Words of Wisdom for the Class of 2020

News / June 23, 2020
The Spring Class of 2020 graduates are part of a unique moment in SAIT's history — they partook in the first-ever virtual convocation ceremony at SAIT. SAIT alumni family members stepped up to help celebrate our newest members by sharing their best advice, well wishes and Words of Wisdom and welcoming them to the alumni family.

AASIYAH BASIC, Pharmacy Assistant ’19
Congratulations Class of 2020, you did it! The circumstances may have drastically changed over the past two months from studying at school to moving online, but you persevered and didn’t let a global pandemic stop you! As a fellow Alumni, I understand all that you have endured these past couple of months and I am so excited to welcome you to the SAIT Alumni Family! Even though you are moving on from SAIT, you will now be connected to SAIT for life, which is an amazing benefit that has allowed me to grow in my career and give back to our school at the same time. My best words of advice that I can give as someone working in my field are to take each day as it comes and never stop learning. The transition from school to your industry may seem scary at first, especially in these unprecedented times, but it is these experiences that will allow you to grow as a person, both professionally and personally. I wish you all the best in your future endeavours, good luck, and congratulations!

ABHINAV GOYAL, Film and Video Production ‘ 19
Hey all you young and zealous soon-to-be-SAIT-graduates – First and foremost a big congratulations for successfully graduating your programs, ticking that one major milestone. We’re in a very different world right now. Lots of plans and hopes and dreams have come at a standstill, mine included. No one knows what the future might have in store for us, especially for a lot of you guys entering a world where things are pretty uncertain — economies are dwindling, jobs might be hard to come by. Keep your minds and hearts in place, listen to your gut but think logically. Have faith in your abilities, keep brushing up your skills and you’ll shine. All the very best for your future!

AFSHA DHARAN, Administration Information Management ’19
Class of 2020, you are part of a tremendous history. Have faith in what is coming. Your handiwork will pay off.

ALAINA HANSEN, Applied Management ’08
Never, under any circumstances, give up.

After graduating from SAIT, I couldn’t believe or imagine the kinds of doors I would be able to open. Now, I work at SAIT!

ALBERT YIN, Mechanical Engineering Technologies ’15
Plan your studies ahead of time.

ALEX BOSOMWORTH, Business Administration Diploma ’19
All of your hard work, sleepless nights, cramming for that exam, dedication to your program and loyalty and pride you have shown throughout all of your work here at SAIT has paid off and our SAIT community could not be more proud of you! Congratulations to the class of 2020. You did it! Go make your mark in the world and continue to make SAIT proud!

ALICE MARRINER, Travel and Tourism ’16
You’ve got this! Although the situation isn’t quite what you had expected you will come out stronger. You’re entering a fun and exciting industry. Good luck!

Never give up on your dreams and you will succeed!

AMANDA THOMSEN, Parts Technician ’19
Congratulations class of 2020! You have finally reached the end of this chapter. As you close the door and open the next one, remember to always ask questions, be kind and follow your heart. You will do great things! Keep your stick on the ice!

AMANDA SPEERS, Computer Technology ’01
Class of 2020 — you will be remembered as the class of resiliency. Remember how difficulties became growth, remember how friendships became connections, remember how tears became laughter and through it all, you made it. I am so proud of all of you for continuing to rise above all challenges and to recover despite all that that you faced finishing your programs. It is now up to all of you to show us what you are made of! Never stop learning, never stop thriving, always be proud to be continually growing and contributing to our future. Congratulations, you did it!

AMOS KOROS, Power Engineering ’18
Do not be afraid to fail. Failure and success are siblings! Education gives you perspective and vision. Dare to try new ideas even if it’s beyond your field of study!

ANDEL ANDERSON, Administrative Information Management ’17
While I realize graduation this year will not be the same, it will still be special. To the Class of 2020, I salute you. I don’t know you all but I am proud of you. Times might be uncertain, but what is for sure are the connections you have made and the new alumni family you are now apart of. Nothing but the best to you all!

ANDRE HINGAGA, Business Administration’18
Congratulations class of 2020! What a great achievement. Welcome to a new chapter of your lives. Hard work does pay off and you have showed that while managing one of the most difficult times of your lives. Kudos to the new graduates!

ANDREW ROBINSON, Energy Asset Management ’15
Remember however tough the economic times are, there are always opportunities to grow your career and person. Even if it’s not a direct route to your goal, you can always find something to move yourself forward. No matter what position or situation you find yourself in, always be the hardest working person in the room and even if you fail they cannot take away your work ethic and willingness to learn. Don’t quit, be tough, learn lessons, and always have a positive attitude. The world will be your oyster!

ANDRIY KHARCHENKO, Electronics Engineering Technology ’19
Believe in yourself and in the power of action. You can achieve whatever you wish.

ANGEL GAMBLE, Engineer Design & Drafting Technology ’17
You are prepared for what is out there, now go and apply it. Be patient and continue to pursue your chosen career path as I know how much you sacrificed to get to this day of celebration. Congratulations graduates and welcome the proud alumni of SAIT!

ANGÉLICA ROMERO, Digital Graphics Communication ’09
Congratulation on your
achievement. You now have tools to get out there and start something new. Start with the enthusiasm you commenced your student life. Take those dreams and persevere through this challenging time. Today you can become an entrepreneur and change lives forever. 

APRIL CUNCANNON, Legal Assistant ’11
Congratulations! While you have no doubt learned a lot over the course of your time at SAIT, remember that there is always more to learn. Take the education you have gained and apply it towards your career in a rewarding and meaningful way. Enjoy the journey!

ARBAB LIAQAT, Dental Assistant ’19
Be Positive and productive! Welcome to the Family! Never be afraid of trying new things, there’s nothing that you can’t do! Keep going and follow your dreams.

ASHLEY DEDMAN, Administrative Information Management ’14
Never be afraid to take a chance on something. Be proud of your accomplishments and never lose sight of your goals and dreams. Congratulations class of 2020 wishing you all the best in your future endeavours.

ASHLEY NAUD, Journalism ’10
Hey, grads! This may feel like a daunting time to enter the work force, but if you continue to put one foot in front of the other and to be open to opportunities, you will find your way. Don’t give up on your dream. You will have to work hard but nothing good or worthwhile comes easy. If you face a setback, take it as an opportunity to become more resilient, creative and courageous. You will be stronger and better for it. If you’re still on the job hunt, continue to build your professional network online through opportunities like 10,000 Coffees with SAIT and LinkedIn, always take opportunities to upgrade and learn and volunteer your time. And finally, don’t be afraid to ask for help from your peers and the SAIT Alumni team — they really do have your back.

ASHWIN SHIRALE, Business Intelligence ’17
Do not stop learning! Whether it is the work at hand, your career aspirations, a foreign language or a trip to a different province. Your work should not be your identity. Instead lend your identity to your work. That is what will make you unique and valuable. Be kind and respectful of everyone. Good luck and live your best life at both work and play! Congratulations on graduating from SAIT!

ASMAA AL-RAWI, Database Administrator ’11
The best view comes after the hardest climb. Congratulations!

BADRELDIN IBRAHIM, Petroleum Engineering Technology ’06
Congrats on your graduation. Do not try to look for the easy or comfortable way of doing things. Greatness comes from deliberate discomfort.

BILL BECK, Geographic Information Systems ’14
Congratulations! You made it! Now that you have set your life’s compass for the next phase of your odyssey, never stop believing in yourself and your ability to make the invisible visible.

BRAD MOUCK, Basic 2D Game Design ’18
Never stop learning. Whether its a passion project, or something for work or just because you were curious about it.

BREANNA WAGNER, Rehabilitation Therapy Assistant ’19
Take every and all the opportunities available to you and you will have an amazing life.

BRENDA GABEL, Oil and Gas Production Accounting ’02
Congratulations to the graduating Class of 2020. Well done! You now have the education, knowledge and importantly, the commitment that brought you to this commendable day! Your most important part of learning is about to begin. Embrace it and you will succeed as experience is not taught in school, it’s gained on the job from your experienced mentors.Good Luck! Best wishes and one day you will pay it forward to new graduates with your invaluable career knowledge that you gained through experience!

BRENT MORRICE, Business Management ’90
You just graduated, congratulations that is a great achievement and like all achievements, it will be with you for life.  Hard work, commitment to your current employer, positive attitude, empathy and goal setting. These are all attributes of a successful businessman, develop these, and smile and bring cheer to your work associates.

BRETT PARDO, Mechanical Engineering Technology ’19
This is a tough time to be entering in the work world, but the important thing to know is that it will get better. Your opportunity will come and chances will be arising. Keep working hard and you will be rewarded.

BURT VAN DER WALT, Business Administration ’18
Congratulations on achieving the first step towards a rewarding career! As you embark on your next adventure, always remember to do more than what is expected of you.

CALEB HICKOK, Petroleum Engineering Technology ’14
In these unpredictable times, the ingenuity fostered at SAIT can be used to solve problems we face.

CHARLES KUMEDZRO, Heavy Equipment Technician ’19
Welcome to the community of men and women who are the heart of the transportation industry. We look forward to working with you!

CHARLES ORRITT, Broadcast Electronics Technology ’86
Success is a matter of following some clichés. If you do it, do it right. If you don’t have time to do it right, when are you going to have time to fix it? Remember; you were taught in one of the most respected institutes of learning. You are SAIT.

CHELSEA FINNIGAN, Business Administration ’19
The first year after graduation is harrowing but full of adventure and opportunity. Now only made more extreme by the world’s current events. SAIT gives you the tools you need to succeed in your career, but it’s up to you to use those tools to the best of your ability. Every graduate of SAIT is set up to do great things, and I can’t wait to see what the Class of 2020 does.

CHERYL COOPER, Applied Leadership ’10
Congratulations Class of 2020! Turn to your mentors with questions you may have. There is no shame in not knowing everything as it takes time to become experienced. Keep your head held high and be confident in what you do.

CHRIS LEFAIVRE, Operations and Supply Chain Management ’04
As you embark upon your career remain focused on your goals no matter how bumpy the road ahead may seem, remembering to pause along the way to serve those in need. Congratulations to the Class of 2020!

Always do what you are afraid to do. In each of our lives, there is one person – sometimes ourselves – who holds us back from accomplishing our dreams. What better feeling to prove that very person wrong by conquering your worst fears and doubts.

CLAYTON LESSMEISTER, Operations Management ’96
The most important thing you learned at SAIT is the skill of asking questions, finding answers and solving problems. Keep asking questions until you think you have the answer, then ask again!

COLIN LEE-CHEE, Computer Technology ’01
Congratulations Class of 2020 — this is one year that will never be forgotten! The lessons you learned at SAIT will help you navigate your way to a bright future. Use what you have learned to make the world a better place. Best of luck.

COURTNEY GARLOUGH, Radio Television Broadcast News ’10
Savour this moment. This likely won’t be a life occurrence you’ll soon forget, but time sure does fly. I crossed the stage 10 years ago and still remember fondly my instructors, my classmates, and my learnings – which I employ to this day. You are part of a strong, resilient and proud group of alumni. Stay connected!

COURTNEY PIDWERBESKY, Business Administration ’19
Congratulations on all the hard work and perseverance it took to earn your credentials. Even if you’re struggling and feel like the world isn’t on your side, keep persevering because the perfect job and opportunity will come for you.

CRYSTAL LESLIE, Baking and Pastry Arts ’13
Congratulations on your graduation, this is such an exciting time! My words of wisdom for new graduates would be to think outside the box and don’t pigeon hole yourself into one role. Your diploma may end up leading you in an entirely different direction, and that’s okay. Good luck graduates.

DALE COUTTS, Broadcast Electronics Technology ’78
SAIT has taught you many things, but perhaps the most important thing I took away was how to continue my learning and dreaming. Never lose the dream or the thirst for knowledge. Go out and be the greatest you can be!

DAN POPESCU, Medical Device Reprocessing Technology ’17
We are living in very challenging times. But despite of all this harsh reality, I believe that you should not lose hope. The most important thing is to continue to be optimistic, to believe in the future and to believe in yourselves.Wishing you good luck in your future career!

DANIEL KOPPERSCHMIDT, Petroleum Engineering Technology ’19
Congratulations on your well-deserved graduation! Now a new stage begins. Always look for further knowledge and improving yourself. Remember, successful people had a lot of unsuccessful experiences but always learned from them to reach the top! I wish you all the best in your lives and careers.

DANIEL DESJARDIN, Business Administration ’17
My best advice; stay focused, soak it all in and enjoy the journey. The relationships, education and experiences you cultivate through your time at SAIT will last a lifetime. You will be surprised at the depth of your well as you go through this educational journey; when you think you have drained your well dry, you can’t absorb another word from a lecture or tutorial, you’re well extends and you persevere. SAIT gives you the tools you need to succeed, the guidance to be successful, you can do the rest! Believe in yourself.

DAVID PEARD, Electrical Trades ’12
You have just completed something special, but please remember learning never stops. It’s always ok to ask for help and to keep growing your skills. Have fun and enjoy this wonderful time. Congratulations on your accomplishments!

DEBBI-LYNN BATESON, Library Operations ’15
Better might be a while coming, but you didn’t come this far to only come this far. Please know there are people celebrating your achievements with you and wishing you all the best. Go far.

DEBBIE IRONSIDE, Business Administration ’83
Find a career that you love and have a passion for — there is nothing more rewarding than going to work every day and doing something you enjoy. Find a company that gives back to the community and you will be fulfilled.

DENNY CHOW, Business Administration ’08
Always chase your dreams even if it seems impossible.

DEVON BATEMAN, Machinist Technician ’16
A career is a journey not just a destination. You have just accomplished something great in unprecedented times, but its only a part of your story. Keep building and make it a tail worth telling.

DION ESPINOSA, Pharmacy Assistant ’19
You are so powerful. Know your worth and that you can achieve anything. Use your weaknesses as your strengths and carve your path in life. You are a true original — let your colours shine brightly for the world.

DJ MCLEAN, Business Administration ’89
We are our values. Everything we say and everything we do shows our values to the world. Who are you? Live an intentioned life.

DOUG ROGERS, Radio Cinema, TV, Stage and Radio ’80
Be your true self, follow your heart and be open to change. Give back and be part of the community. Be the best you can be. Encourage success in others and celebrate whatever path life leads you to.

DOUGLAS KILBOURN, Mechanical Engineering Technology ’73
Congratulations and all the best in your endeavours. Looking back, the best I did at any career was related to how much I enjoyed that position. Keep the enjoyment in it and you will succeed.

DYLAN MACDONALD, Machinist Technician ’19
SAIT does a great job of preparing you for the technical aspects of a career. But they can’t teach you a good work ethic, and that’s what will set you apart from the pack.

ED TICKLES, Industrial Electrical Technology ’60
No matter their status, be kind to others. Be honest, loyal and trustworthy. Be a lifelong learner, be yourself, you know yourself better than anyone else does. Establish your dreams and live the life you imagine.

EMMA MEYER, Rehabilitation Therapy Assistant ’18

Take every opportunity that comes your way and enjoy every single moment of it! Some days will be harder than others, especially now, but remember that no matter what you do, big or small, you will have an impact on someone’s life. Keep an open mind because you never know where you will end up. Good Luck and congratulations!

EMMALINE SCHROH, Architectural Technology ’13
Congratulations! Be open to the world around you and go for whatever opportunities you want! If something comes around that you weren’t expecting, but interested in, go for it. You never know what your future holds unless you are open to possibilities.

ERIC GOLDIE, Geographic Information Systems ’17
Graduating from SAIT with the technical skills you learned has prepared you for your career path. However, the work ethic and friendships you have gained through the journey will prove to be as important as those technical skills. Welcome Class of 2020!

FADI ZIDAN, Mechanical Engineering Technology ’19
To the Class of 2020, Congratulations! Your Journey is just beginning, so don’t hold back on your abilities to strive for greatness. Do not limit your world, but expand it. My best advice for you is to continue to pursue your dream, and nothing less. Take advantage of your amazing gifts. Focus on you before you focus on others. Treat others how you want to be treated and how you treat yourself. Be generous and bold. Life is very fragile, so make the most of your time. But most importantly, always remember to smile.

FRANCO BASSI, Heavy Equipment Technician ’11
Never stay focused on the obvious and always keep an open mind.

GAY ABUAN-SUMMERS, Chemical Engineering Technology ’98
You’ve got this! Stand proud and stay strong. You made it through to the finish line and put a lot of effort to get here. Be ready! Treasure the memories that led to this date — the late nights studying, the events and the people you’ve met and those who helped you. Never forget them! Share those stories. Be kind and be thankful. All the best in your future. Congratulation’s Class of 2020!

GERRIT JANSSEN, Culinary Apprenticeship ’16
You’re going to make a ton of mistakes. And that’s okay. In fact, if you learn to embrace your mishaps, they will be the most valuable teaching tool in your arsenal. Get up, dust yourself off and do better next time. Congratulations and the best of luck on your new culinary adventures! The fun starts now!

GREG LOUIE, Engineering Drafting ’82
The world is full of opportunities and your strength will be your optimism and the persistence of your goals. Stay the course. Set your sights by articulating them and take the necessary steps to achieve them. Stay Positive.

HABEN EMBAYE, Power Engineering ’15
I want to sincerely congratulate the Class of 2020 and encourage the graduates to remain disciplined and patient during these uncertain, challenging times. I have faith that they will succeed.

HAYLEY BLANCHE, Journalism ’17
We will all wear many hats in this life. The path we choose is not always the path we will walk. No matter where you go, no matter what you choose to do. Stay true to yourself and embrace your dreams.

HARRY LEE, Business Administration ’83
Education has prepared you to go out in the world and do your thing. Education is ongoing as you advance, SAIT will always be there for you.

HESTER LYNN BREAKER, Business Administration ’97
Putting in the dedication and effort to accomplish your educational goal is the only way to advance towards the ultimate vision the universe has for you. Congratulations!

JAMES SMITH, Process Piping Drafting ’76
Congratulations to all of you that have spent the last years getting that piece of paper that can and will make a difference in your life. Keep in mind that all things will pass, like the pandemic and opportunities will reappear. This will give you the opportunity to go to a place to work of your choice. Your education is the first step in self-development, which will continue when you attain the career that you find interesting. Good luck on your professional journey and may this journey bring you much satisfaction.

JANINE BABEY, Administrative Information Management ’12
Go forth with a vision of how you want to serve and how you want to spend your time making this world a better place. Apply your knowledge, wisdom and talents to what you do next. Use your intuition and heart, with a dash of your mind to make choices along your career path. You have earned your diploma or certificate which is not an easy feat! This is a reflection of your hard work as a student. The learning will continue — embrace this as it is a gift. You will forever be a student of life.

JEEL SHAH, Electrical Engineering Technology ’18
Congratulations for your well-deserved accomplishment. SAIT has built a great foundation for success — be bold and courageous to shine bright. Even during this tough time, remember that today you are one step closer to your dreams than yesterday.

JEFF WARNER, Graphic Communications and Print Technology ’13
This is a time like no other. A time for which you will be pioneers. Wear that badge proudly and pave the way for future graduates. Times may be tough, but you will persevere.

JENNIFER LAM, Business Administration ’10
Embrace the current situation and be thankful for everything you have! Never take anything for granted and remember that this too shall pass. Congratulations Class of 2020! You did it even through these rough times, you should be extra proud!

JENNIFER PETERS, Library Information Technology ’97
Congratulations Class of 2020! It’s a new world out there, but your SAIT education has prepared you for it. Enjoy your new careers!

JEREMY LEE, Radio Television Broadcast News ’12
Say ‘yes’ to everything. Any opportunity is a chance to get better!

JESSICA ALNAS, Automated Systems Engineering Technology ’12
Congratulations Class of 2020! Be courageous, be patient and do what you love. You are more resilient than you think!

JESSICA MOE, Chemical Laboratory Technology ’13
Congratulations! Now’s the time to put everything you’ve learned inside and outside the classroom to work. Don’t forget to take chances, push yourself, and keep in touch with your instructors and classmates!

JESSICA PFITSCHER, Professional Cooking ’17
Keep your head down and your legs moving. Find your confidence in your abilities and don’t second guess yourself. This is your passion so be extraordinary, never ordinary.

JOCELYN DOE, Travel and Tourism ’17
Congratulations graduates! During these uncertain times, you have been on one amazing and life-changing roller coaster. Hats off on getting to this point of your education and the start of your new career! Keep on striving, learning and succeeding as this isn’t the end but the start of a new journey of endless possibilities. You got this! Congratulations Class Of 2020, I wish you luck on your future endeavors.

JODIE PIERCEY, Nuclear Medicine Technology ’95
You are at both the end and the beginning of your journey. Celebrate your accomplishments and now it is time to shift gears and start your career. You will be continuing to learn from your colleagues and patients for the rest of your career, SAIT was only the beginning.

JOHN CASELLA, Radio Television Broadcast News ’12
If you put in your best effort today, you will likely do the same tomorrow. Congratulations on working to learn and to provide a future for yourself.

JONATHAN MA, Instrument Engineering Technology ’18
It’s easy to go with the flow when times are good. When things start going south it becomes very clear who had a fallback plan and who did not. Always have a plan especially when it comes to your career.

JORDAN DROUIN, Emergency Medical Technician ’19
Congratulations on the completion and graduation of your program. Be extremely proud of your achievements. You have dedicated a lot of time and effort into achieving this milestone. Now is your time to shine by building your reputation and expanding your name. Spread your knowledge by teaching someone and by listening to what others have to teach you. Knowledge is power, and the day you decide to quit learning is the day you should retire. Again, congratulations on this achievement and welcome to the SAIT alumni family!

JOSEPHINE PETRILLO, Administrative Information Management ’08
Congrats Class of 2020! You should be so proud of what you have accomplished! Know that you have achieved and completed a monumental milestone in your lifetime. The best is yet to come! Nothing can hold you back, you are our future! Keep smiling and go change the world!

JUDY BALDWYN, Computer Technology ’74
Be open to new opportunities and adventures. The education you have just completed is only the beginning of your adventure in learning. Go out and continue to change the world for the better. Be healthy and happy. Best of Luck!

KARAN JAYARAJ, Petroleum Engineering ’15
The most important quality to succeed is confidence. The decisions that you make now will affect your life in the next five years. Investigate your choices and don’t believe in rumours and hearsay. Always be flexible and humble. Don’t forget your friends and try to give back when you make it.

KATHERINE QUINTON, Baking and Pastry Arts ’19
People who love what they do will never work a day in their lives. Make sure the path you are on is a path that you are happy to call your own.

KATHRYN HUME, Communications and Media Studies ’18
You’re graduating in one of the most interesting times of our lives. Though difficult, keep your head up! Shine bright and push hard. Remember to put yourself out there – it may be scary at times but you’ll look back and realize that everything happens for a reason. What an exciting time, you’re officially ready for the workforce, the next chapter in your lives; whatever that may be! All the best to you!

KATIE KAPCSOS, Environmental Technology ’16
Never hesitate when there’s an opportunity in front of you.

KATYA MCCRADY, Administrative Information Management ’14
Entering the world at a time like this can be difficult and scary. Just remember to take each day as it is and to breathe. Things will become normal — whatever that normal will be.

KAYLA BRUCH, Radio, Television Broadcast News ’13
Never give up on your dreams and use any negative feedback from people in your industry as motivation to improve.

KERRY OXFORD, Mechanical Engineering Technology ’12
What you have done is add tools to your toolbox. Remember that each tool has more than one purpose and together they can build any number of fantastic things. Keep adding to your toolbox throughout your life and when it seems you’ve run out of options to keep building, look at your tools and decide what else they can help you achieve.

KEVIN BURDEE, Geomatics Engineering Technology ’17
Never stop dreaming. Never stop believing. Never give up. Never stop trying. Most of all, never stop learning.

KIRA LYSENG, Legal Assistant ’19
SAIT is incredible and gives you the opportunity to create the person you want to be! Just enjoy your new certification no matter what it is. Take what you learned into the world.

KOFI EDUGYAN, Graphic Design ’19
Congratulations to the Class of 2020. May life take you on an incredible journey to success and happiness.

KOLBY JOHNS, Avionics Technology ’18
Don’t be worried about getting a job. That will come. In the meantime, practice the skills you’ve learned to manifest for the future.

KRISTEN RAVELO, Pharmacy Assistant ’19
Your time as a student at SAIT, especially in the class of 2020, has prepared you to be strong and adaptable past your graduation. Cherish your happiest and hardest moments and carry them forward to face everything head-on. Best wishes, and congratulations!

KURTIS GOLLER, Mechanical Engineering Technology ’17
You are educated. You may think of it as the ticket to the good life, instead, think of it as your ticket to change the world. Congratulations Class of 2020!

KYRA CAMPBELL, Rehabilitation Therapy Assistant ’16
Never stop learning. Take this opportunity to learn from your future coworkers, teachers and whomever in order to better yourself, others and the world.

LAM NGUYEN, Power Engineering Technology ’18
Keep your head up. Keep your educational options open. Don’t be scared to go back to school to further your education. Networking is very important, no matter the field. Having friends can go a long way. Explore the world for more and more job opportunities, get out of your comfort zone, we only live for so long. With SAIT, anything is possible.

LARA BECHTEL, Administrative Information Management ’05
Don’t be afraid to be challenged or take risks as those challenges and risks will only make you stronger and successful in life. Think outside of the box and never back down. Life is full of ups and downs, ride the ups and know that the downs are what will mould who you are in life. Throw away your ego, remember to smile and don’t forget to laugh. Congratulations!

LAURIE DESAUTELS, Computer Technology ’82
Make continuous learning a life long goal. We live in a world of constant change driven by technological innovation. Your ability to adapt and be resilient in this world of change is critically important to meet your career goals.

LAURIE COSTA-XAYARATH, Architectural Technologies ’10
To the Class of 2020, I wish you all the best in everything you would like to accomplish in the future. With patience and persistence, you will always be able to get closer to the job you desire the most. Always be willing to learn new things and give it your best shot.

LILIAN BELVEDERE, Health Records ’81
With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts.

LLOYD DILLE, Industrial Electrical Technology ’58
Looking forward, it will be necessary to think outside the box and be willing to question the status quo in a respectful way. Always try to understand your co-workers’ points of view and at the worst – agree to disagree.

LORIE TRAN, Information Technology ’16
Congratulations new grads of 2020. This is a special year for everyone. I hope all of you think positively and keep working on your dreams. While everything is delayed, it’s the best time to rediscover yourselves by researching more about your working style, the industries, and the jobs that you are interested in. From there, you can choose to continue higher education or reach out to the world and get ready to work. All the best.

LORNA CUMMINS, Respiratory Therapy ’77
May you make the best of each day, never stop learning, have fun and provide your patients and their families the very best care every day! They need your expertise and may never forget your care and the difference it made to their life. I envy you all! I will be retiring in January after 45 years of service. Good luck and may this career be as good to you as it has been to me!

LOUISE FERNANDEZ, Civil Engineering Technology ’18
Take on any job with passion and learn as much as you can — there is always something new you can learn.

MACKENZIE MEYER, Radio, Television Broadcast News ’18
Remember why you started this program in the first place. It’s because of passion. A little voice in your head. A feeling in your stomach. A dream in your heart. Let that passion, that dream, be your guide. Don’t lose sight of why you’re doing what you’re doing. Don’t lose sight of that passion. It’s what makes you who you are and will ultimately push you forward in your career – and closer to that dream. Congrats grads!

MADDIE BURTON, Journalism ’17
You’ve put in the work and your instructors have prepared you for the workforce. Sometimes things don’t go as planned and things are not always easy but you just have to keep going. Push forward through the dark times and you are sure to be rewarded. Keep in touch with all your friends from SAIT as they are relationships to cherish for a lifetime.

MAGDALENA SOBCZAK, Architectural Technologies ’05
Congratulations grads! Embrace this new life phase with curiosity — it will lead you where you never thought possible!

MANORAMA PATKI, Records and Information Management ’09
Congratulations to the graduates of 2020. You did it! Bright days are ahead of you. Perseverance always pays. Wishing you all a very bright future. Cheers!

MARILYN FAAS, Business Administration ’78
Congratulations! You planned part of life by getting an education! Well done! Now plan for your goals, dreams and future. All the best in your new endeavours and life happiness.

MATTHEW LITTLE, Petroleum Engineering Technology ’01
Although I know that COVID-19 has been incredibly tough on all of you, it has certainly enhanced your education. One of the most critical aspects in your career is that of resiliency and how you deal with the unexpected. Now that you have your new skills and capabilities, completed your education and have world-class training in resiliency, you are ready to take on the world! Congratulations and all the best in pursuing your dreams! The world needs your contribution.

MATTHEW DAVIS, Information Technology ’02
Class of 2020! Congratulations on your great achievement of completing your program at SAIT. Now that you venture into your next chapter, be proud of what you have accomplished and keep growing as you move ahead. Take time to reflect on the challenges you have overcome, be present in the moment and keep moving forward. During these unprecedented times do not be discouraged but find opportunity and potential to help grown the ever-changing world. Again, congratulations on your accomplishment and be excited about the next chapter!

MATTHEW SIMES, Hospitality Management ’16
Congratulations on your remarkable achievement. May you embrace the uncertainty during these times and find your own silver lining. Good luck with your future and never forget to grasp the present moment!

MELANIE AQUINO, Piping Drafting ’09
SAIT is part of your foundation to build the structures of your future career. Grow with challenges and make success a reality through your passion, perseverance, and dedication. Congratulations graduates!

MELANIE STERZIK, Petroleum Engineering Technology ’18
Congratulations on your incredible achievement Class of 2020! Your hard work and determination has paid off. Though times are tough, your education from SAIT has prepared you for a bright future. Best wishes on your next adventure!

MELINDA DELFIN, Baking and Pastry Arts ’17
Reaching graduation means you have done your utmost best to get to the finish line, but this is also your beginning to the real life that you want to lead. Congratulations!

MICHELLE TESKEY, Primary Care Paramedic ’00
You have been well prepared for the future, but there will be times when you won’t have the answer. This is the time when you will see the biggest growth. Look for the next step that you know is right and trust yourself. Take time to take care of yourself and reflect on your work.

MIRANDA BROWN, Legal Assistant ’17
Adapting to any situation is a key component to success. Connect with teachers, other students, and alumni to make an informed decision about your future. Stay connected, stay informed, stay healthy and be excited about your future career.

MONICA PHILIPS, Medical Laboratory Technology ’13
You did your best, you will be rewarded. A wonderful future is waiting for you. Go for it!

NADINE RUSSEL, Business Administration ’12
Congratulations Class of 2020! Your hard work and determination to succeed has brought you to this beautiful milestone. As you take the knowledge you acquired at SAIT and step forward into your desired career paths, I hope that you will remain resilient in the face of adversity, that you will see obstacles as opportunities, and that you will believe in yourself and trust in your ability to succeed, despite all odds! Congratulations again, and I wish you the very best in your future endeavours!

NING JIA, Business Administration ’11
Hold the belief that you can achieve something even in the darkest moments. The only trick is to be persistent and consistent with a humble heart.

NISHA WUTTUNEE, Energy Asset Management ’15
Be flexible. If things change then change with it. Constantly upgrade your professional skills.

JIM ESPOSITO, Petroleum Engineering Technology ’79
Go undaunted into your future with the knowledge that you are a much different person than you were when you stepped on campus for the first time. You are a special graduate, the Class of 2020, the one that had to complete their studies under conditions never seen before. You will be served well by the resilience you have developed, I hope you go forward as a proud and respected SAIT alumni and continue to support your alma mater as your career evolves.

PAMELA LANGAN, Professional Cooking ’98
Congratulations on finishing your course and graduating. The best advice I can give is to not be afraid to leave your comfort zone. Be brave and take on the world, Class of 2020.

PAUL GAGNON, Business Administration ’87
Congratulations on your graduation! Every goal in life is attainable, but goals are like marathons — the only way to complete them is by taking them one step at a time.

PAUL SPRONKEN, Construction Project Management ’18
Congratulations! Here’s to a monumental milestone in the path to success. I wish you the best going forward and welcome you to the next step of the journey.

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