Faces of Change
Sometimes, the most profound changes — leaps of faith, confidence instilled, determination renewed — are the hardest to see; here’s poignant proof of the transformative impact of philanthropy.
“Over the past year, my students and I have carried out research projects examining teacher empathy and knowledge of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, bullying and ostracism in ADHD, and stigma related to ADHD. Our goals are to increase teacher awareness and acceptance of the disorder, and identify factors that reduce incidences of bullying and stigmatization in children with ADHD. We also implemented a new support program aimed at helping ease the transition into university for first- and second-year students with ADHD and will be continuing the program in the upcoming year. As well, we’re continuing our work on understanding stigma in ADHD and are looking to broaden our awareness of the social-cognitive development in kids with ADHD. We are interested in how empathy and sleep may impact a child’s functioning. I continue to be grateful for the support from the Carlson Family, and so appreciate their commitment to and passion for supporting strengths-based ADHD research.”
— Dr. Emma Climie, PhD
“There’s a stigma around women who are unhappy or struggling with mental health during pregnancy — that emotional distress is not acceptable somehow. Most of our research and health-care services focus on treating postpartum depression. But the majority of women who have postpartum depression and anxiety had symptoms during pregnancy that could have been detected and treated. Instead, 20 years later, many women still feel guilty and anxious about their experience and how it may have affected their children. Many also continue to struggle with symptoms of anxiety and depression. This chair empowers us to work toward circumventing barriers that will allow women to be honest about how they’re doing during pregnancy and beyond, and connect them with affordable, effective, sustainable and accessible mental-health care.”
— Dr. Dawn Kingston, PhD.
“Playing for the Dinos has had a huge positive impact on me — and not just on the football field. I’ve learned so much about what life can look like after football from alumni who’ve come out to give weekly talks — they’ve shown our team that we can succeed throughout our careers, whatever we decide to do. Support like that really keeps us engaged and connected to the community. To me, that’s what makes the Dinos strong.”
— Boston Rowe, BComm’18
“My mom and I left our house when I was 12 because my dad was abusive. We moved into an emergency shelter and then into transitional housing for a year to get back on our feet. I knew leaving home would mean we wouldn’t be able to afford university for me, but my mom taught me to work hard and pursue what I want. I have one life, one shot. The Pathways to Medicine Scholarship isn’t just a scholarship — it’s a community to rely on and keep me accountable. I would not have gone on so successfully without it.”
— Namratha Badawadagi
“Not only did Hal Kvisle’s gift support us to achieve something that’s fairly unprecedented at a business school in Canada, but he has ensured that we can make people’s dreams come true in perpetuity. We’re able to support students as they learn about themselves through the land, and dig deep into questions about what kind of person and leader they want to be. The academic theories of authentic, servant-based, transformative leadership become very real when actual risk is involved in remote outdoor locations — students come to new insights about their values and sense of purpose that will come to fruition in their careers and personal lives. Hal himself is a visionary who personally embodies the most profound leadership lessons we’re seeking.”
— Dr. David Lertzman, PhD
“Scholars Academy provides excellent academic support and creates community by bringing together exceptional students from every corner of the university campus — we’re able to learn from and work with each other. It has empowered my professional development by allowing me to present my research at conferences and connected me with a summer internship where I was able to explore the application of business principles to my future in health care. The program has transformed my university experience.”
— Rahul Arora
“While attending university, I faced many personal challenges. My parents lost their home to a grass fire, a close family member attempted suicide, and I suffered culture shock and loneliness from moving to a big city from Kainaiwa [Blood Tribe] in Southern Alberta. I was also put on academic probation and nearly lost my spot in my program around the same time. That was tough, and I could have dropped out and become a statistic. Instead, I got involved on campus — in particular, with the Alberta chapter of the Ch’nook Scholars Program. That gave me the strength to continue my studies, not only for myself, but for my family, my community and future generations. It helped me see my innate resilience as an Indigenous woman and the resiliency of our people. The Haskayne School of Business created safe spaces for Indigenous students. I attribute much of my confidence and success to that program and the mentorship I received.”
— Cheyenne McGinnis, BComm’16