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50 YEARS, 50 VOICES
50 YEARS, 50 VOICES
Sarah graduated from the University with a Bachelor Arts and Science in Anthropology in 1988. She was the coordinator of the Applied Studies Program at the University for nine years and a Student Program Advisor for five years. Sarah has been the program director of Lethbridge Family Services since 2001. In 2013, she was inducted into the University Alumni Honour Society.
Sarah speaks about her involvement with the Alumni Association and her family’s history with the University.
The full audio interview will be made available online in late 2017. For more information please contact the University of Lethbridge Archives. (email@example.com)
My life at the University. I wasn’t really involved in that many clubs and associations while I was a university student because I was a single mom, and I was older than a lot of students. So, I think I was 28 when I graduated. Yes. So, not so many clubs and associations. However, after I left the University or after I graduated, I joined the Alumni Association and I was active with the Alumni Association for quite a number of years. I sat on the Executive for a number of years. I sat with the general board of the Alumni Association. I missed my opportunity to get back on it this year. I’m pretty interested in getting back on it again next year.
And so one of the things that’s really important to me is this University at Lethbridge. I’ve always felt that and I’ve loved giving back. I was ... when they phoned me and told me that I had been chosen as one of the members of the Honour Society, I said, ‘Why the heck did you not tell me to sit down before I got' ... I almost fell on the floor! ‘Are you sure you’ve got the right person and the right number?’ ‘Oh yeah, yeah, yeah.’ Oh my god! So anyway, I loved working with the Alumni Association. I worked in the days of Doug MacArthur being the chair and we had a wonderful time. It was so much fun. Ken McInnis was on it. Rebecca Remmington. A number of people who were my contemporaries at University way back in the day.
And then even more or as important to me is the fact that I had two children, both of whom got degrees from the University of Lethbridge. One of my children has got two degrees from the U of L. Mackenzie, she’s 30. She just successfully defended her second Masters in Psychology. She is training to be a psychologist. She got her first Masters in Science at McMaster but she got her B.A.Sc. in Psych and English at the U of L. And Kate, my youngest, who’s 26 is a registered nurse and so she finished her ... she did two years at the College and then finished her last two years at the University. I am so proud of that. That my kids followed. Oh, and the current husband is also a graduate from the University. So we’re all just a big ol’ University family. Well now I’ve got about ten Alumni pins in my drawer just to show you where my heart really is.
(Interviewed by Diane McKenzie)