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Fine tuning resilience beyond neurosurgery

Cynthia Percival

Posted: January 13, 2022 12:00:00 AM AST

Category: Kinesiology , UNB Fredericton , Inspiring Stories



Written by Cynthia Percival (BPE'78) After graduating from UNB with a Physical Education degree in 1978, I coached downhill skiing for 40 years.  Living in rural Ontario I participated in ongoing outdoor activities, including hiking, mountain biking, kayaking and both XC and downhill skiing in winter. My lifestyle was (and is) about making healthy choices and enjoying vigorous social relationships.   I never fathomed that at age 57 I would suddenly become gravely ill. During my...

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From exercise science to habit-forming tech, Darren Steeves is committed to helping people

UNB Alumni

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

Category: Kinesiology , Inspiring Stories , UNB Fredericton



Darren Steeves (BEd’94) never imagined when he graduated from UNB with an education degree majoring in physical education and minoring in mathematics that he’d end up as an entrepreneur in the tech arena. But that’s exactly where he is now, as co-founder and CEO of JackHabbit, a Growth Management System that he calls “the next evolution beyond learning management.” Based in Halifax, Darren wanted to take his years of experience and success in sport science and...

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Meaghan Donahue Wies shares her path to Canadian Sport Centre Atlantic

Meaghan Donahue Wies

Posted: November 17, 2021 12:00:00 AM AST

Category: UNB Fredericton , Kinesiology



SPOTLIGHT SERIES: WOMEN IN KINESIOLOGY, RECREATION AND SPORT MANAGEMENT  Written by Meaghan Donahue Wies (MBA'11)    My name is Meaghan Donahue Wies and I am the Athlete Services Manager and Game Plan Advisor with the Canadian Sport Centre Atlantic. The path that led me to this role is a winding one, but it comes as no surprise to those who know me that I have landed in the sport sector. I have always been a sport person - playing, watching, managing fantasy...

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UNBers inducted into New Brunswick Sports Hall of Fame

UNB Alumni

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

Category: Inspiring Stories , Kinesiology , UNB Fredericton , Law



The New Brunswick Sports Hall of Fame Inc. was established in 1970 to recognize and honour those athletes, teams and builders who have achieved outstanding success, and those who have made a significant contribution to the advancement of competitive sport in this province.  On October 15, 2021, seven UNBers were inducted into the NB Sports Hall of Fame as part of the Class of 2021.  Mike Flannery (BSc’74) and Chuck Kingston...

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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 wanted to continue with her own basketball career. But after returning from a year at...

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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 launch the conference in 2020, as an in-person event, but the COVID-19 pandemic forced its...

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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 self-management and health. In 2020, she was recognized with the NB Chiropractors Association's Recent...

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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 shocked and honoured to get recognized this early in my career," says Dr. Boyle. "When I first...

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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 back home again. One of those is Nathan White (BBA’05). Nathan grew up in Fredericton as a big...

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