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Summer 2022 alumni updates

Monday, June 6, 2022 @ 12:44 PM

Readers of CMU's The Blazer magazine often say they flip right to the Alumni News section before reading anything else.

Again, as with the past several issues of The Blazer in its digest format, we were unable to squeeze in alumni news. Below is a compilation of updates provided to CMU by alumni.

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MBA alumna protects data of millions at innovative tech company

Wednesday, March 9, 2022 @ 9:00 AM

CMU alumna Tomisin Bolorunduro moved to Vancouver, a city where she knew no one, in the midst of a pandemic. But what she moved for was worth it: a job at Trulioo, an innovative tech start-up and global leader in online identity verification and data privacy.

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Forestry management helps alumnus find a just and equitable world

Monday, February 28, 2022 @ 10:38 AM

Hearing Darcy Reimer ('15, Environmental Studies) reflect on this time at Canadian Mennonite University (CMU), you see how CMU was a place of intersection, bringing together his passions and helping direct him into his career.

Reimer appreciated the small, interactive biology classes with Dr. Rachel Krause where he had the freedom to explore individual curiosities. Important to these classes was how the dialogue between science and faith were incorporated into his education, through which Reimer found a congruity between faith and science.

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CMU alumni collaborate on book featuring women in music

Wednesday, December 22, 2021 @ 8:21 AM

A vibrant children's book featuring 26 women in music will soon be hitting bookstore shelves, and it was created by two CMU alumni. Anneli Loepp Thiessen (CMU '18) first wrote The ABCs of Women in Music in fall 2020 as a creative project for a feminist theories class at the University of Ottawa, where she is a PhD student in interdisciplinary music research.

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Polar bear research connects CMU alumna to the natural world

Monday, December 20, 2021 @ 1:02 PM

For Sara Wolowich Brown (CMU' 19, Environmental Studies), going to the zoo is more than just entertainment. It's become a passion.

Every year, she takes a pilgrimage to Assiniboine Park Zoo on her birthday. It's an almost ritualistic experience that connects her to the disorder of nature. "I always [been] very interested in science, and the natural world was always super fascinating to me. I always loved going to the zoo," says the alumna who graduated with Environmental Studies major.

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Impactful work-integrated learning experience leads alumna to pursue decolonization efforts and Indigenous solidarity work

Tuesday, December 7, 2021 @ 9:24 AM

Ask any Canadian Mennonite University (CMU) graduate the most impactful learning experience during their undergrad, and they will most likely say their practicum placement.

As the only university in Canada that includes a work-integrated learning placement for all undergraduates, CMU's Practicum Program gives students practical, hands-on opportunities to work in their desired fields of study. Most students look at their practicum placement as a turning point in their education; they get a fully realized vision of the types of impacts they can make in the world and can be inspired to reach further heights in their academics or career.

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CMU alumni guide Canadian newcomers in the search for affordable housing

Monday, April 12, 2021 @ 3:26 PM

CMU alumni Codi Guenther (BA '08, Peace and Conflict Transformation Studies) and River Woods (BA '03, Biblical and Theological Studies) are aiding newcomers to Canada by guiding them in the search for affordable housing.

Having worked as executive director for New Journey Housing for nearly 12 years, Guenther describes the work as broad ranging, involving everything from filing income tax so that newcomers have access to child benefit taxes, GST cheques, and subsidized housing, to teaching workshops on home rental and home purchasing, financing, budgeting, and investing.

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