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Arts and Media

Alumnus Keith MacPherson (BED 01) is a mindfulness expert who suggests that people should listen to their inner being and ask questions of themselves before diving into unrealistic resolutions.


Alumna Ellen Peterson (BA 84) stars in Prairie Theatre's production of Fly Me To The Moon

Alumnus Rick Skeene (BA 81) Skeene directed The Last Ride which was recently selected as the Jury Awards Best Canadian Documentary Short at the Edmonton International Film Festival (EIFF). It is now eligible for an Oscar.

Alumnus Nigel Webber (BA 2014) is working on documentaries of up-and-coming entrepreneurs, business owners and personalities.

Alumna Alexis Kinloch (BAH 2011) curates a library of artist books in her home, "Also As Well Too". (The Uniter, March 31, 2016)

Alumna Linda Szyszkowski (BA & BED 2009, PACE 2012) co-authored a young children's picture book, The Secret Adventures of Tiny Toba: Gold Star Gratitude — First Journey. (The Lance, April 11, 2016)

Alumni Thomas Keenan (BAH 2001) and Heather Russell (BAH 2011) star in Manitoba Theatre Centre's Unnecessary Farce. The play tells the tale of a mayor suspected of embezzling city funds and a sting operation that pits two bumbling cops against the mayor’s loyal lieutenant. (Winnipeg Free Press, March 31, 2016)

Alumna Ellen Peterson (BA '84) local playwright, is getting ready to perform in the Winnipeg Comedy Festival. (The Times, April 4, 2016)

Alumna Kathryne Grisim (BA '76) is a local food, travel writer, and blogger on foodmusings.ca.

Alumnus Daniel Verville (BA4 2009) has spent the last decade honing his comedy skills, getting ready to perform at the Winnipeg Comedy Festival. (The Lance, April 4, 2016)

Alumna Lara Ciekiewicz (BAH 2002) is quickly becoming one of this country’s most sought-after sopranos. (Winnipeg Free Press March 30, 2016)

Alumnus Bryan Verot (BA 2009) won the National Screen Institute's Short Fiction prize for his film Loss of Contact, a story of intense competition between racewalkers in search of athletic glory. (Canstar Community News March 28, 2016)

Alumna Andrea Del Campo (BAH 2009) stars as Diane in dark comedy movie Stegman is Dead, the story of a professional thief facing down a double blackmail scheme that forces him to compete against hitmen and police to save his family. (Winnipeg Free Press March 26, 2016)

Alumna Anastasia Chipelski (BAH 2009) is the Managing Editor at The Uniter, The University of Winnipeg campus newspaper. She wrote a commentary piece on the difficulties of  facing your feelings. (The Uniter March 24, 2016)

Alumnus Steven Ratzlaff (BAH 94) wrote a pair of one-act plays called Reservations, based on reconciliation issues between aboriginal society and other cultures. The play is premiering at the Rachel Browne Theatre. (Winnipeg Free Press March 9, 2016)

Alumnus Andrew Sannie (BA 2014) an emcee with hip hop group The Lytics, release their new EP, Hold On. (The Sou'Wester March 15, 2016)

Dr. Wanda Koop (D.LITT 2002) renowned Winnipeg artist and founder of Art City, is nominated for a Governor General’s award for her work in visual arts. (The Metro March 14, 2016)

Alumnus Eric Rae (BAH 2012) is a local actor and teaching assistant at the University of Winnipeg. He discusses the rewards and struggles of life as an artist. (The Uniter March 10, 2016)

Alumna Jordan Miller (PACE 2008) is the owner of Cre8ery Gallery, and discusses the rewards and struggles of life as an artist. (The Uniter March 10, 2016)

Alumna Robyn Pooley (BAH 2011) is performing her monologue, She Said at Sarasvàti’s Cabaret of Monologues event. (The Sou'wester March 7, 2016)

Alumna Katherena Vermette (BA4 2012) 's poetry from her book North End Love Songs is being made as a choral ensemble with Camerata Nova. (The Times March 7, 2016)

Alumnus Keith MacPherson (BED 2001) is a local yoga instructor and recording artist in the band Keith and Renée. (The Headliner, April 30, 2010)

Alumnus Fred Penner (BA 70, LLD 95) 's career is still going strong after the beloved television series "Fred Penner's Place" was off the air eight years ago. (Winnipeg Free Press, September 25, 2015)

Alumnus Adam Schwartz (BA 2009) dispells the social myths of Aspergers Syndrome in this new memoir I Have Aspergers So I’m Better Than You. Shh... Don’t Tell Mom! to be released in April 2016 (The Uniter, February 25, 2016)

Alumnus Robert Galston (BA4 2013) writes about the uncertain future of The Bay downtown. (Winnipeg Free Press, February 19, 2016)

Alumna Jane Testar (BAH 2006) debunks the myth and perception of being alone in public. (The Uniter, February 18, 2016)

Alumna Ashley Gillanders (Collegiate 2004) exhibits "Methods of Preservation" at Gallery 1C03 in The University of Winnipeg. (The Uniter, January 26, 2016)

Alumnus Armin Wiebe (BA 69) publishes "Armin's Shorts" with Turnstone Press. (Winnipeg Free Press, September 3, 2015)

Alumna Catherine Hunter (BAH 86) 's new novel 'After Light' receives glowing review. (Winnipeg Free Press, November 14, 2015)

Alumnus Justin Otto (BA 2013) wrote "The Manic Pixie Dream Girl" and is touring the Fringe Festival circuit with Peachy Keen Productions. (Winnipeg Free Press July 16, 2015)

Alumna Connie Manfredi (BA 12) is 'Tressed for Success' in new play. (Winnipeg Free Press, May 7, 2015)

Alumna Sophia Lee (Collegiate 09) dances in RWB's The Faerie Queen. (Winnipeg Free Press, May 1, 2015)

Alumnus Eric Blais (BAH 2001) is a busy actor these days. (Winnipeg Free Press, April 23, 2015)

Alumni Gwendolyn Collins (BA 2009) and Justin Otto (BA 2013) are involved in the production of I Dream of Diesel. (CBC Manitoba, April 9, 2015)

Alumnus Toby Hughes (BA 2009) stars in PTE's  The Hound of the Baskervilles.

Alumna Sophia Lee (Collegiate 09) dances in RWB's Swan Lake. (Winnipeg Free Press, March 13, 2015)

Many Alumni play key roles in success of Theatre Projects Manitoba (Winnipeg Free Press, November 4, 2014)

  • Artistic Director Ardith Boxall (BAH 93)
  • General Manager Rae Kavanagh (BAH 94)
  • Former Artistic Director B. Pat Burns (Associate Alumni)
  • Former Artistic Director Bruce McManus (Collegiate 69)
  • Former Artistic Director Margo Charlton (BA 75)
  • Former Artistic Director and playwright Ken Brand (BAH 95)
  • Former Associate Artistic Director and playwright Rick Skene (BA 81)
  • Actress Michelle Boulet (BA 93)
  • Actress Julia Arkos (BA 92)
  • Actress Ellen Peterson (BA 84)
  • Playwright Rick Chafe (BA 81)
  • Playwright Armin Wiebe (BA 69)
  • Playwright Carolyn Gray (BA 88)

Associate Alumna Beth Torbert (Bif Naked) speaks in defence of Breast Cancer Month. (Globe and Mail, October 12, 2014)

Alumni Rick Chafe (BA 81) and Joan Thomas (Associate Alumna) on the Governor General's Literary Awards Shortlist. (Winnipeg Free Press, October 7, 2014)

Alumna Johanna Stein (BAH 91) has online parody video about motherhood go viral. (CBC News, Oct 2, 2014)

Alumna Jacqueline Ryz (BA 84) star pianist gets set for the Junos. (Winnipeg Free Press, March 26, 2013)

Alumni writers honoured at 2013 Manitoba Book Awards (CBC Manitoba, April 29, 2013)

  • Esyllt Jones (MA 97)
  • Kristian Enright (BAH 2006)
  • David Bergen (BED 85, DLE 2007)
  • Kevin Marc Fournier (Collegiate 92)

Alumnus Kevin Fournier (Collegiate 92) won the McNally Robinson Book for Young People Award for his dark, supernatural novel The Green-Eyed Queen of Suicide City. (CBC Manitoba, April 29, 2013)

Alumna Susan Misner (BA 93) 
  has co-authored a new financial guide specifically for women. It’s Your Money, Honey encourages women of all ages to take a greater interest and role in financial issues that affect their everyday lives and financial futures. (Winnipeg Free Press, April 20, 2013)

Alumnus Barry Lank (BA 70)  nominated in the documentary category for Best Cinematography for a Documentary by the Canadian Society of Cinematographers for his work on Smarty Plants, produced by Merit Motion Pictures. The program aired on CBC's The Nature of Things and PBS's Nature. (Winnipeg Free Press, March 25, 2013)

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Business and industry

Alumnus Brian Swainson (BSC4 93) shown in this article as CEO of Saint Lukes Place has been appointed Director of Long-Term Care Services for York Region. A certified LTC Home Administrator, & recently awarded the 2018 AdvantAge Ontario Leadership Award, recognizing outstanding leadership, commitment and contribution to AdvantAge Ontario and overall management excellence.

Alumna Heba Abd El Hamid (MA 2016) discusses opening her new restaurant. (The University of Winnipeg News Centre)

Alumnus Victor Goncalves (BA 2008) is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Corazon Gold Corp. (Bazinga June 2016)

Alumnus Ed Romanowski (BAH 75) is the Chief Operating Officer of Arlington Street Investments. (Calgary Herald June 3, 2016)

Alumni Connie Yunyk (BA 81, BED 89) is the first woman President of St. Mary's Academy. (Who's Who Women in Business Winnipeg Free Press May 2016, Vol. 2)

Associate Alumnus Charles Huband (AA 53) writes on how The Bay downtown can be revitalized for new business prospects (Winnipeg Free Press March 30, 2016)

Alumnus Douglas Leatherdale (BA 57, LLD 2000) was the CEO of Leatherdale Farms in Medina, Minnesota, and a generous donor to The University of Winnipeg and the Collegiate.

Alumnus Ben Sparrow (Collegiate 1993) is the CEO of Sparrow Hotels and is striving to certify Winnipeg as a Fair Trade Town, with fair trade products readily available in stores and restaurants. (The Lance March 7, 2016)

Alumna Cody Anne Kjell (BED 2016) is a childbirth doula, who recently opened her business The Mulberry Tree Pregnancy and Birth Support for expectant mothers and families. (The Headliner March 7, 2016)

Dr. Shauna Therese MacKinnon (BA 2007) writes about attracting and retaining aboriginal workers. (Winnipeg Free Press, July 27, 2015)

Alumnus Justin Girard (BA 2010, MA 2011) is running the Hearts and Roots market garden. (Winnipeg Free Press, July 27, 2015)

Alumni Authors Garner Award Nominations (Winnipeg Free Press, March 14, 2013)
  • David Bergen (DLE 07, BEd 85) nominated for the McNally Robinson Book of the Year, Carol Shields Winnipeg Book Award, and The Margaret Lawrence Award for Fiction for his book "The Age of Hope".
  • Bill Redekop (BA 81) nominated for the Alexander Kennedy Isbister Award for Non-Fiction and Mary Scorer Award for Best Book by a Manitoba Publisher for his book "Dams of Contention: The Rafferty-Alameda Story and the Birth of Canadian Environmental Law".
  • Sarah Klassen (BA 63) nominated for the McNally Robinson Book of the Year and Aqua Books Lansdowne Prize for Poetry for her book "Monstrance".
  • Dora Dueck (BA 81, MA 2001) nominated for the Carol Shields Winnipeg Book Award and The Margaret Laurence Award for Fiction for her book "What You Get at Home".
  • Kristian Enright (BAH 2006)nominated for the Eileen McTavish Sykes Award for Best First Book and the John Hirsch Award for Most Promising Manitoba Writer for his book "Sonar".
  • Kevin Marc Fournier (Collegiate 92) nominated for John Hirsch Award for Most Promising Manitoba Writer and the McNally Robinson Book for Young People Award for his book "The Green-Eyed Queen of Suicide City".

Alumna Krista Jackson (Collegiate 90)  artistic director of Winnipeg’s zone41 theatre troupe, won the Gina Wilkinson Prize, an award that honours a female theatre artist who is transitioning from one theatre discipline (acting, stage managing, playwriting, administration, etc.) to directing. (Winnipeg Free Press, March 11, 2013)

Alumna Connie Manfredi (BAH 12) is pleased to land role that is a perfect fit and gives her career a boost. (Winnipeg Free Press, November 20, 2012)

Campus life at the University of Winnipeg  Take a photographic tour around the University of Winnipeg with current and past students. (Macleans.ca, November 2, 2012)

Alumna Susan Thompson (BA 71) has become a life coach and is writing two books, on her literal and metaphoric next chapters. (Winnipeg Free Press, October 13, 2012)

Alumna Samantha Hill (BA 08) has landed a role in Andrew Lloyd Webbers production of the Phantom of the Opera in New York City. (Winnipeg Free Press, October 13, 2012)

Alumna Ellen Peterson (BA 84) debuts new play “The Brink” on PTE stage. (Winnipeg Free Press, October 11, 2012)

Alumnus Vince Fontaine (BA 93) launches his latest project, finally ready to call himself a musician. (Winnipeg Free Press, August 23, 2012)

Alumna Joan Thomas (BA 72) has been named the 2012-13 writer-in-residence for the Winnipeg Public Library. (CBC, August 20, 2012)

Dr. Reg Skene (FEL) and Alumnus Rick Skene (BA 81) are among the nominees for the Winnipeg Arts Council's Making a Difference award. (Winnipeg Free Press, May 31, 2012)

Alumna Cheryl McKenzie (BA 98) is named new host/producer of APTN National News. Cheryl garnered acclaim in 2004 as a Gemini Award nominee and was also nominated for a Canadian Association of Broadcasters award for her journalism in a series of stories on the impact of asbestos contaminated insulation in on‐reserve housing. (APTN media release, April 23, 2012)

Alumnus Bill Blaikie (BA 73) is interviewed by George Stroumboulopoulos. (CBC TV, March 14, 2012)
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Public service

Alumnus Stefan Jonasson (Collegiate 79, BA 88, M.Div 97) received Iceland's highest honour: The Knight’s Cross of the Order of the Falcon. The order recognizes individuals for outstanding contributions in their fields.

Alumnus Wab Kinew (Collegiate 1999) won the Manitoba provincial NDP leadership race.

Alumnus Lloyd Axworthy (BA 1961), honorary Chairman of the Canadian Landmine Foundation, was presented with the Pearson Peace Medal at Rideau Hall in Ottawa. (Canadian Land Mine Foundation May 2017)

Alumna Bernadette Smith (BA 2011, PBDE 2016) will be the new MLA for the Point Douglas constituency in Winnipeg.

Alumna Bernadette Smith (BA 2011, PBDE 2016) has been nominated as the provincial NDP candidate for Point Douglas, replacing former New Democrat MLA Kevin Chief. (Winnipeg Free Press January 31, 2017)

Alumna Sherri Walsh (Collegiate '78, BA '81) is being recommended as the City of Winnipeg's first integrity commissioner. (CBC February 10, 2017)

Honourable Justice Murray Sinclair (AA '72, LLD 2011) has been appointed a seat in senate by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (Winnipeg Free Press, April 12 2016)

Alumna Aynslie Hinds (BAH, BSC 2002) is honoured with the Lieutenant Governor’s Volunteer Service Award for her work with Art City. (The Herald, April 4, 2016)

Alumnae Marie Christian (BA’15) and Dene Sinclair (Collegiate ‘97, PACE ’13) are distinguished nominees in the 2016 YMCA-YWCA Women of Distinction Awards. Marie is a nominee for Community Champion and Dene is a nominee for Public Awareness and Communication.

Alumna Ashley Wilson (BA 2013) volunteers as race director for the Go for the Burn Run, raising funds for the Mamingwey Burn Survivor Society. She actively volunteers within the community, sharing her personal story and raising funds for burn survivors. (Winnipeg Free Press March 21, 2016)

Alumnus Demetre Balaktsis (PACE 2007) is running for Liberal MLA in the Minto area, hoping to resolve living and social issues for immigrants and other residents in the area. (The Metro March 7, 2016)

Alumnus Jeffrey Babb (BSC 78) is an Associate Professor in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at The University of Winnipeg. (The Uniter March 3, 2016)

Inspirational Alumna honoured for their leadership in the community with the Nellie McClung Award (Winnipeg Free Press, Feb 1, 2016)

  • Sherri May Walsh (Collegiate 78, BA 81)
  • Dr. Rayleen V. M. De Luca (BAH 79)
  • Dr. Jessie Lang (BA 37)

Dr. Marilou McPhedran (LLD 92) is the Director for the Institute of International Women's Rights at Global College. She is known for her volunteer/pro bono work for women's rights. (Canadian Lawyer magazine, February 2016)

Alumnus Wab Kinew (Collegiate 99) to run for NDP in Manitoba Election. (CBC Manitoba, February 2, 2016)

Alumna Anita Riedl (BAH '99, BED 2004) is an English as an additional language teacher at General Wolfe School in Winnipeg’s West End. She has been helping newcomer kids for over a decade in reading, writing, and adjusting to a new life in Canada. (Winnipeg Free Press, February 19, 2016)

Alumna Leah Gazan (BED 98) is a local Indigenous activist and University of Winnipeg Instructor. She was appointed by the Province of Manitoba to sit on the Taxi Regulation Board to help increase safety in Winnipeg taxis. (Winnipeg Free Press, February 18, 2016)

Alumnus Adam Smith (BA 2012) is the Green Party of Canada’s candidate in the Winnipeg South riding. (Winnipeg Free Press, September 22, 2015)

Alumna Jane McLandress (BED 87) named Woman of the Year. (Fergus Falls Journal, June 22, 2015)

Alumnus Joey Dearborn (BA 2014) becomes president of the Conference of Manitoba and Northwestern Ontario of the United Church of Canada. (Winnipeg Free Press, June 6, 2015)

The Honorable Justice Murray Sinclair  (LLD 2011) Chair of The Truth and Reconciliation Commission. (Ottawa Citizen, May 23, 2015)

Dr. Jino Distasio (BA 93) past director of UWinnipeg'’s Institute of Urban Studies, was named Associate Vice-President, Research and Innovation. (Winnipeg Free Press, March 13, 2013)

Alumna Deb Radi (BED 81, BA 85) is helping grandmothers around the world. (Winnipeg Free Press, May 8, 2015)

Alumnus Lloyd Axworthy (BA 61, LLD 98) - former Minister of Foreign Affairs and former President of The University of Winnipeg. He was appointed first chancellor of St. Paul’s University College at the University of Waterloo (Morning Post Exchange, October 24, 2014), and has written a series of columns and attained achievements:h

Alumnus Zaid Aboud (BSC 2011) and wife Lindsay are fundraising for a school in Uganda. (Winnipeg Sun, April 19, 2015)

Alumnus Dr. Paul Chartrand (BA 72) to be called to bar to work in field of aboriginal law. (Winnipeg Free Press, April, 21, 2015)

Alumna Janna Barkman (BA 2011, MDP 2014) along with UWinnipeg student Jazmin Papadopoulous have developed a tool kit for young feminists. (The Metro, March 24, 2015)

Alumnus Faisal Hassan (BA 97) clinches NDP nomination in Etobicoke North. (Digital Journal, February 5, 2015)

Alumna Margret Henderson (BED 2012) was awarded the Future Leaders of Manitoba award for her work in a music program she created for youth at risk.

Alumna Christie McLeod (BA 2014) is raising awareness of the Shoal Lake 40 First Nation’s water situation. The community has been under a boil-water advisory for 18 years. (Winnipeg Free Press, February 3, 2015)

Alumnae Molly McCracken (BA 97) and Shauna McKinnon (BA 2007) discuss how Winnipeg's inner city is slowly changing for the better in new report. (Metro Winnipeg, December 17, 2014)

Alumna and Assistant Professor Shauna MacKinnon (BAH 2007) discusses lessons from youth and elders on "Fixing the Divided City".  (Rabble.ca, October 30,2014)

Alumna Heidi Cook (BA 2003, MDP 2014) speaks about the impact of a devastating fire at Misipawistik Cree Nation rebuilding after a devastating fire. (Winnipeg Free Press, October 25, 2014).

Alumna Devi Sharma (BA 94) re-elected as Winnipeg City Councillor. (Winnipeg Free Press, Oct 22, 2014)

Alumnus John Orlikow (BA 97) re-elected as Winnipeg City Councillor. (Winnipeg Free Press, Oct 22, 2014)

Alumni Association Council President Kevin Freedman (Collegiate 99, BA 2008) elected as School Trustee. (Winnipeg Free Press, Oct 22, 2014)

Alumna Connie Wyatt Anderson (BED 92) advocates for a better geography curriculum. (Treaty Relations Commission of Manitoba)

Alumnus Bob Brennan (Collegiate 58) inducted into the Order of Manitoba. (Winnipeg Free Press, May 12, 2014)

Alumna Lorraine Brandson (BA 73) Curator of Churchill's Eskimo Museum inducted into the Order of Manitoba. (CBC News, May 13, 2014)

Alumnus Jason Syvixay (BA 2009, BSC 2009) wins Manitoba Communicator of the Year Award. (Manitoba Public Relations Society, March 25, 2014)

Alumnus Matt Henderson (BA 98) wins Governor-General's award for excellence in teaching. (Winnipeg Free Press, October 23, 2013)

Dr. Lisa Sinclair (BAH 93) and Dr. Paul Trapnell conducted a study on teens who text message heavily. They found students who are heavy texters place less importance on moral, aesthetic, and spiritual goals, and greater importance on wealth and image. (Ani News, April 18, 2013)

Alumnus Phillip Grayson (BSCH 11)
was awarded a full grant to the prestigious, Ivy League Harvard University to pursue his PhD. He notes that UWinnipeg has “laid the foundation for my academic success and led to peer-reviewed publication of my research.” (ChrisD.ca, April 15, 2013)

Alumna Karen Adams (BAH 67) 
has received the Canadian Library Association's Outstanding Service to Librarianship Award for her outstanding contributions throughout her distinguished career that spans public, government and academic libraries. (Winnipeg Free Press, April 8, 2013)

Alumnus Nick Ternette (BA 67) known by many in Winnipeg as Citizen Nick, he made hundreds, if not thousands, of presentations at city hall. Councillor Jenny Gerbasi says "He was holding the candle of citizen participation in city hall processes" and "was passionate about sticking up for the rights of the downtrodden." (Winnipeg Free Press, March 5, 2013)

Dr. Roland Sawatzky (BA4 93)  curator of history at The Manitoba Museum, is on the trail of a local mystery. Intrigued by a gargoyle recently donated to the museum, he began digging through the museum’s two-million artifacts and found a matching one. (Metro, February 6, 2013)

Alumnus Timmy Sharma (BED 94) received the Diamond Jubilee medal from Governor General David Johnston at Rideau Hall, for her dedication to teaching and community service. (CBC News, February 6, 2013)

Haitian Quake Survivors Graduate The University of Winnipeg held a special graduation ceremony Friday for four Haitian students who survived a devastating earthquake. Several of the students survived being buried in rubble, and they all lost friends, family and professors in the quake. (CBC News February 1, 2013)

Faces of the Aboriginal Community  UWinnipeg alumni noted for contributions to the province include:

  • David Chartrand (Hon. LLD 12)
  • Kevin Chief (BA 98)
  • Phil Fontaine (Hon. LLD 09)
  • Elijah Harper (Hon LLD 11)
  • Thomson Highway (DLitt 93)
  • Wab Kinew (Collegiate 99)
  • James McKay (62)
  • Doug Nepinak (BAH 93)
  • Sierra Noble (Associate Alumni of the Collegiate)
  • Murray Sinclair (Hon LLD 11)
  • Leslie Spillett (Hon LLD 93) (Winnipeg Free Press, December 29, 2012)

Four UWinnipeg Alum receive Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal 
were presented the award by MP Pat Martin, for their dedication to making their community great:

  • David Martin (BA 83)
  • Bruce McManus (Collegiate 69)
  • Bill Millar (BA 76)
  • Sister Lesley Sacouman (Hon DD 06)  (Winnipeg Free Press, December 14, 2012)

Alumnus Timothy Valgardson (BA 94) has been appointed chairman of Legal Aid Manitoba. Valgardson’s specialties include labour relations, criminal and civil litigation, as well as consulting on governance. (Winnipeg Free Press, December 3, 2012)

Alumnus Joshua Slayen (BA 05)   is a lawyer and entrepreneur. He has been admitted to the bar in Ontario, Manitoba and North Dakota, and now blogs about law, technology and social media. (The Huffington Post, November 20, 2012)

Alumna Ida Albo (BAH 81) From the halls of the University of Winnipeg to the limestone perches of one of Winnipeg's most storied hotels, Ida has made herself a prominent member of Winnipeg's urban and philanthropic community. (Uniter, November 7, 2012)

Alumnus Don Nerbas (BAH 03)  has already produced impressive scholarly publications, and leaves others with the impression that he will prove to be an exceptional teacher, colleague and scholar at CBU, and will make significant contributions to Cape Breton history. (Cape Breton Post, October 24, 2012)

Alum Order of Canada (The Globe & Mail, June 30, 2012) & Order of Manitoba (Free Press, July 13, 2012) Inductees include UWinnipeg alumnus Dr. Art Miki (BSC 68, LLD 99), who serves on UWinnipeg's Global College advisory board, Guy Maddin, C.M., O.M.(BA 78) and recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award in 2001, and Associate Alumni Prabhat Jha O.C. and broadcaster Craig Oliver O.C.

Dr. Lisa Young (BA 96) is the new Dean and Vice-Provost of Graduate Studies at the University of Alberta. (UToday, April 25, 2012)

Alumna JoAnne Buth (BSC 76) has been appointed to Senate. (Winnipeg Free Press, February 1, 2012)

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Dr. Christopher Wiebe (BSC4 '96) has been invited to join the Advisory Editorial Board of the Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter. He is currently a Professor of Chemistry at the University of Winnipeg and Director of the PRIME laboratory (Prairie Research Institute for Materials and Energy). (University of Winnipeg, March 21, 2016)

Alumna Meghan Azad (BSC 2004) is actively researching the development of asthma in children. (Winnipeg Free Press, January/February 2015)

Alumna Meghan Azad (BSCH 2004) awarded Banting Fellowship for research into link between children’s gut bacteria and allergies. (University of Alberta, October 8, 2013)

Dr. Harvey Chochinov (BA 93)  wins the 2012 Prose Award for Clinical Medicine from his book, Dignity Therapy: Final Words for Final Days. (Winnipeg Free Press, March 18, 2013)

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Alumna Stephanie Kleysen (BSC4 2016) had an excellent first pro basketball year. (Winnipeg Sun June 6, 2017)

Alumna Emma Gray (Collegiate 2016) is making waves rowing. (The Winnipeg Free Press January 9, 2017)

Alumna Keneca Pingue-Giles (Collegiate 2011) named first CIS women's basketball player of the year from Manitoba.

Alumnus Edward Ledohowski (BSC 74) is an active member of the Heather Curling Club and is working on an illustrated history of the club. (The Lance March 18, 2016)

Alumna Joanne Schiewe (HRMD 2005, CMS 2007) is a runner and triathlete. She ran in the Winnipeg Police Service Half Marathon in 2015, raising $25,000 for the Canadian Cancer Society. (Winnipeg Free Press, February 20, 2016)

Alumnus Kenneth Opalko (BED 81) was inducted into the Manitoba High School Sports Hall of Fame in 2015 for his impressive sportsmanship in basketball. Opalko was a five-time GPAC all-star and first-team all-Canadian retired as the Wesmen all-time scoring leader with 3,603 points — all before the three-point line was introduced to the game. He also played for Team Canada four times.

Alumnus Erfan Nasajpour (BA 2008) a native of Winnipeg and a guard for five years with the U of W Wesmen, currently plays professionally in the Iranian Basketball Super League. He is teaching inner-city youth this summer on how to shoot hoops.   (Winnipeg Free Press, July 16, 2012)

Order of Manitoba

Alumna Anne Lindsey (BA 1978) has dedicated her life’s work to environmental sustainability and social justice. Under her 23-year leadership at the Manitoba Eco-Network, she mentored many young activists and helped to create a strong network focused on fostering non-partisan education and citizen participation in pressing environmental and natural resource issues. (Winnipeg Free Press May 12, 2017)
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