Black business grad hopes to one day work internationally

Hanna Daniel has made it her business to foster diversity by empowering others

Black business grad hopes to one day work internationallyLike an itch that needs scratching, when Hanna Daniel sees something that cries out to be done, she doesn’t regard it as optional. So when the business student arrived at the University of Alberta and realized there was no campus group for black students, she got down to the business of starting one. After a…

‘These are really badass people’: Grad finds her calling in nursing

How one student found her voice as an advocate for patients and other nurses

‘These are really badass people’: Grad finds her calling in nursingCool air blew from above, nearly as bracing as the antiseptic smell of chlorhexidine that wafted through the operating room. The surgeon bent over a completely still older man, carefully inserting a small wire into an artery in the patient’s groin, searching for the path to repair an aneurysm. It was the first time Hanna…

Student-led academic journal showcases undergraduate research in arts

Crossings is the first to bridge undergrad research across all arts programs

Student-led academic journal showcases undergraduate research in artsA new student-led academic journal – peer-reviewed by students – has launched in the University of Alberta’s Faculty of Arts to showcase some of the finest undergraduate work in the social sciences, humanities and fine arts. Called Crossings, the annual publication contains perspectives as varied as a Marxist critique of capitalist trends in the theatre, an…

Grad mixes science, journalism in quest for versatile skill set

For Tom Ndekezi, university was a chance to gain practical skills not only for a variety of jobs but a variety of careers

Grad mixes science, journalism in quest for versatile skill setTom Ndekezi remembers hearing a statistic during his second year at university that would drive every decision about his academic future from then on: members of his generation can expect to have six to eight careers in their lifetime. “Not even just jobs, but careers,” said the graduating University of Alberta Faculty of Science student.…

Volunteer mentors prepare students for a world beyond university

The support of volunteer mentors helps students built their confidence

Volunteer mentors prepare students for a world beyond universityAbigail Brodhead considers herself a quiet person, shy about striking up conversations and asking questions. So when the COVID-19 pandemic shelved the University of Alberta student’s in-person practicum in the spring of 2020, she was concerned about making a go of it online. “I worried about how I would take control of my own learning,” said Brodhead,…

Nationwide citizen science program critical for bird conservation

Canadian Nightjar Survey recruits volunteer citizen scientists for the study of nocturnal birds

Nationwide citizen science program critical for bird conservationTen years ago, University of Alberta PhD candidate Elly Knight started a volunteer citizen science program. Since then, the Canadian Nightjar Survey has grown from a single volunteer in southern British Columbia to several hundred citizen scientists across the country – and more volunteers are needed. Their mission? To monitor the nightjars that breed in Canada. These fascinating,…

Making caring a key for business

Kevin Zentner turned his academic career around by getting involved, working with the less fortunate

Making caring a key for businessIn the weeks before his first University of Alberta classes in 2016, Kevin Zentner nervously paced the campus, trying to keep the acronyms straight. “I had no idea what everyone was saying when they said SUB or HUB or CAB or whatever else,” said Zentner. “It sounds funny but that anxiety was massive for me.”…

Short-term voluntourism one way to enrich your travel experience

Wherever you travel, you will have a more meaningful trip by connecting with locals

Short-term voluntourism one way to enrich your travel experienceVolunteer vacations are becoming so popular that the travel industry has coined a word for this kind of tourism. Now you can search the web for voluntourism and find hundreds of sites that provide travel with a heavy focus on volunteering. Many of those programs have you signing up for a week or two, or…

Confronting retirement with thought and planning

Give yourself some time to evaluate options. Be honest with your ego and let your imagination troll through deep waters

Confronting retirement with thought and planningA lot of my friends are retiring. And there are many retirement models being thought about, reviewed, argued and applied or avoided. But it doesn’t really appear to me that any of them were exhaustively analyzed before selection. In fact, many seem to be derived from previous family practice (i.e. what parents did), simply made…

Canadian seniors’ volunteer efforts valued at nearly $11 billion

Volunteers over the age of 65 contribute on average 214 volunteer hours annually.

Canadian seniors’ volunteer efforts valued at nearly $11 billionJust how valuable are seniors in Canadian society? A new study has put a dollar figure on the value of volunteerism by Canadian seniors and it’s pegged at a whopping $10.9 billion. The Revera Report on Aging: Living a Life of Purpose, the 8th report on aging and ageism released Thursday by Revera, one of…

Firefighters honour colleagues at ball

Chief Ron Hope he said 2018 was a slower year for the department with only 120 to 130 emergency calls

Firefighters honour colleagues at ballKenneth Brown of The Clarion The community’s firefighters have gathered to celebrate their efforts, and there was no shortage of service awards being handed out to the local volunteers. The annual Firefighter’s Ball was held on Feb. 2 at the Elks Hall. The event includes a catered meal, speeches, door prizes, raffles and entertainment, but…

Our volunteer firefighters love making a difference

The Kindersley Volunteer Fire Department has members who come from near and far

Our volunteer firefighters love making a differenceJoan Janzen for The Clarion The Kindersley Volunteer Fire Department has members who come from near and far. Mitch Hope, who grew up in Kindersley, has been part of the team since 2003. “I joined when I was 16. There were a few hoops to jump through to do that; there’s stipulations on what you…

Lions Club looks to grow in Kindersley

The club’s members are brainstorming recruitment strategies as they try to grow

Lions Club looks to grow in KindersleyKenneth Brown of The Clarion Kindersley has a new Lions Club branch and the clubs current members are now serving the community and trying to grow the club to obtain its charter. There are several ways to support a community, and joining a service club or fraternal organization is one way to give back. Membership…

Keeping the local food bank running smoothly

An average of 70 hampers go out each month within the Kindersley and Eston regions

Keeping the local food bank running smoothlyJoan Janzen of The Clarion On Monday afternoon in the third week of November, volunteers Heather Medcoff and Lois Huber were hard at work assembling food hampers at the Kindersley and District Food Bank, preparing for the monthly distribution of hampers to follow. Leslie Omness and Audrey Heit were also helping. “We put food donations…
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