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UNB nursing student Emma Stephen receives UNB Alumni Legacy Award

UNB Alumni

Posted: August 17, 2021 12:00:00 AM ADT

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



A University of New Brunswick nursing student has been selected as the second recipient of the Alumni Legacy Award, established and presented by the UNB Associated Alumni. The 2021-2023 recipient, Emma Stephen, is a shining example of the values outlined by this scholarship. Throughout her two years at UNB, she has shown immense pride for our institution, dedication to her faculty and fellow...

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Nicole Leblanc (BBA’00) is helping build sustainable cities and diverse tech startups one investment at a time

UNB Alumni

Posted: August 12, 2021 12:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Inspiring Stories, UNB Saint John



Nicole LeBlanc (BBA’00) isn’t just any investment professional working in the venture capital industry. The UNB Saint John business grad is a builder of ecosystems, a proponent of sustainable cities, an advocate for diversity in venture capital, and a voracious supporter of Atlantic Canada. Oh, and she’s currently living in Copenhagen, Denmark. Nicole grew up in the small...

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Shelley Francis challenges us to understand the historical context of Indigenous Peoples in Canada

Shelley Francis

Posted: June 15, 2021 12:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Inspiring Stories, UNB Saint John, UNB Fredericton



This story is part of the Voices of UNB Alumni series and is written by Shelley Francis (BN'91), UNB alumna and current master of nursing student.It is critical for all Canadians to understand the historical context of Indigenous People for there to be true reconciliation, peace, and friendship between Nations.  I have spent my entire nursing career lifting the voices of Indigenous...

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'Learning and Preserving' Indigenous languages through illustrations

Breana Andrews

Posted: June 9, 2021 12:00:00 AM ADT

Category: UNB Fredericton



This story is part of the Voices of UNB Alumni series and is written by Breana Andrews (BScKin'21) My name is Breana Andrews, I am from Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Newfoundland and Labrador and I recently graduated from UNB in May 2021 with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology. While the human body has always been a passion of mine, art and storytelling have also always been there. Since I was a...

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“Teaching true and detailed Indigenous history is the first step to changing the perception of our people”

Trey Lewis

Posted: June 9, 2021 12:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Young Alumni, Management



This story is part of the Voices of UNB Alumni series and written by Trey Lewis (BBA'18, BEd'20).  My name is Trey Lewis. I grew up in a small village named Aldouane, New Brunswick. This small town is right outside of Elsipogtog First Nation, which I am a proud member of, and also where my mother has lived the majority of her life. Like a lot of kids from rural Canada, I’ve been...

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Professional backcountry snowboarder Geoff Brown (BSc'02) takes on his next big adventure

UNB Alumni

Posted: May 20, 2021 12:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Inspiring Stories, UNB Saint John



Photo (left): Vanessa Chan | Photo (right):  Luke McDowall   New Brunswick may not be surrounded by the towering mountains and snow-packed slopes that are home to our western provinces, but it was exactly here that professional backcountry snowboarder Geoff Brown (BSc’02) first caught a glimpse of the sport that has since fueled his dreams and passion. “We were a...

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Vice-President Saint John, Dr. Petra Hauf, shares UNB's ambitious vision for the new Integrated Health Initiative

Dr. Petra Hauf, Vice-President Saint John

Posted: May 18, 2021 12:00:00 AM ADT

Category: UNB Saint John, Inspiring Stories, UNB Fredericton



The Integrated Health Initiative by Dr. Petra Hauf, Vice-President Saint John Growing up in a small town and being raised by a village, a sense of belonging and deep commitment to community is part of my DNA. The shared value of community is exactly what drew me to UNB and the opportunity to serve as the campus vice-president in Saint John.  There is much to like and admire about UNB...

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From Colonel Tucker’s to the Whitebone Pizzeria, space is home to many fond memories for UNBSJ alumni

UNB Alumni

Posted: May 18, 2021 12:00:00 AM ADT

Category: UNB Saint John



It's Friday evening and live music bounces off the walls of the Thomas J. Condon Student Centre, as students unwind after a day of classes and take the stage for open mic night. Friends gather over games of bubble hockey, while decks of cards lay across tables from the afternoon's many rounds of 45s. That's what a day in the life of the infamous Colonel Tucker's Bar looked like for many UNB...

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Jennifer Splane (BSc'11, BN'15) creates her path as a nurse practitioner and healthcare researcher

UNB Alumni

Posted: May 17, 2021 12:00:00 AM ADT

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



Jennifer Splane (BSc'11, BN'15) is a current MN.ANP candidate and soon-to-be three time UNB alumna. She recently defended her thesis "Transitioning from Pediatric to Adult Healthcare: Exploring the Practices and Needs of Care Providers" and takes a moment to share why she is passionate about healthcare. Did you always know you wanted to study nursing? I actually did not know that I...

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UNB alumni recognized by Atlantic Business Magazine’s 2021 Top 50 CEO Awards

UNB Alumni

Posted: May 14, 2021 12:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Inspiring Stories, UNB Fredericton, UNB Saint John



The Atlantic Business Magazine’s 2021 Top 50 CEO Awards recently recognized 11 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...

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Nicki MacPherson (BN’14, BScKin'14) chooses to use her skills to provide care and education for students at UNB

UNB Alumni

Posted: May 12, 2021 12:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Inspiring Stories, UNB Fredericton



Nicki MacPherson (BN’14, BScKin'14) is a registered nurse who currently works at the UNB Student Health Centre on the Fredericton campus and has been instrumental in the COVID-19 student-isolation project since the pandemic began. She took a beat to talk to us about her journey to get here and what it means to her to support students. Did you always know you wanted to be a nurse? I knew...

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A non-traditional path for Joan Kingston (BN’78) where nothing is unattainable

Dr. Lorna Butler

Posted: May 7, 2021 12:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Inspiring Stories, UNB Fredericton



Written and submitted by Dr. Lorna Butler, Dean of UNB's Faculty of Nursing. Joan Kingston's (BN’78) career pathway as a Registered Nurse is neither linear nor traditional. Rather it reflects her character and the results of numerous initiatives that not only changed peoples’ lives but altered the landscape of their communities so others could thrive. Her career accentuates the...

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Passion and intensity have fuelled Jody Glidden’s exciting career path in tech startups

UNB Alumni

Posted: April 28, 2021 12:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Management, UNB Fredericton



Jody Glidden (BBA’06) believes that bringing passion and intensity to what he does has been his ticket to winning the tech startup game. He’s got the track record to back that up: Introhive is the fourth company he’s been involved in founding and building, and over the past year, it’s expanded its customer base by 52% and grown to almost 300 employees. Entrepreneurship...

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UNB alumnae make shortlist for 6th annual New Brunswick Book Awards

UNB Alumni

Posted: April 26, 2021 12:00:00 AM ADT

Category: UNB Saint John, Inspiring Stories



The shortlisted titles for The New Brunswick Book Awards have been announced and members of the UNB alumnae community are recognized in each of the four categories. The 6th annual awards ceremony will take place virtually on Thursday, May 6, at 7 p.m.  All nominated books were published in 2020 (2019 and 2020 for the children’s book category) and penned by New Brunswick authors. The...

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Alumnus hopes to improve immunization rates in seniors

UNB Alumni

Posted: April 26, 2021 12:00:00 AM ADT

Category: UNB Fredericton, Inspiring Stories



Older adults living in long-term care homes and retirement residences are increasingly vulnerable to COVID-19, the flu, pneumonia, and other diseases. Proper tracking of immunizations is important for knowing who is protected and when a booster is needed.   This is where Dr. Kumanan Wilson (BSc’92) comes in. In 2011, Dr. Wilson founded ImmunizeON, a digital immunization tracking...

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Overcoming illness to shine in the fitness and sport industry

UNB Alumni

Posted: April 21, 2021 12:00:00 AM ADT

Category: UNB Fredericton, Kinesiology



Jane McKeown's (BPE’99) life ever since she was young revolved around sport and fitness. She came by it honestly, coming from a family of athletes that included her parents as well as her brother Mark Jeffrey (BBA’86), who played for and coached UNB hockey, and her sister, who coached Saint Mary’s University basketball. So, when she graduated from Fredericton High School, Jane...

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Volunteer Spotlight: Camila Ugarte

UNB Alumni

Posted: April 20, 2021 12:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Young Alumni, Inspiring Stories, UNB Fredericton



Camila Ugarte (BPhil'08) - Saint John, NB   What is your most memorable moment from your UNB alumni volunteer experience? I loved how supportive and encouraging the experience was in addition to how well organized everything was. I felt comfortable going into the experience and passionate about the subject matter. Why did you decide to become a first-time volunteer?  The opportunity...

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Volunteer Spotlight: Shawn Quinlan

UNB Alumni

Posted: April 20, 2021 12:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Inspiring Stories, Management, UNB Fredericton



Shawn Quinlan (BBA'94, MBA'96) - Fredericton, NB   What is your most memorable moment from a UNB alumni volunteer experience? My most memorable moment was when I realized that a new hire at my office was a student I first met while serving as a table panelist during a Career Talks event at the Wu Centre. What are some of the volunteer roles you have participated in with UNB? I was on the...

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Volunteer Spotlight: Chris Weir

UNB Alumni

Posted: April 19, 2021 12:00:00 AM ADT

Category: UNB Saint John, Inspiring Stories



Chris Weir (BA'93, BEd'95) - Saint John, NB   What is your most memorable moment from a UNB alumni volunteer experience? My most memorable moment from a UNB alumni volunteer experience is the time I was asked to give a talk on effective communication and that moment led (eventually) to the creation of the Business Development and Professional Sales Stream in the MBA Program. You never know...

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Volunteer Spotlight: Haley Bungay

UNB Alumni

Posted: April 19, 2021 12:00:00 AM ADT

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



Haley Bungay (BBA'13) - Fredericton, NB   What is your most memorable moment from a UNB alumni volunteer experience? My most memorable moment from my alumni volunteer experience definitely has to be the first Career Talks I attended! Being able to share a bit of my career experience with students currently attending UNB was incredible. I’ve always enjoyed being able to connect with...

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Volunteer Spotlight: Hansika Gunaratne

UNB Alumni

Posted: April 19, 2021 12:00:00 AM ADT

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



Hansika Gunaratne (BSc'12, BA'13) - Toronto, ON   What is your most memorable moment from a UNB alumni volunteer experience? My most memorable moment from a UNB alumni volunteer experience was presenting to a group of prospective students at the Transition to UNB event held in Toronto in 2016. It was great to reminisce and share details of my wonderful...

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UNB Women in Sport conference ‘first of many’

UNB Alumni

Posted: April 19, 2021 12:00:00 AM ADT

Category: UNB Fredericton, Kinesiology, Young Alumni



This story was first published in the Fredericton Daily Gleaner on April 12th, 2021, written by attributed to Bruce Hallihan. The UNB Alumni Association was a proud sponsor of the UNB Women in Sport Conference.   Mikaela Dodig hopes the first UNB Women in Sport Conference “proves to be the first of many.” The former UNB Reds women’s basketball all-star planned to...

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Virtual celebration recognizes UNB Saint John Graduating Student Leaders

UNB Alumni

Posted: March 25, 2021 12:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Inspiring Stories, Young Alumni, UNB Saint John



Twenty four graduating students from the UNB Saint John campus have earned 2021 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...

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Maria Boyle: Five reasons to move your body

Maria Boyle (BScKin'16)

Posted: March 19, 2021 12:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Young Alumni, UNB Fredericton, Insights, Kinesiology



Photo: Lilian Archer Photography A chiropractor at Town Health Solutions in Saint John, N.B., and at Align KV Wellness in Quispamsis, N.B., Dr. Maria Boyle (BScKin'16) has been very engaged in her community and in the profession since joining the NBCA in 2018. She currently serves on the NBCA external affairs committee, and maintains a prominent and active social media presence promoting...

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Tips and trends for reinventing your career search in 2021

UNB Alumni

Posted: March 19, 2021 12:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Insights



Whether you are a recent graduate beginning your career or a mid-career professional looking to make a change due to the pandemic, consider these job search strategy tips shared by UNB alumni Adam Creaghan (BBA’12) and Sheri Mersereau (BA'90) in our February UNB Talks Online: Professional Development webinar session. Read highlights from their tips and trends, and watch the full...

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Slaying your taxes

UNB Alumni

Posted: March 19, 2021 12:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Young Alumni, Insights



Filing your taxes can be overwhelming, particularly when if you're not sure whether you have to file or what you can claim. UNB alumna Anne Jewett (BBA’76) addressed some of the top tax questions during our March UNB Talks Online: Personal Interest webinar session for students and young alumni. A former partner at Deloitte with more than 32 years’ experience working in...

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Returning to New Brunswick to propel entrepreneurs to great heights

UNB Alumni

Posted: March 16, 2021 12:00:00 AM ADT

Category: UNB Fredericton, Inspiring Stories



Kathryn Lockhart (BPHIL ’04) has an MBA from Harvard Business School and has worked around the world - from Toronto to Munich to St. John’s – but feels that coming back home to New Brunswick is where she can make the biggest impact. Growing up in Bath, N.B. with parents who met at UNB and siblings that attended UNB, Kathryn thought she’d break the mould by accepting a...

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Q&A: Hannah Sharpe, UNB Alumni Student Leadership Recipient

UNB student, Hannah Sharpe

Posted: March 15, 2021 12:00:00 AM ADT

Category: UNB Fredericton, Inspiring Stories, Young Alumni



Recipient of a 2020-21 Alumni Student Leadership Award, UNB Fredericton student Hannah Sharpe 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, Hannah has thoroughly enjoyed her studies in the environmental geochemistry program and  is excited to be starting her Masters this...

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From hardware to software: proof that skills are transferable

UNB Alumni

Posted: March 10, 2021 12:00:00 AM AST

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



When Lan Liu (MScEE’03) and her husband Richard Liu (MCS’02) came to Fredericton from Beijing, it was a bit of a culture shock. “We flew in on a tiny plane from Montreal and all I saw was trees,” Lan laughs. “I had no idea what I was getting myself into! It was a hot summer week when we arrived, and in China we often use an umbrella to shade ourselves from the sun...

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Learning technical and soft skills in a multi-cultural environment through co-op

UNB Alumni

Posted: March 10, 2021 12:00:00 AM AST

Category: Computer Science, Inspiring Stories, UNB Fredericton



We chatted with 2nd-year Computer Science graduate student Priyal Chandrakant Jawale, who has been working at an 8-month co-op term with Teledyne-CARIS in Fredericton since September 2020, to find out more about her experience.  Q1. Why did you choose to study CS? As a child, I loved solving puzzles and playing board games. During high school, I developed an application on a large...

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A flavourful journey for Christina Jeffrey

UNB Alumni

Posted: March 9, 2021 12:00:00 AM AST

Category: Inspiring Stories, UNB Saint John



The first thing you see when you visit the Urban Baker Co. website is the adage “Every flavour tells a story.” The owner of this artisanal online shop, Christina Jeffrey (BBA’96), has a story too. Christina grew up in Woodstock, New Brunswick and learned to cook from her mother, who loved to entertain and serve very flavourful food. Christina started cooking family meals and...

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UNB alumnae #ChooseToChallenge

UNB Alumni

Posted: March 8, 2021 12:00:00 AM AST

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



On International Women's Day, March 8, 2021, we celebrate all women, including these 10 incredible UNB alumnae who are changemakers and disruptors, and who #ChooseToChallenge. While this is just a small sample of the great work being done by alumnae all over the world, we acknowledge the work of these women and celebrate the strides they have recently been making in their...

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Community fuels great projects and even greater dreams

Thandiwe McCarthy

Posted: February 16, 2021 12:00:00 PM AST

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: February 16, 2021 10:00:00 AM AST

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: February 15, 2021 12:00:00 AM AST

Category: Inspiring Stories, UNB 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: 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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An Alumnus and Former Co-op Student Comes Full Circle

UNB Alumni

Posted: September 16, 2020 12:00:00 AM ADT

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



Fredericton native Mike Harrington (BScSwE’15) instantly loved software engineering when he began the program at UNB. During his time as a student, he took part in five co-op work terms to gain experience while studying. “My goal was to try out different jobs to see what I liked. I worked with one company on a pricing app, then went to IBM for two terms and worked on software...

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