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QA with Mark-Anthony Ashfield: Bringing the Memorial Cup to Saint John

Mark-Anthony Ashfield (BBA'00)

Posted: June 14, 2022 12:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Inspiring Stories , UNB Saint John



Mark-Anthony Ashfield (BBA'00) first moved to Saint John from Boiestown to pursue studies in the faculty of business on UNB's Saint John campus. Describing himself as 'sports obsessed,' he now works as a partner with Deloitte, is an active leader in the community, and has dedicated significant efforts to help bring the Memorial Cup to Saint John. Along with a number of community volunteers and supporters, Ashfield prepares for the Memorial Cup to take over the city from June...

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UNB alumni among Top 50 CEO award winners

UNB Alumni

Posted: May 30, 2022 12:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Inspiring Stories , UNB Saint John , UNB Fredericton



The Atlantic Business Magazine’s 2022 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 various managerial challenges.  This year’s list recognizes UNB alumni in New Brunswick, Nova...

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Q&A: Edith-Rose Cairns (BN'09)

UNB Alumni

Posted: May 11, 2022 12:00:00 AM ADT

Category: UNB Saint John , Inspiring Stories



Edith-Rose Cairns BN, RN, CCHN(C), MPH, CTH™, RYT200 graduated from UNB's Saint John campus in 2009 from the faculty of nursing and over the last number of years has been working in Communicable Disease Control. Here she takes a moment to share why she is passionate about healthcare and her career in nursing. Did you always know you wanted to study nursing? It was not until my mid-twenties that I felt the call to nursing. After leaving my hometown of Saint John following a brief stint...

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Volunteer Spotlight: Ian Hardy (BBA'07)

UNB Alumni

Posted: April 26, 2022 12:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Inspiring Stories , UNB Saint John



Ian Hardy (BBA'07) - Saint John, NB Tell us about your time at UNB. What extracurricular activities were you involved in as a student?  I came to UNBSJ from Ontario and lived on campus for the first two years of attending. While living in residence, I participated in the residence council. In my later years at UNB I was part of the Keith's Club, which ran social events on campus, and was also part of the business administration society. Through the four years of living in Saint John, the...

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Volunteer spotlight: Maher Ellaz (BScE'18)

UNB Alumni

Posted: April 26, 2022 12:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Young Alumni , UNB Saint John , Inspiring Stories



Maher Ellaz (BScE'18) - Fredericton, NB,  What is your most memorable moment from your UNB alumni volunteer experience at Skill Up for Success connecting with international students at UNB? Meeting new people in my UNB community and offering them a different insight into how to approach their UNB experience. Why did you decide to become a first-time volunteer? I wanted to give back to the UNB community, since my UNB experience has shaped many parts of me as an adult. What are three words...

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UNB Associated Alumni celebrates the UNB Saint John 2022 Graduating Student Leaders

UNB Alumni

Posted: March 22, 2022 12:00:00 AM ADT

Category: UNB Saint John , Inspiring Stories , Young Alumni



Twenty one graduating students from the UNB Saint John campus have earned 2022 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.  The Associated Alumni, in partnership with UNB Saint John Student Services and the UNB-SRC, will...

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UNB alumnae strive to #BreakTheBias

UNB Alumni

Posted: March 7, 2022 12:00:00 AM AST

Category: Inspiring Stories , UNB Saint John , UNB Fredericton



On International Women's Day, March 8, 2022, we celebrate all women, including these incredible UNB alumnae who are changemakers and community builders, and who strive to #BreakTheBias.  While this is just a small sample of the incredible work being done by alumni all over the world, we acknowledge these outstanding women and celebrate the impact they are making on their communities and our world.    Honourable Jill Balser (BSc’08, C-BA’10)  Nova Scotia...

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UNBeknownst Podcast Episode 12: Olive Ozoemena on promoting diversity and inclusion through employment initiatives and economic development

UNB Alumni

Posted: February 3, 2022 12:00:00 AM AST

Category: Podcast , UNB Saint John



Olive Ozoemena (MBA'16), Director of Programs and Operations for the New Brunswick Multicultural Council, is from Nigeria and came to New Brunswick in 2015 to study in the MBA program at UNB Saint John. She stayed in the community and has been an integral part of helping to build a multicultural society that is welcoming and inclusive for newcomers and people from all backgrounds. She is also a member of UNB’s Associated Alumni Council, and is passionate about building inclusive...

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Ryan Bennett (BSc'08) provides healthcare to New Brunswickers as Physician Assistant

UNB Alumni

Posted: January 25, 2022 12:00:00 AM AST

Category: UNB Saint John , Inspiring Stories



When Ryan Bennett (BSc’08) walks through the doors of the emergency department at the Dr. Everett Chalmers Regional Hospital in Fredericton, he knows he’s fulfilling his dream of caring for others. As one of only two civilian Physician Assistants (PAs) practicing in New Brunswick, Bennett can treat anything in the run of a shift from a sore throat to broken bones, or serious trauma if called upon. Bennett attended the University of Manitoba’s Master of Physician Assistant...

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Four UNBers appointed to the Order of Canada

UNB Alumni

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

Category: Inspiring Stories , UNB Fredericton , UNB Saint John



Her Excellency the Right Honourable Mary Simon, Governor General of Canada, announced 135 appointments to the Order of Canada. The new appointees include two Companions (C.C.), 39 Officers (O.C.), one honorary Member and 93 Members (C.M.).  The Order of Canada is one of our country’s highest civilian honours. Its Companions, Officers and Members take to heart the motto of the Order: DESIDERANTES MELIOREM PATRIAM ("They desire a better country").  The four UNBers listed below...

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UNBeknownst Podcast Episode 10: Jason Stephen on the hot real estate market and working through uncertainty

UNB Alumni

Posted: January 6, 2022 12:00:00 AM AST

Category: Podcast , UNB Saint John



UNBeknownst Episode 10  Jason Stephen on the hot real estate market and working through uncertainty  Jason Stephen graduated from UNB Saint John in 1998 with a degree in history and political science, and is now a realtor and real estate expert. Jason is a REALTOR® with Royal LePage Atlantic, has been involved in organized real estate for more than 20 years and just recently concluded his time as president of the Canadian Real Estate...

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From China to British Columbia, Brandon Zhan (BBA'06) paves his way to becoming retail franchisee

UNB Alumni

Posted: November 22, 2021 12:00:00 AM AST

Category: Inspiring Stories , UNB Saint John



For UNB alumnus Brandon Zhan (BBA'06), the most challenging aspect of being a store franchisee also happens to be the most rewarding part of his career. “It’s the people," he says. Zhan is the owner of a No Frills supermarket in Vancouver, BC, where his employees cross over four generations. He says learning how to connect, communicate and support his employees differently, while working together as a team, has been a challenging but wonderful learning experience. “They...

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Jess Neary: Top five Feng Shui tips to design your home for productivity and well-being

Jess Neary (BBA'09)

Posted: November 22, 2021 12:00:00 AM AST

Category: Insights , Young Alumni , UNB Saint John



Photo: Greg Knudson A proud New Brunswicker, Jess Neary (BBA'09) graduated from the faculty of business at UNB Saint John in 2009 before later furthering her studies with interior design. While studying and obtaining an Interior Design Diploma, she was also studying and practicing various energy healing modalities. Reiki, yoga, meditation, and qi gong were practices which put her into alignment with Feng Shui. Now, she is the owner of Jess Neary Feng Shui, where she helps clients with...

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Volunteer Spotlight: Nathan Munroe

UNB Alumni

Posted: November 22, 2021 12:00:00 AM AST

Category: Inspiring Stories , UNB Saint John , Young Alumni



When two-time alumnus Nathan Munroe (BBA’12, MBA’14) reflects back on his time at UNB, he says it was the volunteers who made the student experience even more special. From coaches to guest lecturers in the classroom, Munroe was inspired to give back his time to current UNB students, just as others did for him. Throughout his short time as a graduate of UNB, Munroe has stepped up in many ways as a dedicated volunteer. He coached the Seawolves men’s volleyball team for four...

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2021 Alumni Holiday Gift Guide

UNB Alumni

Posted: November 17, 2021 2:00:00 PM AST

Category: Insights , UNB Fredericton , UNB Saint John



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 merchandise, this list highlights exciting products and businesses by our very own #ProudlyUNB alumni. Around the world, UNB alumni are creating, innovating and contributing exciting things to their communities. Get your holiday shopping done from the...

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Q&A: Katie Herrington, UNB Alumni Student Leadership recipient

UNB Alumni

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

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



Recipient of a 2021 Alumni Student Leadership Award, UNB Saint John student Katie Herrington shares how the award has positively impacted her UNB experience, how she contributes to student life on campus and why she enjoys studying in the faculty of arts. Throughout her seven years on campus, Katie has volunteered with The Promise Partnership Program, served as writer and editor of the campus newspaper, and initiated several student-led drives to support local non-profits in the Saint John...

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UNBeknownst Podcast Episode 6: Cayman Grant on storytelling in Hollywood and why failing is important 

UNB Alumni

Posted: November 4, 2021 10:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Podcast , UNB Saint John



UNBeknownst Episode 6 Cayman Grant: Storytelling in Hollywood and why failing is important   Cayman Grant (BBA’01) graduated from UNB Saint John with a BBA in 2001, and has since become an Emmy award-winning writer and director making films and TV that have been screened in over 100 film festivals worldwide. She’s written and directed several projects, including Playing for the Mob, which earned her an Emmy for the feature-length...

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James Stewart protects companies from artificial intelligence hackers as CEO of Saint John startup, TrojAI

UNB Alumni

Posted: October 27, 2021 12:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Inspiring Stories , UNB Saint John , Computer Science



UNB alumnus James Stewart (BScDA’97, MCS’99, PhD’17) is on a mission to protect artificial intelligence from malicious attackers. He’s working toward this as CEO and co-founder of new Saint John startup TrojAI, a company focused on building solutions for robustness and security of AI. The company was first formed in June 2019, alongside co-founder and fellow UNB alumnus Stephen Goddard (BBA'98). While Stewart was working as SVP of video analytics for Toronto-based...

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Local surgeon reflects on his UNB experience as former two-time recipient of the Alumni Student Leadership Award

UNB Alumni

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

Category: UNB Saint John , Inspiring Stories



Though no day is ever the same for Saint John orthopaedic surgeon Brendan Sheehan (BSc’05), each is driven by his passion for helping to restore a patient’s function back to doing the activities they love. When he’s not at home caring for his two children, Brendan can either be found in his office reviewing referrals, and talking to his patients about their injuries, treatments and diagnoses, or in the operation room at St. Joseph’s Hospital where he may perform up to...

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Saint John developer Percy Wilbur (BA’93) helps bring revitalization and growth to the uptown core

UNB Alumni

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

Category: UNB Saint John , Inspiring Stories



UNB Saint John arts alumnus Percy Wilbur (BA’93) wants the city’s uptown core to be vibrant and to grow with working class people. So he takes some of Saint John’s “eyesores” that have been sitting in disrepair and brings them back to life as developments that fit with the community.  One of his current projects, a building commonly known as the “old Woolworths,” has sat vacant on King Street for the last ten years, but his plans to transform it...

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A wonderful start for The Wonder-Full Box

UNB Alumni

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

Category: Inspiring Stories , Young Alumni , UNB Saint John



Meet The Wonder-Full Box! A new product in Saint John, New Brunswick that has everybody snacking. What started as a simple idea to sell charcuterie boards to their friends and family over the Christmas holidays, has transformed into an exciting business venture for a current UNB nursing student and a two-time UNB alumna. Now approaching their first year in business and recently marking their 1000th box sale, Loren Flood-Waugh and Mary Frances Boyle (BAM'15, BBA'18) have been busy - and...

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Hazel Cochran: Experiencing mental wellness through her art and business

Hazel Cochran (BAMAC’14)

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

Category: UNB Saint John , Insights



Photo: Hazel Cochran (left) UNB alumna Hazel Cochran (BAMAC'14) opened The Art Warehouse in 2020, a bar, cafe and drop-in art studio located in Saint John, New Brunswick. A lover of supporting local, Cochran has given the community a space to gather for a beverage and experience art - whether that be through some solo painting, or by attending one of the business' art workshops, painting nights and themed events. Here she tells us a little bit about her inspiration behind  The Art...

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Four UNB alumni named to the Order of New Brunswick

UNB Alumni

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

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



Four UNB alumni have been named to the Order of New Brunswick for their outstanding work in the province. The Order of New Brunswick was established in 2000 to recognize individuals who have demonstrated a high level of excellence and achievement in their field. Since 2002, more than 170 accomplished individuals have been invested with the order for their dedication and service to the province, its people and communities. Congratulations to the four alumni recipients: David Christie (BSF'66),...

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Five ways to make your workplace more sustainable 

UNB Sustainability

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

Category: UNB Saint John , Insights , UNB Fredericton



COVID-19 has impacted our lives in inconceivable ways, but it has also shown us how resilient and open to change we can be. We added masks to our wardrobe. We mastered social distancing. We conquered virtual life. Now let’s keep making changes...  Start making small, sustainable changes to your daily workplace routine and encourage your friends and colleagues to do the same. Your small actions can start a...

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The women of UNB: Recognizing UNB firsts for Women’s History Month 

UNB Alumni

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

Category: UNB Fredericton , Inspiring Stories , Law , Engineering , UNB Saint John



In honour of Women’s History Month, we dug into the UNB Archives, with help from Archives & Special Collections staff members and alumnae Patti Auld Johnson (BOM’91) and Leah Grandy (MA’04, PhD’10), to share the stories of some of the women from UNB’s history.  These women are trailblazers and important figures in our long and storied history. From the first female graduate of UNB, to the university’s first librarian,...

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Get to know your Associated Alumni president: Jill Jeffrey

UNB Alumni

Posted: September 27, 2021 12:00:00 AM ADT

Category: UNB Fredericton , UNB Saint John , Inspiring Stories



Raised in Fredericton, N.B., Jill Jeffrey has a lifelong connection to UNB and is a proud alumna, along with several members of her immediate and extended family. She has served on the Associated Alumni Council since 2016 as an incredible ambassador strengthening connections with our alumni around the world and helping future students discover our university. She brings great passion and commitment to her new role as president.      What is the best thing about being an alumna...

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Julia Hurst: Navigating a seller's real estate market

Julia Hurst (BBA'11)

Posted: September 27, 2021 12:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Young Alumni , UNB Saint John , UNB Fredericton , Insights , Management



At the height of the pandemic, young alumna and Saint John REALTOR® Julia Hurst (BBA'11) shared her insights and advice with us on buying or selling a home during COVID-19. Now over a year later, she provides her updated tips for buying and selling during a fast-paced seller's market and what you can do to best prepare. What should sellers think about when considering listing their home in today’s high-priced seller’s market? Sellers have a few things to consider when...

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Ray Gracewood brings pride and celebration to New Brunswick through AREA 506 music festival

UNB Alumni

Posted: September 27, 2021 12:00:00 AM ADT

Category: UNB Saint John , Inspiring Stories



Photo: Mathieu Savidant (BBA'19)   Ray Gracewood (BBA'01) is a music lover, a fierce Saint John community supporter and a proud New Brunswicker – so it is no surprise that he is also one of the faces behind the ever-growing AREA 506 Music Festival. It all began in 2015 when, at the time, Gracewood was working for Moosehead Breweries overseeing the commercial team for Atlantic Canada. He was also serving on the board of Discover Saint John, where one of his priorities was to get an...

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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 students, and a commitment to carrying on the UNB alumni legacy. Valued at two-years of tuition and...

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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 seaside town of St. George, New Brunswick and originally enrolled in science at UNB but quickly realized...

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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 Peoples, providing non-judgmental, culturally safe, and compassionate care to all citizens.  I have...

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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 tennis and a skiing family,” says Geoff. “I remember being on a family trip on the ski...

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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 Saint John, especially its longstanding relationship to the community. Being responsible for both the...

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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 Saint John alumni in the late 90s and 2000s, and throughout the years the space was home to many other...

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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 would end up in this field. I was always interested in science, in particular the human sciences. It...

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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 various managerial challenges.  Non-Profit/Not-for-Profit or Industry AssociationDr. Bernard Lord,...

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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 New Brunswick Book Awards are co-administered and co-sponsored by The Fiddlehead: Atlantic...

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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 where volunteering will lead. Giving back can have a big impact! What are some of the volunteer...

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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 experiences at UNB with some of the youth considering joining the UNB family.  What are some of the...

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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 community.  Although recipients can't gather in person for the annual UNB Saint John Graduating Student...

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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 baking, and soon her mom’s friends began asking her to bake cakes for their family...

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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 fields.   Jenica Atwin (BA'09, MEd'15) Member of Parliament for Fredericton and the first Green Party MP...

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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, a shorter year-long program. The University of New Brunswick popped up during my search. I had not...

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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 successful community initiative. It all began when then undergraduate students Dr. Richardson and Dr....

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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 taught my sister Vasiliki and me the values and importance of hard work, education, and family. In 2009,...

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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, women’s health and concussion management. In the short time since launching, Gonzales has...

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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 type of camera, including smartphones. Mark’s notoriety as an expert in smartphone photography...

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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 Saint John business student, Forbes has strived to live by a ‘say yes’ mentality by giving...

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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 Student Athletic Advisory Council.  What inspired or influenced you to enroll in UNB Saint...

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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 and contributing exciting things to their communities. Get your holiday shopping done from the comfort...

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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 her UNB experience, one of those is reflecting on the early days of her academic career - from...

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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 the UNB REDS Track and field program, Brianna’s dedication to the sport has been recognized...

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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 research project through the campus’ certificate of data analytics program. A dedicated and...

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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 the UNB alumni recognized as Top 20 Under 40 winners. Chad Blakney (BScE’07), has...

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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 managerial challenges.  This year’s list recognizes UNB alumni in New Brunswick, Nova...

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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 imaging technologists and radiation therapists. Chevarie graduated with distinction in 2019 from UNB...

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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 backyard and enrolled in the business degree program. She had always been mathematically-minded, so chose...

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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 couldn’t be together for our annual UNB Saint John Graduating Student Leadership awards...

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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. Beyond her career as a teacher at Touchstone Academy, she is heavily involved in her school’s...

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Volunteer Spotlight: Q&A with UNB young alumnus Kyle Ferguson

UNB Young Alumni

Posted: November 21, 2019 9:19:00 AM AST

Category: UNB Saint John , Young Alumni



Our young alumni have transformed their UNB degrees into careers and adventures around the world. Whether their offices are at a desk, on stage, in the outdoors or always on the move, we love taking a glimpse into their daily lives. As Director of Corporate Partnerships at Canadian Hockey League, young alumnus Kyle Ferguson (BBA’09) tells us about his career in the sports and entertainment industry, and his experiences with UNB as a volunteer with the U35 Young Alumni Network in...

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UNB Associated Alumni awards the inaugural Alumni Legacy Scholarship

Young Alumni

Posted: July 17, 2019 4:00:00 PM ADT

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



A University of New Brunswick student was announced as the inaugural winner of the Alumni Legacy Scholarship, established and presented by the UNB Associated Alumni. This year’s recipient, Laura Palmer, is an outstanding example of the values outlined through the scholarship – fiercely proud of the institution, dedicated to making a difference on campus and committed to carrying on the UNB alumni legacy for years to come. Valued at two-years of tuition and fees, the scholarship...

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Nation votes UNB young alumna into the Big Brother Canada House

UNB Young Alumni

Posted: March 9, 2019 2:00:00 PM AST

Category: Inspiring Stories , Young Alumni , UNB Saint John



A surprising twist announced during the season seven premiere of Big Brother Canada tasked our country with the power to vote one of two "secret assets" into the game as the 15th house guest. On the March 7 episode, UNB young alumna Cory Kennedy (BSc’12) was successfully revealed as our nation’s choice. A Sussex-local, Kennedy studied marine biology and chemistry at UNB Saint John, graduating in 2012. Now working as an elementary school math teacher, Kennedy's Big Brother Canada...

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Meet the 2019 Proudly UNB Young Alumni Achievement Award recipients

Alumni Office

Posted: March 7, 2019 3:30:00 PM AST

Category: UNB Saint John , UNB Fredericton , Inspiring Stories


The 2019 Proudly UNB Awards will recognize six distinguished alumni, two honorary members and one alumni group at an award's dinner on April 5. In the short time since graduating from UNB, Krystle Steeves (BScKin ’05) and Kenneth Fox (BBA’07) have both taken the world by storm in their respective fields of physical therapy and finance, and will be celebrated with Young Alumni Achievement Awards for their outstanding service and accomplishments. As a physical therapist,...

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Young alumna showcases local entrepreneurs through curated gift boxes.

UNB Young Alumni

Posted: November 2, 2018 10:00:00 AM ADT

Category: UNB Saint John , Young Alumni , Inspiring Stories



UNB young alumna, Ingrid Munroe (BA ’13), combines the many business ideas of New Brunswick entrepreneurs into one small package – the NB Box. Dedicated to supporting local business owners, these curated gift boxes offer unique, high quality products like kitchen items, household goods, and bath, body or baby products from small businesses in New Brunswick. Munroe’s boxes are available for purchase online, as well as in various local craft fairs and farmers markets. “I...

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Desk Diaries: Q&A with Client Solutions Managers at Facebook Canada

Young Alumni

Posted: July 9, 2018 12:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Young Alumni , UNB Saint John , UNB Fredericton



Our young alumni have transformed their UNB degrees into careers around the world. Whether their office is at a desk, on stage, in the outdoors or always on the move, we love taking a glimpse into their daily life. As Client Solutions Managers in the Global Sales Organization at Facebook Canada located in Toronto, two of our very own UNB young alumni, Farhad Aghaie Mibody (BBA'09) and Bobby Hennessey (BBA'08), tell us about their bright and creative workspaces, and the collaborative...

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2018 Graduating Student Leaders honoured at UNB Saint John

Young Alumni

Posted: April 13, 2018 5:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Young Alumni , UNB Saint John , Inspiring Stories



Twenty eight UNB Saint John students 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. “I am proud to be part of this very important initiative at UNB Saint John,” says Mary Duffley, Alumni Program Manager....

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Recognizing exceptional young alumni with Proudly UNB Awards

Young Alumni

Posted: March 13, 2018 5:00:00 AM ADT

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


Two remarkable young alumni will be celebrated at this year’s Proudly UNB Awards dinner on April 6 for their outstanding service and achievements. In the short time since graduating, Kaitlyn Adair (BN’11) and Firat Güder (BScCMPE'06) have taken the world by storm in their respective fields of nursing and engineering.    Kaitlyn Adair graduated from UNB's Faculty of Nursing in 2011 and went on to pursue her passion for harm reduction and social justice. Soon after...

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Reflections from past-president: Brooke Yeates

Young Alumni

Posted: August 29, 2017 5:00:00 AM ADT

Category: UNB Fredericton , UNB Saint John


  Brooke Yeates served on alumni council for eight years, before taking on the president's role in 2015. During her term as president, several new initiatives were implemented including new governance processes, the launch of our U35 Young Alumni Network and the introduction of UNB Talks, an event series highlighting research and innovation at UNB. Her term also coincided with #ItBeginsHere, UNB's most ambitious fundraising campaign. As her term concludes and she begins a new chapter as...

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Getting to know your Associated Alumni President: Jill Jollineau

Young Alumni

Posted: August 22, 2017 5:00:00 AM ADT

Category: UNB Fredericton , UNB Saint John


  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...

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Q&A: Erin Court

Young Alumni

Posted: April 24, 2017 5:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Young Alumni , UNB Saint John


As a UNB student, Erin was an active volunteer and a passionate Seawolf both on and off the court. She was a member of the Golden Key International Honours Society, and a volunteer with the Wolfpack volleyball club and UNB's summer camps program. Now as a young alumna - not much has changed! Erin can still be found court side cheering on her alma mater or volunteering in the community.   Did you come to UNB knowing which degree program and career path you wanted to explore? I knew I...

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12th UNB alumnus to receive YMCA Leader to Watch Award: John Fitzpatrick

Young Alumni

Posted: April 10, 2017 5:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Inspiring Stories , Young Alumni , UNB Saint John


  Since the YMCA Leader to Watch Award was created in 2002, 12 UNB alumni have been among the recipients, including this year's award winner John Fitzpatrick (MBA '12). Fitzpatrick will receive the honor alongside Arthur Irving, 2017 Red Triangle Award recipient, at an awards gala on May 4 at the Saint John Regional YMCA. The Leader to Watch Award recognizes young individuals who demonstrate leadership and enthusiasm in their work, in educational settings and as a volunteer in the...

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Supporting the international community

Young Alumni

Posted: August 11, 2016 5:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Inspiring Stories , Young Alumni , UNB Saint John


It takes passionate individuals like UNB young alumna, Li Song (BA, BEd ’08), to drive change in our communities. Since moving from China to Saint John in 2002 as an international student, Song has spent countless hours supporting multiculturalism in Saint John and giving back to the international community at UNB. As the Newcomer Assistant for the Saint John Multicultural & Newcomers Resource Centre (SJMNRC), Song works with non-francophone newcomers helping them transition...

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Q&A: Emily Davidson

Young Alumni

Posted: February 11, 2016 4:00:00 AM AST

Category: UNB Saint John , Young Alumni


Q: What is your most memorable moment from UNB? I was involved with a university production of Godspell, which went up at the Phoenix Dinner Theatre. Performing with that troupe was an absolute blast and one of my favourite UNB memories. Q: Did you come to UNB knowing which degree program and career path you wanted to explore? Not in the least. I only knew that I liked to read, and wasn’t bad at expressing myself on paper. I naturally gravitated towards English classes and then...

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Young alumna helping Syrian refugees immigrate to Canada

Young Alumni

Posted: February 11, 2016 4:00:00 AM AST

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


  Two-time UNB young alumna, navy Lieutenant Sheena Teed (BA ’06, BN ’13), has taken her nursing degree across the globe to Beirut, Lebanon. As a Nursing Officer for the Canadian Armed Forces, navy Lt. Teed oversees the lab section of an immigration medical exam clinic, which processes tests for Syrian refugees immigrating to Canada. Patients entering the clinic receive blood and urine testing, and undergo behavior analysis as part of the immigration...

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Q&A: Nathan Munroe

Young Alumni

Posted: November 9, 2015 4:00:00 AM AST

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


Whether you're a recent grad or an experienced professional, there's no better time to be thoughtful about your professional life and career. Two-time UNB young alumnus, Nathan Munroe (BBA '12, MBA '14,) shares his experiences since graduating and chimes in with great advice for fellow alumni. Q: Did you come to UNB knowing which degree program and career path you wanted to explore? Like many, I came to UNB pretty unsure of what my future had in store. I finished high-school with grades...

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