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Tim Babcock

Tim Babcock

“When I joined the department in 2005, Tim Babcock was already past the half-way point in his career. He had been central in creating a stream of theatre production courses that saw countless graduates find long-term professional employment in the entertainment industry. He put in long hours with his students – far beyond his required load – and built deep and lasting personal relationships with so many of them. As a Chair, he was focused on the students – ensuring they could chart a path toward graduation and their career goals. And he was tireless in his efforts to lead our complex department.

Tim will be missed for his excellent war stories about the earlier days of the program, doing shows in Convocation Hall, and the many adventures that took place moving items in and out of uncooperative spaces. He'll be missed for his snarky banter with his friend and colleague Charles Porter. He'll be missed for his willingness to go the extra mile for a student – making sure they got home safe from a late call, making sure they had a solid shot at success in the program. He'll be missed for his tech-week smoke breaks, his willingness to talk out an issue, his obvious love for his kids, his commitment to keeping a record of the department's history. And he'll be missed because he was one of the architects of a very successful program that has launched countless careers. Transitions are hard, but Tim can leave with the pride of having built something that has changed lives.” – Christopher Brauer, Chair, Theatre and Film

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Julie Beaver

Julie is retiring after twenty-one years at The University of Winnipeg.

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Deb Bradley

“Such a cheery, friendly face, and always willing to help with her vast knowledge and experience in the program. Deb trained as a Kindergarten teacher and always used her background education experience to inform students about the realities of the profession. She is kind, courteous and polite, but always got the job done. She took the time to visit my classes each term and update students about meetings and advisory appointments, which went above and beyond her duties. I will miss our chats about making perogies, family celebrations about such topics as Ukrainian Christmas, Babas, and even the importance of thorough cleaning under floor mats! In her work at the university, she got along with everyone, and made every person feel special. We are really going to miss her – such an incredible human being and asset to the university. – Sherri-Lynn Skwarchuk, Faculy Member, Education

“Deb Bradley has a smile that includes and warms all. She is also tough and insightful.” – Lee-Ann Block, Associate Professor, Education

“I have known Deb as a colleague since I joined the University in 2000. In these 21 years, I have observed Deb and worked with her to support students toward their success. In the situations where I am asked to write letters of support, I often look to the committees on which the nominee served. Deb sat on the Senate Appeals Committee (a branch of the UW Senate) -- a body that exists for student issues that fall outside of ‘usual’ UW regulations/parameters. In this capacity, Deb guided students through the appeal process, gathered the documentation, and presented a summary of the situation to the Committee. Likewise, Deb served on the Performance Review Committee, a Faculty of Education committee that reviews the academic performance of students and makes decisions about their academic futures. In both these roles, Deb was called upon to make expert judgements based on her observations and expert skills. While this might be viewed as ‘just part of the job of being an advisor’ to an outside observer, it was the way that Deb approached these decisions that made her excellent. Deb knew our students well. Deb took the time to meet with each and every student enrolled in years 1-3 of our program each year (well over 1000 students). In this capacity, she formally served as an academic advisor and, while she certainly did so-, she also served as a mentor, confidante, and wise and benevolent guide. She got to know her students personally and earned their trust. In this capacity, she was able to give advice that supported our students not only as students, but also as people. Furthermore, her knowledge of the students as individuals was immeasurable when committees were making tough decisions regarding students’ futures.

This same kindness and energy shown to students was also provided to her colleagues on staff and faculty. Any time I had had a concern about a student and looked for advice, Deb was generous and helpful. She responded to email while on summer holidays, despite setting both her email and phone messages with holiday notices. When I arrived each day for work at 7 AM, it was not unusual for Deb to beat me out of the parking lot, as she started her work day well ahead of her scheduled time so that she could be sure to be responsive to student needs via email before the business of daily advising meetings. Deb truly went above and beyond for her students and colleagues. Her kindness, dedication, and generosity made her truly exceptional.” – Laura Sokal, Professor, Education

“Deb Bradley possesses many characteristics that make her a truly special employee, colleague, and friend. I got a firsthand taste of her altruism and willingness to help when I joined the Education Program in 1998. Back then, Deb was at the front desk, serving as the first contact for students and a guide to new faculty who didn’t have a clue. From the get-go, she offered valuable advice and survival pointers to help me get underway. And she made certain that I would never lack for supplies: there were staples, post-its, file folders, highlighters, memo pads, pens, and pencils in abundance. This personal stockpile of materials served me well over the years. And Deb had planned carefully. Only now, more than two decades later – after she has retired and I have retreated into a full professor role (a condition I refer to as pedagogical palliative care) – have the provisions begun to run out.

Certainly, Deb’s work ethic has been exemplary; she consistently arrived on campus early and raring to go in the morning, and often stayed late into the evening. Even during the pandemic, Deb was hard at work in her office – with permission, of course – day after day for months on end, reviewing and updating all her files (and there were tons of them) to ensure a smooth entry for the new hires coming on board. Perhaps most importantly, however, is the student-centred, welcoming tone Deb set. Her upbeat, vibrant style was infectious and shone through in all settings, especially at orientations, Future Student Night, and other events (where she more or less became the face of Education). Heaven only knows how many students Deb attracted to our Faculty; it won’t be easy getting along without her.” – Dr. Ken McCluskey, Professor, Education

“Deb Bradley is as good as it gets. I worked closely with her over the past five years because I teach the same first year students that she advises. I have seen Deb do things with and for students that go far beyond the call of duty. Because of the confidential nature of her work not many people know how many of our students owe much more than their academic success to her. Deb did much more than help students. Her door was always open to me and I fear that I used up more of her advising capacity for my own questions than I should have. Our university and our students benefited greatly from Deb's energy, empathy, and intellect. I wish her a happy retirement filled with many raucous Jets' games and beautiful evenings out on the patio!” – Marc Kuly, Faculty Member, Education

Janice Freeman

Janice Freeman

“I wish Janice Freeman a happy retirement. She has dedicated time and resources to the local CAT rescue project and done so much promote the health and safety of stray and abandoned cats. I am sure she will continue this and other important community work.” – Jacqueline McLeod Rodgers, Chair, Rhetoric, Writing, and Communication

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Dr. George Fulford

“George is a mentor, a colleague, and a friend. His warmth and welcome was a huge part of my decision to join the UWinnipeg community, and he saved me many times in my first year! He spent so many hours coaching me, guiding me, and helping me out in tough situations. He is generous, helpful, and inspiring. His deep commitment to our students, our programs, and his colleagues is sorely missed.” – Shelley Tulloch, PhD, Chair, Anthropology

“George was one of the first people at UW to make me feel welcome. He knew a great deal about the Indigenous people of the eastern seaboard, my relations, so the welcome was to me as an anthropologist, as a fellow Indigenous studies scholar, and as an Indigenous person far from home. George was my Wolseley neighbor as well and it was always a pleasure to chat with him at Tall Grass Prairie while indulging our love of baked goods.” – Julie Pelletier, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology

“George was an enormous presence at the Department of Anthropology and in the Linguistics Program; his retirement leaves a huge empty space which is not going to be easy to somehow patch and fill up. His attitude to his colleagues and his students was consistently positive, friendly and supportive. Passing through the hallway you could often see a bunch of students hanging in his office discussing a variety of linguistic topics, from grammaticalization to semiology. A number of them chose linguistics as their main interest precisely through his intellectual influence. Many of those students also kept in touch with George years after graduation, happy to talk to him about new stages in their lives. The Linguistics Program (ILP) itself would have been long gone, having disappeared ten years ago, without George putting his shoulder to the wheel and pushing it up to safety. He was open-minded in his research, always able to see outside the box and not being bogged down by any limited school of thought. In addition to that, and perhaps more importantly, George is a man with a very big heart and not-so-big ego, which is a kind of disappearing subspecies of academics.” – Ivan Roksandic, PhD, Coordinator, Interdisciplinary Linguistics

“George is our best friend in Winnipeg and a large part of my kids’ childhood in this city. But here are some things I appreciate about him. George is a good listener, someone who can perceive others' perspective even when it is not verbalized; he is also an inventive and deep thinker. His research on how Cree languages construct roots is rooted in listening and acknowledging that there are many different ways to perceiving and systematizing the world than the linguists are accustomed to. He exemplifies why understanding and appreciation of a culture has to be the foundation of linguistics. He is one of the two most generous people that I met and my favourite grumpy conversationalist.” – Mirjana Roksandic, PhD, Professor, Anthropology

Marty Grainger

Marty Grainger

“Marty Grainger joined the University 2007 as his retirement gig after a career with the RCMP. He started as our Emergency Preparedness Coordinator in 2007 and has been the Director of Security Services for the past decade. He was thrown into the fire immediately, developing the University's emergency preparedness plan after a security incident on campus. Shortly thereafter Marty was asked to take over security as well. Marty’s calm personality, professionalism, friendly demeanor, and kindness grounded our security services for many years and he is missed on campus.” – Michael Emslie, VP Finance & Administration

Weldon Hiebert

Weldon Hiebert

“Weldon played a central role in the evolution of our department. He was a central figure that supported the teaching and research activities of our members and the university as a whole. He was an active participant and leader of many field trips to various parts of the planet and was a constant and welcome face in the department for many years. He is also the 2nd most qualified person I know for Simpson's trivia. While we are happy for his retirement, we are sad to not see him every day.” – Dr. Christopher Storie, Chair, Geography

Judith Huebner

Dr. Judith Huebner

“In Judy’s remarkable career at the University, she made important and lasting contributions in teaching, research, and service. She was highly committed to self-governance at U of Winnipeg, serving, at various times, acting Dean of Arts and Science, assistant / advisor to the President, and Chair of Biology. Her capacity for hard work and fair-mindedness served her well in these roles. Judy had a heavy and diverse teaching responsibility over the years. Judy along with Donna Young and Dawn Rittberg, developed the Human Sex and Reproduction course, which had very innovative teaching methods and attracted a huge number of students, despite a subject matter that would be expected to be of little interest to young adults. Judy has been and remains a committed scientist with broad interests in limnology and freshwater toxicology. For many years, she led a group within Biology that investigated effects of ultraviolet light on various freshwater organisms including fish, aquatic plants and, especially, a water flea that is a critical component of freshwater food webs, being a consumer of algae and prey for other invertebrates and fish larvae. Literally dozens of students worked in her lab as Honours project students or research assistants. This was, for most of them, their first exposure to doing research, including running experiments, gathering and interpreting original data, and writing up and interpreting the results. Their work was frequently presented at international conferences and some of it has been published in peer-reviewed journals, which is not the norm for undergrad work given the tight time lines in which projects have to be completed. In doing so she gave them invaluable experience at critical points in their careers, and demonstrated emphatically that, in science at least, teaching and research are not disparate activities, but a continuum. The Biology Department thanks Judy for her dedication to the Department and University and wishes her the best in her retirement.” – Dr. Jens Franck, Chair, Biology

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Dr. Royden Loewen

“I don't know how Roy found the time to do all the things he got done. He was a teacher, a writer, a farmer, a sometimes too avid cyclist... Most recently, he became a grandfather, and I'm sure that of all the things of which he is proud, he is the most proud of that. – Dr. Glenn Moulaison, Dean of Arts

Brian McGregor

Brian McGregor

“If Brian was not in his office he was in the lab working with students. The dedication Brian had to his students was unparalleled. He likely taught 100% of all geography majors at some point in their academic studies making a huge impact on all of them. Brian participated often in field courses and trips, supported numerous activities in and out of the department, and was someone who students went to for assistance. The Department is happy to celebrate his retirement with him, but his presence and commitment is lost and cannot be replaced.” – Dr. Christopher Storie, Chair, Geography

Heather Mowat

Heather Mowat

“Heather Mowat is a special person who I was honored to work with over the past eight years. She made each day better with her infectious optimism and kindness. Her contributions are far too numerous to note here but I can say she brought a level of attention to her work that strengthened the Research Office and helped ensure faculty had access to professional supports and a welcoming space. 

I miss her stories of family, friends, and travels. I also am reminded of her and her son's legacy in the Dean's Boardroom... those who might wonder where the large Roman Ballista came from...well it was Heather's son who was a student who built a working prototype! I remember Heather sharing its development and how proud she was that not only was it built but that it fired! She even brought in a smaller scale version that my son used for science fair, after launching projectiles throughout the house!

What I will miss both is digging into the details with Heather on contracts and agreements. While this might sound strange, it was truly fun examining the ins and outs of agreements that always reminded us both of playing detective. We solved lots of complex matters (always working with Colin) but very much enjoyed the process. While this work goes on, every time I review a document, it makes me wonder what Heather might have said or discovered. I wish her all the best.” – Dr. Jino Distasio, VP Research and Innovation

Katherine Muc

Katherine Muc

“While I have not worked together with Kathy on a course, I have had the pleasure of working with her on many committees, most recently on the Department Review Committee which Kathy chaired. Kathy always has an open door and I have, in pre-Covid times, taken the opportunity to drop and chat with her about all manners of Department Business. I have also had the pleasure of teaching one of Kathy’s daughters, Adriana, in Cell Biology. Kathy really is the backbone of our core of Physiology offerings including Anatomy and Physiology and Comparative Physiology. Kathy represents the best character traits you could ask for in a colleague. She is dedicated to her teaching, committed to improving the learning experience for students, and conscientious and thoughtful in her approach to committee work. This last year when I served as a member of the DRC I was extremely grateful for Kathy’s leadership as Chair of the Committee. As many of you know, the DRC reviews course outlines, but it is also responsible for reviewing cases of alleged student misconduct. These types of cases can be challenging and I found Kathy’s guidance to the committee was extremely helpful.

"Kathy’s departure from our Department leaves a big hole on our Physiology core of courses. It is very difficult for me to imagine these courses without Kathy’s contribution and I will miss being able to drop by Kathy’s office and seeing her easy smile as I pass her in the hall. I along with the rest of the Department wish Kathy and long and happy retirement and thank her for her outsized contribution to the Department.” – Dr. Jens Franck, Chair, Biology

Kim Nguyen

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“Kim represented the Library's Course Reserves department for over two decades, and in that time guided the service through significant developments as technology completely changed the way the university community accesses library resources. During her time with the library, Kim was known for building strong relationships with faculty members and ensuring they received excellent service. While I only worked with Kim for a short time, I admired her dedication to her job and her ability to adapt in a frequently changing environment. I wish Kim a happy and fulfilling retirement, and all the best in the years to come!” – Lauren McGaw, Dean of the Library

Gaetan Salmon

Gaetan Salmon

“Gaetan Salmon (or Gates as he is known) has been a well-known member of the University of Winnipeg community for over 30 years. Gates graduated from the University in 1991 and immediately took foothold here by becoming a member for Physical Plant where his skillset would go on to be utilized in many areas. Born with a green thumb, Gates was the University arborist for a number of years while taking interest working with different groups on campus to help educate and train others wherever the chance arose. He was a mentor to many, including many future leaners from the UWSA Daycare where he would assist with their summer planting program.

Taking on a lead role for the exterior grounds team, Gates would spend his summers with his group of service workers ensuring that campus looked just right for when students would return every year. He took pride in his work and was committed to helping our community in many roles including a number of volunteer positions.

Gates is a board member for the University Club, was past president for the MCMA board and is still an active participant, was the United Way co-chair and served two terms on the Board of Regents. All of which is a great devotion of time and to be commended.

Near the end of his career at the University, Gates assisted Campus Living as a Facilities Coordinator. This position requires one to wear ‘many hats’ and be a good ambassador for the University. One that Gates had no problem filling.

The whole group here in Facilities misses the discussions, banter and good company. Congratulations Gates on your retirement!" – Kyle Macdonald, Executive Director, Facilities

Michelle Swanson

Michelle Swanson

“Michelle was an integral member of the Institute of Urban Studies team for many years. While I only knew Michelle for a brief period I saw in her, a love and dedication to the journal she worked tirelessly to support and saw to print every quarter. He technical and management skills as the related to the production of the Canadian Journal of Urban Research will be missed. We are sad to see our friend and colleague go, but happy to celebrate their retirement.” – Dr. Christopher Storie, Chair, Geography

Maragaret Sweatman

Maragaret Sweatman

"As she leaves the English Department after twelve years, Prof. Margaret Sweatman leaves behind a legacy that will be felt in the Winnipeg Creative Writing community for decades. Already an accomplished, award-winning author when she arrived at the University, Margaret continued to produce work in a number of genres, including two novels, The Players (2009) and Mr. Jones (2014), and, with the Broken Songs Band, one album (Phenomenological Love Songs (2010)). In addition, she is an accomplished playwright and poet whose work has been performed across the country.

"In her time teaching Creative Writing and Canadian Literature in the English Department, Margaret directly mentored hundreds of students. Behind the scenes, Margaret was instrumental in supporting the Creative Writing program, which, during her time here, offered thousands of students, from across the University, opportunities to develop their voices as writers. Whether it was hosting open mic events, working to organize the annual Carol Shields Writer in Residence, or serving as the faculty consultant for juice, the UWinnipeg’s Creative Writing Journal, Margaret worked to provide opportunities for students to develop their craft outside of the formal classroom setting. For twelve years we, her students and her colleagues, have been the lucky beneficiaries of her wit and her wisdom, which, thankfully, she was never shy to share. Though we will miss her around Ashdown Hall, we wish her all the best, and we look forward with great anticipation to seeing what she will do next." – Dr. Brandon Christopher, Chair, English

Catherine Taylor

Dr. Catherine Taylor

“The COVID closure of the University was unimaginable until it happened. It's almost as unimaginable that when we open up, friend and colleague Catherine will have retired. Luckily, she's bound to be in the building from time to time, conducting her research in her new role as Senior Scholar in our Department. – Jacqueline McLeod Rodgers, Chair, Rhetoric, Writing, and Communication

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Anita Theroux-Comeault

“Anita is a very capable person who managed her work and time very well and dedicated her passion and contribution to the team. She shares her house pictures and her life stories with us. She is a nice team member to be remembered and missed. We wish her a happy retirement life.” – Haiying Cui, Senior Financial Reporting Analyst, Financial Services

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David Welham

“David is passionate about literature and creative writing and is a published author. Students adored his eccentric style and passion for teaching, many staying in touch with him years after graduation.” – Kevin Clace, Dean, Collegiate

Sheila Wheele

Sheila Wheeler

“Sheila joined the University's Human Resources team in early summer 2015 as an HR/Payroll Associate. It was during that period that we were looking to upgrade our HRIS system and looking for an experienced Payroll practitioner who had experience with system changes as well as solid payroll knowledge. Sheila came to us with vast experience in both of these areas. Our implementation to a new system was successful with the help of our team members like Sheila. 


"Sheila built solid relationships with our employees. She could be relied upon to keep the team motivated and things operating efficiently. She was always willing to provide guidance on our processes and provide assistance when employees had questions. Sheila is a true champion for the payroll profession.

Sheila loved looking after her co-workers, not only in Payroll, but all of HR. She was a true cheerleader for the department and always brought in treats for special occasions, or sometimes, just because. She definitely ensured we were always fed, especially our one term employee, who was always hungry. Sheila made sure he didn’t starve. 

She always made sure everyone was included and would feel part of the team. She always enjoyed any team building activities and participated wholeheartedly. Sheila moved into a Team Lead and then Supervisor role during the last couple of years at the U of W. There she worked to ensure the success of her team and was always there for support them.

Sheila, I wish you all the best in your retirement after having served the University and the payroll profession over the years.” – Mark Betcher, Manager, Pay & Benefits, HR