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Katie Doke Sawatzky (CMU ’10)

Listening an act of service for alumna

Posted in Alumni Profiles  •  Wednesday, January 2, 2019 @ 12:00 AM

As a journalist, Katie Doke Sawatzky (CMU '10) does a lot of listening. For her, it's an act of service.

"At the end of the day, you're just talking to people and listening, which I think is why I wanted to pursue journalism in the first place," she says. "I was interested in pursuing this line of work because you come at it from a stance of compassion."

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Jesse Dollimont enjoys her work at JB Music Therapy (photo: Matt Simpson)

Music Therapy graduate making a difference

Posted in Alumni Profiles  •  Thursday, December 14, 2017 @ 7:52 AM

Jesse Dollimont has always known about music's therapeutic effect, but it became especially real to her while working as an intern at the Alberta Children's Hospital in Calgary, AB.

Dollimont, who graduated from CMU with a Bachelor of Music Therapy in 2016, recalls times during her internship when she would go to the hospital's intensive care unit and play music for a child in distress.

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Chris Thiessen (CMU '05)

Alumni Profile: Chris Thiessen (CMU '05)

Posted in Alumni Profiles  •  Wednesday, March 7, 2012 @ 8:50 PM

Being a firefighter or a paramedic is difficult work – and it is work that everybody appreciates. Everyday, people in our communities are being helped by others who have this type of specialized training. But what is it that drives firefighers and paramedicas to seek out such tough careers? What drives them to go to work every day, when each time brings with it the real possibility of difficult circumstances and risking one’s own life helping others?

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Megan Klassen-Wiebe ('09)

Alumni Profile: Megan Klassen-Wiebe ('09)

Posted in Alumni Profiles  •  Tuesday, November 22, 2011 @ 5:57 PM

Practicum experiences sometimes take students outside their comfort zones into new territory and new environments, giving them opportunities to do something they otherwise wouldn’t have had the chance to do.

CMU alumna Megan Klassen-Wiebe’s practicum took her to Cedar Lane Farm, a small, mixed, family-run farm in Coles Island, New Brunswick for five months in 2009. There, she was involved in a wide variety of activities, including gardening; feeding and watering animals (pigs, chickens, turkeys); butchering chickens and turkeys; milking cows; collecting eggs; stacking hay bales; making granola and granola bars; and selling goods at the market.

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Cindy Bass (CMU '09)

Alumni Profile: Cindy Bass (CMU '09)

Posted in Alumni Profiles  •  Tuesday, November 22, 2011 @ 5:34 PM

CMU alumna Cindy Bass’ practicum helped her to create a new job position and employment for herself.

As part of her practicum experiences, Cindy, who graduated from CMU in 2009 as a mature student with a Bachelor of Music Therapy degree, volunteered her services at Extendicare Tuxedo Villa personal care home in Winnipeg, where there was no music therapy program in place. She ended up with a permanent part-time job.

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