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Thandiwe McCarthy

Posted: Feb 16, 2021

Category: Young Alumni , Inspiring Stories , UNB Fredericton



My name is Thandiwe Jelani McCarthy and I graduated from UNB in May 2020 with a degree in Recreation and Sport Studies with a major in Community Wellness. I think my graduation was unique in that due to the pandemic outbreak myself and many other students didn’t get to have one. Not only that but moments after finishing my degree in recreation and community wellness the entire recreation...

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A voice for Black history in New Brunswick

Dr. Mary McCarthy-Brandt

Posted: Feb 16, 2021

Category: UNB Fredericton , Inspiring Stories



I write this essay with much pleasure and feelings of gratitude. I am a 2007 graduate from UNB Master's of Education in Critical Studies program. I am also a Black woman, 6th generation and my roots go back before the province was formed, to 1783.  The province was formed in 1784. Taking the Critical Studies program and writing my thesis was a very gratifying and important time in my life,...

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Education is the first step toward doing better

Olive Ozoemena

Posted: Feb 15, 2021

Category: Inspiring Stories , UNB Saint John


Olive Ozoemena YMCA Saint John

My name is Olive Ozoemena and I am from Nigeria where I worked in the banking sector. I received my Master's degree in Human Resource Development in the United States and then in 2015, I moved to Saint John. I firmly believe that business ultimately boils down to human capital management. Because of this, I began searching for an MBA program that was relatively affordable, but most importantly,...

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From the Backyard Book Club to the Promise Partnership

UNB Alumni

Posted: Jan 26, 2021

Category: Inspiring Stories , UNB Saint John



“Huge things can happen, even when you start with a small idea.” That’s what UNB alumni Dr. Leah Richardson (BSc’10), Dr. Taryn O’Neill (BSc’10, MSc’12) and Stephen Stone (BSc’10) say as they reflect on the 10th anniversary of UNB Saint John’s Promise Partnership, a program that sprouted from a summer book club and has evolved into a...

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Volunteer spotlight: Travis Bergin

UNB Alumni

Posted: Jan 26, 2021

Category: Engineering , UNB Fredericton , Inspiring Stories



One of the most challenging tasks Travis Bergin (BScCE’02, D-TME’02, MScCE’04) is faced with as a UNB Associated Alumni councillor, also happens to be the one he values and cherishes most of all. He says serving as chair of the scholarships and awards’ committee, and learning about the remarkable accomplishments of UNB students and alumni, has been one of greatest...

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UNB PhD candidate helps develop Black history resource for New Brunswick teachers

UNB Alumni

Posted: Jan 26, 2021

Category: UNB Fredericton , Inspiring Stories



Alicia Noreiga-Mundaroy (BEd’11, MEd’16) came to New Brunswick from Trinidad and Tobago in 2018 to pursue her PhD in education at UNB. Two years later, she says that she could see herself making the province her new home. “It’s so quiet and peaceful here.”   She does admit though, that moving to New...

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Alumnus Jason Goldlist takes the road less travelled to tech success

UNB Alumni

Posted: Jan 25, 2021

Category: Inspiring Stories , UNB Fredericton



Jason Goldlist (BPHIL’06) has always been someone who wanted to do things differently. It was the reason he chose to leave Toronto and head to New Brunswick for university when his friends were going to Western or McGill. He was looking for a different kind of program, and the new Bachelor of Philosophy in Interdisciplinary Leadership at Renaissance College fit the...

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Proudly UNB legacy: My family's connection to UNB

Christos Papadopoulos (BSc'09)

Posted: Jan 25, 2021

Category: Young Alumni , Inspiring Stories , UNB Saint John



This is the story of my UNB family. Back in 1973, my father Nicolas immigrated to Canada at the age of 17 from Greece. Having no family in New Brunswick, he worked multiple jobs to pay for his university studies and attended both the UNB Saint John and Fredericton campuses. In 1980, he graduated with his electrical engineering degree from UNB. Throughout my childhood, he and my mother Rosa...

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John Gonzales follows entrepreneurial path to grow rehabilitation brand in New Brunswick

UNB Alumni

Posted: Jan 25, 2021

Category: Inspiring Stories , UNB Saint John



For physiotherapist John Gonzales (BSc’00), people and building connections are at the heart of everything he does. It’s this concept that he lives by everyday as CEO and founder of his New Brunswick-based business, Rehab1 Performance Center. Launched in 2016, Rehab1 offers core services of physiotherapy, massage, and chiropractic, in addition to nutrition, counselling services,...

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Q&A Josée Richard, Forty Luxe The Label

Josée Richard (BA'17)

Posted: Jan 25, 2021

Category: UNB Fredericton , Young Alumni



Since graduating from UNB Fredericton in 2017, young alumna Josée Richard (BA'17) followed her love for fashion, health and fitness. In August 2020, she launched Forty Luxe the Label, an online leisurewear brand. Here, she shares more about her inspiration behind the clothing line, what it's been like as a new entrepreneur and her future hopes for the business.   Tell us a little bit...

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