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Chris Unsworth, chair of the Alumni Advisory Board

From the Alumni Advisory Board

“Be What the World Needs” is a hefty goal and one not taken lightly at the University of Saskatchewan. As your Alumni Advisory Board Chair, I am confident in saying that throughout this challenging year I have seen so many instances where USask alumni stepped in and stepped up to be what this world needs.

I’ve seen our alumni nurses, doctors and medical professionals working hard on the frontlines during the worst of the pandemic, like Dr. Susan Shaw who you’ll read about in the feature on page 29. Our alumni businesses and entrepreneurs have worked tirelessly to move online and keep their businesses afloat, like McKenzie Hunter who is featured on page 15. Our alumni leaders continued to create influential change in their communities despite COVID-19 restrictions, like Lua Gibb who you’ll read about on page 25.

I admire your tenacity and courage to keep going during this trying time. USask alumni are strong and we are fighters; and I think we’ve proven this throughout the pandemic.

Throughout this challenging year, we were able to pivot and offer new ways to connect with you. This included offering a digital Alumni Week, online virtual events, and increasing the news we share with you through our social media and web channels.

We celebrated seven extraordinary alumni through our annual University of Saskatchewan Alumni Achievement Awards earlier this year. Nominated by their alumni peers, recipients of these awards represent alumni who are changing the world one idea or action at a time. Our week-long online celebration was able to capture the essence and impact these individuals had on their communities. If you haven’t checked out the stories, videos, and messages from the community, I encourage you to visit our website when you get the chance. While you’re there, make sure to nominate a fellow alumnus for our 2022 Alumni Achievement Awards.

Our most recent USask graduates experienced convocation like no other graduates in history. While they didn’t get the chance to walk across the stage to receive their degrees and certificates, they experienced an online celebration full of messages of encouragement, hope, and inspiration – many from USask alumni like yourself. With the addition of these ambitious new graduates, the total number of USask alumni has grown to 164,000 individuals living around the world.

It’s vital to keep our connection to USask strong. We continue to work hard for you; our goal continues to be connecting alumni back to the university. We remain committed to engaging our community of graduates and celebrating alumni success throughout the world.

Keep your eyes open in the next few months for even more events, benefits, and offerings for USask alumni and make sure to update your contact information with us to get the latest news.

The resiliency we’ve all shown this past year has been uplifting and each of you inspire me every day to continue to be what the world needs.

Chris Unsworth (DIPAGB'12)
Chair, Alumni Advisory Board


The USask Alumni Advisory Board is a volunteer group of graduates whose unique perspectives help the university engage prospective students, current students, and alumni in Saskatchewan, Canada, and around the world. Our 12 members represent a diverse range of USask degrees, professional fields and personal accomplishments. Together, the board shares the common goal to support to the university’s vision and institutional priorities. Interested in learning more? Please visit alumni.usask.ca

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