2018 TWU Alumni Board Nominees

Here are your nominees for the 2018 TWU Alumni Board. Please review each candidate carefully, and keep the ideal candidate for a board member in mind. To vote for these nominees, please register your information on our website database. The election will take place at the video-conference AGM on November 26th.

1: Gabriela Sapon (’17)

Which of the following Desirable Criteria do you meet?
“Experience planning events.”

Education summary
“I graduated from TWU with a Natural and Applied Sciences degree, in which I completed a concentration in Biology and a minor in Chemistry. Additionally, I completed a minor in Business with a focus on International Development.”

Summary of Work & Volunteer Experience
– Resident Assistant and Peer Instructor at TWU
– Receptionist and Admissions Student Assistant at TWU
– Experience in sales and events
– Communitas Supportive Care Society (resident worker)
– FUNDEGUA research team (volunteer)
– Research on chronic malnutrition in Guatemala
– Team lead by the Duke Global Health Institute
– Christian Life Assembly Young Adults (volunteer with the team that sets up the event every Thursday evening)

2: Norma kennedy (’69)

Which of the following Desirable Criteria do you meet?
“Previous experience serving on a working board.”

Education summary
– Attended TJC/TWU from 1966-1969
– BA in Elementary Education from Western Washington University
– 25 years in education, retiring in 2010

Summary of Work & Volunteer Experience
– Served in leadership through the Evangelical Free & Evangelical Covenant Church at the local and national levels
– Planned/executed events including international women’s conferences, Trinity reunions, retreats and school class reunions
– Speaker/presenter at retreats, workshops and seminars
– Strong personal network to TWU alumni in Canada & USA
– Connected to alumni from 60’s & 70’s

3: Jessie Legaree (’14)

Which of the following Desirable Criteria do you meet?
– Previous experience serving on a working board
– 3+ years work experience in a leadership position
– Experience planning events

Education summary
– TWU Bachelor of Arts, major Political Studies, concentration Philosophy (2006-2010)
– TWU Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies (2010-2014, technically)
– University of Toronto Juris Doctor (2012-2015)

Summary of Work & Volunteer Experience
– Various political boards through the Conservative Party of Canada (2006-2016)
– Christian Legal Fellowship: member/board of directors (2012-2018); host annual banquet for Christian lawyers in Vancouver (year 5) and Abbotsford (year 2)
– Clubs: led Conservative Club at TWU (2008-2012); led Christian Law Students Association at University of Toronto (2012-2014) and UBC (2014-2015)
– TWU: strategic communications re law school, public spokesperson (2013 & 2018); Abbotsford Chapter Champion (2018)
– RDM Lawyers LLP: lawyer (2016-2018); articling student (2015)

4: Keren Taylor-hughes (’07)

Which of the following Desirable Criteria do you meet?
“Previous experience serving on a working board.”

Education summary
“One of my personal goals has been to assist people in times of need. That goal drove me to my first career choice as a social worker for Winnipeg Child and Family Services, immersing myself with those disenfranchised and needing protection. That experience taught me the most valuable life lesson—everyone deserves respect and compassion, no matter their circumstances.”

Keren is a results-oriented, strategic change management professional with extensive experience in developing and leading business transformation across Canada and the United States. She is skilled in guiding senior leaders to transform organizations and recruiting, training and mentoring project teams to tackle large-scale and complex projects. Her expertise in organizational development has earned her a reputation for being a supportive executive coach. Keren has honed these skills across a variety of sectors including First Nations, government, child welfare, health care, technology, financial services, agribusiness, not-for-profit and education.

A thought-leader in change management, Keren has authored change leadership tools, contributed to the development of the globally-used National Change Management Framework and, in 2015, conducted research on the state of change management in Canadian healthcare. Keren is a frequent speaker at conferences and organizational events on the topic of leading change with recent engagements at presentations in the United States, Egypt, United Arab Emirates, Jordan and across Canada.

Keren has a long track record of community involvement and has served on numerous boards including Winnipeg Child and Family Services, Klinic, Food for the Hungry Canada, Global Action and currently serves on the boards of Food Banks Canada, Food Banks Canada Network Council, Manitoba Association of Food Banks and the Winnipeg Poverty Reduction Council. She also serves as a mentor for young business women.

Keren has earned bachelor’s degrees in business and behavioural sciences and a master’s degree in leadership. She is a subject matter expert in leading transformation and evaluation.

Summary of Work & Volunteer Experience
– I serve as the CEO of Canada’s 4th largest food bank, with an estimated value of over $50M in assets and food.
– I give freely of my time serving on national and provincial boards
– I have served in my community and church as home group leader and marriage mentor