Alumni Association Council


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Alumni Association Council

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, then please send in your application [PDF]. Council members serve for three years on the Alumni Council and are selected at the Annual General Meeting. 

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.

For more information please contact Alumni Affairs at 204-988-7118 or

Application form [PDF]

Alumni Association Council 2018-2019

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Ruth Dickinson (BAH 18) Past-President
Ruth is a recent graduate of the University of Winnipeg with a double major in Geography and Classics. She received numerous awards including the Chancellor’s Gold Medal for Highest Standing in Arts (4-year), Gold Medal for Achievement in a Major (4-year) Geography, and the Gold Medal for Achievement in a Major (4-year) Classics. She is an alumni member of the Winnipeg Golden Key Chapter  and a member of the Classics Club. Ruth will continue her studies at the UW in Classics.  Ruth also holds a Diploma in Dental Assisting, resulting in 27 years of business administration experience in both dental and medical environments.

Kevin Freedman

Charles Beckley (BAH 11, MA 14) President
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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Monika Feist (BA 70) Vice-President
Monika wishes to bring on other perspectives, e.g., of immigrant professionals and skilled workers. She brings Management, Public Relations/Writing, Board and Committee experience from a variety of boards, governance, administration, labour market knowledge, training and program development, career counselling. She is interested in developing more partnerships with the private and public sector for students to access internships, work/study programs for students,and  shadowing of positions for future career decisions.


Heba Abd El Hamid (CHET 13, MA 16)
Heba is an alumna of the University of Winnipeg’s Peace and Conflict Program. Her research interest focuses on women and the Middle East, with a focus on Egypt.  During her career at UN Women in Cairo she completed her masters research on sexual harassment in the streets of Cairo. Since then Heba has worked in the immigration sector with refugees. In 2016 she co-founded Arabesque Hookah Café & Restaurant a Middle Eastern restaurant in the heart of Winnipeg, whose mission is to promote diversity within Winnipeg, The restaurant has allowed Heba to merge her passion for equality, Middle Eastern culture with fresh food. By hiring newcomer refugees and serving authentic tastes from the Middle East she is able to provide a taste of Middle Eastern culture will giving back to the community.

Joshua Bileski (BED 98)
Currently, he is the Culture & Engagement Specialist for Manitoba Public Insurance responsible for the Wellness, Inclusion & Diversity and Culture & Engagement programs. He has a proven track record of developing programming that facilitates an atmosphere where people can achieve their potential. In addition to a Bachelor of Education degree he has recently completed the Advanced Program in Management, Leadership & Strategy through Asper School of Business and is currently completing a Certificate Intercultural Studies through the University of British Columbia. His most recent volunteer activities include supporting his corporate United Way campaign and an active member of Riverbend Community Partners in Learning program.


Kimberley Cork (BA 03)
Kimberly is a full-time mediator, splitting her practice between Toronto and Winnipeg. In addition to mediating, Kimberly is also an independent Ombudsman, Investigator and Consultant. She has a B.A. in Conflict Resolution Studies and Political Science and is currently advancing her education in the field of Peace & Conflict Studies. Dedicated to the advancement of effective advocacy in mediation, Kimberly dedicates a significant amount of time coaching law students, young lawyers, and mediators. She has previously dedicated 7 years to important board work in Winnipeg and 4 years as a council member for the Dispute Resolution Section of the American Bar Association and felt it was now time to give back to the University.



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Rachel Ganaden (BAH 11)

Rachel would like to  give back and support the institution that ignited her passion for academia and life-long learning so that it can continue to inspire current and future students. As well as a  B.A. Honours in Psychology she obtained an M.A. in Brain, Behaviour and Cognitive Sciences and a graduate diploma in Neuroscience from York University. She moved back to Winnipeg and began a career in health care. Rachel is currently pursuing an MBA through the University of Manitoba. She volunteers for charitable organizations including Crohn’s and Colitis Canada, The Children’s Rehabilitation Foundation, and the CancerCare Manitoba Foundation, and also actively supports the UW Classics Department Alumni Association.  

Jenny Kidder

Candice Grant (BSCH  09)
Candice works at Manitoba eHealth as a project analyst and IT software trainer. During this time she's been able to acquire a multitude of skills relating to Project management and IT solutions. These skill include but are not limited to leadership communication, training and training material development, research and business development, and Organizational Change Management risk assessment and risk mitigation. Candice feels this is the right time in her life to become involved in community activities and give back to the university using her acquired skills.


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.



Shylla Lopez (PACE 10)

Shylla has a degree as well as a diploma and a certificate from UWinnipeg along with a degree from the Philippines. Shylla would like to bring her Project Management and IT Skills to the Alumni Council. She would also like to be on various committees and help the council network with others.

Delanie Smart

Kaitlyn McEachran (BSC4 17, MA 18)
After completing her Master of Arts in Environmental, Resource and Development Economics in the spring of 2018, Kaitlyn McEachran began working at Western Economic Diversification Canada, where
she supports the Director General and Operations Branch. Kaitlyn would like to actively participate in connecting with students and the community. She feels The University of Winnipeg gave her such great opportunities and memories as a student, now that she has graduated she would to be able to give back and stay connected to the community that helped make her the woman that she is today.


Greg Messer (BA 85)
Greg graduated from the University of Winnipeg in 1985 with a double major in Administrative Studies and History. Since graduation, he has taken several professional and management training programs to assist with meeting the opportunities presented in a long career in the public service, both with the federal and provincial government. This has included working in a front line service role to the public, and for the last 15 years in a management capacity. Besides joining the Alumni council in 2015, he has served for 5 years as a board member with  one of the larger community clubs in Winnipeg. He proudly highlights two children who graduated from the university over the past two years, and covets the ongoing attachment to the university through the many volunteer activities that the Alumni council is part of.



Judith Neumann (BAH 71)
Judith has always been involved with education one way or another throughout her lifetime, having been employed with the Department of Education and The Manitoba Association of School Trustees in the areas of research and communications for many years. Now that she is retired and has more time, she would like to contribute her skills and knowledge gained over the years to the betterment of the university. She has a renewed interest in the issues addressed by bodies like the Alumni Council, and look forward to learning more and making a positive contribution. her family's time spent living in Africa, specifically in South Africa, Ghana and Tanzania over a period of seven years gave her the privilege to participate in the life of other cultures, and make many lasting friendships.

Anifat Olawoyin (BSCH 16)
Anifat has 17 years of information technology management including software project management and business analysis experience.
She is  a current grad student at the University of Winnipeg. She volunteers as a board member for Mooseland Press, the publisher of Uniter newspaper. She is also an alumni member of University of Winnipeg Golden Key Honour society. She wishes to mentor new immigrants navigating education and career options.

Gim Ong (M.Div 96, MST 99)
Gim also has a BSC and an MBA. He moved to Winnipeg after completing his MBA and never left. He has  worked in many different fields including as a Chartered Accountant, a sales practicioner, investment advisor, lecturer, chaplain, and as a counsellor. Now retired he brings management skills to the council and would like to aid in Fundraising for the council and university as a whole.


Michael Pyl (BA07)
Michael graduated from the University of Winnipeg in 2007 with a BA in Politics, during which time he also served as an Editor at the Uniter. Following graduation, he completed a Masters of Science in Planning at the University of Toronto (2009). He has worked as a planner with the City of Winnipeg since 2009. His work currently focuses on long-range planning initiatives, such as land monitoring and the review of the City’s development plan, OurWinnipeg. In his spare time, Michael enjoys spending time with his wife, dog, and two small children. He is also an avid basketball fan. 


Delanie Smart (BA 08)
Over the years, Delanie has worked in a variety of positions. In all of her positions, she has focused on training and developing others. Delanie continues to attend seminars and events that focus on training and development.  She enjoys travelling and learning how other cultures communicate.  She has found joy in applying her acquired skills through volunteer led training programs. She believes that knowledge is power and developing others is a benefit to everyone involved. Delanie continues to develop professionally.

Dorothy Young (BA 75)
Dorothy has also earned an MA and PHD in education. She was an educator (teacher, administrator, superintendent) for forty years in public education in Winnipeg. Dorothy has extensive volunteer experience including President of the Manitoba Teachers Society. She has won numerous awards including the Dr. J. M. Brown Award for outstanding contribution to teacher education in Manitoba. Now retired she feels she has the time and energy to help the council further its goals.

Gustavo Velasco (BA 08, MA 11)
Gustavo is a teacher and economic historian doing independent research. He graduated from the University of Winnipeg as an adult student and was encouraged by the university faculty to obtain further education and subsequently achieved a PhD in Economic History at the London School of Economics.  He is a long time volunteer at both the Winnipeg Jazz Festival and the Fringe. He has served as a treasurer as a student and at Art from the Heart, an inner-city non-for profit organization that provide support for emerging artists. While on council, Gustavo would like to work on finding more funding for scholarships for low-income and immigrant families.

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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Albina Moran (BA 84)
Albina P. Moran is an alumni of the University of Winnipeg having graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in 1984.  She graduated from the University of Manitoba in 1988 with her LLB and is partner at the law firm of Thompson Dorfman Sweatman LLP practising primarily in the area of commercial law.

Geroge VanDen Bosch

George Van Den Bosch  (Collegiate 66, BSC 69)
George was the President of the University of Winnipeg Students Association in the 69–70 year. He went on to complete his LL.B. at the University of Manitoba law school.  George articled with the firm of Darcy & Deacon, served with the Department of Justice Tax Litigation Section in Ottawa for 3 years from 1975 to 1978, and has practiced law in Winnipeg since then primarily with Pitblado & Hoskin and then with Tupper & Adams. He is currently a nominee of the Alumni Association on the Board of Regents.  George served on the High School Review Committee of the Province from 1987 to 1989.  He currently serves on the Board of Management of the Golden West Centennial Lodge, a Salvation Army nursing home located in West Winnipeg. He has 3 daughters.