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 we encourage you to apply to be a member of the Alumni Council. 

Deadline for applications is June 30, 2020.
Application form [PDF]

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 October to May.

For more information please contact Alumni Affairs at

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 Alumni Affairs at

For more information about the Board of Regents:


Alumni Association Council 2019-2020


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Ruth Dickinson (BAH 18) 
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.

Josh Bileski


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.


Charles Beckley 

Past President

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.

Greg Messer

Council Member 

 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, and covets the ongoing attachment to the university through many volunteer activities with the Alumni council. 

Council Member

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 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.


Council Member

Anifat Olawoyin (BSCH 16, MSC 2019)
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.

Dorothy Young

Council Member

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.

Dorothy serves as both Council Member and Board of Regents Representative.


John Krahn

Council Member

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.

Judith Newmann

Council Member

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.

Delanie Smart

Council Member

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.


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.

Dorothy Young

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.

Dorothy serves as both Council Member and Board of Regents Representative.

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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.