what does it mean to shine?
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2What does it mean to
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.
What does it mean to
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.
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
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
Wendy Sloboda [ BA 01 ]
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
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.
Read the full story: ulethbridge.ca/shine/eddie
Watch the video: ulethbridge.ca/shine/paije
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.