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Alumni and Community Engagement

Connecting Passion to Purpose

Young alumni access local, national, and international social innovation tips at UR Change Makers

When Sarah Chadwick and Emma González—high school students in Parkland, Florida – called  “B.S.” on President Donald Trump and the National Rifle Association in response to yet another high school massacre, something shifted. Politicians and corporations were called out at rallies and on social media as puppets for the NRA.

The adults started to listen; young people are changing the world.

If you’re wondering what it takes to be a change maker - how to connect your passion with purpose - come out to hear from young U of R alumni who are making a difference right here at home. Attend the March 22 UR Change Makers event at the Delta Hotel in Regina. You will receive a complimentary first drink and appys. Here’s what the evening looks like:



Jacq Brasseur (CSW ’13, BSW ’15): Jacq, the Executive Director for the UR Pride Centre for Sexuality and Gender Diversity based at the University of Regina, has been a community change maker since as long as they can rememberfrom co-founding the Rainbow Coalition of Yellowknife to their work on national boards and committees, including acting as the Northern Regional Director for Fierte Canada Pride and as a member of the Youth Advisory Group for the Canadian Commission for UNESCO.

Keynote speaker:


Ilona Dougherty (keynote): Born and raised in Prince Albert, Apathy is Boring co-founder, Ilona is a lifelong social entrepreneur and Managing Director of the Youth and Innovation Research Project at the University of Waterloo. A Canadian delegate to a UN conference at 17, now in her 30's she’s been named one of the Top 100 Most Powerful Women in Canada by the Women’s Executive Network and received a Global Ashoka Fellowship and a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. She’s on the Advisory Board of Children’s First Canada and has served on the Board of Directors of Volunteer Canada, the Sierra Club of Canada, Studio 303, and is a founding member of the Michaëlle Jean Foundation.

UR Change Makers:


Kelly Husack (BKin ’15): Passionate about health, Kelly is the Executive Director of Student Energy in Action for Regina Community Health (SEARCH) and will talk about how she is making change in the fight to create the right to a healthy environment for all Canadians through the Blue Dot Movement.

Shawna Shawna “Pimohse Mahkwa Ihkwe” Oochoo (future alumna): A proud Saulteaux/Cree woman from the George Gordon First Nation, Shawna will share how she is making change - in the spirit of Truth and Reconciliation - toward a safer and more connected community in North Central Regina through the White Pony Lodge.


Jim Demeray (DipBAdmin’06): Jim is passionate about giving a voice to the mental health perspective. Change maker and co-founder of UnderstandUs, Jim will discuss how awareness and education can help young people overcome stigma and mental health barriers.

Audience Q & A: Time to get personal…an animated 20-minute session where young alumni can share feedback and put their social innovation questions to the keynote speaker and local experts.

Don’t wait. This is a great opportunity to own change for whatever you are most passionate about.  Become a UR Change Maker.

Event:             UR Change Makers
Location:         Delta Regina Hotel
Doors open:    6:30 p.m.
Forum and
Q & A:             7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

After Party:     8:30 p.m.

Register online today!