Alumni Association Council

Alumni


Who We Are

The Alumni Association is governed by a board of directors – referred to as the Alumni Council.  We are a small group of dedicated people that share a common bond through our education at the University of Winnipeg.  We are united by our desire to make a significant contribution to the University of Winnipeg community. (Please see bios below)

Our Mission

The mission of the UWinnipeg Alumni Association is to build and maintain lifelong relationships between the University and its diverse alumni and to foster an alumni program that expands alumni networks and generates loyalty to our University through mentorship, support, communication and lifelong learning.

Connecting with Students and the Community

In a typical year, the Alumni Association puts on many different events, such as “Food for Thought” where we provide encouragement and free food to hungry students studying for exams, and we help out with both spring and fall convocation where we have the honour of selecting a candidate for the distinguished alumni award.  We do lots of other fun things too and are always open to suggestions. If you are interested in volunteering please check here for various opportunities.

Join Us

Council members come from all walks of life and bring a wide range of skills to the table.  To be a member of the Alumni Council, you must be an alumnus of The University of Winnipeg, Professional, Applied and Continuing Education (PACE), The Collegiate, or have graduated from any of the UWinnipeg affiliates prior to 1968, such as Manitoba College, Wesley College, or United College. 

If you are a motivated individual with ideas about how to strengthen the UWinnipeg community we encourage you to apply to be a member of the Alumni Council. 

Council members serve for three years and are selected at the Annual General Meeting in September. The council meets on the last Tuesday evening of the month from September to May. Council Member Application Form 

For more information please contact alumnicouncil@uwinnipeg.ca

Board of Regents

The Board of Regents is the senior most decision making body at the University of Winnipeg and is mandated by provincial law. There are to be three representatives from the alumni as determined by the Alumni Council.

The Alumni Council and the University have the following expectations of the alumni representatives to the Board:
-The members will make decisions based on democratic principles and will be open and transparent about these processes, including the naming of Board or Regents Representatives and newly elected members of Council.
-The members will report regularly back to the Alumni Council on a rotating basis; the council expects a report from at least one representative at each Council meeting.
-The member will strive to relate the priorities and concerns of University Alumni to the Board when making decisions.

The term for a Board of Regent representative is 3 years. The Board of Regents meet six times per year on Monday evenings from September to June with an Annual General Meeting in June.

For more information please contact alumnicouncil@uwinnipeg.ca

For more information about the Board of Regents: https://www.uwinnipeg.ca/regents/

Alumni Association Council 2021-2022

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Judith Neumann (BAH 71)

Judith graduated from the University of Winnipeg in 1971 with a double major in Psychology and Political Science.  She has been involved with education throughout her lifetime, having been employed with the Department of Education in the areas of Planning and Research and Post-Secondary Education.  Following this she was employed for many years with the Manitoba Association of School Trustees in the areas of Research and Communications.  In addition she was one of the founding members and President of The Association for Bright Children (ABC) of Manitoba. Now retired, she has the time and interest in helping the Alumni Council achieve its goals.  One of her particular interests is Mentorship and the wonderful networking opportunities that it can provide. She is married with two adult children.

The Alumni Association Council President's page contains news, articles and items of interest to alumni.


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John Krahn (BSC 68)

John was awarded The University of Winnipeg Distinguished Alumni Award in 2006 for well-rounded excellence that encompassed professional achievements, significant contributions to community, and strength of character. He has a PHD from the University of Manitoba. Now retired, he was formerly the joint Head of the Department of Pathology and Lab Medicine for the University of Saskatchewan and the Saskatoon Health Region. He received his first degree from this university and it helped in his development as a scholar and scientist and would now like to make a contribution of his time. He interest on the Alumni Council is to support students and all things scientific.


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Fred Appel (BAH 85)

I received my Ph.D. in political theory and political science from McGill University in the early 1990’s, a Masters in Sociology from the Universite de Montreal, and my B.A. Honours from the U of W in 1985.   As an acquisition’s editor at Princeton University Press, a publisher of scholarly and general interest books based in Princeton, New Jersey, I have many connections with the global scholarly community and have worked with an array of authors, particularly in the humanities and social sciences. Among my authors are Canadians who work in higher education across North America, who might be inclined to participate in alumni events or otherwise support work being done at the U of W. As a member of the Alumni Council, I am pleased to offer suggestions for alumni programs such as lectures and for ways to connect U of W faculty to scholars with complementary interests around the world.


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Charles Beckley (BAH 11, MA 14)

Charles came to Winnipeg in 2005 as an international student, at 16 years old. In June 2011, he graduated with an honours degree in Economics, and furthered his education, by completing his Master’s degree in Environmental Resource and Development Economics in 2014. Charles started his career as an insurance broker in 2010 with a local broker. In 2015, he was invited by Aon to join their Construction Services Group as an Account Executive. In his current role he provides insurance, bonding and other risk management services to construction contractors of all types, including Engineers and Architects. He is the Secretary of Stonewall & District Lions Club, and he is also a member of the Young Construction leaders of Manitoba. In 2016, Charles was listed as an under 35 Top Gun in the Canadian insurance Industry.


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Kenton Friesen (BA4 00, BSC4 00)
Kenton received both a BA and BSc degree from the University of Winnipeg, completing his studies in 2000.  He is a continuity, emergency, and risk management professional with experience identifying, applying, and managing corporate resiliency strategies. He is experienced with leading and/or facilitating cross-functional teams with the mandate of increasing organizational resiliency, including the development of continuity / preparedness training programs, crisis communication and/or urgent mass notification systems, quality improvement, and client or stakeholder relations. He has more than 15 years’ experience facilitating corporate wide resiliency objectives within large organizations at the management level. He is able to think outside the box and motivate diverse specialists to contribute to a team effort in a collaborative and proactive working environment. His daughters are starting to attend the U of W, and his eldest is a member of the Wesmen Woman’s soccer team.

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Kevin McIntyre (BA 10)
I am a U of W alumni who graduated with a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Psychology and Politics in 2010. My father was a professor at U of W for over 40 years, and so I have been actively involved on campus for basically my whole life. I consider U of W a home away from home.  I am currently a Division Director with IG Wealth Management here in Winnipeg. Previously I was at Great West Life (now Canada Life) as a claims examiner, before moving over to IG as a financial planner in 2013.  I am very motivated to add a financial planning mixed with empathy perspective to the council. I believe I will be a big benefit to fundraising and establishing strong financial practices on the council as well. I am motivated to do anything that benefits and furthers the University and all that it stands for.

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Tara Faye Myran (BA4 19)
I am registered from Long Plain First Nation. I attended residential school at the age of eight in Lebret, Saskatchewan until I was 11 years old. I experienced many challenges and experiences in this school where I was left thinking that I would never amount to anything in life and kept that unhealthy thinking all throughout my teenage years. With the help of my grandfather, I returned to school with determination and persistence. As a result, I graduated with a four-year degree in Psychology and Rhetoric Communications in 2019 from the University of Winnipeg.  Through continuing my education at the U of W in the Masters in Indigenous Development Program, I hope to be able to assist others to find a path to reach their goals. My long-term educational goal will be to continue on to University of North Dakota’s doctoral degree in Indigenous Health where I will be able to give back to Indigenous communities and implement research that is needed in the area of health.

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Anifat Olawoyin (BSCH 16, MSC 2019)
Anifat (Ani) graduated from the University of Winnipeg with honors in 2016 and completed her Master’s degree in computer science in 2019. She joined the Alumni council in 2016 and has served in various capacities within the council including chair, nomination committee (2017/18), By-law committee member (2016 till date), council representative on University staff award senate committee (2018 & 2019) and entrance award committee (2019). She also volunteers as a board member for Mooseland Press, the publisher of Uniter student newspaper. Ani is an alumni member of University of Winnipeg Golden Key Honour society and a community soccer coach. Ani has several years of work experience in software project management and business analysis. She is currently a Ph.D. student at the University of Manitoba and works as a Business Analyst for the City of Winnipeg. Ani is married and has 3 kids. She wishes to mentor new immigrants navigating education and career options.

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Jordan Michael Smith (BA 14)
Jordan graduated from The University of Winnipeg with a BA in 2015.   He is a former varsity athlete with the Wesmen.   Jordan's connection and foundation runs deep with the University of Winnipeg. After graduating with a major in Sociology, he went on to join SkipTheDishes as a Senior Growth Executive at both their Winnipeg and Toronto offices. Here, he developed a passion towards community and technology, which led him to develop the peer-to-peer rental application RENTERII. Outside of tech, he is passionate about community development and the accessibility of entrepreneurship support structures - for students and residents located in low-income neighbourhoods throughout Winnipeg.

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Jamal Tajdin (BBA 2018)
Jamal is a recent graduate and has been able to obtain diverse work experience across multiple industries and countries. He believes it is important to help the next generations go through life. During his time at the university he worked at the UWSA, and is currently involved with multiple charities both local and international. He would like to have a role advising with both traditional and social media, as well as the legislative and parliamentary processes to get alumni involved and educated on the powerful role they have on the future of Canada.

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Dorothy Young (BA 75)
Dorothy was an educator (teacher, administrator, superintendent) for 40 years in public education in Manitoba. She has a BA from the University of Winnipeg, a B. Ed., M. Ed., and Ph. D. from the University of Manitoba, and Certificates in Clinical Supervision from UCLA. She was recently re-elected to a second three-year term on the Alumni Council. Dorothy has extensive volunteer experience within education, including President of The Manitoba Teachers’ Society; at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights; the Grace Hospital, including co-chair of the Patient and Family Advisory Committee; at her church; Child and Family Services of Winnipeg West, including chairperson; and as a Director on the Board of CJNU Nostalgia Radio. She has won numerous awards including the Dr. J. M. Brown Award for her outstanding contribution to teacher education in Manitoba, and the Paul Harris Fellow Award for vocational excellence from the Winnipeg-Assiniboine Rotary Club. In her spare time, Dorothy develops policies, procedures, and reviews bylaws and constitutions for organizations. Dorothy was appointed to the Board of Regents in July, 2019 and sits on both the Audit and Risk and the Governance and Community Relations Committees.

Alumni Association Council Board of Regents Representatives

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Stefan Jonasson (Collegiate 79, BA 88, M.Div 97)
Stefan Jonasson is presently Editor of Lögberg-Heimskringla, an Icelandic community newspaper. Previously, he was a member of the professional staff of the Boston-based Unitarian Universalist Association for 24 years. Stefan received the University Gold Medal in Religious Studies in 1988 and the Governor General’s Gold Medal in 1997. He was a member of the Alumni Council from 2008 to 2014 and its president from 2012 to 2013. He was appointed to the Board of Regents in 2015. He is also a member of the Interfaith Roundtable. He received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2013 in recognition of his community service. Stefan lives in Winnipeg with his wife Cindy and they have two adult daughters.

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Dorothy Young (BA 75)
Dorothy was an educator (teacher, administrator, superintendent) for 40 years in public education in Manitoba. She has a BA from the University of Winnipeg, a B. Ed., M. Ed., and Ph. D. from the University of Manitoba, and Certificates in Clinical Supervision from UCLA. She was recently re-elected to a second three-year term on the Alumni Council. Dorothy has extensive volunteer experience within education, including President of The Manitoba Teachers’ Society; at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights; the Grace Hospital, including co-chair of the Patient and Family Advisory Committee; at her church; Child and Family Services of Winnipeg West, including chairperson; and as a Director on the Board of CJNU Nostalgia Radio. She has won numerous awards including the Dr. J. M. Brown Award for her outstanding contribution to teacher education in Manitoba, and the Paul Harris Fellow Award for vocational excellence from the Winnipeg-Assiniboine Rotary Club. In her spare time, Dorothy develops policies, procedures, and reviews bylaws and constitutions for organizations. Dorothy was appointed to the Board of Regents in July, 2019 and sits on both the Audit and Risk and the Governance and Community Relations Committees.

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Ruth Dickinson (BAH 18)
Ruth Dickinson has worked as a Business Administrator for 32 years with the last 17 years at Reflections Dental Health Centre and Campus Dental Centre, where she is Team Lead Manager. She is an alumnus of The University of Winnipeg, where she obtained her Bachelor of Arts Honours (Classics) in 2018 and Bachelor of Arts (Geography) in 2015, twice earning the Chancellor's Gold Medal for the highest standing. From 2010 to 2020 she was also a UW tutor, lab demonstrator, marker, invigilator and teaching assistant. She also attended Niagara College where she obtained her Dental Assisting Diploma in 1989. Ruth served for two years as President of the University of Winnipeg Alumni Association, and currently serves on numerous boards including The Kroeger Clocks Heritage Foundation as Treasurer, as well as The University of Winnipeg Golden Key Chapter Executive Committee as Past President and current VP Alumni Relations. Ruth was appointed to The University of Winnipeg Board of Regents in 2020, and sits on the Board's Governance and Community Relations Committee. In her spare time, she co-organizes New Directions in Classics, a public lecture series out of the UWinnipeg Classics Department. Ruth was awarded the UWinnipeg Dr. and Mrs. Roderick Hunter Scholarship for her volunteer work. Ruth plans to begin her Master's in Business Administration in 2022.