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Class Notes is your opportunity to reconnect with classmates and tell them what you’ve been up to since graduation. Submit a note and your update may be included below as well as in the next print edition of LINK.
CLARENCE HOLLINGWORTH EET ’34, HOND ’15
In March, Clarence turned 103. As SAIT’s oldest known living graduate, and in honour of his milestone birthday, SAIT created the Clarence Hollingworth Scholarship, an annual award that provides $1,000 to help a deserving pre-employment electrician student achieve an education at SAIT. Clarence was a SAIT instructor f or 28 years.
LAURIE WALLINE NMT ’78
was honoured by the Canadian Association of Medical Radiation Technologists (CAMRT) with its 2018 Dr. Marshall Mallett Lamp of Knowledge Award, which honours a CAMRT member who has made a significant, national contribution to the nuclear medicine profession in the field of education. This year Laurie retires from SAIT after 35 years as an instructor.
JANUS BARZILAY HRA ’92
“Hey, fellow HRA grads! I recently moved to California working for the BNSF Railway [one of the largest freight railroad networks in North America] and have lost touch with most of you. Whatever direction life has taken you, I hope you and yours are healthy and happy! Touch base if you are in the Lodi/Sacramento area.”
BARBARA GIES MET ’96, BAPT ’05
“I was hired immediately upon graduation by Schlumberger Oilfield Services. I went to work on offshore drilling rigs in the Gulf of Mexico and the North Sea as well as land drilling rigs in Canada and offshore Newfoundland as a field engineer running MWD & LWD tools. After returning to SAIT to take the Bachelor of Applied Technology Petroleum Engineering program, I went to work as a drilling technologist doing drilling engineering and supervising field operations. Today I’m working as a drilling superintendent.”
DAVE STOBBE JA ’02
Based in Saskatoon, Dave is a commercial, editorial and corporate photographer. For more than a decade he has worked as a professional photographer, first as a staff news photographer for newspapers in Banff and Canmore. Next he moved to Saskatchewan and started Stobbe Photography. A member of the Professional Photographers of Canada, Dave has received multiple awards for his work and enjoys bridging the world of commercial photography with photojournalism.
TIMOTHY LEES AST ’03, RRCD ’05, BGIS ’09
“I got married to a wonderful woman named Tina on Sept. 12, 2009. We bought a house in 2012 and I’ m living happily ever after as a geographic information scientist.”
DEREK BREWSTER HRA ’06
Director of Revenue Management with the luxury LOTTE New York Palace hotel, Derek received the Revenue Management Professional of the Year (Single/Multi-Unit) award for 2018 from Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International (HSMAI).
CODY FITZSIMMONS FVP ’09
PAMELA JAROSZ FVP ’09
Co-owners of the Fitzsimmons Brewing Company in Airdrie, Cody and Pamela took top prize in the Amber/Dark Hoppy Sessionable Beer category of the first -ever Alberta Beer Awards, presented by the Alberta Small Brewers Association in March.
BRET HOWE HMGT ’09, TROJANS WOMEN’S HOCKEY
“I took both Hospitality and Business at SAIT while playing four years with the SAIT Trojans women’s hockey team. After graduation I had an amazing opportunity to work at the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel and later was the general manager of the Clarion Hotel in Medicine Hat, Alta. Since then I have gotten married, had two kids and moved to a farming community in Saskatchewan. Currently I am in the agriculture business as an account manager. I use my business education to interact with the farmers and grow our business with methods I learned at SAIT.”
JINHEE LEE PCK ’09
Jinhee is Executive Chef at one of Calgary’ s top-rated restaurants, Foreign Concept. Earlier this year, she stepped into the spotlight as a major competitor on season six of Top Chef Canada, claiming the top four spot on the Food Network series.
ANDREW STEVENSON DGC ’09, TROJANS MEN’S VOLLEYBALL
“I like to say I’ve been a Trojan since high school — I went to Vincent Massey Collegiate in Winnipeg and the sports teams there were called the Trojans as well. I was proud to be a Trojan while I was attending SAIT. After graduation, I worked with an advertising agency and then moved to the supplier side and worked at a large format print shop. For the last six years, I’ve been an instructor in SAIT’s New Media Production and Design program as well as the Graphic Communications and Print Technology program, and it’s been great.”
JUSTIN KILB NMPD ’10, PT ’15, TROJANS MEN’S VOLLEYBALL
“After graduating with my first diploma, I started producing music. Some of my originals have been played on international radio stations with one piece in particular re-orchestrated to a live audience in Europe. I also started a volunteer fitness network that has grown to more than 100,000 subscribers. After receiving my second SAIT diploma, I transferred to the Colorado School of Mines to receive a degree in petroleum engineering. During my time in Colorado, I was a player coach for the varsity volleyball team. I also had the privilege of working with NASA, where I led a team of student engineers in the development of an extraterrestrial drilling system capable of extracting water from Mars. Since graduating from Mines I’ve accepted an engineering position in Texas with Newfield Exploration.”
ALYSSA DAVIES NEE FISCHER, JA ’11, TROJANS WOMEN’S SOCCER
NIC DAVIES JA ’11, TROJANS MEN’S VOLLEYBALL
Alyssa and Nic currently live in Fort McMurray with their new daughter. Alyssa is the Communications Coordinator with the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC), working to elevate the brand and grow the public’s awareness of Alberta’s premier sports league. Her husband Nic is serving as a member of the Keyano College coaching staff.
BLAKE ROBSON BGIS ’11, TROJANS MEN’S HOCKEY
Blake has been inducted into the Alberta Hockey Hall of Fame along with his teammates from the 1999 Team Alberta men’s hockey team, which went undefeated during the Canada Winter Games and won that year’s championship. He was also a forward on the Trojans men’s hockey team. Today Blake lives in Calgary and works for Whitetail Energy Services doing sales and marketing in the oil and gas industry. He recently started his own company, Dynasty Hockey Group, where he advises many hockey prospects in Western Canada.
STEVIE POLGA JA ’14, TROJANS WOMEN’S SOCCER
“Since I graduated from SAIT, I have become a teacher! I completed my teaching degree at Mount Royal University and I can honestly say that without SAIT, I would not be where I am today. After playing on the SAIT women’s soccer team, I continued to play until a bad injury took me off the field. I still coach for schools and for my younger cousins. Coaching and teaching help me give back what SAIT gave to me.”
SAM SCOTT CVT ’14, TROJANS MEN’S VOLLEYBALL
Sam still pursues pro beach volleyball and founded Beach Boys YYC to help do so. Made up of Calgary’s elite players, its mission is to help athletes reach their goals whether landing a sponsor, playing overseas or finding a coach. Competing at top tournaments is pricey and the Beach Boys YYC sponsors — Madison’s 12/12, Redesign One’s Image, Stoked Oats, Mitchell-Made, Fitness Plus and Slunks — make it possible. Sam believes in pursuing your dreams and aspirations — he writes: “Share yours @samscottyyc on Instragram.”
EMMANUEL ENABU IT ’15, TROJANS MEN’S BASKETBALL
“I played basketball while I was studying software development at SAIT. I remember the camaraderie well — it was a good family to be a part of. I am now working at SAIT in a systems analyst role for the Information Systems department. Coming to work at SAIT was just like coming back home.”
BECCA GOULD NMPD ’15, TROJANS WOMEN’S CROSS-COUNTRY RUNNING
“Since graduating from SAIT, I’ve worked at four unique jobs that have helped me branch out in to the working professional I’ve become today. In May 2018, I was fortunate to start working with Sport Calgary as their new Coordinator of Marketing & Events. I get to go to work every day and do what I love — promoting amateur sport in the City of Calgary!”
HEATHER CALLEN-WICKS NMT ’17
Heather received a Canadian Association of Medical Radiation Technologists (CAMRT) 2018 Award of Excellence for achieving the top score on the previous year’s national certification examinations in nuclear medicine.
CARL EGLOFF APBP ’17
“I was laid off in Calgary and moved back to Ontario. I would love to return to Calgary if the economy continues to recover! I miss all the great people I met at SAIT and if anyone wants to stay in touch I can be found on Facebook. If anyone knows of any plumber opportunities with long-term potential I would move back without hesitation!”
EUNICE HAU FVP ’18
KRISTINA FITHERN-STIELE FVP ’18
LEAH REYNOLDS FVP ’18
This trio received a $10,000 gran t from STORYHIVE to produce their short film, Of Broken Vessels. Filming took place in southern Alberta over the summer. STORYHIVE supports Alberta and BC filmmakers with funding, distribution and support from TELUS.
SAIT’s Centennial Baby celebrated his second birthday in October. Mohammad was the first child born in a Calgary hospital on SAIT’s 100th birthday and, in addition to his title, won a full SAIT scholarship. This generous gift was made possible by Mawer Investment Management, a SAIT centennial sponsor, and will be waiting for Mohammad when he reaches the age of majority. Happy birthday, Mohammad!