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Alumni

Wednesday, November 25, 2020
7:00 pm MST

2020 alumni achievement award recipient Travis Juska serves his community every day through his work as a Calgary police officer. Furthermore, he is a dedicated volunteer who has contributed over 10,000 hours of volunteer service over the last 15 years.

2019 alumni achievement award recipient Heather Graham made her way to Guatemala for what was intended to be a short-term volunteer role in 2001. 19 years later, she is still there, playing a major role in helping to break the cycle of poverty for the local Mayan communities.

Join us on November 25 to be inspired by two alumni who are going above and beyond in making their communities better places to live.

 

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Meet 2020 Outstanding Alumni Achievement Award Recipient Travis Juska

In his role as Calgary Police Services staff sergeant, Travis Juska trains, leads and mentors colleagues. He has worked patrol in several different districts in the city and also been on the recruiting side. Notably, he was part of the CPS team that launched ConnectLine.ca in 2019, a resource supporting those affected by domestic violence. The app allows people to find and contact appropriate agencies quickly, and was used more than 60,000 times in its first year.

On top of his full-time job, Travis has dedicated more than 10,000 hours of volunteer work over the last 15 years. He has coached underprivileged youth in sports, participated in early literacy programs, taken part in a cross-Canada walk to support victims of crime, and worked with the Special Olympics and the Salvation Army.

Travis is the recipient of the 2020 Outstanding Alumni Award - Community Service.

 

Host - Scharie Tavcer

Dr. D. Scharie Tavcer joined Mount Royal University in 2004 and is an Associate Professor in the Department of Economics, Justice, and Policy Studies. Dr. Tavcer believes in teaching that has components of experiential learning and/or community service learning. This involves incorporating lived experience into her lectures through guests or off-campus events, and providing students with real-world scenarios with real people in real situations. Dr. Tavcer was recipient of the 2019 MacEwan University Distinguished Alumni Award as well as the 2020 recipient of the Faculty of Arts Outstanding Teacher Award.

 

Co-Presenter Heather Graham

In 2001, Heather Graham bought a book on international travel and made her way to Casa Guatemala — a Guatemalan orphanage. Wanting to deepen her impact and involvement with Casa Guatemala, Heather moved to Calgary in 2005 to attend Mount Royal’s non-profit studies program, prior to moving back to Guatemala in 2010 to assume the role of Executive Director for Casa Guatemala. 

Despite the physical distance from Calgary, Graham remains closely tied to Mount Royal and has hosted numerous students who have travelled to volunteer at Casa Guatemala. Graham is also heavily involved with the Fair Trade Field School, which introduces students to organizations fostering economic and community development in Guatemala.

Heather was recipient of the 2019 Outstanding Alumni Award - Community Service.