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Class Acts 2024

UWinnipeg alumni are leaders in the community; scientists, writers, artists, politicians, business leaders, and entrepreneurs who expand knowledge and inspire innovation. Class Acts provides a snapshot of these achievements and is a great way to stay connected. Whether you received an award, changed jobs, joined a committee, published a book, or explored a new hobby, we'd love to hear from you. Please e-mail alumni@uwinnipeg.ca to be included.

The following lists share alumni achievements and milestones in 2022. See 2023 Class Acts or 2022 Class Acts for more great stories.

Authors and creators

Class of 1980-1989

Alfred, Quita (Collegiate 82) was the principal costume designer on the Miram Toews Talking Women movie. She received mention in Ace Burpee's Top 100 Most Fascinating Manitoban's of 2023.

Skene, Rick (BA 81) was set designer for Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre’s Warehouse stage production of David Yee’s among men. It was a co-production with Theatre Projects Manitoba. 


Class of 1990-1999

Blais, Eric (Collegiate 92, BAH 01) was lead actor in Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre’s Warehouse stage production of David Yee’s among men. It was a co-production with Theatre Projects Manitoba. 

O'Keefe, Jennie (Collegiate 94, BA 10) who along with Andraea Sartison and Shirley Muir are the creators of Holiday Alley a four-day celebration of art, music, light and creativity in Selkirk. The event has been named Travel Manitoba’s Event of the Year, Interlake Tourism Association’s Event of the Yea. They received mention in Ace Burpee's Top 100 Most Fascinating Manitoban's 0f 2023.


Class of 2000-2009

Keenan, Tom (BAH 01) was lead actor in Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre’s Warehouse stage production of David Yee’s among men. It was a co-production with Theatre Projects Manitoba. 

Martin, Suzie (BAH 08) was Director of Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre’s Warehouse stage production of David Yee’s among men. It was a co-production with Theatre Projects Manitoba.


Class of 2010-2019

Ballantyne, Sonya (BA 14) co-directed the documentary Death Tour following wrestlers on tour in northern Canada which was accepted and screened at the Canne's Film Festival. She has spoken about the importance of indigenous media presence in sci-fi and horror films. She received mention in Ace Burpee's Top 100 Most Fascinating Manitoban's of 2023.

Leslie, Christine (BAH 19) was Assistant Director of Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre’s Warehouse stage production of David Yee’s among men. It was a co-production with Theatre Projects Manitoba. 

Licup, Joyce (BA 19) was Assistant Set Designer of Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre’s Warehouse stage production of David Yee’s among men. It was a co-production with Theatre Projects Manitoba. 


Class of 2020-2023

Marcelino, Jazz (BA 21) was the Apprentice Stage Manager of Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre’s Warehouse stage production of David Yee’s among men. It was a co-production with Theatre Projects Manitoba.

Romanishen, Ridge (BA 21) was the Stage Manager of Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre’s Warehouse stage production of David Yee’s among men. It was a co-production with Theatre Projects Manitoba. 

Business and industry

Class of 1980-1989

Modha, Ash (Collegiate 87) was recognized as a leader in sustainability with recognition on Canada's Clean50 list. This annual list celebrates environmentally conscious Canadian companies. He received mention in Ace Burpee's Top 100 Most Fascinating Manitoban's of 2023.


Community
 
Education/Teachers

Class of 2010-2109

Schalla, Marika (BSC 17, BED 19, PBDE 23) is the youngest person to win an Indspire Guiding the Journey Award for Innovative Practice. She was recognized for her work indeginizing curricula. She received mention in Ace Burpee's Top 100 Most Fascinating Manitoban's of 2023.

Shekhawat, Dalip (PBDE 13) completed a marathon the the north pole and raised money for sensory rooms for children with autism at St. Amant School where they are a teacher. He received mention in Ace Burpee's Top 100 Most Fascinating Manitoban's of 2023.


Entrepreneurs
Law and public service

Class of 1980-1989

Burzynski, Richard (BA 82) was appointed as an Officer in the Order of Canada for his dedication and influential leadership in shaping the worldwide response to HIV/AIDS. He is Senior Advisor, Universal Access Partnerships UNAIDS.

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM)
Sports 

Class of 2000-2009

Menzies, Jayme (BSC 09) was inducted into the North American Indigenous Athletics Hall of Fame. She was captain of the Wesmen Women's volleyball team for three years, coached Team Manitoba at the North American Indigenous games, and was named Manitoba's Female Indigenous Coach of the Decade. She received mention in Ace Burpee's Top 100 Most Fascinating Manitoban's of 2023.