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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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“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 playing hockey for as long as I can remember. I was fortunate to have had very knowledgeable and...

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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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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 to represent my organization, but also speak on behalf of a topic I feel so passionate about. I loved...

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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 students attending UNB to support them in their education and their future careers. Meeting with them...

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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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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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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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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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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 public accounting, Anne shares tips for filling out your income tax returns, information on...

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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 summer at UNB.   What inspired you to enroll in UNB Fredericton’s environmental geochemistry...

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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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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 sector was shut down. Communities were being fined hundreds of dollars if they were caught...

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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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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 about Forty Luxe, your products and your target audience. Forty Luxe is a leisurewear (and...

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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 hours but I hope that it’s helping people. It’s been a really exciting...

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An unexpected career path for a mechanical engineering alumnus

UNB Alumni

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

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



Who knew that a mechanical engineer could end up in an innovation role at one of Canada’s big banks? Malcolm Nwokotubo (BScME’16, DTME’16) sure didn’t when he first came to study at UNB. Growing up in Nigeria, Malcolm was always interested in problem solving, math and engineering. He decided he wanted to study in Canada because of the country’s reputation for being welcoming and friendly. Although he’d never heard of New Brunswick, he won a scholarship that...

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

UNB Alumni

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

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



Jason Currie (MSE’15) may be working from his San Francisco Bay Area home these days because of the pandemic, but he’s still hugely excited to log in each day and tackle his current project – a general-purpose surgical robot. Jason is a senior robotics and controls engineer with Auris Health, Inc., now owned by Ethicon, part of Johnson & Johnson’s medical devices companies. Since 2018, he’s tackled this technical lead role within a huge team working on...

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

UNB Alumni

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

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



When Cilise (Legendre) Connell (BBA’12) made the move from her home in Trinidad and Tobago to Fredericton in 2009, her goal was to finish her business degree at UNB – (which she began through the UNB-ROYTEC partnership program) then return home to the small Caribbean Islands to find work. Eleven years later, she’s still in Canada. “I had such an amazing experience in Fredericton and at UNB that I didn’t want to go home,” she recounts. “I went back...

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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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Internship program sparks strong mentorship between UNB student and alumna

UNB Alumni

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

Category: Inspiring Stories , UNB Fredericton , Young Alumni



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

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Young alumna brewing a new marketing strategy at Picaroons Brewing Company

UNB Alumni

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

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



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

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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 applications, then found Populus. It was a very small team of only five or six people, so I got to work on...

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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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Management students hitting experiential learning out of the park

UNB Alumni

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

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



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

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UNB young alumna supports local businesses impacted

UNB Alumni

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

Category: Inspiring Stories , Young Alumni


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

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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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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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Desk Diaries: Q&A with Canadian Geographic's digital editor

Young Alumni

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

Category: Young Alumni , 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 digital editor for Canadian Geographic magazine at their head office in Ottawa, young alumna Alexandra Pope (BPhil’06) tells us about her always-interesting (and Instagram worthy) career.   Q: What inspired you to pursue a career in photography? I pursued photography...

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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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Combining their love of travel, food and blogging

Young Alumni

Posted: February 22, 2018 4:00:00 AM AST

Category: Young Alumni , UNB Fredericton


  Taking their UNB degrees across the globe shortly after graduating, Luke Martin (BSc’16) and Sabrina Davidson (BSc’16), embraced more than just their love of travel. While teaching English as a foreign language in Taiwan, the New Brunswick couple explored the diverse Taiwan food scene, documenting their discoveries on their blog. Chopstick Travel, Martin and Davidson’s travel food blog and YouTube channel, takes viewers through the streets, and to...

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CAMH Difference Makers in Mental Health: Lee Thomas

Young Alumni

Posted: November 14, 2017 4:00:00 AM AST

Category: Young Alumni , Inspiring Stories , UNB Fredericton


The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) launched a cross-Canada call for nominations of people influencing change in mental health and recently announced their 150 Difference Makers, a list which includes recent UNB grad, Lee Thomas (BA'15). As a student, Lee started the #MyDefinition campaign at UNB, which is a mental health anti-stigma poster campaign. Now, Lee is an entrepreneur, a motivational speaker on mental health and stigma reduction, an instructor for Mental...

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A look at Kayley Reed's productivity and self care tips

Young Alumni

Posted: November 13, 2017 4:00:00 AM AST

Category: UNB Fredericton , Young Alumni


Kayley Reed (BPhil'14) is the co-founder and CEO of Wear Your Label, a fashion brand dedicated to ending the stigma around mental health. Kayley is also a passionate mental health advocate, writer, public speaker and founder of Blogger's Brunch. She has been recognized nationally and internationally for her work, including receiving a 2017 Proudly UNB Young Alumni Achievement award, the 2016 Notable Young Entrepreneur award and being named one of top 10 entrepreneurs to...

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Staying organized and motivated: Work productivity tips from young alumnus Feiber Omana

Young Alumni

Posted: November 8, 2017 4:00:00 AM AST

Category: UNB Fredericton , Young Alumni


2017 Proudly UNB Young Alumni Achievement award recipient, Feiber Omana (BBA ’06), came to Fredericton as an international high school student from Colombia and, in such a short time since graduating from UNB, has taken his academic and professional career by storm. Now as the vice-president of Corporate Development and Capital Markets for Shaw Communications, Feiber is accountable for overseeing a wide variety of activities within Shaw's corporate development and strategy planning...

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Young alumna places ninth in the Grand 2 Grand Ultra marathon

Young Alumni

Posted: October 31, 2017 5:00:00 AM ADT

Category: UNB Fredericton , Young Alumni , Inspiring Stories


 UNB young alumna Kelsey Hogan (BPhil'16) placed second among women and ninth overall in last month's Grand 2 Grand Ultra Marathon (G2G). Facing her toughest ultra marathon to date, Hogan tackled the 273 kilometres from the North Rim of the Grand Canyon to the summit of the Grand Staircase as not only one of eight Canadians, but also as the race's youngest competitor. The Grand 2 Grand Ultra is a six stage, seven day footrace through the Utah and Arizona desert, and is the...

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UNB grad takes on the Toronto Independent Film Festival and the Atlantic Film Festival with screenings of his short film

Young Alumni

Posted: September 11, 2017 5:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Inspiring Stories , UNB Fredericton , Young Alumni


Film director and UNB young alumnus Gordon Mihan (BBA ’15) will participate in the Toronto Independent Film Festival Tuesday Sept. 12, and again later this week at the Atlantic Film Festival in Halifax, with screenings of his short film The Wakefield Will. The Toronto Independent Film Festival and the Atlantic Film Festival showcase the creative talents of micro and no-budget films from around the world. “I love having a vision and getting a group of people together to help...

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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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The stars are aligned for UNB alumnus vying to become Canada s next astronaut: Alex Delorey

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Posted: February 9, 2017 4:00:00 AM AST

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


Childhood dreams of space travel may very well become a reality for UNB young alumnus, Alex Delorey (BScE’07), who has earned his spot as one of 72 candidates still in the running to become the next Canadian astronaut. Last summer, 3,372 applications were submitted to the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) for two astronaut positions that will be filled this year. The latest shortlist was announced last week, leaving Delorey, a Riverview New Brunswick native, excited and eager for what’s...

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Fredericton native making waves in the Canadian film scene

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Posted: December 5, 2016 4:00:00 AM AST

Category: UNB Fredericton , Young Alumni , Inspiring Stories


UNB young alumnus, Ryan O'Toole (BA '13), is attracting the attention of the Canadian film industry with his  talent and creativity. O'Toole recently participated in the 16th annual Silver Wave Film Festival with screenings of his short films, Sour World and Brookside Mall, included in the event-filled weekend. This year's festival was held Nov. 3-6 in Fredericton and has grown to become an important cultural event for Atlantic Canada, featuring films and documentaries shot in the...

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UNB alumna named NB Young Humanitarian of the Year

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Posted: December 5, 2016 4:00:00 AM AST

Category: Young Alumni , Inspiring Stories , UNB Fredericton


Innovator, leader, entrepreneur – just three of the many words that represent New Brunswick’s Young Humanitarian of the Year, Jessica Brennan (BPhil ’15). For her commitment to helping foster leadership and volunteerism in youth, Brennan received the much deserved honour by the Canadian Red Cross on Nov. 9, alongside Humanitarian Award recipient Mahesh Raju. The Canadian Red Cross awards one Humanitarian Award and one Young Humanitarian Award annually in each of the four...

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Fredericton to Rio: Alumna blogs her volunteer experience at the 2016 Olympics

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Posted: August 22, 2016 5:00:00 AM ADT

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


While most of the country spent the past few weeks with eyes glued to the television, this was not the case for UNB young alumna, Olivia Babcock (BScEng '16), who experienced the thrill of the games up close and personal as a volunteer at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. From beach volleyball and men's soccer, to Sugarloaf Mountain and Dois Irmaos, Babcock documented her 20 day Brazilian experience in a blog, Without & About,  that will surely make you want to...

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Q&A: Ash Furrow

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Posted: August 22, 2016 5:00:00 AM ADT

Category: UNB Fredericton , Young Alumni , Computer Science


From Fredericton and Toronto, to Amsterdam and New York, Ash Furrow (BCS ’11) has taken his computer science degree to creative lengths around the globe, publishing computer science books and developing iOS apps. He talks to us about his journey and lends great advice for fellow young alumni. Q: Did you come to UNB knowing which degree program and career path you wanted to explore? Not really. I knew I wanted to do something with computers and after learning the basics of programming...

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Supporting the international community

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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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Craig Bell Estabrooks named 2016 YMCA Leader to Watch

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Posted: April 8, 2016 5:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Young Alumni , UNB Fredericton , Inspiring Stories


With a strong sense of pride for his hometown and province, UNB young alumnus Craig Bell Estabrooks (BA '08) was announced the YMCA of Greater Saint John's 2016 Leader to Watch for his commitment and volunteer efforts within the community. He will be honoured alongside John K.F. Irving, the recipient of this year's Red Triangle Award, at an awards gala on May 3 at the city’s new YMCA. As part of the YMCA's Red Triangle Awards program,  the Leader to Watch recognizes...

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Q&A: Josh O'Kane

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Posted: April 8, 2016 5:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Young Alumni , UNB Fredericton


UNB young alumnus Josh O'Kane tells us about his journey from UNB, to working for the Globe and Mail to writing a book on Canadian musician, Joel Plaskett. Released on April 1, O'Kane's book is entitled  Nowhere with You: The East Coast Anthems of Joel Plaskett, The Emergency and Thrush Hermit. Q: Did you come to UNB knowing which degree program and career path you wanted to explore? In high school, I was 100 per cent certain I was going to be a doctor, so I enrolled in science. That...

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Q&A: Emily Davidson

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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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The interview: Expect the unexpected

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

Category: Young Alumni


Employers aren't only looking for job candidates who have the ideal skills on paper. They're also looking for personality traits that will fit well into their work environment. Your communication skills, professionalism and attitude all play a role in how well you interview, but if you feel unprepared and can't express yourself clearly, your personality may fade into the background. Preparation is key. Do your homework, research the company and practice some interview questions in...

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Young alumna helping Syrian refugees immigrate to Canada

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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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Young alumna raises mental health awareness through clothing line

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Posted: November 12, 2015 4:00:00 AM AST

Category: Inspiring Stories , UNB Fredericton , Young Alumni


  From the classroom to the runway, UNB young alumna Kayley Reed (BPhil ’14) and Kyle MacNevin have given fashion a new meaning through their clothing line Wear Your Label (WYL). Launched in the summer of 2014, WYL is turning passion into impact with clothing designs that spark positive conversations around mental health. The brand includes a collection of t-shirts, sweatshirts and leggings, which sport phrases such as “Sad But Rad” and “Self-Care Isn't...

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Q&A: Nathan Munroe

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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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5 tips for life after graduation - from those who have been there

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Posted: September 24, 2015 5:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Insights , Young Alumni


Last spring we asked our young alumni to provide advice to current students and recent UNB graduates. Here's five helpful tips for new grads.. from those who have been there! “Understand that the first few years following graduation will be difficult, but things will get easier. Remain determined and persistent in pursuing your career and understand that plans change frequently and often as you go forward.” “Get involved, stay involved and remember that you never know...

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