Summary: Message from the President May 2010
Guided by our strategic plan entitled mâmawohkamâtowin: Our Work, Our People, Our
Communities, the University is committed to responding to the needs of the community and
reaching out to the world around us.
Through their work both inside and outside the classroom, our students play an important role in
this. Their vision, talent and determination all contribute to how we serve the community and
raise the University's profile as a place of excellence.
Many of the people who study here are fuelled by passion, and in turn inspire passion in others.
Let me highlight some of those students:
Kinesiology student Jerid Stevenot, for example, recently travelled to the Western Cape
Rehabilitation Centre in South Africa for 10 weeks to work with clients who had acquired spinal
cord injuries as a result of being shot or stabbed.
He went because he wanted to make a difference.
This month, Education student Christine Selinger will attempt to be the first paraplegic woman
to complete the Nootka Trail in British Columbia, an approximately eight-day challenge through
35 kilometres of wilderness. Christine will use an all-terrain hand cycle, a series of rigging
systems, and at some points she will crawl to maneuver through the trail's many obstacles.
Her motivation for the trip is to show the world that a "disability isn't an inability."
University of Regina master's student Sadie Bellegarde - a graduate of the First Nations
University of Canada - is studying how people who have, or have had, a benign brain tumour