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An unexpected career path for a mechanical engineering alumnus

UNB Alumni

Posted: January 11, 2021 12:00:00 AM AST

Category: Inspiring Stories, UNB Fredericton, Engineering, Young Alumni



Who knew that a mechanical engineer could end up in an innovation role at one of Canada’s big banks? Malcolm Nwokotubo (BScME’16, DTME’16) sure didn’t when he first came to study at UNB. Growing up in Nigeria, Malcolm was always interested in problem solving, math and engineering. He decided he wanted to study in Canada because of the country’s reputation for being...

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Volunteer spotlight: Jennifer Forbes (BBA'12)

UNB Alumni

Posted: November 25, 2020 12:00:00 AM AST

Category: UNB Saint John, Young Alumni, Inspiring Stories



Among the 28 mentors who joined us this month on Zoom, for our annual Career Talks student alumni networking event, was UNB young alumna Jennifer Forbes (BBA’12). A remarkable alumna volunteer, Forbes leaves a lasting impact on students having volunteered much of her time and talent to supporting the next generation of alumni over the last number of years. Since her own time as a UNB...

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Q&A: Hanna Grossman, UNB Alumni Student Leadership Recipient

UNBSJ student, Hanna Grossman

Posted: November 24, 2020 12:00:00 AM AST

Category: Inspiring Stories, Young Alumni, UNB Saint John



Recipient of a 2020 Alumni Student Leadership Award, UNB Saint John student Hanna Grossman shares how the award has positively impacted her UNB experience and how she contributes to student life amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Throughout her time on campus, Hanna has been a proud member of the Seawolves women's basketball team, a tutor with the Promise Partnership, as well as president of the...

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Lauren Holden: Holiday recipes

Lauren Holden (BSc'17)

Posted: November 24, 2020 12:00:00 AM AST

Category: UNB Fredericton, Insights



UNB young alumna Lauren Holden (BSc'17) is the face behind Lau's Healthy Life, a food and lifestyle blog featuring a healthy and delicious recipe index, as well as an e-cookbook. Originally from Prince Edward Island, Lauren later graduated from UNB's faculty of science and now lives in Toronto, where she is pursuing further studies. Passionate about living a healthy...

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NB Chiropractors Association recognizes UNB young alumna

UNB Alumni

Posted: November 24, 2020 12:00:00 AM AST

Category: Young Alumni, Kinesiology, Inspiring Stories, UNB Fredericton



This month, UNB young alumna Dr. Maria Boyle (BScKin'16) was recognized by the NB Chiropractors Association with the Recent Graduate Award. This award recognizes the tremendous contributions of a recent graduate under five years, who has demonstrated success transitioning from school into practice, as well as a commitment and dedication to advancing the profession or their community. "I was...

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Innovating the restaurant of the future

UNB Alumni

Posted: November 19, 2020 12:00:00 AM AST

Category: Inspiring Stories, UNB Fredericton, Management



Everyone knows restaurants are a tough business in the best of times. These are not the best of times. The COVID-19 pandemic has taken a toll on the restaurant industry globally, and New Brunswick is no exception. When the lockdown happened in March of 2020, the owners of Pomodori Pizzeria in Saint John worked quickly and innovatively to be able to not only stay afloat but turn out even more of...

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Returning to New Brunswick to work from home

UNB Alumni

Posted: November 18, 2020 12:00:00 AM AST

Category: Inspiring Stories, Management, UNB Fredericton, Kinesiology



There’s an interesting trend happening these days. Real estate in New Brunswick is a hot commodity and there’s a migration of young people into the province instead of out. The COVID-19 work-from-home movement, along with the safe reputation of the Atlantic Bubble and housing prices that are affordable, have created the perfect storm that’s attracting many New Brunswickers...

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Alumni holiday gift guide

UNB Alumni

Posted: November 16, 2020 12:00:00 AM AST

Category: UNB Saint John, Insights, UNB Fredericton



Share your UNB alumni pride this holiday season! In the spirit of the upcoming holidays and supporting ‘local,’ we’ve created a gift guide to help you find unique gifts for the special people in your life. Along with UNB swag items, this list highlights exciting products and businesses by our very own #ProudlyUNB alumni. Around the world, UNB alumni are creating, innovating...

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Volunteer spotlight: Beverly Guimond

UNB Alumni

Posted: October 28, 2020 12:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Inspiring Stories, UNB Saint John, UNB Fredericton



For UNB Saint John alumna Beverly Guimond (BBA’04), volunteering time to her alma mater as treasurer of the Associated Alumni has been a positive and rewarding experience. A chartered professional accountant in Saint John, Beverly first moved to Canada from her home in Zimbabwe to travel and study abroad in the faculty of business at UNBSJ. Though there are many things she treasures about...

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Q&A: Brianna Forbes, UNB Alumni Student Leadership Recipient

UNB student, Brianna Forbes

Posted: October 26, 2020 12:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Young Alumni, UNB Saint John, Inspiring Stories



UNB Saint John biology-psychology student, Brianna Forbes, is a strong leader on campus and in her community. She has served as student representative on the UNB Board of Governors, as well as SASE representative on the Students’ Representative Council, and has also been an active member of UNB MEDLIFE, UNB World University Service of Canada and UNB Global Brigades. A three year-member of...

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Ginny Lawson: Five tips for a cozy winter home

Ginny Lawson (BA’04)

Posted: October 26, 2020 12:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Insights



Interior designer and UNB alumna Ginny Lawson (BA’04) of Virginia Ann Interiors has a passion for design and for nature. Inspired by the rich history and architecture of her hometown of Saint John, Ginny later started her own business in Halifax, NS, designing beautiful spaces. Here she shares her top tips for decorating your home in preparation for...

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Organizational change boils down to three ingredients

Kevin Ferguson, BBA'92, BA'93

Posted: October 26, 2020 12:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Insights, UNB Fredericton



“Hey gang, before we break, I just wanted to let you know that I’ll miss our afternoon call today. A friend I’ve known for 25 years passed away yesterday from Covid and I have to go see his family. Please keep safe everyone – this is real.”  Regardless of where we live or what we do, at some point in the past 7-10 months, any one of us could have been hearing...

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The future of surgical robotics is here - and this alumnus is creating it

UNB Alumni

Posted: October 23, 2020 2:00:00 PM ADT

Category: Young Alumni, Engineering, Inspiring Stories, UNB Fredericton



Jason Currie (MSE’15) may be working from his San Francisco Bay Area home these days because of the pandemic, but he’s still hugely excited to log in each day and tackle his current project – a general-purpose surgical robot. Jason is a senior robotics and controls engineer with Auris Health, Inc., now owned by Ethicon, part of Johnson & Johnson’s medical devices...

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How a UNB alumnus became the official rink engineering consultant of the NHL

UNB Alumni

Posted: October 23, 2020 12:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Inspiring Stories, UNB Fredericton, Engineering



When Ian Storey (BScME’96) left UNB with a mechanical engineering degree in hand, he never imagined he’d become an entrepreneur. Ian had developed an interest in energy efficiency and energy systems early on in his bachelors’ program and geared his courses toward a career at an energy utility. But after graduation, with few prospects for that kind of work available, he took a...

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The fast-paced world of transportation cybersecurity

UNB Alumni

Posted: October 23, 2020 12:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Computer Science, UNB Fredericton, Engineering, Inspiring Stories



When we think about cybersecurity, we typically think of our phones, computers and personal data being hacked. But Mike Vanderveer (BScCMPE’02) says heavy vehicles carrying dangerous goods are also a big cybersecurity concern. Mike, who graduated from UNB with a degree in computer engineering, is a transportation cybersecurity consultant with his own firm, Deep Micro, in Ottawa. He says...

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Greg Collins: Future of travel

Greg Collins (BA'99)

Posted: October 22, 2020 11:30:00 AM ADT

Category: Insights



As President and CEO of Collins Tours & Consulting Ltd., UNB alumnus Greg Collins (BA'99) shares his insights into the future of travel amid COVID-19. As the global industry shifts, Greg provides his perspective on changes that have resulted from the pandemic, gives tips for travelling locally and shares his thoughts on places that may become travel destinations in 2021.  When do you think...

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UNB Saint John data scientist pioneering in occupational health informatics

UNB Alumni

Posted: October 22, 2020 12:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Computer Science, UNB Saint John, Inspiring Stories



UNB Saint John alumnus Hongchang (Gary) Bao’s (BScCS’19) undergraduate research in occupational health informatics has been published in a leading peer-reviewed journal for digital medicine and health, and has garnered interest from national organizations, such as CanPath and the National Cancer Institute. While a student in the computer science department, Bao collaborated on a...

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A rising star’s journey from Trinidad to Fredericton to Toronto

UNB Alumni

Posted: October 21, 2020 12:00:00 AM ADT

Category: UNB Fredericton, Inspiring Stories, Management, Young Alumni



When Cilise (Legendre) Connell (BBA’12) made the move from her home in Trinidad and Tobago to Fredericton in 2009, her goal was to finish her business degree at UNB – (which she began through the UNB-ROYTEC partnership program) then return home to the small Caribbean Islands to find work. Eleven years later, she’s still in Canada. “I had such an amazing experience in...

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Renaissance College alumna advocating for post-secondary students amid COVID-19 pandemic

UNB Alumni

Posted: September 23, 2020 12:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Inspiring Stories, UNB Fredericton



UNB alumna Kalin McCluskey (BPhil’07) discovered her love for public policy through her education at Renaissance College. Since now working in the post-secondary space as Executive Director of the Canadian Alliance of Student Associations (CASA) in Ottawa, she has applied the learning outcomes studied in the program to help her adapt as the COVID-19 pandemic drastically shifted the way...

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Greater Moncton's Top 20 Under 40 recognizes three UNB alumni

UNB Alumni

Posted: September 22, 2020 4:00:00 PM ADT

Category: UNB Fredericton, Young Alumni, UNB Saint John, Inspiring Stories



Three UNB alumni were celebrated virtually on Sept. 17 as winners of the 2020 Greater Moncton Top 20 Under 40. Organized by the Chamber of Commerce for Greater Moncton and the Hub City Young Professionals Network, the program highlights 20 individuals making a difference in the community. The winners were selected by an advisory board of judges from a list of 120 nominations.Meet...

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Internship program sparks strong mentorship between UNB student and alumna

UNB Alumni

Posted: September 22, 2020 12:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Inspiring Stories, UNB Fredericton, Young Alumni



When alumna Kate Ross (BPhil’05) first recommended Renaissance College to now-UNB student Callum Hunter, little did she know they would later become reconnected through the college’s Canadian internship program. Throughout the eight-week placement this summer, the two shared a positive learning experience and developed a strong mentor-mentee relationship that they look forward to...

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UNB alumni recognized by Atlantic Business Magazine’s 2020 Top 50 CEO Awards

UNB Alumni

Posted: September 21, 2020 12:00:00 PM ADT

Category: UNB Fredericton, UNB Saint John, Inspiring Stories



The Atlantic Business Magazine’s 2020 Top 50 CEO Awards recently recognized seven UNB alumni.  Since 1999, the Top 50 CEO Awards celebrates accomplished business leaders in the Atlantic region. Nominations are submitted by the magazine’s readers and nominees are judged according to corporate, community and industry involvement, as well as company growth and response to various...

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Young alumna brewing a new marketing strategy at Picaroons Brewing Company

UNB Alumni

Posted: September 17, 2020 12:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Management, Inspiring Stories, Young Alumni, UNB Fredericton



Experience counts when you’re developing growth and marketing strategies for companies. Kate McPherson (BBA’19) has it – even though she’s only 23. Kate graduated with a business degree from UNB’s Faculty of Management in 2019 with a ton of experience under her belt. First, she opted to take advantage of the exchange program and studied at Nanyang Technological...

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Kim Osepchook: Top 5 tips for growing food at home

Kim Osepchook

Posted: August 5, 2020 10:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Insights



As the owner and founder of Axil Gardens, UNB alumna Kim Osepchook (BSc'03) has over 15 years of organic gardening experience. Kim's passion is growing beautiful food and she has always firmly believed in using natural and sustainable methods. Located in Quispamsis, NB, Axil Gardens  provides culinary and teaching gardens as a space to help clients learn the...

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Julie & John: Principles of Financial Management

Julie and John Fitzpatrick

Posted: July 20, 2020 12:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Insights



UNB Saint John graduates and siblings, Julie Fitzpatrick CPA, CA (BBA'10)and John Fitzpatrick CIM (MBA'12), are both Investment Advisors with TD Wealth. The two young alumni share their insights into the important principles of financial management.  Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, the stock market had been on ten-year plus rally.  While experienced investors have lived through...

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UNB alumna Jordyn Chevarie receives award of excellence

UNB Alumni

Posted: July 17, 2020 12:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Inspiring Stories, Young Alumni, UNB Saint John



UNB young alumna, Jordyn Chevarie (BHS’19), has received an Award of Excellence from the Canadian Association of Medical Radiation Technologists (CAMRT) for achieving the highest aggregate mark in Canada on the 2019 certification exam for radiological technology. CAMRT is the national professional association and certifying body for radiological, nuclear medicine, and magnetic resonance...

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New UNB grad offers help to Saint John students during pandemic

UNB Alumni

Posted: June 30, 2020 12:00:00 AM ADT

Category: UNB Saint John, Inspiring Stories, Young Alumni



Clariza Bergeron (BBA’20), moved to Saint John from the Philippines six years ago to live with her Canadian boyfriend and become a part of the nursing community. With a master’s degree in nursing in hand, she unfortunately found that the process to become qualified to practice in Canada was too long and cumbersome. So, she switched gears to take advantage of having UNB in her...

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Ergonomic considerations for working from home

UNB Alumni

Posted: June 30, 2020 12:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Insights


Wayne Albert is the dean of kinesiology at UNB and specializes in ergonomics and occupational biomechanics. He says that any UNB alumna or alumnus who has further questions about the ergonomics of working from home can reach out to him at walbert@unb.ca. The goal when working from home is to arrange your workspace to avoid neck, wrist and back pain that can result from make-shift...

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Sustainability and Economic Opportunities Post COVID-19

UNB Alumni

Posted: June 30, 2020 12:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Insights



Eric Cook on The Sixth Wave COVID-19 is punishing the economy at a level beyond any crisis in modern times. Shutting down our economy will result in business failures, high unemployment and permanent changes in the economy. It is natural to focus on the negative impacts of the COVID-19 crisis, however, there will be opportunities for those with the foresight, agility and resources to pursue...

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Engaging in family leisure during a new normal

All Things Leisure

Posted: June 30, 2020 12:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Insights



Dr. Charlene Shannon-McCallum is a professor in the faculty of kinesiology at UNB who researches family leisure, as well as the relationship between leisure/recreation and health/illness. She explains why families that regularly participate in different types of activities are more likely to become a healthy, stable family and individuals - and what considerations we should take during the...

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Recognizing the 2020 UNB Saint John Graduating Student Leaders

UNB Alumni

Posted: June 30, 2020 12:00:00 AM ADT

Category: UNB Saint John, Inspiring Stories, Young Alumni



Eighteen graduating students from the UNB Saint John campus have earned Graduating Student Leadership awards for the remarkable initiative they’ve taken during their time at UNB. The award recognizes students in their final year of studies who have made outstanding voluntary and extracurricular contributions to the campus, their academic program, and the university community. Although we...

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Could Manufacturing save New Brunswick?

UNB Alumni

Posted: June 30, 2020 12:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Insights



Herb Emery, UNB's Vaughan chair in regional economics, gives us insights into N.B.’s manufacturing strengths, and what it will take for that sector to lead the province’s economic recovery. In March 2016, right after I had resigned my tenured professor position after more than 20 years at the University of Calgary to move to UNB to take up the Vaughan Chair in Regional Economics,...

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Back to work in the COVID-19 era: What will it look like for you?

UNB Alumni

Posted: June 30, 2020 12:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Insights



Dr. Jeffrey J. McNally is an associate professor in UNB’s faculty of management who studies human relationships with work and learning organizations. As Canadians and employees around the world start packing up their home offices and heading back to work, they have one big question: "What is going back to work in the age of an unprecedented global response to the novel coronavirus going...

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Julia Hurst: Buying or selling a home in today’s market

UNB Alumni

Posted: June 30, 2020 12:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Insights



Since graduating from UNB with honours in marketing, young alumna Julia Hurst (BBA’11) discovered her passion for real estate and has been working as a Realtor ® in Saint John, New Brunswick for six years. Named the 2018 Faces of Fusion Business Entrepreneur Of The Year, Julia brings creativity, innovative strategies and an eye for detail to a career she loves. Here she...

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Volunteerism and finding the right opportunities for you

UNB Alumni

Posted: June 30, 2020 12:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Young Alumni, Insights, UNB Saint John



Three-time UNB alumna Katelyn Hunter (BA’10, BEd’12, MEd’16, fourth from the left) is the recipient of the 2020 YMCA of Greater Saint John's Leader to Watch Award. She devotes many hours to being a coach, mentor and advocate for women’s rugby, providing development opportunities for female athletes, coaches and referees with funding from the government of New Brunswick....

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LuminUltra to supply COVID-19 test chemicals across Canada

UNB Alumni

Posted: June 30, 2020 12:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Engineering, UNB Fredericton, Inspiring Stories



New Brunswick’s LuminUltra Technologies, headed by Patrick Whalen (BScChE’03, left), is increasing its production to supply chemicals for essential COVID-19 testing across the country. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced on April 15 that LuminUltra is one of the companies that has signed a contract with the Canadian government to provide supplies needed in all provinces. Many...

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Management students hitting experiential learning out of the park

UNB Alumni

Posted: June 30, 2020 12:00:00 AM ADT

Category: UNB Fredericton, Inspiring Stories, Management, Young Alumni



It may have been one of the strangest and most challenging semesters at UNB because of the COVID-19 pandemic, but the winter 2020 term ended with some good news for students in the Master in Quantitative Investment Management (MQIM) program. Just as exams were ending, they learned two of their teams placed high in two global competitions: one team tied with Rutgers for third place out of 58...

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UNB mental performance coach says to choose 3 things each day

UNB Alumni

Posted: June 30, 2020 12:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Insights



Ryan Hamilton (BA'00, MScExSS'03, PhD'11) spends the bulk of his time teaching psychology at UNB Fredericton, but he’s also a mental performance coach, having worked with Canada's junior men's hockey team and as an advisor to an NHL franchise. He’s a sport psychology consultant to the UNB Reds, and is also with the Canadian Sport Centre in NB, offering mental performance coaching to...

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Tom Liston: The impact of COVID-19 on your investments

UNB Alumni

Posted: June 30, 2020 12:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Insights



Tom Liston (BBA'96) is one of the most sought-after minds in Canada's tech investment sector and has offered his insights into the current market. Large declines in your investment portfolio often bring an understandably emotional response. Many investors’ first thoughts are to ‘protect’ their portfolios by selling. Others look at these market moves as an opportunity to...

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Tracy Palmer: Five tips for eating well at home

UNB Alumni

Posted: June 30, 2020 12:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Insights



Before becoming a naturopathic doctor, Tracy Palmer (BN’06) was a registered nurse in internal medicine and oncology. Since experiencing her own health challenges and discovering naturopathic medicine, she has been practicing as a Naturopathic Doctor since 2012 and is founder of Roots to Branches Whole Health Clinic. We are all having to adjust to a new normal during COVID-19 and social...

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Tips for supporting your child's learning at home

UNB Alumni

Posted: June 30, 2020 12:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Insights



It can be hard to keep kids motivated and focused on continued learning while at home due to COVID-19. We asked our UNB-educated K-12 teachers to chime in with their top tips to help parents and kids during this time. We received responses from across Canada and around the world. Here’s what they had to say. Patti Melvin–Doyle (BA’98, BEd’00, MEd’09), elementary...

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UNB young alumna supports local businesses impacted

UNB Alumni

Posted: March 30, 2020 12:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Inspiring Stories, Young Alumni


     Even in a time when we are physically separated from our families and peers, many people are bringing their communities closer together through support and acts of kindness. UNB young alumna, Niki Burnham (BBA ’15), is one of those people. When she saw how small businesses in the Saint John region have been impacted by the Covid-19 outbreak, she looked for a way to...

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Sarah Birch: Working from home and staying motivated

Sarah Birch

Posted: March 25, 2020 11:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Insights


Sarah Birch (BBA'01, LLB'04) is a proud UNB alumna and a member of UNB’s Associated Alumni council. A former lawyer, and current content creator and blogger, she recently moved ‘back home’ to the East Coast with her family. You can find her on Instagram at @littlesarahbirch or on her blog www.littlesarahbirch.com.  This article is part of a series of guest...

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A life in service to vulnerable children

UNB Alumni

Posted: January 16, 2020 12:00:00 AM AST

Category: Inspiring Stories, UNB Fredericton, Management



James Gitau (BBA’87,MA'89) has never been one to shy away from a challenge. In 1982, Kenya was embroiled in an attempted coup, which led to the indefinite closure of the sole University of Nairobi. James’ high school advised students who could afford it to seek further studies abroad. He was given a list of potential universities in Canada, the U.K and the U.S:  James and his...

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