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‘I know you’ll make us proud’

Congratualtions to the 92 Faculty of Kinesiology & Recreation Management graduands receiving degrees at Spring Convocation

June 4, 2019 — 

jay johnson has a message he relays to his students.

Destination graduation. The two words often serve the role of guiding light for students throughout their journey in our faculty.

Spring convocation 2019 will see 92 of our undergraduate learners realize Dr. johnson’s words of encouragement and become Faculty of Kinesiology and Recreation Management alumni on Tuesday, June 4 at the University of Manitoba.

“I want to congratulate the graduating class on finishing their degrees,” says Dr. Todd Duhamel, Acting Dean, FKRM. “I hope you enjoyed your time here, and I know you’ll make us proud moving forward.”

Joining the undergraduates are four graduate studies graduands: Yash Rawal, MSc; Victory Madu, MSc; Courtney Punton, MA; Katherine Fowler, MA; and Leah Goertzen, MA

Meet some of the FKRM’s class of 2019:

Joshua Petik, Kinesiology

How would you describe your time as a Faculty of Kinesiology and Recreation Management student?

“The four years seemed to go by so fast. It makes it hard to believe just a few years ago I was learning planes of motion and basic anatomy. Each year continually provided further knowledge of how one understands the body from multiple perspectives including the mental or physical portions as two examples. Also, since the faculty is relatively small, it was great to continually get the chance meet the people I saw daily and share varying ideas of common interests relating to kinesiology.”

Joshua enters the U of M’s Rady Faculty of Health Sciences’ College of Rehabilitation Sciences Master of Physical Therapy program this fall.


Kaitlin Fosseneuve, Physical Education

Why might you recommend the Physical Education stream to a prospective student?

“If you love working with youth and want to make a difference in the lives our youth, Physical Education is the pathway for you. I feel that physical educators make an impact on their students because we are the ones that help build the foundation for young people to enjoy and participate in daily physical activity! If you love living a healthy active life and want to make a difference in today’s youth, this stream is perfect.” Kaitlin enters the Faculty of Education this fall.

Ryan Singh, Kinesiology-Athletic Therapy

What’s next for you after graduation?

“Following graduation, I will start practicing as an Athletic Therapist at a sports medicine clinic where I completed a part of my clinical practicum, and also work at part-time. After I gather some more experience, I’m planning on opening up my own business.”


Angie Arshad, Recreation Management and Community Development

How would you describe your time as a Faculty of Kinesiology and Recreation Management student?

“During my time as a student, I discovered who I was.

Our classroom dynamic and overall learning environment was also unique in comparison to other faculties. Some days, our learning took place in the multipurpose room at the Active Living Centre, or through participating in community development programs in the city and other days our learning took place outside, participating in programs planned and implemented by other students in the class. I believe this was largely impacted by how passionate the professors in our faculty are. Students were constantly encouraged to engage in experiential learning and network with professionals in order to build on their professional and communication skills. I was surrounded by so many talented and hardworking students that went on to become a second family to me (also known as my REC Fam).”

Angie is the newly appointed Education Coordinator at the Alzheimer Society of Manitoba.


Laura Brinkman, Kinesiology

Why might you recommend the Kinesiogy stream to a prospective student?

“I would highly recommend the kinesiology stream to a prospective student, because it has set me on my personal path to health and wellness, and allows me to help others with theirs.” Laura enters the U of M’s Master of Physical Therapy program this fall.







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