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Ready Set Talk Event Celebrates Continuing Education

Jean-Louis Bleau leads a chorus in a performance of Invictus.
Jean-Louis Bleau leads a chorus in a performance of Invictus.

Our annual appreciation event for staff, instructors and advisory committee members of the Faculty of Continuing Education and Extension celebrated their contributions to to the faculty and to our students. Dean Charles Webber, PhD, served as Master of Ceremonies for the event, entitled Ready. Set. Talk.

Modelled on a Pecha Kucha style presentation, seven invited guest speakers gave brief presentations on the theme of Energy. Each speaker presented 20 slides and spoke for 20 seconds on each, providing a unique and entertaining viewpoint on the topic. A general question and answer session followed the presentations.

Karim Dharamsi, Chair of the Department of General Education at MRU and Philosophy instructor, spoke On Acts and Ends and Flying Objects. The audience was challenged to create and launch paper airplanes at the end of his session.

Jessica Power Cyr, a mind/body guru, fitness instructor and personal trainer, spoke on Finding Your Energy Within to Inspire Wellness, emphasizing the importance of balancing all aspects of the circle of wellness.

Tracey Stock, an oil and gas instructor, has worked in the industry since 1980 as an engineer, lawyer and landman. He presented a light-hearted history of the Alberta petroleum industry in a talk entitled Grab Your Gas and Run.

Mattias Mehta, a grade 12 student at Webber Academy. He has a strong interest in STEM fields and represented Canada at the 2014 NATO Aliante competition in Slovakia and the 2014 United Space School in Houston. Mattias spoke on Space: The New Frontier.

Cheryl Foggo, a widely published Calgary poet, playwright and historian, has a keen interest in the stories of Alberta’s Black pioneers. Her play John Ware Reimagined played to sold out houses last summer. Her presentation was Paying it Backward, touching on some of her own family history as well as early Black settlers in Alberta.

Annessa Good is a fourth-year Supply Chain Management student at Mount Royal and President of the Student Supply Chain Association. She recently completed her second co-op placement in the oil and gas field. Annessa’s presentation was Light Up the World, amalgamating her career ambitions with her love of the outdoors, photography and music.

Jean-Louis Bleau‘s presentation rounded out the evening. Jean-Louis is an active choral conductor for the Mount Royal Conservatory and other Calgary ensembles. He was recently named one of Avenue’s Top 40 Under 40. His presentation was on Finding Flow: “Potential” Energy in Music. He brought along a few dozen choristers who sang a stirring rendition of Josh Rist’s Invictus, based on the William Ernest Henley poem that inspired Nelson Mandela while he was imprisoned.

The October 6th event was also an opportunity to recognize the dedication and commitment to excellence of our instructors. Click here for a list of our 37 five-year, 19 ten-year, 23 fifteen-year, 6 twenty-year, 3 twenty-five-year, and 1 each thirty-year, thirty-five-year and forty-five-year long-service certificate recipients.

Continuing education instructors are not only experts in their respective fields but also skilled in adult education and passionate about sharing their knowledge. They make a difference in our students’ lives and we appreciate their long service.

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