festival producer of Promise Productions, a theatre for young audiences that produces

As an actor, Ellen has performed on stages all

the Snow Globe Festival of Children’s Theatre

over Alberta and Western Canada. Ellen serves

every December. Ellen has written and

as artistic associate for Edmonton’s Northern

produced a number of plays including

Light Theatre, and works as a drama group

Murielle, which received the 2013 Sterling

leader at the Autism Society of Edmonton.

Award for Outstanding Production for Young

RONA FRASER, Arts Administration, 2000

After graduating, Rona started her dream

Daughter Ball.Over the years, the company

career in event management and fund

has evolved into specializing with working for

development. Working with SJ Event Man-

non-profit organizations, with over a million

agement, she learned how to produce and

dollars being raised for worthwhile causes

promote world-class events. In 2001 she

including The Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospi-

and her husband started their own event

tal Foundation, The Canadian Cancer Society

management company, Event Energy,

and Ronald McDonald House. Ten years

which has become a full-service event com-

ago, she did the grand opening for the Nina

pany serving all of Western Canada. Rona

Haggerty Centre for the Arts and continued to

has worked on a variety of events including

work for the centre on a contract basis which

the Alberta Music Awards, Edmonton’s May-

led to her current part-time position as their

or’s Celebration for the Arts and the Daddy

director of Development.


MacEwan University After receiving her Master of Fine Arts in

migrant story based on Jessica’s great-great

Writing from the University of Victoria,

grandmother who stayed behind in Calabria,

Jessica returned to Edmonton in the hopes of

Italy while the rest of her family migrated to

finding meaningful, relevant employment. In

Canada during the 1950s.

just a few months, she was hired at MacEwan University as an instructor in the Bachelor

Two chapters of her book received recogni-

of Communication Studies program.

tion before publication: “Scattered” won the 2012 Other Voices Creative Non-Fiction

During her first year of teaching she edited

contest and “Traces” was shortlisted for the

and completed her first book, Rosina, the

Writers Guild of Alberta’s James H. Gray

Midwife, which was released this past March

Alberta Literary Award in the summer of

and was on The Edmonton Journal’s list

2011. Jessica is currently working on another

of best sellers for ten weeks. The book is a

book project which is a novel set in Alberta.

SORIN MIHAILOVICI, Design Studies, 2008

Sorin wears many hats throughout the day,

exposes the world’s most notorious scams and

keeping busy with production work at OMNI

educates the consumer on how to avoid them.

Television and City, as well as running a mobile app and producing his own TV series.

Sorin is also the producer of his own TV

At OMNI Television, Sorin is responsible

series called Travel by Dart. Every episode,

for the development and implementation of

Sorin and his friend Matt Cook throw a dart

diversity-related programming. He is also

at the world’s map and travel wherever it

the producer of the ‘DiverseCity’ segment on

lands, with the purpose of helping the land

Breakfast Television.

or the people. Whether it’s about building a school in Uganda or a library in the West

Sorin is also the founder of the world’s largest

Indies, Sorin and Matt are always ready to

fraud prevention mobile app, Scam Detector,

roll up their sleeves.

accessible on iPhones and Android. The app

CAROL NEUMAN, Executive Leadership in the

Non-Profit Sector, 2012 Carol is executive director of the Alberta Stu-

She is also an active community builder,

dents Executive Council - an advocacy group

serving as a member of the Winter City strat-

representing 175,000 students from across

egy think tank, Edmonton Economic Develop-

the province. Her organization has worked to

ment Corporation’s Downtown Vibrancy Task

develop solutions for students ranging from

Force, a board member at LitFest: Edmonton’s

the Serving Communities Internship Pro-

Non-Fiction Festival, and community co-chair

gram, to the Alberta Campus Mental Health

for Edmonton NextGen. Earlier this year,

Innovation fund, to advocating for new

Carol also founded the 10 Mile Meal project,

strategies to expand access to post-secondary

a new initiative that celebrates vernacular

programs for rural and northern students.

prairie cuisine.

MICHELLE PONICH, Journalism, 2006

Since graduating, Michelle has gone on to

During her time with the EDSS, Michelle has

establish herself as one of Edmonton’s vision-

established the organization on an equal play-

aries in the not-for-profit sector, an area that

ing field with other like-sized charities in

she has great passion for. For over three years

Edmonton. Her deep-rooted belief in people

she worked in the area of development with

born with Down Syndrome has provided her

the Alberta Cancer Foundation forwarding

the drive and passion to not only bring vision

their mission and raising funds to support

to the society, but change perceptions in our

research and cancer care in Alberta. In 2010,

communities. Michelle also dedicates her

Michelle accepted the position of executive

personal time as a board member with CTV’s

director with the Edmonton Down Syndrome

Good Neighbour Fund, the Motorcycle Ride

Society (EDSS), becoming the first paid staff

for Dad and Bryan’s Angels.

person in the organization’s 24 year history.

photo credit : claudine lavoie photogr aphy

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ship and Community, 2007 Ben is passionate about helping people and

He also regularly writes for the Creativity

organizations enhance their creative capacity

Post,  gives keynotes, curates content for

in order to come up with better quality solu-

Think Jar Collective and consults 

tions and services. In addition to being the

across Canada.

founder of Think Jar Collective, Ben is the Senior Leader of Research and Organizational

Ben has had a tremendous impact on the lives

Learning at a large NGO called SKILLS Soci-

of people with developmental disabilities in

ety in Canada. In this role, he regularly facili-

Edmonton. He is a true community builder

tates a think tank lab using design thinking

and embodies the belief that strong com-

and creative processes he developed with a

munities have the capacity to recognize and

research group during his graduate studies.

appreciate the gifts of all citizens.

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Lafferty’s journey into the world of supporting

the resource centre within each participating

students began at MacEwan University, where

school. Dubbed the Braided Journeys room,

she was initially focused on getting into the

it serves as a home base for students seeking

field of nursing. While enrolled at MacEwan,

information on post-secondary schooling,

she became heavily involved with the school’s

scholarships, events, volunteer opportuni-

Aboriginal Education Centre. “I would do

ties, or simply a place to hang out and feel as

things like go to high schools and speak to

though they belong. “This is a place where

aboriginal students about my experiences in

students feel comfortable. I’m here to support

post-secondary,” she says. “The Aboriginal

them, while other staff may come in and do

Education Centre got me volunteering with

teachings. It is a piece of the school that these

Edmonton Public Schools, and all sorts of

students can call their own.”

other things involved with youth. That’s what

Within every child lies a potential that can often surprise us.

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really helped change my mind and led me to

When asked what the most rewarding aspect of

get involved in teaching.”

her job is, Lafferty responds without hesitation.

This is a fact that for-

“Graduation day is by far the most rewarding

mer MacEwan student Anita Lafferty witnesses

It was at this time when Lafferty met her cur-

thing,” she states. “The excitement, the hype,

on a daily basis. In her role as graduation coach

rent boss Pamela Sparklingeyes, who was work-

seeing the parents so happy, it’s just the most

at St Joseph’s Catholic High School in Edmon-

ing in the Aboriginal Education Centre and who

magical day.” Additionally, the Aboriginal

ton, Lafferty works directly with First Nations,

encouraged Lafferty to get involved with youth.

Learning Services department of Edmonton

Metis, and Inuit students (FNMI), helping

“I would basically volunteer and tutor students

Catholic Schools puts on an honouring ceremo-

them overcome obstacles that may prevent

whenever Pam asked,” she says. Such passion

ny for all FNMI graduates each year. “It gets

the realization of their full capacity.

and work ethic clearly didn’t go unnoticed.

bigger and bigger each year, to the point where

“When I finished my degree, I contacted Pam to

we have to start looking at bigger venues.”

Edmonton Catholic Schools established the

let her know and to ask if she knew of any avail-

FNMI Graduation Coach Program in 2009 in

able positions. She replied immediately, and a

Having been working at St. Joseph’s for three

response to the unacceptably low number of

week later I was in an interview.”

years now, Lafferty has seen many students

FNMI students completing high school. In the

graduate and go on to post-secondary educa-

short time that the program has been in effect, it

Reflecting upon her educational journey,

tion, with some still keeping in touch. “It’s

has been a resounding success, bringing gradua-

Lafferty speaks very highly of her experience

always so nice to hear from them,” she says.

tion rates amongst FNMI students at St. Joseph’s

at MacEwan. “It is a fantastic, dynamic place.

“It’s great to see how well they are doing, and

from 14 percent to an impressive 60 percent.

The Aboriginal Centre was like my family, and

I will probably get some of them to volunteer,

it allowed me to really get involved in a lot of

keeping the circle going the way it did for

The success of the Graduation Coach Program is

other things.” Lafferty even went on to become

me.” With such a passion for helping others

a combination of the support given by coaches

president of MacEwan’s Aboriginal Student

succeed, Lafferty will undoubtedly inspire nu-

such as Lafferty with a more personal, self-

Club, hosting events such as Cultural Days as

merous students to find that potential within

directed style of learning for the students. “It’s

well as developing relationships with faculty

themselves to truly shine.

a lot like university,” says Lafferty. “They attend

that continue to this day.

seminars once or twice a week, then largely work on their own. My job is to make sure they are on

Cultural awareness is an important compo-

track, check their progress, and make sure they

nent of the Graduation Coach Program, the

meet the requirements to graduate.”

success of which Lafferty credits largely to

Our heroes don’t wear capes. They wear gowns. WE ARE CURRENTLY SEEKING NOMINATIONS FOR THE 2014 DISTINGUISHED ALUMNI AWARDS. Do you know of a MacEwan University alumnus that has made a significant contribution to our community or who has achieved inspiring success? Each year at Convocation, MacEwan University recognizes the achievements of Distinguished Alumni and their contribution to the university and our community.

Distinguished Alumni awards are open to all MacEwan University graduates. To be considered, a good candidate will have exhibited an outstanding achievement or made an outstanding contribution in one or more of the following areas: • Service to the community • Business • The arts • The environment • Lifelong learning • Government • MacEwan through various channels Anyone may nominate an alumnus, or themselves and there is no limit to the number of times a candidate may be nominated. The deadline for nomination is: December 31, 2013 Nomination forms are available online: alumni news fall / winter


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and nerve-racking experiences”, she states. “School really helped me feel more comfortable with being a manager, as well as making decisions on all aspects of my business.” Leclair first heard of the Arts and Cultural


Management Program after deciding to transition away from a career as a performer. “I originally didn’t have much intention on going to school,” she says. “When I wanted to stop performing, I realized I should get some kind of professional training if I wanted to still be involved in the arts. MacEwan really sounded appealing.” Leclair is very enthusiastic when speaking of her time in the program. “It was very unique,”


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a few. However, Pique stands out by focusing

she says. “I got a lot of opportunities that

exclusively on adult students, providing a ser-

changed my perspective on the Edmonton

vice previously unavailable to Edmontonians.

arts scene. Getting a behind-the-scenes look at the Edmonton Opera, the Alberta Ballet,

The idea for the studio first came to Leclair

and touring a variety of facilities lets you see a

while she was attending MacEwan. Having

side of things you just don’t understand when

danced since she was a young girl, she was

you are part of the audience.”

able to earn a living after high school by performing professionally, working on a cruise

In particular, Leclair identifies the field

ship and as a cheerleader for the Winnipeg

placement element of the program as being

Blue Bombers. Wanting to maintain her skills

of great value in preparing her for entry

while in post-secondary, she quickly became

into the working world. “You actually get to

frustrated while trying to find appropriate

work while also being mentored,” she states.

instruction. “It can be uncomfortable in

“During our two-month placement, all of the

For many young artists, it can be difficult to decide between following one’s

classes where you are the only person older

students would get together periodically for

than 16. Then one day it hit me; I should

workshops, and share our experiences.”

passion or to choose a more stable

open a studio just for adults!”

career direction.

With Pique Dance Centre now open for busi-

For Jeanelle Leclair,

choosing was simply not an option. The gradu-

Transforming the idea into reality didn’t hap-

ness, the base of happy customers continues to

ate of MacEwan’s Arts and Cultural Manage-

pen overnight, nor was it a process without

grow. In fact, a graduate of MacEwan’s Theatre

ment program instead decided to pave her own

significant challenges. “Nothing goes as you’d

Arts Program who had been cast in the musi-

road, incorporating both her love of dance with

expect it to, and everything that does happen

cal Mary Poppins, yet had no previous dance

a strong entrepreneurial spirit.As a result of

is totally unexpected,” Leclair says with a

training recently approached Leclair. “I love

both hard work and true passion, Leclair now

laugh. Yet she is quick to credit her education

working with these customers,” says Leclair.

owns and operates her very own dance studio

with equipping her to deal with many of the

“I almost feel like a consultant.”

in downtown Edmonton.

difficulties associated with starting a business in the arts industry. “My program really

Having successfully made the transition from

Pique Dance Centre opened its doors in

helped prepare me, particularly in regards

performance to business ownership, working

August of 2013, offering instruction to students

to marketing, market research, managing

within the art form she so loves is very re-

from beginners to advanced dancers looking

finances, and finding funding,” she says.

warding for Leclair. “I know that I’m making a lot of people happy. They aren’t worried

to refine their skills. The studio offers an incredibly diverse range of classes, cover-

Dealing with commercial realtors, bankers,

about it being uncomfortable for them to

ing staple genres such as jazz and tap while

and finding the perfect location for the studio

learn, and that makes me feel like I’m really

additionally providing expert guidance in

stand out to Leclair as the most arduous parts

contributing to the dance community.”

Afro-Cuban, African, and soca styles to name

of the process. “Those were really challenging

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this year marked the seventh annual alumni night of theatre

event held at the

John L. Haar Theatre, Faculty of Fine Arts and Communications campus. Over 250 alumni had the opportunity to catch up with old friends while enjoying hors d’oeuvres and wine before heading into the theatre to watch the performance of Carrie: The Musical. Carrie: The Musical tells the tale of an awkward ugly duckling who transforms into an avenging swan. After years of struggling at home with a domineering mother and harassed at school by vindictive bullies, Carrie White is awakened to her telekinetic powers. The musical explores outsiders, being misunderstood and struggling to make human connections.

As in previous years, the Theatre Arts students and staff put on an amazing show and a great time was had by all.

Carrie: The Musical Photos provided by Epic Photography

I wanted to pass on a big thank you! My guest and I had a great time at the show. The performance was fantastic and the food was amazing. This was my first time attending and I’m happy to say that the evening was very enjoyable. I am very grateful to be a MacEwan alumni! carmen krysa,

Office Assistant, 2006

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the move proved to be the right one, marking

being home roughly 4 or 5 days a month.

the beginning of a most rewarding journey

“When my two-and-a-half year old daughter

into the world of patient care.

asked me, ‘Are you going to visit me again today Daddy’ I knew I had to make a change.”

At present, Soles is the president and lead therapist of Salutaris Centre, a leading-edge

While contemplating his next move, Soles

therapeutic clinic specializing in the treatment of

glanced over the notes of a friend who hap-

lymphedema. This condition is the result of an

pened to be a massage therapist. “I sat and

improperly functioning lymphatic system that

read her notes and realized that this is what I

can result in chronically swollen regions of the

want to do. I came back and told my business

body, with many sufferers finding limited relief

associate that I was leaving the firm to become

through standard medical avenues. Interestingly,

a massage therapist.” Within 4 months, Soles

the three other therapists who work at Salutaris,

had wrapped up his commitments and was

Lee Saunders, Leila Power and Shaunna Leclair

enrolled at MacEwan University.

are all MacEwan graduates. In speaking of his experience at MacEwan, sometimes, it is the unexpected decisions

Prior to delving into massage therapy, Soles’s

Soles is very complimentary of the school’s

that truly define our lives.

consulting career was already well-estab-

focus on working with each student to sup-

deciding at age 38 to abandon a successful

lished and prosperous, yet not without sacri-

port their learning. “As a 38 year-old business

career as a management consultant to enroll

fice. “My career was going better and better,

guy, they really helped put together a pro-

in MacEwan’s Massage Therapy program may

but my life was getting worse and worse,”

gram that met my particular needs, enabling

have seemed crazy to some. However,

says Soles, describing long work weeks and

me to enter this field. They worked with my

For Ian Soles,

knowledge and experience to help me become

I could learn a technique to save a child’s leg,

the University of Calgary. Soles is extremely

a better therapist.”

I would really have done something worth-

optimistic about this venture, “We hope this

while in this world.” Consequently, one of

research will help us understand how the lym-

Upon graduation in 1994, Soles was of-

Soles later patients would be only the second

phatic system actually functions, and hopefully

fered the opportunity to purchase Elements

person in Canada to have a lymphatic vessel

find a cure for lymphedema.” With this area of

Wholistic Centre, a business owned by one

transplant, with the Vodder technique being

anatomy very poorly understood, Soles hopes

of his instructors. “Of greatest importance to

critical to their rehabilitation.

that this program will help establish a whole

my success early on was the seriousness with

new area of medical specialization.

which the instructors taught the hands-on

After several years of practice, Soles was

work,” Soles says. “Good technical skills are

approached by Edmonton philanthropists

It has been a long and winding road for Soles,

imperative, and the instructors at MacEwan

Dianne and Irving Kipnes, regarding treat-

one that was truly guided by a passion for

really understood this.” As a result, not one of

ment of Dianne’s chronic lymphedema. Their

people. “This line of work is not like an office

the 25 clients/week left as a result of the prac-

discussions evolved into their partnering in

job, its really about touching people’s lives.”

tice changing ownership, firmly establishing

the establishment of Salutaris Centre in 2010,

With such an enduring enthusiasm for helping

Soles within his new field.

with the goal of helping advance the treat-

others, it is clear that Soles choice to follow his

ment of this poorly understood disease for the

heart and completely change careers wasn’t

benefit of the wider population.

quite so crazy after all.

Shortly after starting his practice, Soles attended a demonstration of the Vodder Method of Manual Lymph Drainage; a technique that

Furthering this commitment, the Dianne &

had a proven track record of reducing lymph-

Irving Kipnes Foundation donated $5 mil-

edema. Soles reveals being truly inspired to

lion in September of 2013 to fund a Lymph-

learn the Vodder Method, stating, “I felt that if

edema Research and Education program at

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With an endless amount of help and support

your perspective of the world diversifies and

from MacEwan International, I found myself

you look at things differently, which is exactly

in the United Kingdom studying Fashion

what some employers are looking for.

Journalism at the University for the Creative Arts (UCA). After finishing her term in London, Taylor I chose UCA for a number of reasons.

Blades returned to MacEwan where she is

The Fashion Journalism campus is located in

currently finishing her diploma in Public

Epsom, which is an hour away from London,

Relations. She also received her Bachelor

and how could I say no to London? I also

of Applied Communications in Professional

wanted a program that would challenge my

Writing this past November. She hopes to

i always promised myself that i would

skills as a communicator and introduce me

return to the UK in the future to pursue a

travel the world one day.

to new ideas and concepts.

career in fashion journalism.

It’s much easier

said than done. Why? Because one minute you’re ready to explore the world and the next

I’ve had people ask me if the Education

minute you’re using excuses like, “but it is so

Abroad Program was worth it. My answer is

The most important lesson I learned from

far away” and “I’ll just travel next year.” I was

always yes. Taking part in the program was

my exchange was that anything is possible if

caught in this cycle for quite some time, until

one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.

you set your mind to it. I never realized how

one day I had a moment of bravery. And in

I experienced so much in the UK and I would

capable or determined I was until I found my-

this resolve, I told myself that I was going to

do it all over again without a second thought.

self in a different country away from everyone

travel, no more excuses.

and everything that I knew. MacEwan’s I had the opportunity to learn from some of the

Education Abroad Program helped me realize

The challenge was, I was still enrolled in

industry professionals who influence the Lon-

how captivating the world is and how study-

the Bachelor of Applied Communications

don fashion scene, and I ended up going there

ing abroad can truly change your life.

program and I wasn’t about to drop out of the

at least once a week to experience it firsthand.

program, but I knew that my desire to travel wasn’t going anywhere. So I began to look for

In a professional sense, I believe that my

options and came across MacEwan’s

study abroad term helped to set me apart

Education Abroad Program.

from other graduates. When you go abroad,


time at McMaster, Desi received multiple

Doctoral Supplement from the Social Sciences &

awards, including a Joseph Bombardier

Humanities Research Council and Sport Canada

Canadian Graduate Scholarship from the

for his PhD.

Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council and numerous internal university awards.

Additionally, as the majority of Canada’s population is insufficiently physically active, he is in-

While working on his masters’ degree, one of

volved in research that assesses how individuals

his studies was published in The Journal of

can improve their physical activity behaviours.

Psychology of Sport & Exercise, and the

At the same time, he works with multiple sports

Huffington Post wrote about his findings

teams from Edmonton and the Lower Mainland

who, after hearing about his interests

leading up to the 2012 London Olympics.

as a sport psychology consultant.

and passions, suggested he pursue a doc-

In 2012, his assistance as a sport psychology

torate in sports psychology.

consultant with a local women’s curling team

Desi’s long-term goals include completing

turned into a ‘light bulb’ moment for Desi and

was acknowledged by the team’s skip at the

a doctoral dissertation followed by a one-or

thus began his educational journey. He says

provincials for Alberta in articles in the

two-year post-doctorate degree, and eventu-

that this type of support from staff and faculty

Edmonton Journal and Edmonton Sun.

ally work as a professor in sport and exercise

when desi mcewan first stepped on campus in

2005, he met with an advisor

This advice

psychology. He plans to continue to work as a

members, including Dr. Rodney Schmaltz and Dr. Lynne Honey, distinguishes MacEwan

This fall, after completing his master’s degree

sport psychology consultant and hopes to one

from other universities.

at McMaster, Desi packed up again and moved

day work as a consultant at the Olympics.

out west to pursue his PhD at the University of When he was nearing the end of his fourth

British Columbia where his focus is on teamwork

year, Desi began his cross-Canada application

in sport. He is interested in learning how sports

process for graduate school. After receiving

teams achieve their goals and what maximizes

acceptance offers at all three of the schools he

their effectiveness. He has again received a Joseph

applied to, he ended up choosing McMaster

Bombardier Canadian Graduate Scholarship as

University in Hamilton, Ontario. During his

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the definition of the PRME within a Canadian

Graduates will have met the academic require-

context,” said Elsie Elford, Dean of the School

ments for the Certified in Management (C.I.M.)

of Business.

and Professional Manager (P.Mgr.) designations.

Former Deputy Prime Minister, the Honour-

The Bachelor of Commerce program will be

able A. Anne McLellan, delivered a keynote

graduating its first cohort of Marketing and

address. In her presentation “From Board-

Human Resources Management majors in

room to Classroom: Fostering Sustainable

spring of 2014.

Business is about constantly reacting, adapting and prospering; and business at

Management,” McLellan advocated that promoting sustainable thinking is more than

Lastly, the annual Student Business Confer-

MacEwan University is good.

just talk, it is also about integrating ideas into

ence (SBC), will take place on Wednesday

our core values.

March 5, 2014 at the Shaw Conference Centre. The conference will welcome students

Earlier this year, the School of Business, welcomed more than 80 academics, students

Attitudes in business have long been shaped

from across the university, as well as business

and businesspeople from across Canada to

by a focus on profit and financial return on

leaders from in and around the Edmonton

e3 = Earth, Education, Economics — the first

investment. A growing number of business

area. This year, SBC will feature a business

Principles for Responsible Management

leaders are demanding change and embracing

mixer which will provide students and busi-

Education (PRME) Canada Regional Meeting.

sustainability as not just an idea, but also as a

ness professionals with a great networking

necessity. Changing attitudes throughout the

opportunity. For more information on the

PRME is a United Nations Global Compact

business community starts with the percep-

conference and how you can get involved

initiative. The principles serve as a frame-

tions impressed upon students on their road


work for management and business educa-

to becoming the business leaders of tomorrow.

tion schools to develop future thought and business leaders in terms of sustainable and

In other news……

responsible management. The Business Management program, “In hosting the first PRME regional meeting

(formerly Management Studies), received

within Canada, we hope this nationwide

national accreditation from the Canadian

discussion will continue towards establishing

Institute of Management this past August.

CAREER TIPS, TRICKS AND TRENDS from Karly Gerlach, employer relations specialist at MacEwan University Career Services.

how often do you hear the word networking and think of an awkward business mixer?

In reality, we are actually

networking every day; building and maintaining relationships by sharing information and resources. We generally do this inside and outside the office, but if you see others being promoted over you or are never asked to lead new projects, the reason could be a lack of internal networking. Internal networking is as simple as engaging in daily conversation with your colleagues to build rapport, learn ways to collaborate and share ideas. It can allow you to uncover information that inspires new initiatives or ways to contribute to the team. Managers tend to value someone who is involved, trusted by others and invested in the success of the organization. A few simple ways to become an expert internal networker are:

TICKETS for all Griffins court sports home games:

ADULTS $ 5 STUDENTS/SENIORS $ 2 Season passes are also available.

Get involved in training, orientation or

mentoring new hires

Organize an office fundraising event,

new program or sports team

Attend office functions

Ask a colleague to lunch who you have

never connected with before and try not

to eat lunch alone

Find ways to help a colleague

Internal networking is not for “suck-

ups” or gossips. It is building valuable

connections with colleagues and

receiving recognition from management.

You might even have fun along the way!

If you have questions regarding this topic or any career related questions you would like answered, please email with “Career Corner” as the subject line.

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Q. Why did you choose to attend

A. I volunteered at the Rainbow Society,

MacEwan University?

a children’s charity granting wishes to chronically ill children. Through helping the charity

A. I’ve always been interested in Marketing,

develop their fundraising materials, I met

and MacEwan had an excellent reputation for

people in the industry and eventually landed

its Advertising and Public Relations program.

my first job at Capital Raceway managing

I remember reading the course outline and

their media relations. I didn’t know the first

saying, “yep, this is for me!”

thing about cars, racing or motor sports, but I was delighted to take on the challenge.

Q. What are your most vivid memories of

I even managed to drive a sprint car, which

your time at MacEwan?

was pretty neat, and got to experience million-dollar sponsorship activation in action.

Leslie Horne, a 1994 Advertising and Public Relations graduate, has a pretty sweet life. She lives in Edinburgh,

studied together, socialized together and

Q. How did your MacEwan University

Scotland – surely one of the most magical,

really supported one another throughout the

education prepare you?

romantic cities on earth. She works in her

entire journey. Many of these friends are still

dream job, as a global marketing manager for

in my life today and we continue to support

A. Although I majored in public relations,

Genius Gluten-Free Foods, and spends her

one another personally and professionally.

most of my career has been spent as a mar-

A. The friends I met along the way. We all

spare time enjoying a number of food-related

keteer. The Advertising and Public Relations

interests. We caught up with her to talk about

Q. How did you land your first job

program provided enough diversity to allow

her career, her life and the role that MacEwan

after graduating?

me to move into various marketing and PR

University has played in her success.

roles, which in turn enabled me to fine tune

Q. What’s your current job?

the direction that was best suited for my

Working in the UK has also been very reward-

skills, talents and aspirations. However, the

ing. I’ve been blessed to work with some

writing skills I developed while at MacEwan

globally-recognized agencies and brands. The

A. I am a global marketing manager for Genius

have been invaluable. Not only have I had to

caliber of work and energy that comes out

Gluten Free Foods, an amazing growing com-

manage PR firms and write countless market-

of London is phenomenal and I would never

pany based out of Edinburgh. It’s my dream job

ing briefs, the skills enabled me to pursue my

have had some of the career and life-changing

as it’s in gluten-free food, which is my passion,

passion as a food writer and blogger.

experiences had I stayed in Canada. It’s been

and I get to work around the world.

tough, but amazing at the same time.

Q. What do you do for fun?

Q. How is living/working in the UK different than in Canada?

A. Nothing really prepared me for working in

Q. What would you advise a student who was interested in working within the food &

A. I eat. I cruise around grocery stores and

drink industry?

markets looking at packaging and for new and interesting products. I started my own web-

the UK. The first couple of years were pretty tough, especially coming into a new country

A. Start working in the industry at any

site,, where I create

in the depths of a recession. Finding work

capacity. That could mean working as a

gluten-free versions of my all time favourite

had its challenges, many of which I attribute

server in a restaurant or at the local grocer,

recipes. I’m big into recipe development,

to cultural attitudes, lack of connections and

or starting a food blog and getting familiar

food photography, food writing (restaurant

understanding of my work experience. Also,

with social media. People who work in this

reviews) and entertaining. I also love travel-

they use different marketing terms and over-

industry are very passionate, outgoing and

ling and trying new cuisines. Living in Europe

all language than we do in Canada so trying to

sometimes downright crazy. But it’s amazing

lends itself well to this!

understand a conversation can be challeng-

how much fun working in an industry that is

ing. What worked to my advantage was my

fuelled by passion can be. You have to love

North American experience, which many

food, love people and love to eat and drink.

companies saw as beneficial in developing

No dieters allowed!

their export strategies.

Angela Miniaci

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PUBLIC RELATIONS, 2005 If I could dine alone with anyone from any period in history, it would be: princess diana

If I could be one age for the rest of my life it would be: 29

One book everyone should read:

Cats or dogs?

pride and prejudice by jane austen


One movie everyone should see:

Greatest accomplishment since graduating from MacEwan University:

the breakfast club

One song that would be on the soundtrack of my life:


over the rainbow by israel

If I could eliminate one insect from the earth, it would be:



Favourite place on campus:

My favorite childhood television show:


full house

Favourite place traveled:

My MacEwan experience in one word:

london, england


One thing I never leave home without: iphone

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take it outdoors

take it indoors

Embracing winter can be fun and great for

If the thought of getting outside to exercise

your health too. Cross-country skiing, downhill

makes you shiver, take your workout indoors.

skiing/snowboarding, snowshoeing and ice

Join a gym, this will allow you a variety of

skating are major calorie burners and a great

physical activities to choose from every week.

workout for your legs and core muscles, as well

Sign up for a class: whether it’s Zumba, kick-

as your heart. Skating for 30 minutes burns

boxing, weight lifting, swimming or Pilates,

approximately the same calories as jogging for

a scheduled activity will help you commit to

the same amount of time. If you don’t know

staying physically active. If you like to bike,

how, take a lesson or rent the equipment to try

try a spin class. Group classes are motivating

it out. It will challenge you and keep you fit.

and can keep you in cycling shape over the winter. To make it easier, ask a friend to join

staying active during the winter months

Go out and play! Make it a family activity and

you. Having someone to work out with will

Do you find that when the temperature drops,

go sledding, build a snowman and make snow

hold you accountable so when it’s so cold and

so does your motivation to exercise?

angels. In fact, sled pulling is an exercise fit-

you don’t want to leave your house — you will!

ness trainers recommend to improve cardio,

It may also give you a chance to learn new

Exercising during winter is just as important

but instead of doing it at the gym, you can get

skills and maintain or improve your fitness

as exercise during summer. The Canadian

some fresh air and have fun at the same time.

for your summer activities.

minutes of moderate to vigorous activity per

Of course you can simply enjoy the outdoors

For those days when you don’t feel like ven-

week and two strength-building sessions to

by walking or jogging. Use caution in extreme

turing out into the snow, try a fitness DVD.

maintain good health and reduce the risk of

temperature and always dress for the occa-

There are so many to choose from and you

disease. Instead of hibernating with a cup of

sion. Layer up with lots of long sleeves, good

can do it in the privacy of your own home.

hot chocolate and an endless TV marathon

pants, multiple socks and heavy coats. And

Or, you can always set up a home gym com-

this winter, read on and find out how you can

don’t forget, in winter months, proper foot-

plete with light dumbbells, resistance bands,

stay fit this season.

wear is a must.

an exercise ball and a jump rope and do

Physical Activity Guideline’s recommend 150

circuit-style workouts. Use the stairs: as little as 20 minutes climbing up and down provides a very intense and efficient workout. If all else fails, bang out some sit-ups and lunges while you are watching your favourite TV show. Whatever the weather brings, find something you love to do and make it part of your everyday life. Don’t let winter slow you down, get up and be active! Anita De Boer is a Bachelor of Physical Education graduate and is certified with the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology as a Certified Exercise Physiologist. She specializes in working with people with specific health conditions, those recovering from injury, as well as beginners just starting out.

Mental health is on everyone’s lips.

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Millions of Canadians are affected by issues related to mental health. Let’s continue the conversation and, together, we can erase the stigma associated with mental illness.

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have news to share?

1986 bert auger

Edmonton, AB t5j 2p2


1996 (Social Services Worker)

glenn melnychuk

(Police and Security)

tess jorgensen

(Bachelor of Arts) Tess is

Bert has recently moved to Edmonton from

After six years as the Director of Corporate

excited to be part of a 12-month Municipal

Grande Prairie, and is currently working with

Security, Safety and Regulatory Affairs,

Internship Program through Municipal Affairs.

the Human Services Ministry of Alberta in

Glenn has moved to Purolator to be closer to

their Human Resources department. Ben has

home, and work with a large Canadian owned

rehana meghani

over 18 years of experience working with the

company. In May of 2013 he obtained his CPP

Rehana completed her Masters Degree in Psy-

Government including working with First

(Certified Protection Professional) designa-

chology (Clinical Track) at the New School for

Nations. He is honoured to be a MacEwan

tion from ASIS International.

Social Research in New York. She is currently

(Bachelor of Arts)

working towards her PhD in Applied Organi-

University alumnus.

zational Psychology from Hofstra University lynn sibbons

(Social Services Worker)

Lynn is proud to share that she is a grand-

in Hempstead, New York. She is expected to


graduate in May 2014.

mother to a beautiful little boy. jacinda adams

(Police and Security) After

graduating Jacinda worked at ETS Protective

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Services as well as Macewan Security. In 2008


she was hired with the Canadian Forces Military Police. After serving four years in Edmon-

perri besserer

(Advertising and Public

ton as a patrol member including deploying to

Relations) With over 25 years in the ad-

Afghanistan Jacinda has transferred to Ottawa

vertising industry as a Creative Director/

as part of the National Investigative Service.

Consultant, Perri spent many years qualifying (Music) Bradley, recently

clients and coming up with creative ways to

bradley grieve

shine their personal and professional brands.

released his debut album, The Heart That

Currently, she is a professional life and suc-

Loves Is Always Young, with the Bradley

cess coach with her company NuYU Life Skills

Grieve Jazz Orchestra. The album features all

Co. Â She looks forward to connecting with

original compositions and is now available on

other graduates.

CD, iTunes, and

“Alberta Trees�

Do you have a talent for photography? The alumnus who submits the published photo will receive a

Cher Hoffman

$100 gift certificate for any campus mstore. Photographs can be submitted to

Visual Communication Design, 1990

For more details visit

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