Alumni Notes – Spring/Summer 2019

Class Notes


Tom Heimer BM '76, MM '81 is the author of the recently published The Most Advanced Clarinet Book. Heimer has been principal clarinet and soloist with the Westchester Band in New York since 1998. He was a band director for many years in Thompson, Manitoba. where his bands won national and international awards. He and his wife Elizabeth reside in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia

Maureen A. MacLeod was named most inspirational teacher by 2018 Presidential Scholar for Hawaii, Isabelle Rhee. Dr. MacLeod accompanied Ms. Rhee and her family to Washington, DC to accept the award. The U.S. Presidential Scholars Program was established in 1964 to recognize and honor the nation's most distinguished graduating high school seniors. Dr. MacLeod is a graduate of Campbell Collegiate, the University of Regina, and Queen's University. She is chair of the Support and Wellness Department at Punahou School in Honolulu, HI and served as advisor to the school's high school newspaper.



Husin Suhaidi BSc’85 is a member of CALINDO – Canada Alumni in Indonesia – an organization focused on strengthening the social and economic bonds between Indonesia and Canada. Suhaidi specializes in information technology and hospitality.

Joni Avram BA’87 was accepted to the Executive Masters of Behavioural Science program at the London School of Economics. She will graduate in 2020.

Catherine Greer BA(Hons)’88 has written her debut book of fiction Love Lie Repeat. The novel is a suspenseful psychological thriller about girls, guilt and power. Greer is a copy editor living in Sydney, Australia.



Since earning her degree in 2002, Sandra Staples-Jetko BFA’02 went back to full-time work as an occupational therapist for the Regina Qu'Appelle Health District until 2010. After leaving the agency, she provided occasional private therapy work and began concentrating on her art practice. Sandra combines her two loves as she works on her interdisciplinary MFA with her thesis project using digital media to provide a voice for marginalized people.

Sandra Rollings-Magnusson BA Hons’95, MA’97, PhD’03 continues her research into the Saskatchewan homesteading era. Her most recent book, The Homesteaders, was published by the University of Regina Press in 2018. Using numerous archival sources, the book highlights the lives of those who settled in Saskatchewan between 1867 and 1914.

Darcy Kimmitt BEd’04 is a GED preparation instructor for a large geographical area in northern Cape Breton. She finds her work very rewarding and credits her U of R degree as a great asset in her career.

Lisa Engel BKin’05 completed her PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Toronto in 2018. Her tenure track assistant professorship in the Department of Occupational Therapy at the University of Manitoba started in January 2019. Her research interests include lupus and cognitive impairment, and Canadian financial management for adults living with chronic conditions and disabilities.

John Pitchlko BSc’05 is the associate dean of the School of Information and Communications Technology at the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT).



Heather Kindermann BEd’10, BA’13 is a community planner and GIS Mapping Technologist with the Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities.

Ivy Armstrong BSW’18 was awarded the Canadian Forces’ Decoration in October 2018 for 12 years of service in her role as cadet instructors cadre officer. Armstrong works with teenagers as a resource room teacher for Saskatoon Public Schools.


Upcoming Alumni Events

Alumni Association Annual General Meeting


Wednesday, June 19, 2019

College Avenue Campus

2155 College Avenue

Regina, SK


Alumni Crowning Achievement Awards

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Save the date!


Alumni Leadership Groups

Calgary: Stuart Quinn BAdmin’81 -

Edmonton: Charlene Howard -

Ottawa: Joanne Pomalis BSc’86 -

Saskatoon: Richard Kies BAdmin’93, CPR’03 –

Toronto: Allan Bonner BEd’78 -

Victoria: Lisa King BPAS’95, MAdmin’11 -

University of Regina Alumni Association

Bert Yakichuk PGDSGC’73, MEd’77 -


Kenneth Levene Graduate School of Business Alumni Association

James Welter MBA’14 –


Hill Alumni Association

Nicole Nameth BBA’15 -


Johnson Shoyama Alumni Association

Rebecca Gibbons MBA’13, MPA’16 -