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 “Mentoring Night” where we bring together alumni and students to talk about future careers, “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 University of Winnipeg Alumni Council is looking to fill one vacant position on the 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 2017-2018

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Ruth Dickinson (BA 15) 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

Greg Messer (BA 85) Vice President

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.

Sarah Bezan

Sarah Bezan (BA 09) Past President

Sarah is an alumna of The University of Winnipeg (BAH '09) and a contract faculty member of The University of Winnipeg's Department of English. As a doctoral candidate at The University of Alberta, Sarah is a SSHRC Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholar (2012-2015) and an Izaak Walton Killam Memorial Scholar (2015-2017). Her research on human and animal death has appeared in a number of peer-reviewed academic journals, including Mosaic, the Journal for Critical Animal Studies, Criterion, and the Journal of the African Literature Association. When not working on her dissertation, Sarah loves walking and hiking, travelling abroad, and reading literature.

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 Abd El Hamid 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 Abd El Hamid 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.

Charles Beckley

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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Monika Feist (BA 70)

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 counseling. 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.

Kara Fraser

Kara Fraser (BA 13)

Since my graduation in 2013, I have continued to take classes at the University of Winnipeg and further my career as a Administrative Assistant.  My interests are always based around education, I love learning. I also enjoy traveling and enjoying time with friends.

Jenny Kidder

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.

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Jessie Robinson (BA 08)

Jessie is a graduate of the University of Winnipeg’s PACE HR Management Diploma (2015) and a dedicated Human Resources Professional. As an active member of the Human Resources Management Association of Manitoba, she continues to develop professionally while working towards the Chartered Professional in Human Resources designation. Jessie also holds a BA in Criminal Justice and Conflict Resolution Studies (2008). After completing her BA she spent two years teaching English in South Korea and exploring South East Asia. As a student, and later a graduate of the University of Winnipeg, Jessie has held a number of volunteer and employment positions on campus. Jessie also volunteers as the Treasurer of the Board of Directors at Knox Day Nursery.    

Delanie Smart

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.

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Andre Tardiff (BSC 08)

André holds a BSc in Computer Science / Information Technologies from Brandon University (Class of 2005), and a second BSc. in Biology from the University of Winnipeg. He was cast to co-present on a pilot travel documentary Webisode Series which took him around the World for a year. Upon his return André he did a  Marine Biology intern research expedition along the East-coast of Mexico collecting data on coral reef and coral ecology regrowth and disease prevalence. André works in I.T. In André's free time he regularly volunteers with organizations such as Winnipeg Folk festival, Harvest moon festival, community gardens, fruit-share-Manitoba, and the Trails Manitoba Board of Directors.

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.