Karen Cook [BEd/97, MBA/09] understands the importance of relationship-building.
For example, her first year as Project Manager, Community Engagement at the U of M’s Bannatyne campus in 2012 was spent primarily meeting with non-profit community organizations and residents close to campus. Cook also attended area Pow Wows, school events and community meetings to get a sense of the types of programming and support that would be needed.
Carla Loewen [BEd/01, BA/03, MEd/16] has also seen the value of community firsthand, through her work with the Neechiwaken Indigenous Peer Mentor and Qualico Bridge to Success programs, both of which provide support to Indigenous students on campus. She was also recently named as the alumni representative on the Board of Governors.
“When I started at the U of M, it was coming out of a period of not really knowing what I wanted to do,” she says. “I just remember being a student and loved being on campus. Since 2005, I’ve really embraced that.