Edwards JDC West 2017

Each year, students at the Edwards School of Business compete in JDC West. As part of the competition, they are encouraged to obtain as many volunteer hours and raise as many dollars as they can for up to 6 charities. This year, they are excited to work with Ronald McDonald House Charities Saskatchewan, Habitat for Humanity Saskatoon, the Royal University Hospital Foundation, The Friendship Inn, Junior Achievement Saskatchewan, and Parkinson Canada - Saskatchewan. 

Rashid Ahmed (B.Comm. '17)


I am honored to do many volunteer activities inside and outside the campus of the University of Saskatchewan over the past four years. I am notable among university fellows for my volunteer activities because I believe giving back to my community is always been a blessing for me and I hope it to be for others. I have had the privilege to participate and hold many volunteer and humanitarian activities in Saskatoon. They include: Feed the Homeless Campaign, raising 4000lbs of food for the Saskatoon Food Bank, a Reconciliation Event, and welcoming refugees at the Airport.

Barry Munro (B.Comm. '84)

I am supporting multiple ways to make Calgary (and the world) better, including: 

  • The Calgary Stampede Foundation - Board Member (including Vice Chair): 10 years
  • United Way of Calgary - Volunteer 30+ years; member of Major Donor Cabinet leading special projects: 10 years
  • Calgary Economic Development - Special Advisory Committee
  • YWCA of Calgary - Capital Campaign Advisory Committee
  • Calgary Stampede - member of the Corporate Relations Committee: 15 years

Audrey Gauthier (HOSADM '82)

RDPLWhen I lived in Saskatoon, I volunteered with the Royal University Hospital, Osteoporosis Canada and with Big Sisters. Most recently, I volunteer with the Adult Literacy Network, both in Saskatoon and since moving to Red Deer 10 years ago. We help people with all aspects of literacy (speaking, reading, writing, listening and understanding) whether or not they are born in Canada.

Brandy Mackintosh (B.Comm. '97)

brandy- Accounting Coach for JDC West team for the last 7 years.

- Board Member of SWITCH (Student Wellness Initiative Toward Community Health)

- Chair of the Willowgrgove School Community Council

Carlene Deutscher  (B.Comm. '09)

rodeoI am the member of a three-person team who brought back the Delisle Rodeo after being absent from the community for over a decade. Over the past four years, we've proudly given back thousands of dollars to these community groups; the fire department, local youth hockey teams, the 4H clubs, Delisle High School Travel Club, Delisle Breakfast Program and more, all by hosting our rodeo association's long time running "Rodeo of the Year". What's our proudest accomplishment? Being able to invest in our community and build a permanent rodeo arena for everyone to use for years to come!

Gordon Mosher (MBA '15)

[I am] Teaching children values like love, kindness, honesty, humility, and generosity in Sunday school classes.

Curtis Potyondi (B.Comm. '91)

CurtisPI have lived in High River for over 20 years, and have had numerous opportunities to volunteer in my community. While I have been able to help out at local schools, band events, Cleanup the River, etc., as an active parent and member of the community it was my commitment to the minor hockey program and flood relief efforts which I believe had the biggest impact. Having lived in the community for 2 "floods of the century" I know first hand how difficult the physical and emotional recovery process for everyone involved. In both cases, I spent weeks helping our neighbors and community recover from the devastation that a major event brings. From helping move furniture, tear down basements, rebuild, or work with insurance agencies I always hoped that my contribution was enough to help someone get past the emotional turmoil of the event and start to move forward. I have also been very active in minor hockey as a head coach. I have coached every level of minor hockey that our community has; over a period of 14 years and over 500 regular season games. In the end, it was the reward of being part of a team and friendships that I am most proud of.

Cindy Lowe (B.Comm. '96)

CLoweI have founded a Business Team at the high school where I teach, focusing on entrepreneurship, debate & finance. We host competitions & attend provincial business events. I am President of Sask Business Teachers Association, the Skills Sask provincial technical chair (and national rep) for IT Solutions, assistant general leader for Kyle 4H club and volunteer with our church and sports teams. I became a teacher after my B.Comm & believe in providing opportunities for today's youth. Teaching financial literacy for all SK students is a career goal through my work as a Business Educator.

Sheldon Gardiner (B.Comm. '92)

I am the founder of Volinspire; an online volunteer matching website and APP (first in Canada). and   We have matched up 1000's of volunteers and have helped over 5400 non profit and charities with skilled volunteers.   We now have a Saskatchewan ambassador in Saskatoon and he is talking to U of S to connect students and alumni to Volunteer positions.    This is a social enterprise supported by businesses and all profits go back to Charity.  

Maryann Deutscher (B.Comm. '84)

colorrunBeads of Courage is an Arts in Medicine program that supports children and infants living with chronic or life threatening conditions by awarding them with glass beads each time they endure a medical test, procedure, or surgery. Currently, Beads of Courage programming in Saskatchewan is available at; Royal University Hospital in NICU, PICU & all chronic patients, the Saskatoon Cancer Centre, Regina General Hospital in the NICU & all chronic patient population, the Allan Blair Cancer Centre in Regina, Distance program throughout the province through the Beads in the Mail program.

We raise the funds needed to continue to support children coping with serios illness through the Beads of Courage Program, an Arts-in-Medicine Program provided by Beads of Courage Canada. The run/walk also brings awareness and education to the general public about the Beads of Courage program as well as provide family fun entertainment. A greay way to support your community! Our annual run is inspired by these children. Annually this fundraising walk & run has participants get covered with colour to symbolize the colourful beads these children earn and support Beads of Courage - Saskatchewan programming.

Gary Mearns (B.Comm. '74)

I've always believed that giving back is important. Since earning my degree, I have served on the Board of Directors and as President of: the Saskatoon Personnel Association, Saskatoon Crime Stoppers, the U. of S. Alumni Association, and on my parish council. I currently sit on the Board of CPHR SK and the Alzheimer Society of Sask. as well as being a mentor for HR students in the Edwards School of Business.

Brandon Johnson (B.Comm. '21)

BrandonJohnsonThe non-profit organization JA Saskatchewan teaches students financial literacy, workplace readiness, and entrepreneurship. My involvement began as a student in the Company Program, creating my own business and learning valuable leadership skills. In summer 2017 I was a company advisor and I have now transitioned to the Company Program Director for Saskatoon and Whitecap Dakota First Nation. The most rewarding part of my job is watching the students transform from being timid to captivating a room when presenting. My goal is to help build the next generation of leaders in Saskatchewan by helping our students grow their confidence and realize their full potential.

Adam Slobodzian (B.Comm.'17)

adamAdam volunteers as a Coach of the Edwards JDC West Marketing team.

Jack Neumann (B.Comm. '69)


I've served as a volunteer Board member for the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame & Museum for past five years. I also volunteered for the 2012 World Junior Hockey Championship in Calgary.

Sue Van Millingen (B.Comm. '77)

SueMI am Membership Director of the Seniors Alpine Ski Club based in Calgary. We have over 350 members being 55+. I recently hosted a New member Pub Night which was very well received.

MBA Games Edwards School of Business Team (MBA '18 and '19)

As four current MBA students, we have been given the incredible opportunity to represent Edwards School of Business at a national case competition, the MBA Games 2018, this coming January. As participants of this competition, we have been tasked with raising $1,000 for the Moose Hide Campaign, a non-profit initiative that seeks to end violence against women and children by raising awareness of this social issue that continues to plague our society. We are proud to have reached this fundraising goal through three events this past month and we hope to raise even more funds!

Michael Gonari (B.Comm.'17)

gonariI volunteer as a Coach of the Edwards JDC West Debate team.

Dana Carriere (MBA '16)

DanaCarriereI have volunteered with Big Brothers Big Sisters since 2010. I have been an in-school mentor, group volunteer, and in October 2016 I become a Big Sister. I met a little girl at a BBBS event, and when I discovered that she was on the waiting list I decided that I wanted to become her Big Sister. We get along really well and always have lots of fun together, and we are both making a positive impact in each other’s lives. We have a really great relationship and spending time with her is always the highlight of my week!

Seeds for Dreams 

SFDSeeds for Dreams was founded by 9 women (6 Edwards Alumni) in 2016.  It offers woman-owned Saskatchewan businesses seed capital through a unique pitch & vote event held every three months. Businesses apply to pitch to the member investors; three companies are selected to pitch at each event and member investors then vote for the pitch they liked best.   At the third event on September 26, 2017 they reached their goal of 100 Members!  The winning pitch was Alisha Esmail, founder of Road Coffee Co. who receive $10,000 to continue to grow her business. New members are welcome!

Saskatchewan Women in Ag - Ginelle Pidwerbesky (B.Comm. '11)

Ginelle, along with 2 others, co-founded the Saskatchewan Women in Ag group.  They are a non-profit organization whose mission is to empower, support and connect all women in agriculture, while strengthening the industry as a whole.  It started as an idea for a calendar amongst friends, has now evolved into a network of women from all backgrounds in agriculture. Any of the proceeds raised from sales and sponsorship of the calendars, merchandise sales, event tickets sales, and so on, are contribute to a University of Saskatchewan College of Agriculture and Bio-resources Scholarship Fund, Agriculture in the Classroom, and other great initiatives within the industry. Ginelle acts as a mentor for the 10+ committee members that volunteer for the organization.

Chillin' for Charity - Edwards JDC West 2018

On November 2nd, 2017, the Edwards JDC West Team held their annual Chillin' for Charity event to raise money for Habitat for Humanity Saskatoon. After raising over $14,500 for the event, the team was able to dunk Dean Keith Willoughby at the event.

Donna Dube (B.Comm. '87)

When my children were younger I was involved as a parent volunteer with their school and extra-curricular activities (including Girl Guides, sports). Now that they are both at the UofS as students (my son is at the EBS), I volunteer with organizations in the community including: Friendship Inn, CWL Clothing Depot, CWL, Cathedral of the Holy Family (including office work, assisting at Funeral and presenting at Marriage Preparation, coordinating the Christmas Hamper project). I also assist with various fundraisers including those for the Children's Hospital and for Kayden Kot - a medically fragile child in my neighborhood.

Vince Bruni-Bossio (MBA '10)

Vince Bruni-Bossio is an alumni of the MBA program at the Edwards School of Business and a current faculty member.  Vince not only volunteers to assist with multiple student initiatives including JDC West and many student events he also has provided extensive volunteer consulting services to the university at multiple levels.  This has included assisting with the development of a series of programs at the Edwards School of Business and developing strategy for many other colleges, departments and programs at USASK.  Examples of this work include College level initiatives for the College of Arts and Sciences, College of Nursing and facilitating workshops for University Relations and other programs.  He also assisted Prairie Diagnostic Services with governance reforms and is currently working on reforms to the bylaws, terms of reference for board committees and board package for the University of Saskatchewan Board of Governors.  Vince has extended his volunteer work into the community assisting many non-profits with strategy and governance including the Broadway Theatre, Summer Player Theatre, Good Food Junction, Saskatchewan Opera, Elizabeth Fry Society and many others.  Vince believes it is important to give back by helping organizations to be sustainable and effective in the long run.


Donating Blood - Christian Navalta (B.Comm. '21)

A goal that needed to be checked off of my bucket list; to donate blood. I was excited to try it out, and I did. My involvement began on November 21, 2016, and ever since, I have donated four times because I know that there are countless men, women, and children in need. I am helping people live longer, fulfil their goals and finish their bucket list. Moreover, maybe I might need help too. The most rewarding part of doing this act is receiving an email updating me that I saved someone.  

Connie Crichton (B.Comm. '77)

connieCWhile my children were growing up my volunteering revolves around their activities. Since retiring I have focused on the needs of others in the community. I go to two schools and assist in the Grade 1 classes helping the kids learn to read. I go to a Care Home and bring residents to chapel and provide music ministry. I go to the hospital and care homes taking communion and providing spiritual care. One afternoon a week, my husband and I serve sandwiches and coffee/hot chocolate to the less fortunate in our core area parish. Next month, I will be going to the prison to help with services there. I have been a member of the RC Diocesan Parish council for the past three years, on the Provincial Catholic Women’s League for the past five years and a member of our Diocesan Justice and Peace Commision for the past six years. We all reap the benefits of making our world a better place for those less fortunate.

Brittany McIntyre (B.Comm. '18)

I have volunteered at the Alberta Youth Entrepreneurship Camp for the past 8 years. I have been a youth leader, rec leader, and bunk master. Overall, I help to make the week of camp run smoothly for the campers and help teach them modules. There are approximately 60 campers from Alberta and Saskatchewan who attend. Through the 1 week camp, the campers take out a loan, build a business plan, meet with a banker, create a product and sell it to their family and friends on the last day to repay the loan.

Jared Fingler (B.Comm. '13)

jared- JDC West Not-For-Profit Coach (2014-Present)

- Low's in Motion Fundraising event - Operations Lead & Committee Member (2014-Present)

- Employed as Annual Development Manager at United Way of Saskatoon and Area, leading fundraising efforts to build a stronger community and change lives in Saskatoon


Jesse Burns (B.Comm. '18)

jessebI volunteered for the 5 days for the Homeless initiative and helped raise money for the homeless population in Saskatoon, SK. We did a clothing drive to collect clothes for the homeless and this photo displays the clothing that we received from the community of Saskatoon, SK.

Devan Mescall (Faculty Member, B.Comm '00, MPAcc '01)

I am a member of the St. Matthew's School Refugee committee that sponsored to help a family move from a refugee camp in Rawanda to Saskatoon. I met with the family once or twice a month to help them plan and monitor their finances to support their successful integration into our Saskatoon community.

Jill Salamon (MBA '10)

jillsI volunteer in my community through participation on the Board of Leadership Saskatoon and on my CPHR association provincial board. I am a member of Business and Professional Women of Saskatoon and contribute to charitable giving through BPW for their scholarship program, as well as to United Way of Saskatoon and to the Edwards School of Business Women of Influence awards. In the summer of 2016, I accepted an award on behalf of Edwards for supporting the Canadian Coalition to Empower Women at the BPW national convention.

Dean Keith Willoughby (B.Comm. '90)

I volunteer service with my church. This service involves visiting people in their homes and assisting them through their challenges.

Trevor Maber (B.Comm. '96)

maberAlong with serving as the faculty coach for the JDC West Human Resources team for the past two years, I continue to enjoy the good fortune to mentor ESB students across a range of contexts and initiatives. I’m a strong proponent of the long-term value and importance of everyone creating connections and contributing to community, no matter where, how or what that looks like for each of us. Previously a board member with two local non-profit organizations in the performing arts sector, I currently sit as a volunteer board member with TCU Place (Centennial Auditorium), along with offering pro bono consulting and coaching to a variety of community groups, non-profit organizations and NGOs across the province.


Brett Weiman (B.Comm. '19)

I volunteer by helping out with minor hockey teams in the community. This includes running practices and teaching kids. I also volunteered at the Friendship Inn during the "Week of Caring".

Brian Lane (B.Comm. '00)

laneSome of my community activities include volunteering at my church, being a blood donor, and playing the piano for a community jazz band. Something that I really enjoy is working with First Nations kids at Big River Bible Camp. It's a privilege to get to know them and to help them as they try to deal with life's challenges, and as they explore their worldview.


Natasha Katchuk (B.Comm. '07)

Since completing my degree, I have volunteered with several organizations in various capacities. Most recently, I volunteered with the Yorkton Curling Club. In that capacity, I served as the Sponsorship Co-Chair for the Pinty's Grand Slam of Curling event. Together, we raised $97,000 with proceeds going straight back into the community for curlers of all ages.

Tyra Tkatchuk (B.Comm. '20)

tyraVolunteering in the football community is important to me, it not only helps the younger generation learn the sport but also helps break down barriers and build the female football community. Helping out in as many aspects of the growth of the game is very important to me. As a member of the sponsorship committee and player with the Saskatoon Valkyries, and a coach of the Tykes on Spikes program, I take pride in devoting my time and effort into growing the sport of football in the Saskatoon community.

Tanner Assie (B.Comm.'18)

tannerTanner volunteers as a Coach of the Edwards JDC West Business Technology team. He also volunteers in the following ways:

Executive on the World Mining Competition Organizing Committee for 3 years - I assisted in the rebranding of the competition from National to World; recruited several first-time international schools to the competition; and helped in successfully establishing a cross-college organizing committee between geology, commerce and engineering.

Experiential Learning Liaison for the Edwards Experiential Learning Initiative - I worked with the college to enhance experiential learning opportunities for Edwards students: creating workshops, informing students of key courses and general education for students regarding hands-on and community engagement-based learning.

Ambassador for Junior Achievement of Saskatchewan - I liaised, advised and taught high school students key business and teamwork skills through my volunteering with Junior Achievement of Saskatchewan. Acted as a company advisor to students in JA Company Program; provided workshops in-class to high school on topics related to career development; and fostered relationships between student groups at Edwards and Junior Achievement of Saskatchewan to create additional volunteering opportunities and awareness.

Meagan S. (B.Comm. '11)

Small actions, like contributing to One Day for Students at the University of Saskatchewan, donating clothing to EGADZ, and switching to reusable grocery bags. Giving back to the community in a positive way!

Kris Foster (B.Comm. '98)

readI volunteer as Chair of the Board of Directors for READ Saskatoon, an organization that promotes literacy and learning by offering free literacy services to adults and families throughout Saskatoon.

Steph Hart (B.Comm. '15)

vballDuring my degree, I had many opportunities to volunteer on campus; 5D4H, student societies, and charity iniatitives like Habitat for Humanity. This work contributed to the success of finding employment after completing my B.Comm, but more importantly it allowed me to network and become well-rounded. The last 4 years, I have volunteered by coaching a U14-U17 volleyball team. Edwards provides many opportunities to get involved. Without a doubt, these activities were the highlight of my undergrad!

Nathalie Johnstone (Edwards Faculty Member)

cpaI have been coordinating Tax Prep since 2006. For myself, the coordinator of the tax prep program has been on a volunteer basis and depending on the year, it takes between 50-100 hours of volunteered time. Each year we do several sessions for low income individuals and last year we added a session on campus to help international students with their returns. Every year, we are humbled by the number of students and CPA's who are willing to take time out of their busy schedules to ensure this program is successful.

Sharon Evans (Edwards Staff Member)

I canvas for the Canadian Diabetes Association. cda

Suresh Kalagnanam (MBA'89)

Suresh volunteered as a Coach of the Edwards JDC West Accounting team.

Shelby McLeod (B.Comm. '16)

smShelby strongly believes in the importance of building community. She has been involved with various groups in a variety of capacities. Currently, she is a Coach of the Edwards JDC West Human Resources team, a member of the Low's in Motion for Parkinson's Disease Committee, and a Board Member with the Lifesaving Society of Saskatchewan.

Romeo Nkunzimana (B.Comm. '16)

Romeo volunteered as a Coach of the Edwards JDC West International Business team.romeo


Enactus - University of Saskatchewan

enacEnactus University of Saskatchewan is a not-for-profit organization of student leaders and entrepreneurs who aim to address and promote the economic, social, and environmental well-being of Saskatchewan. Enactus Usask has four projects: Aboriginal Youth Idea Challenge, Food for the Future, CentsABLE, and Stock Market Challenge. Enactus Usask utilizes conscious capitalism and collaboration to encourage education, promote entrepreneurship, prosperity, safety, community, and individual empowerment. Demonstrating that business ventures have the opportunity to make a meaningful difference, enhance lives, and strengthen communities. For more information on our projects, visit


Kristen Graff (B.Comm. '14)

whsI wanted to volunteer more in my community so I started by signing up as a volunteer with the Weyburn Humane Society (WHS). After a year of volunteering, I wanted to do more! I was then elected to the Board of Directors of the WHS. Now in my second term, I have introduced a budget to our financial discussions and have co-chaired a new fundraising iniatitive: a golf tournament! By simply donating my time and skills, I am making a difference in my community.


Nicole Cameron (B.Comm. '09)

cameronI have become a Big Sister with the Big Brothers Big Sisters program and also serve on the Board of Directors for Empty Arms Perinatal Loss Support Services. Empty Arms serves families of baby loss and infant death by providing various types of supports.


Kristina Jonsson (B.Comm. '93)

50thI am a volunteer on the Executive of the U of S Ballroom Dancing Club that began over 50 years ago on campus. The club follows the student calendar and provies discounts to students and with 800 members provides a social environment which enriches our community. I am a sponsor with Teen Challenege, saving lives from addictions which restores famileis and aids communities. I am also a blood donor. I also volunteer at the Northern Lights Bluegrass and Old Tyme Music Festival at Ness Creek, SK. I also am a supporter of Focus on the Family Canada.


Jill de Strake (B.Comm. '11)

I am working from the ground up to get a daycare started in the town of Kyle. As the Chair of the Board of Directors, what I learned during my time at ESB has been instrumental in starting this non-profit in a community that has a great need for childcare.


Chris (Archie) Kenyon (B.Comm. '96)

archieAs a new student at the U of S, I got involved with the Christian club Power to Change. My friends and staff advisors there helped me see how my faith could impact my everyday life. That in turn, reoriented my self-centred goals toward loving others, regardless of their beliefs, and impacting the world. The spinoffs have included serving the poor in downtown Toronto, coaching kids basketball, leading overseas development trips, and more. And for 22 years now, I have worked with Power to Change full-time to help other students do the same. And my business degree helps me do it more strategically and effectively.


Les Ferguson (BAC '94)

mcclureFor the 5th year, I assisted leadership to this special project of the McClure Place Foundation in Saskatoon. People are invited to bring their old private, personal and confidential documents to be shredded. In partnership with the Shred-it paper recycling company, we work toward preventing identity theft and assist in de-cluttering spaces. The Big Shred has shredded and re-cycled over 30 tons of paper and has earned more than $39,000 for Amy McClure House, a licensed assisted-living care facility at McClure.


Marc Usunier (Edwards Staff)

- Past chair of the International Network of Tomorrow's Leaders (INTL), Canadian Bureau for International Education

- Mentor with the INTL Mentorship Program that matches emerging and experienced leaders in the Canadian international education sector

- Advisory Board Member, AIESEC Saskatoon


Sheri Willick (BAC '06)

Volunteering in my community is important to me and I have served in a variety of roles with many different organizations. I am currently on the Board of Directors for the Saskatoon Region Association REALTORS®; Saskatchewan Soccer Association Board of Directors, volunteer with Saskatoon Council on Aging; and a member of 100 Women Who Care Saskatoon.


Wendy Quinton (BAC '13 and current B.Comm. student)

I am on the board with Saskatoon Cycles. I volunteer with Persephone Theatre, Saskatoon Symphony, and Broadway Theatre. In the past, I have volunteered with the Jazz Festival, Mendal Art Gallery, and extensively with the Bike Valet. I have ran numerous races for charity and donate when I can. I am also volunteering with Pride Saskatoon this year.


Rory Nussbaumer (B.Comm. '16)

roryI am the Sponsors and Sustainability Coordinator of Leading Change Canada - a nationwide movement of young environmental leaders and sustainability professionals working to accelerate action on the environmental, social, and economic issues that are critical to attaining a livable, inclusive future. We help young people build skills, form partnerships, and take action in Climate Change Adaption & Resilience, Connected & Thriving Communities, Entrepreneurship & Innovation, and Commercialization & Scalability. 


Bobbi Spicer (B.Comm. '16)

I volunteer in my community in numerous ways. In the past, I have worked with Saskatoon Trades and Skill Centre providing students completing their nail technician certificate program with a two-week work-experience practicum. I work with the children at Help-Portrait Saskatoon, an organization that takes portraits of families that are not able to afford traditions avenues of family pictures. I offer manicure services to the children, ensuring they feel special on portrait day! More recently, I joined the Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Network as a board member to enhance the lives of individuals and families living with FASD.

Joy Crawford (B.Comm '93)

Joy Crawford is a Chartered Professional Accountant.  She serves on the UofS Board of Governors. Previously, Ms. Crawford served 2 terms as a UofS Senator. She also was on the Alumni Association Board of Directors for six years, one year as president.

She is chairperson for Quint Development Corporation and is a member of EWI Saskatoon. She has served as a director and treasurer for Saskatoon Co-operative Association Board of Directors. Previously, she served as president, Hudson Bay Park Community Association, as a member of the Saskatoon Municipal Planning Commission and as an impact speaker with Saskatoon United Way.