Answering the Call
American architect, Hugh Newell Jacobsen once said: “When you look at a city, it's like reading the hopes, aspirations and pride of everyone who built it.” From her office window overlooking St. George’s Square, Audrey Jamal, BA ’98, reads the hopes, aspirations and pride of those who built this city. As executive director of the Downtown Guelph Business Association, Jamal works with downtown businesses, the city and the municipal government to identify issues that require attention and finding viable solutions to address those needs and prepare for the future.
Bethany Letto (nee Rosa) BASC, 2001, first became aware of the University of Guelph because of her interest in gerontology and her desire to major in that area. At the time she applied, the University of Guelph was the only Ontario post-secondary institution offering that degree option. Little did she know her degree in Gerontology would eventually lead her to become the successful health promotion professional she is today.
Cassie Campbell is, undoubtedly, one of the most successful and recognizable players in women's ice hockey history. She is also a University of Guelph grad! Initially, it was the hockey program that brought Cassie to the University of Guelph, since, at the time, there were limited choices for women's ice hockey players. The Guelph program drew her attention and the new facilities further increased Guelph's appeal. Luckily, Cassie fit right into the program, and actually names her most memorable coach as her Gryphon Hockey coach, Sue Scherer.
Dr. Nicholas Leyland (BASc '79) is a proud graduate of the University of Guelph from the Applied Human Nutrition Program. He has built upon his education to become an extremely socially aware practitioner.
Initially, Heather was unsure about her interest in working with children, however her interest solidified in high school when she participated in a Family Studies course event focused on involvement with children with special needs. Heather chose the University of Guelph because, at the time, it was the only University that had a program focused on children and exceptionality.
BA ’87, John Fluke’s family ties weave together a history in the lumber business. While John’s road to success has taken him down several different pathways, he has come full circle, launching a successful career in the forestry industry, combining it with his preferred East Coast way of life.
Like John, his late grandfather also went to Guelph, but only lasted two weeks before he decided to run away. Guelph may not have been right for John’s grandfather, but he still managed to build a lucrative lumber wholesale business — most of which was liquidated after his death.