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From the Backyard Book Club to the Promise Partnership

UNB Alumni

Posted: January 26, 2021 12:00:00 AM AST

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: January 26, 2021 12:00:00 AM AST

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: January 26, 2021 12:00:00 AM AST

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: January 25, 2021 12:00:00 AM AST

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: January 25, 2021 12:00:00 AM AST

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: January 25, 2021 12:00:00 AM AST

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: January 25, 2021 12:00:00 AM AST

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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Mark Hemmings: Five tips for better smartphone photographs

Mark Hemmings (BA'96)

Posted: January 25, 2021 12:00:00 AM AST

Category: UNB Saint John, Insights



For over two decades Mark Hemmings of Mark Hemmings Photography Inc has been creating photographs for clients both nationally and around the world. Mark’s (pre-COVID-19) annual international photo workshops have been held in Japan, Italy, Mexico and the Caribbean. These workshops began in 2005, and have been geared toward beginner and intermediate hobbyist photographers using any...

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From UNB to Dragon’s Den and beyond

UNB Alumni

Posted: January 20, 2021 12:00:00 AM AST

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



Curtis Kennedy (BScME, DTME) has been busy in the last few years. He recently pitched his product, Vertiball, on CBC’s Dragon’s Den and accepted a deal from dragon Arlene Dickinson. But there’s been a lot more going on behind the scenes. Curtis has been working since 2017 to develop and pitch his simple idea to ease chronic pain. “It’s been a lot of work and long...

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Mother-daughter renaissance college alumni tackle systemic discrimination in Canada

UNB Alumni

Posted: January 18, 2021 12:00:00 AM AST

Category: Inspiring Stories, UNB Fredericton



Josie McKinney (BPHIL’04) came by her dedication to community and Indigenous issues naturally. Her mother, Patsy McKinney (BPHIL’07), has always been a passionate organizer and advocate in the Mi'kmaq and Maliseet communities, and Josie had grown up taking part in daily conversations around the kitchen table in her Harvey, N.B. home about politics and rights issues. “My whole...

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Materials engineer goes digital

UNB Alumni

Posted: January 15, 2021 12:00:00 AM AST

Category: UNB Fredericton, Engineering, Inspiring Stories



Fredericton native Donna Dykeman (BScME’99, MScME’01) always enjoyed the sciences, so when she started her undergraduate degree at UNB she chose Mechanical Engineering because she discovered she enjoyed learning about and working with structural materials for mechanical design. “I remember enjoying the project work we did in undergrad where we were designing for the real...

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A sterling donation with historical significance

UNB Alumni

Posted: January 4, 2021 12:00:00 AM AST

Category: UNB Fredericton



No one knows exactly how it was first acquired, but a unique sterling silver tea service donated to the university has been in the Tibbits family for at least four generations. And given the Tibbits family’s long and historic connection to UNB and the province, its return to New Brunswick is cause for a bit of celebration, if not a full-fledged formal tea. It all began with the Honourable...

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