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Celebrating 21 years of Renaissance College

Changing the world through connection and community

Renaissance College is celebrating its 21st anniversary this year! We hope you will join us for part or all of our three day event from Sept. 23-25, 2021. There will be both onine and in-person activities where you can reminisce together with alumni, current students, faculty and staff. There will be plenty of opportunity to find out what's new and on the horizon and reconnect with old friends.

Join us Sept. 23-25

Thursday, Sept. 23 -  As a start to the celebration, the welcome event will be an online social starting at 7:00pm (AST). The evening will be filled with friends and fun activities as we look back at the past 20 years of RC.

Guest Speaker Josie McKinney

Friday, Sept. 24 - The next  event will take place Friday evening at 7 p.m. (AST). A session of exciting future RC initiatives will be shared,  annoucement of our inaugural Trailblazer Award, and the event will conclude with a presentation by our special guest speaker, Pierre Battah.

Trailblazer Award Recipient, Patsy McKinney

Join us: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83140738205

***Date Change - Saturday, Oct. 2 - Our final celebration  will be an in-person outdoor coffee house! There will be live music, socializing, and a BBQ with all the fixings in the RC parking lot. 

Registration is now open!

RC's 21st Anniversary Virtual Gallery

Join Herefm to interact with all your RC friends!

Proudly sponsored by the UNB Associated Alumni 

UNB Associated Alumni Office

RC Alumni Spotlight Series

Every week we will be sharing an alumni profile on our social media pages, as we approach RC's 21st anniversary.

If you're interested in appearing in our alumni spotlight series be sure to send us your photo and a brief bio.

Alumni profiles

Kate DoyleKate Doyle is a long time builder, currently working with the Horizon Health Network in a Community Development role. Her daily work is varied – from helping to develop access to affordable food, hosting conversations with youth about how they handle their mental health, or developing projects that aim to serve people made vulnerable with empathy and innovation, no day looks the same as the one before. While the work can change on a daily basis, Kate’s passion remains in connecting individuals, organizations and systems that may not be used to working together, helping them acknowledge challenges, identify common opportunities and celebrate shared success.
Kate recently graduated from UNB’s Renaissance college with a Bachelor of Integrated Studies as well as with certificates in Family Violence Issues and Leadership Studies. She lives in Moncton with her partner, daughter and their polydactyl cat. Having done her BIS entirely online in her “free” time and now not being used to “free” time, she is now exploring other areas of learning for both personal and professional development. She enjoys watercolour painting, volunteering and hunting for the best lobster rolls New Brunswick has to offer.

Rosalie CassidyAfter graduating from RC , Rosie completed her MBA at UNBSJ and then attended medical school. She went to Saint James in Anguilla, did her rotations through Chicago, and landed in a Family Medicine Residency in Iowa. She is now practicing at a Family Medicine Clinic in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Looking back , she is very happy with her experience from RC, She is still friends with the people she met there. She remembers having the best experiences - including the international internship. She feels strongly that what she learned at RC does apply and is useful in her current situation. Congratulations Rosie!

Mallory MurphyHi, my name is Mallory (she/ her)! I graduated from Renaissance College in 2019 with a Minor in Psychology. I completed my Canadian Internship in Huntsville, Ontario at Newport Adventure Camp as a Camp Counsellor/ Cabin Leader. I completed my International Internship in Aruba at Sgt. Pepper’s Friends, a non-profit animal rescue organization. Unlike my Canadian Internship, I didn’t return home from my International Internship alone… I brought back my cat, Dot who I rescued and raised as a bottle baby and we are an extremely bonded mommy-daughter duo.
Since graduation, I have spent time working in various roles. Most recently I worked as a Marketing Communications Coordinator at a Fredericton-based biotechnology company called LuminUltra Technologies Ltd. I decided to resign from my position at LuminUltra in August 2021 to return to UNB to upgrade my Minor in Psychology to a Major through the Arts faculty. I intend to graduate with Honours in 2023 and pursue graduate school afterwards.
I am based in Fredericton (just around the corner from RC) and welcome any current students or other alumni to reach out to chat.

Ryan CobbRyan works as the Customer Experience Manager at LuminUltra Technologies.
His work is in the intersections between sales, marketing and customer success. Ryan loves to work in a team to solve problems and believes so much can be learned from others.
Ryan graduated from Renaissance College in 2016 and was accepted as one of 70 new graduates into the Venture for Canada Fellowship Program. He joined an agricultural technology startup as employee #2 after the founding team and helped the company grow to 30 people.
Outside of work, Ryan enjoys running, going for a hike or trying a new recipe.

Jeff GrandyJeff Grandy, Associate Vice President of Catapult Fundraising, has over 10 years of non-profit leadership experience. Jeff has hands on experience in major gifts, planned giving, sponsorship, annual fund development, board governance, and donor stewardship cycle. In addition to working with clients across the country, he also leads the Greater Gulf Coast office for Catapult located in Corpus Christi, Texas. Jeff has held development positions at a number of organizations including Vegas PBS, the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and St. Jude’s Ranch for Children. Jeff is currently an Instructor with the University of Nevada, Las Vegas Non-Profit Management and Fundraising Certificate programs. Jeff holds a Bachelor of Philosophy in Interdisciplinary Leadership from the University of New Brunswick 2004), Post Graduate Certificate in Event Market Management from George Brown College, and a Master’s Degree in Higher Education Administration from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Kate RossKate Ross is a Certified Child Life Specialist in Calgary, Alberta. Graduating from Renaissance College in 2005, Kate Ross has molded the experiential learning of the program into an exciting career. Her Canadian internship at the Alberta Children's Hospital and international internship in a Bhutanese elementary school confirmed her passion for working with children. After graduating RC, she was accepted into McMaster University's postgraduate Child Life program and took on roles in New Brunswick and Alberta. Shifting her profession focus to pediatric palliative care, Kate became the primary Child Life Specialist at the first Pediatric Hospice in Calgary. Supporting respite, palliative care, and family centered grief support, the program has grown and adapted to the needs of families supported in the ever-changing healthcare landscape. Kate was excited to partner with RC again in the summer of 2020 as a supervisor of a Canadian Internship for a student of the 2022 cohort. That opportunity was an incredible window into the amazing academics RC is offering to students as well as a wonderful way to create a now thriving virtual outpatient program for the hospice. With an interest in teaching, Kate completed her Masters in Child Life and Pediatric Psychosocial Care in 2017 and is also now a sessional instructor at a post-secondary institution in BC. Grateful for her time at RC, Kate is a proud alumni of this incredible program and excited to see what future graduates will accomplish.

David ThibodeauAfter graduating from Renaissance College in 2016 with a BPhil and a minor in political science, David Thibodeau moved to Ottawa to pursue his Masters in Public Policy and Administration. He is passionate about how public policy impacts the community and how policy can have a positive impact. David is currently working in policy and program development with the Canadian federal government. Outside of work David is deeply involved in his community. From serving as Co-Chair of the Capital Pride Youth Committee, David worked to build the 2SLGBTQ youth community up by creating a stronger sense of community in the national capital region, and advocating for key issues that matter to youth, such as banning conversion therapy, proper sex-ed in schools and ending the blood ban for gay men. David is involved in sports as a swim coach and is also working with several organizations to make sports an inclusive space for 2SLGBTQ athletes, working with organizations like You Can Play, Egale and Coach New Brunswick. David was selected as a Young Sport Maker at Global Sports week in Paris which opened his eyes to how sports can have a positive social impact. He combined his interests of policy and sport by creating Sports for Social Impact, a website and podcast that explores all the ways that sport can contribute to policy objectives and leave a positive lasting impact on our communities. Sports can be an extremely versatile policy tool when used properly, from tackling climate change, social inclusion, economic growth, better health and well-being to gender equality.

Alec Boudreau

Alec Boudreau is Senior Advisor, Government Relations for the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC), a position he has held since 2019. Following his graduation in 2016 with a BPhil in Leadership and minor in Public Policy, Alec interned at the Parliament of Canada through the Canadian Political Science Association’s Parliamentary Internship Programme. He later went on to work at Global Affairs Canada as an analyst covering Canada-India relations. Following a short period working in New Delhi, Alec became the government of Canada’s liaison with the Prime Minister’s Youth Council, supporting council members to provide advice on government policies and priorities. Working in government relations, he is able to exercise his passion for policy while finding opportunities to learn and grow within BDC’s diverse portfolio and areas of business. Privately, Alec is a passionate hiker and cook and enjoys relaxing with books and video games. He currently lives in Ottawa with his loving Argentine partner, who has introduced him to new forms of activism, ‘futbol’ and mate.

Dr. Melanie Henry

Dr. Melanie Henry is a family physician, a University of Toronto lecturer and the director of global health and social accountability at Health for All, the Markham Family Medicine Teaching Unit. She completed her undergraduate degree at Renaissance College at UNB in 2006 and then medical school at McMaster in 2011. After residency, she did her fellowship in Global Health and Vulnerable Populations at the University of Toronto and has collaborated on published research about the development of family medicine around the world. Her clinical practice focuses on general family medicine and women’s health, and she has also worked to establish primary care services in emergency housing shelters in York Region. Dr. Henry is currently working towards the improvement of global health curriculum designed to encourage health-equity minded physicians. She is passionate about addressing the social determinants of health and using primary care as an effective tool to provide good quality health care for all.

Raph Shay

Raphael Shay is the Manager – Sustainable Development at the beautiful Sunshine Coast Regional District in British Columbia. He works at the nexus of entrepreneurial projects and innovative policy. In all his work, Raphael applies learning from Renaissance College to lead a shift in consciousness with teams and the wider community he serves.
His current focus is leading the Regional District corporate operations to carbon neutrality and developing a community climate action plan to tackle necessary mitigation and adaptation actions. These focus areas include several projects, including electrifying the corporate fleet, phasing out fossil fuels, efficiency and renewable energy projects, active transportation infrastructure, land use planning, as well as climate risk and vulnerability assessments and long range adaptation planning.
Raphael graduated from Renaissance College in 2006 and later pursued a Masters in Environment and Management at Royal Roads University. He has worked to foster sustainable communities in New Brunswick, Ontario, British Columbia, the United-States Southwest, Indonesia, Denmark as well as Bhutan during his RC international internship. He is always happy to talk with RC students and alumni and loves brainstorming about leverage points for system changes.

Julie Frigault

Julie Frigault is a proud Acadian based out of Moncton, New Brunswick. She received her B'Phil in 2015 with a minor in Media, Arts and Culture. From a young age, Julie was already participating in festivals and events from Louisiana to the east coast of Canada. It was an easy transition into working in the world of Arts and Culture. Now mostly working as a consultant in social media and event planning, she is also managing the musician Maggie Savoie, as well as working on her personal film projects. Julie cannot wait to see where the world of Arts and Culture will be in 2022 after these strange times.