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Getting to know your Associated Alumni President: Jill Jollineau

Author: Young Alumni

Posted on Aug 22, 2017

Category: UNB Fredericton , UNB Saint John

Jill Jollineau, MEd '02, Associated Alumni President                 (Rob Blanchard Photo UNB)

 

There are few as #ProudlyUNB as new Associated Alumni President, Jill Jollineau. Jill comes from a deep family history at UNB and has been a long-time volunteer with the alumni office.  She has served on the Associated Alumni Council since 2009 as an incredible ambassador strengthening connections with our alumni around the world and helping future students discover UNB. She brings great passion and commitment to her new role as president, and we can't wait to see where she'll go during her two-year term.        

What made you want to give back to UNB?

UNB has been an integral part of my life since the early 70s when my family moved to New Brunswick.  My father retired as Professor Emeritus; my sisters and I have received degrees from the university and the tradition continued into the next generation with my daughter receiving degrees from UNB.  Our education and experiences have provided us with professional careers and the opportunity to form lasting friendships.  Giving back to a life enriching institution is more than an obligation; it is a privilege.

Over your term as President, are there any issues that you feel are the most important to address?

As President of the Alumni Association I am honoured to represent more than 86,000 alumni who have shared similar experiences.  I would like to spend my time celebrating the many who have made significant contributions to their community, local and global, and to highlight many of the outstanding accomplishments of our alumni.  UNB has a significant impact on the social fabric and economy of NB. Awareness of our significant contributions will increase the profile and attractiveness of the oldest English language university in Canada, and hopefully encourage young people to choose UNB as their place of study.

If you could share one message to our UNB community, what would it be?

To prospective students I say:  #OnlyHere is not just a marketing slogan, it is the embodiment of a university that combines the extraordinary beauty of NB’s landscape with the ideals of scholarship, innovation, experiential learning and excellence.  We look forward to your contribution. To our alumni I say:  Stay connected. Let us know what you are up to and tell us about the contributions you or your fellow grads are making in your communities. Join us for Homecoming or at an upcoming alumni event in a city near you, AND encourage a young person to choose UNB.