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Katrina Brooks (CMU '15, BA English) teaches at Qiqirtaq Ilihakvik High School in Gjoa Haven, Nunavut

In God’s Country: Alumna finds joy and purpose teaching in Canada’s far north

Posted in Alumni Profiles  •  Monday, March 2, 2020 @ 10:31 AM

Gjoa Haven is situated on William Island, Nunavut, a little over 2,000 kilometres north of Winnipeg. As the crow flies, it's about as far from here to Vancouver. But the Mercator effect is truer to life in Canada than ninth-grade social studies would have us believe: in significance if not in substance, distances expand toward the Pole. While the realities of life up north can be harsh, for Katrina Brooks, a 2015 alumna of CMU's Bachelor of Arts in English now teaching at Gjoa Haven's Qiqirtaq Ilihakvik High School, this expansion of space and consciousness is a taste of what it feels like to be in God's country.

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Cecilly Hildebrand (CMU '12, Psychology) is the Executive Director of Candace House

Alumni Profile: Cecilly Hildebrand, Executive Director of Candace House

Posted in Alumni Profiles  •  Thursday, December 19, 2019 @ 1:43 PM

Cecilly Hildebrand graduated from CMU in 2012 with a BA in Psychology. Today, at just 31, she is completing an MA in Social Work and serves full-time as Executive Director of Candace House, a daytime refuge in Winnipeg for families navigating the court system after the criminal death of a loved one.

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Nolan Kehler (BMus, ’17): How good listening makes good music

Nolan Kehler (BMus, ’17): How good listening makes good music

Posted in Alumni Profiles  •  Tuesday, November 19, 2019 @ 1:18 PM

For Nolan Kehler, building a career in which singing can be of service to others, whether through critical storytelling, powerful encouragement, or creative advocacy, is the goal to strive for.

Nolan Kehler (tenor) completed his Bachelor of Music in 2017, concentrating in Vocal Performance. In his graduating year he placed third in CMU's prestigious Verna Mae Janzen Music Competition, and in 2019 he graduated from University of Victoria (BC) with a Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance. New as he is to life as a working artist, Kehler is already booking regular singing work in leading roles, on top of his part-time job as a technical producer for CBC Manitoba.

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Alumni Profile: Bethany Daman, BA Communications (’17)

Alumni Profile: Bethany Daman, BA Communications (’17)

Posted in Alumni Profiles  •  Thursday, November 7, 2019 @ 10:55 AM

For many, work and passion necessarily become parallel pursuits. But for 2017 grad Bethany Daman, working at Manitoba's Green Action Centre (GAC) enabled her to fuse the two, developing her professional gifts in direct service of her passion for social justice.

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Rebekah Miller (CMU '18) practices music therapy with two-year olds one day, 102-year olds the next

Music Therapy degree opens worlds of opportunity for graduate

Posted in Alumni Profiles  •  Monday, April 1, 2019 @ 11:18 AM

Rebekah Miller sees the effects of music's transformative power in countless different ways every week. No two days on the job are ever alike for the music therapist and educator.

"One day I'm working with two-year olds and then the next I'm working with 102-year olds," says Miller, who graduated from CMU with a Bachelor of Music Therapy in 2018. "What I love the most about my work right now is the diversity. I love working with different age groups and having different goals."

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