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  • 2What does it mean to

    SHINE?

  • 1Its a glowing passion, for work and for play. Its the spark

    of creativity and discovery, and the burning desire to do. Its

    consistently raising the bar. Its what more than 40,000 University

    of Lethbridge alumni are doing every day.

    So were asking you...

    United by a shared experience and connected by our motto

    Fiat Lux, Let there be light U of L alumni like you are

    illuminating the world and we want to hear about it.

    SHINE

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  • To shine, to me, means to be committed to a cause, be engaged with like-minded individuals and to see that my time and abilities are making a positive difference.

    3

    Janice Varzari [ BN 90, MEd 02 ]

    A two-time U of L alumna, a U of L mom, Alumni Honour Society inductee and

    an active Board and Senate member, Janice Varzari (BN 90, MEd 02) is no

    stranger to convocation. That being said, the Spring 2015 Convocation held

    special meaning to Janice and to the University of Lethbridge.

    On May 28, 2015, Janice was officially installed as the U of Ls 13th chancellor.

    She is the first U of L graduate to hold the position in the institutions near

    50-year history. To be installed as chancellor, and then sit there and look at this

    sea of students in their gowns, was a surreal and emotional experience, she says.

    I was, and still feel, so absolutely honoured.

    As the Universitys primary ambassador to the community, Janice will lead the Senate

    and its more than 60 delegates as the University prepares for its next 50 years.

  • 4Read the full story: ulethbridge.ca/shine/janice Pho

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  • 5My parents were lifelong proponents of combining skills plus opportunities with hard work for the benefit of other people. I think people who do that shine.

    Dr. Jon Doan [ PhD 06 ]

    For the more than 110,000 Canadians living with

    Parkinsons disease, there is no known cause

    or cure. Being able to manage their symptoms,

    however, can make all the difference.

    Alumnus and U of L researcher Dr. Jon Doan

    (PhD 06) is leading a multidisciplinary research

    group that has teamed up to advance symptom

    management strategies for people living with

    Parkinsons disease. They are taking their research

    to ice rinks across Canada, using skating and

    stickhandling skills as forms of therapy.

    When we tested people living with Parkinsons,

    we found they skated safely and skillfully at

    significantly greater velocity than their walking

    and with significantly bigger arm swing,

    explains Jon. Most interestingly, when these

    patients did some walking locomotion after an

    episode of skating, they also walked significantly

    faster than they did before the skating session.

    In addition to helping people with Parkinsons

    biologically and psychologically, the research has

    social and emotional benefits. If we can get

    Parkinsons patients, particularly those who are in

    rural areas, to the rink for therapy, it puts them

    in the hub of their community where they are

    surrounded by active family and friends.

  • 6Watch the video: ulethbridge.ca/shine/jon

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    To shine is to make yourself stand out and be different. To make yourself needed. To work hard to achieve. To walk miles and miles to find dinosaurs. To go over and above. To be better. To be the best you can be.

  • 8Read the full story: ulethbridge.ca/shine/wendy

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  • 9The road to a university degree is never easy, but

    for Eddie Wolf Child, it was well worth the effort.

    I knew the way to a better quality of life for me

    and my family was education, says Eddie, who

    began his studies at the U of L in 2008 in the First

    Nations Transition Program.

    From the Siksika Nation reserve, Eddie credits

    his success to the support of his community,

    his role models and his sheer, steadfast

    determination. In 2014, he graduated with a

    Bachelor of Arts in Native American Studies

    and in 2015 with a Bachelor of Education.

    Eddie Wolf Child [ BA 14, BEd 15 ]

    When youre confident and doing what you love, you shine. Im shining when Im teaching aboriginal studies to my students. They inspire me to be my best.

    In life, we all go through struggles, he says.

    But to overcome your struggles, you have to

    put in the work.

    Its a lesson hes now passing on to his students

    at Old Sun Community College. Im so happy

    to be home in my community teaching my

    people, he says. And in just a few short

    months, hes already making a difference.

    At Sun Colleges graduation, the valedictorian

    said, I would not be standing here today if it

    wasnt for Eddie Wolf Child. In that moment,

    I knew, Im really doing something.

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    Read the full story: ulethbridge.ca/shine/eddie

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    Watch the video: ulethbridge.ca/shine/paije

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    It was an a-ha moment that set Paije Ottosons life on a whole new trajectory.

    I remember sitting in my office one day and saying, I just want to paint. Soon after, Paije

    left her career in banking and set out on a new path, combining her education and business

    background with her passion for art.

    After months of planning and hard work (from conceiving the business plan right down to laying

    the studio flow), Smudge Art Studio Inc. opened its doors in downtown Lethbridge. As children,

    we all create. Then, somewhere along the way, some of that gets lost, Paije says. When artists

    come into Smudge, they can feel that inspiration again.

    In only 18 months, Smudge has attracted accolades including: the 2014 Lethbridge Chamber of

    Commerce & BDC Business of the Year Award in New Venture/New Business; 2015 Best of the

    Best in Best Place to Take the Kids; and 2015 Chinook Entrepreneur Challenge in the General

    Stream category; and most importantly, is inspiring artists of all ages including Paije.

    Paije Ottoson [ BMgt / BEd 04 ]

    When someone shines, they have a certain confidence to them they are happy in what they are doing and with their life and its contagious.

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