Kristine Cowley working in a laboratory.

Outsmarting Injury

Long before Kristine Cowley [PhD/98] received a prestigious Canada Research Chair at UM, she was a wheelchair track athlete at the 1992 Paralympics in Barcelona.

Portrait of Dr. Christine Leong.
Digging into Data

Data can tell a story if you pay close attention to what it’s trying to say.

Portrait of Dr. Dieter Schonwetter.
People Person

What Dieter Schönwetter [BA/87, MA/89, PhD/96] enjoys most about research isn’t collecting data or analyzing findings. It’s connecting with people.

Lisa Engel sitting on a chair at Banatyne campus while being interviewed.
Money Matters

Growing up in Regina, Dr. Lisa Engel had no aspirations for a PhD. But that changed after she started working as an occupational therapist at a regional hospital on Vancouver Island in 2007.

A syringe on top of a plastic disposal box.
Safer Substance Use

When Dr. Em Pijl joined the College of Nursing as an assistant professor in 2021, she started to look at her research from a different perspective.

Portrait of Valerie Wiebe.

A Calling to Care

When Valerie Wiebe [BN/93, MN/99] became the first female president and chief operating officer of Concordia Hospital in 2015, she didn’t know the facility would soon be affected by a complete overhaul of Manitoba’s health-care system.

Portrait of Dr. Yvonne Myal.
Breast Cancer Quest

When Yvonne Myal [M.Sc./83, PhD/89] was a young child in Trinidad, she was distressed by seeing an elderly neighbour in terrible pain.

A prescription pill bottle on its side with pills spilling out.
Patient Safety Advocate

A passion for patient care took hold early for Susan Lessard-Friesen [B.Sc. Pharm/83]. While attending high school, she started a part-time job at a community pharmacy in Winnipeg’s Fort Richmond neighbourhood.

Carla Cohn stands in a dental lab.
All Smiles

Carla Cohn [DMD/91] has spent her 30-year career making a difference in the lives of little ones.

Elizabeth Stoesz sits at her desk.
Connecting with Youth

When Elizabeth Stoesz [MOT/09] completed a UM master’s degree in occupational therapy in 2009, she felt uncertain about her employment qualifications.