Message from the Dean – Spring 2016

When we first planned this issue of illuminate celebrating “enterprising educators”, we could not have imagined that we would be publishing a week after the worst natural disaster in Canadian history hit the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo.

We know that many of our students, alumni and colleagues, both past and present, have ties to Fort McMurray and our thoughts are with all who have been affected by the wildfires.

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From principal to president

When Dan (BEd ‘87) and Carla Cavanagh (BEd ‘94) purchased Delmar College of Hair and Esthetics in Calgary in 2010, the numbers were promising.

It was a thriving business, and the husband and wife team were excited about the prospect of owning a company that required many of the skills they’d honed over several years as educators.

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Farha Shariff takes life by the handlebars at YEG Cycle

If you’ve had the pleasure of working with Farha Shariff (BEd ’99, PhD ‘12) or being a student in one of her classes in the Faculty of Education, you know that this dynamic educator isn’t one to slow down.

Raised by educators— her mom is a University of Alberta Education grad—Shariff sees education as less of a career path and more of a way of life. With a philosophy built on elevating the people around her, Shariff is nothing short of motivational, in and out of the classroom.

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“Education is way different than school”

Sean Lessard refers to his return to Edmonton as a kind of homecoming, even though he hails from the Montreal Lake Cree Nation in Saskatchewan. Maybe it’s because Lessard, who joined the University of Alberta Faculty of Education’s Department of Secondary Education this January, has a knack for creating a sense of community wherever he pursues his research and pedagogy involving Indigenous youth.

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Message from the Dean – Fall 2015

It is my pleasure to share the fall issue of our faculty magazine with you, our community of Education alumni located all over the world.

With 2016 just around the corner, it is natural to look back at the past year—a year of successes and transitions—while also looking to the future.

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Woman on a mission

Anike Bult was 10 years old when his parents were killed by soldiers in the Congo. He spent the next five years of his life homeless and fighting to survive. Some days, he was forced to get by on a single dollar. Others, he had to chop down trees by hand and burn them for charcoal to sell on the roadside, just so he could afford to eat.

In 2009, Bult was contacted by his uncle, who helped him escape his homeland. After three years in a Zimbabwean refugee camp, he journeyed across the Atlantic to reach safe harbour in Québec.

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A is for Art and Activity Books

Whether you know it or not, you’ve seen the artwork of education alumnus Jason Blower (’03 BEd).

Well-known for his illustrations of Edmonton landmarks, Blower’s work has graced the pages of magazines such as Avenue, Alberta Venture, and Today’s Parent. He’s provided the visual flair for promotional campaigns for organizations such as the Alberta SPCA, and he is also the creative mind behind the new Lululemon storefront in Edmonton’s Southgate Centre mall.

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Catching up with the Dean of Education

Every weekday morning and afternoon, Randy Wimmer laces up his runners and does the 35-minute walk between downtown and the University of Alberta campus on the south side of the river.

Summer or winter, rain or shine, it is a ritual the thoughtful educator cherishes. “That’s my time—sometimes it’s my only time,” says Wimmer. Since taking on the role of interim Dean of Education on July 1, 2015, the former vice dean’s calendar has become increasingly busy—hence the importance of those daily walks to and from work.

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